Michael Renetzky, SLU ’93, partner of Locke Lord’s Chicago office and co-chair of the firm’s corporate and transactional department, has been selected by Crain’s Chicago Business as a 2021 and 2019 Notable GenX (born between 1964 and 1979) Leader in Law honoree. The inaugural list recognizes impressive and influential lawyers who have reshaped the legal landscape and are leading the next generation in the legal profession. Renetzky is also co-leader of Locke Lord’s investment adviser and alternative funds practice, chair of the firm’s finance committee and a member of the firm’s UK executive Committee. He previously served as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Also a recognized leader in the Chicago community, Renetzky is the chairman of the board of Lutheran Life Communities, a faith-based nonprofit system of life plan communities serving seniors and their families, having recently served as its interim CEO for five months. He serves on the Board of Directors of Trees That Feed Foundation, a secular nonprofit dedicated to planting food-bearing trees to feed people, create jobs and benefit the environment. He is president and chairman of the Board of Lutheran Church of the Atonement. He serves as secretary of the Board of the Chicago Bible Society and is the 2015 recipient of The Gutenberg Award.
Renetzky focuses his practice on investment management, securities and corporate law. He has considerable experience counseling clients on governance matters, securities law compliance, debt and equity financing matters, and investment adviser, investment company and broker- dealer regulation. Additionally, he devotes a substantial portion of his time to representing clients in a variety of transactions, including those of an investment and a strategic nature.
Renetzky earned juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and a bachelor from Saint Louis University.
In an email, Brother Renetzky reflected that “my collegiate time with Phi Delta Theta significantly influenced my life and has contributed to many of the successes with which I have been blessed. The Fraternity was perhaps the first – and one of the most important – opportunities for me to learn and experience the importance of community.”
“I recognize the responsibility to use the talents which I have been given, but I recognize almost daily how more than one individual driven by a common bond is much more likely to achieve success than any one individual. I find it surprising (though, I probably should not) the number of times over the years I have come into direct contact with my Phi brothers in a variety of business, social and philanthropic settings. That instant connection is an amazing and powerful thing.”
“And, finally, as I reflect on my collegiate time, I see that it was in some sense defined by Phi Delta Theta, and the relationships and experiences of that time have positively impacted so many of the opportunities and experiences I have encountered since that time.”