Michael Nicolas, a longtime board member of the NIU Executive Club and an active member of the club’s Board of Directors, has been elected its president.
He succeeds Roy Schultz, the club’s outgoing president.
Established in 1996, the NIU Executive Club is an organization dedicated to fostering professional and personal relationships among highly successful NIU graduates, and giving back to the NIU community.
The Executive Club awards annual scholarships to exceptional students, connects students with mentors and internship opportunities and sponsors a variety of educational forums and networking activities. In 2006, it formed a partnership with the NIU Young Professionals Network to advance the career development of graduates with less than 10 years of experience.
Nicolas graduated cum laude from NIU in 1995 with a B.S. in business. While at NIU, he was active in several honor societies and his fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma. He also was awarded the Farmer Insurance Group Scholarship based on his outstanding academic performance.
Nicolas went on to earn his law degree, with highest honors, from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1998. While at Chicago-Kent, he was a member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review, the Moot Court Honor Society and the Chicago-Kent Honors Scholars Program. He also was among an elite group of students to be selected for the prestigious Order of the Coif.
Currently a partner at Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, he concentrates his practice on complex commercial disputes and business counseling. He regularly counsels clients on risk avoidance measures, corporate structure, corporate governance, contracting, internal policies, alternative dispute resolution, all aspects of civil litigation and many other issues.
Beyond his new leadership role with the NIU Executive Club, Nicolas is involved in a variety of charitable and civic activities including the Lawyers in the Classroom Program, which is sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago. In addition, the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation honored him with a Distinguished Service Award in 2003.
Nicolas lives in Palatine with his wife Janine, 5-year-old son Connor and 2-year-old daughter Ashley. He is a lifelong fan of the White Sox, Blackhawks, Bears and NIU Huskies.