Practice Areas

Education

  • Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, IL, J.D., 2002
  • Institute for Paralegal Studies, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, Certificate in Paralegal Studies, 1997
  • Loyola University, Chicago, IL, B.A., 1996

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2002
Michelle M. Kohut
Associate
MMK@CorboyDemetrio.com
33 N. Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
P: 312.346.3191

Michelle M. Kohut, a Chicago personal injury trial lawyer, joined the law firm of Corboy & Demetrio in 2004 and practices in all areas of personal injury law, including cases arising from automobile collisions, medical malpractice, construction negligence, premises liability, product liability and railroad negligence.

Michelle has tried many personal injury cases to verdict and has obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of her clients.  In 2013, Michelle obtained a $1.6 million settlement for a school crossing guard who was struck and injured by a day care bus.  In 2012, Michelle obtained a $2 million settlement for a Chicago pedestrian who was struck and injured by a garbage truck.   In another case, she secured a $2 million settlement on behalf of a roofing foreman who fell through a hole in a roof, fracturing his heel.

Michelle is very active in local and national bar associations, including the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, where she served as President for 2013-2014 and currently serves as Past President.  

In 2014, the National Law Journal honored Michelle for her accomplishments in law by recognizing her in "Two Steps Forward: Leading Women in Law."  She was also honored with the designation of Illinois Super Lawyer in 2014.  In addition, Michelle was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in 2014.  

Michelle was honored with the Chicago Bar Association's Alliance For Women Alta May Hulett Award in 2013 for her work in helping women in the legal profession.  In 2007, in recognition of her success, hard work and community involvement, she was named one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Michelle has served as President of Women Everywhere - Partners in Service Project, Inc., a community service project that helps women and children in need and introduces teenage girls to the legal profession.   She has also served on the Board of Directors of Heartland International Health Center, which is dedicated to improving the health of persons in Chicago-area communities by providing affordable, quality and multilingual health services.

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Michelle was a Judicial Law Clerk to William D. Maddux, Presiding Judge of the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, prior to joining Corboy & Demetrio.

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Profiles

"40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch," Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2007  

"Two Steps Forward: Leading Women in Law - 2014," National Law Journal

News

Publications

Honors

  • “40 Under Forty Illinois Attorneys to Watch," 2007
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Rising Star: 2008-2013
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2014
  • Chicago Bar Association: Alliance For Women Alta May Hulett Award, 2013
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, 2014
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois: Past President, Present; President 2013-2014
  • National Law Journal, Two Steps Forward: Leading Women in Law - 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Association for Justice, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Hearing Officer 2011-Present; Judicial Evaluation Committee, Investigator, 2005-Present; Student Trial Advocacy Competition 2007, Chicago Regional, Scoring Judge,
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
  • WilPower, Political Action Committee of WBAI, Chair, 2008-2010
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI), President, 2013-2014; First Vice President, 2012-2013; Second Vice President, 2011-2012; Financial Secretary, 2010-2011; Treasurer, 2009-2010, Board of Directors, 2007-Present; Civil Litigation Committee, Co-Chair, 2005-2007; Nominating Committee, 2007, 2012

Community Involvement

  • Women Everywhere - Partners in Service, Inc., President, 2009-2010; Board of Directors, 2007-Present; Planning Committee, 2005-Present
  • Heartland International Health Center, Board of Directors, 2008-2009
  • Loyola Chicago Women's Law Society, Panel Member 2010

Seminars & Speeches

  • "Diversity in the Legal Profession and the Impact of Statutory Amendments in the Advancement of Women," Women's Bar Association of Illinois & Saint Louis University Law School, 2014
  • "Women in the Profession:  Where We Are Now" - Women in Litigation Conference, Loyola University Chicago Law School, 2012
  • "Civil Practice Update - Discovery," Illinois State Bar Association, 2011
  • Judge, Chicago Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition, Chicago Bar Association, 2007
  • "Judicial Internships," Judicial Internship Opportunity Program, American Bar Association, 2004
  • Judge, Student Trial Advocacy Competition, American Association for Justice, 2005