• Posted on December 10, 2020


    • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 2001 J.D., Magna Cum Laude
    • Law Journal: The Elder Law Journal, Managing Editor
    • Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, 1997 B.A., Cum Laude

    Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • DuPage County Bar Association; 2014 Chair of Employment Law committee
    • Rotary Club of Central DuPage, Board Member, 2014 Rotarian of the Year


    • Illinois

    Brian K. LaFratta, a senior Director with the Firm, focuses his practice on all areas of employment law, including employment litigation, employment contracts and covenants not to compete, and employment law counseling and compliance issues. Brian represents employers in federal and state courts in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and breach of contract lawsuits. He also represents both employers and employees in non-compete and trade secret litigation, including TRO and preliminary injunction proceedings. He routinely defends employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR).

    In addition to litigation, Brian counsels employers on compliance with employment laws, prepares employment and non-compete agreements, drafts employee handbooks, and conducts employment law training. He also represents buyers and sellers with respect to employment law issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions. Brian also represents clients in commercial litigation matters.

    Following his graduation from the University of Illinois College of Law, Brian began his career in the employment law group of Winston & Strawn. Prior to joining Huck Bouma PC in 2011, he worked at the national employment law firm of Fisher & Phillips.

    Brian has been a Wheaton resident since 2002. In his free time, Brian enjoys exercising, reading and spending time with his wife and two very active children.

    Speaking Engagements:
    Brian speaks on employment law topics for trade groups and business associations. Click here to see a presentation he gave for the Entrepreneurial Roundtable at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business .

    Bar Admissions:
    State of Illinois Bar
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

    Representative Cases:
    Blair v. Grand Victoria Casino, 859 N.E.2d 1188 (Ill. App. Ct. 2d Dist. 2006)
    Shipp v. XA, Inc., 2006 WL 2583720 (N.D. Ill. 2006)
    Alexander v. Cingular Wireless, LLC, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15514 (C.D. Ill. 2006)
    Graham v. Cingular Wireless, LLC, 435 F. Supp. 2d 817 (N.D. Ill. 2006)
    Graham v. Cingular Wireless, LLC, 435 F.3d 817 (7th Cir. 2006)
    Meyer v. Cingular Wireless, LLC, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70920 (S.D. Ill. 2007)
    Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. v. Ehlers, 915 N.E.2d 862 (Ill. App. Ct. 4th Dist. 2009)
    Vendetti v. Compass Environmental, Inc., 559 F.3d 731 (7th Cir. 2009)
    Bozek v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11341 (N.D. Ill. 2009)
    Sharp Electronics Corporation v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., 578 F.3d 505 (7th Cir. 2009)
    Cunningham v. UTi Integrated Logistics, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38493 (S.D. Ill. 2010)
    Darrow v. WKRP Management, LLC, 2010 WL 1416799 (D. Col. 2010)
    Brown v. GES Exposition Services, 2011 WL 4496072 (N.D. Ill. 2011)
    Powell v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., 2012 WL 2725121 (N.D. Ill. 2012)
    Hartle v. Tie National, LLC, 2013 WL 3810893 (N.D. Ill. 2013)
    Moore v. Craft, 2013 IL App (2d) 120008-U (Ill. App. Ct. 2d Dist. 2013)
    Kelly v. Orrico, 2015 IL App (2d) 141042-U (Ill. App. Ct. 2d Dist. 2015)

  • Posted on December 9, 2020

    Asset Preservation Planning, Business Services, Contract Services, Elder Law, Employee Handbooks, Agreements, Policies and Training, Employment Law, Employment Law Counseling, Employment Law Litigation, Entity Planning and Formation, Gift, Estate and Fiduciary Taxation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Non-Compete Agreements and Trade Secrets, Taxation, Trust and Estate Administration, Trusts and Estates, Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning

    (847) 289-3377; (847)695-3243 | mdeutsch@huckbouma.com


    • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation)
    • Bradley University, B.S.
    • Certified Public Accountant

    Admissions, Associations & Memberships

    • Member Illinois State Bar
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Kane County Bar Association

    Michael C. Deutsch has over 30 years of experience in representing businesses and individuals. He concentrates his practice in estate planning, estate and trust administration and corporate and business planning.

    Mike has experience representing a wide variety of businesses on matters including business formation, mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses, succession planning and other operational issues faced by businesses.

    Mike has represented numerous individuals and business owners in the development of their estate plans. Each estate plan is customized for the various goals and needs of the client. The techniques range from basic Wills and Power of Attorney documents through more sophisticated estate tax planning techniques; including the preparation of various trusts designed to reduce or eliminate the exposure to state and federal wealth transfer taxes.

    Mike resides in Woodstock with his wife, Vicki. He has three adult children and six grandchildren. He enjoys playing golf, strength and fitness training and following the Chicago sports teams.

    “AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.”