Michelle M. Rich


Michelle was born and raised in Columbia, Illinois, and grew up watching her dad fight for the rights of injured people. From an early age, she knew that she wanted to follow in his footsteps, and has worked for the firm since the age of sixteen. In 2009, she graduated summa cum laude from St. Louis University with an honors bachelor’s degree in history after completing her coursework in three years.

While enrolled in law school at St. Louis University, Michelle also worked as the firm’s law clerk, and it was during this time that she began to develop a true passion and aptitude for the law. Her comment “The Delinquent State: Illinois and Compliance with Workers’ Compensation Judgments,” which was inspired by her work at the firm, was published in Volume 56 of the St. Louis University Law Journal in 2011. During her time at SLU LAW, Michelle was as an editor of the St. Louis University Law Journal, served as a clerk for the Honorable Colleen Dolan in the 21st Judicial Circuit Court of St. Louis County, practiced in St. Clair County as a prosecutor in the traffic and misdemeanor department under Rule 711 (where she never lost a trial), and graduated in the top 1/3rd of her class.

Michelle was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2012 and in Missouri in 2013. Since joining the firm as an attorney in 2012, Michelle has worked countless hours on behalf of her clients, and has obtained many large settlements and verdicts in workers’ compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability claims. She has considerable experience in all aspects of a case, including jury trials, workers’ compensation arbitrations, appellate oral arguments, depositions, as well as mediations and settlement negotiations. Michelle prides herself on giving each and every one of her clients her best effort and full attention, no matter how big or small the case may be, and wins cases by working harder and smarter than her opponents. More than anything, she loves fighting for the rights of those who have been taken advantage of by employers or large insurance companies.

Michelle lives in the City of St. Louis with her husband, who is a local Belleville attorney, and their three dogs. She enjoys working out at the gym, traveling, and is an avid wine enthusiast and animal lover.