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Michelle M. Truesdale is a skilled, knowledgeable litigator and trial lawyer with extensive experience in State and Federal Courts, including Appellate Courts. Michelle’s areas of legal practice include family law matters, civil litigation, defending small and mid-sized businesses in licensing and administrative cases as well as defending criminal clients in State, Federal and Appellate Courts. Michelle is currently licensed to practice in Illinois and U.S. District Courts.
Michelle graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the University Honors Program, and the Golden Key National Honor Society. She was also the first author of “Psychopathy Dimensions and Awareness of Negative and Positive Consequences of Aggressive Behavior in a Nonforensic Sample” published in the psychology journal of Personality and Individual Differences.
Michelle received her Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2004 and became licensed to practice in 2005. At Chicago-Kent, she was a member of the trial advocacy competition team, winning two regional awards and being named best advocate for the National Trial Competition. She also received two CALI Awards of Excellence for Intensive Trial Advocacy and Tax Procedure and was a two-time Dean’s List member during her law school career.
Michelle has been an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law since 2007 teaching various trial advocacy courses, acting as administrator for the Intensive Trial Advocacy course and has coached mock trial competition teams since 2005. In 2009 and 2016, Michelle also coordinated national mock trial competitions on behalf of Chicago-Kent.
Michelle was selected for the prestigious Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) and sits on its In-Court Lawyer Referral Committee, being appointed as the Committees’ Legislative Liaison. As acting Legislative Liaison, Michelle follows current legislation and works with other committees of the CBA to oppose or petition for particular legislation.