Michael Beinus represents clients in a wide range of tax matters, including complex partnership transactions, real estate investment trusts (REITs), debt and equity offerings, restructurings, investment fund formations, and mergers and acquisitions.

Michael has represented various prominent public and private REITs, real estate and private equity funds, and sovereign wealth funds. His representations have been profiled in numerous publications, and he has been listed among the "Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the Nation's Major Law Firms" by Turnarounds & Workouts and in The Legal 500 United States. Michael was also named as a leading lawyer for REITs: Tax by Chambers USA in 2021–2023, and the 2016–2019 editions of the U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers® in the field of Tax Law.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Michael was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.



Recognized in The Legal 500 United States for International Tax, 2021–2022, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS), 2019, 2022 and 2023, US Taxes: Non-Contentious, 2016 and 2021–2022, and Domestic Tax, 2015


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • California


  • University of California College of the Law, San FranciscoJ.D.1999
  • University of California, BerkeleyB.A.1996