Brody, Michael J.

Michael J. Brody

Retired Partner

Michael Brody retired from the partnership in March 2019. Mr. Brody was a member of the firm's Tax Department and former Chair of the firm's Retirement and Recruiting Committees. He has extensive experience in issues relating to real estate investment trusts, and is formerly Global Co-Chair of the firm’s REIT Industry Group.

Mr. Brody's practice focused upon the taxation of partnerships and corporations, including REITs, in a variety of US and international contexts, including:

  • Partnership and corporate formation transactions
  • REIT roll-up, conversion, and IPO transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Securities offerings
  • Restructuring and insolvency work

Mr. Brody has regularly been recognized as a leading attorney by Chambers USA for domestic tax work, by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 US for his work with REITs, and by the International Tax Review in the World Tax Guide. Mr. Brody was ranked Band 1 in Nationwide REITs – Chambers USA 2012-2018 and cited as a "phenomenal tax REIT expert" who is "exceptionally bright, practical and pragmatic." Mr. Brody is "considered by some to be the preeminent REIT tax attorney in the USA" and "an incredible lawyer who thinks and analyzes problems like no one else."

He is a frequent lecturer on tax issues and was licensed as a certified public accountant in 1981.


  • JD, University of Iowa College of Law, 1984
    Order of the Coif
  • BBA, University of Iowa, 1981