Michael P. Motyka joined Marshall Gerstein as Executive Director in 2015, bringing more than 15 years of mid-size and large law firm leadership experience to his position and the firm. Mike's graduate education and background provide experience and knowledge in developing and implementing strategic initiatives, and overseeing organizational finances, operations, and risk management.

Representative Experience

Mike's areas of responsibility include:

  • General firm-wide Administration
    • Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Information Technology
    • Business Development
    • Office Services and Facilities
    • Library/Research Services
  • Strategic Planning
  • Policy Recommendation and Implementation

Background and Credentials

Prior to joining the firm, Mike was the Chief Operating Officer at a mid-size Chicago law firm, and held management positions at several AmLaw 100 law firms. He earned his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, with concentrations in finance, accounting, strategy, organizational development, and marketing. Before that, Mike was a graduate student in finance and international relations at the University of Chicago, and earned his B.A., with distinction, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


  • Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management (MBA)
  • University of Chicago
    • Graduate Fellowship Program, International Relations
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison (B.A., with distinction)
    • Political Science, International Relations, History

Community and Professional Involvement

  • Leader of Chicago Law Firm COO & Executive Director Roundtable (2019–Present), President (2018–2019), Vice President (2017–2018), and Treasurer (2015–2017) – Association of Legal Administrators Chicago Chapter
  • Co-Chair of Risk Management Committee (2020–Present) – PilotLegis Law Firm Risk Purchasing Group
  • Panelist at October 2022 Thomson Reuters 21st Annual Law Firm COO & CFO Conference
  • Legal Marketing Association
  • International Legal Technology Association
  • Chair of Board of Trustees (2010–2013), Chair of Capital Campaign Committee (2013–2014), and President’s Advisory Council (2022–Present) – Chicago Waldorf School
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