Practice Areas


  • 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
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.

She has tried many personal injury cases to verdict and has obtained numerous multi-million dollar settlements. After two days of trial, Michelle secured a $5 million settlement where a hospital and doctor delayed the delivery of a baby, resulting in severe brain damage. Where a roofing foreman fell through a hole in a roof, fracturing his heel, she secured a settlement of $2 million on behalf of her client. She also settled a lawsuit against a hospital for $1 million when an emergency room patient was not properly treated or diagnosed.

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 serves as First Vice President. She has also served as President of Women Everywhere - Partners in Service Project, Inc., a community service project which seeks to open doors to women and children in need and to expose high school girls to challenging careers in the legal profession. Michelle has also served on the Board of Directors of Heartland International Health Center, which is dedicated to improving the health of persons living in several communities of Chicago by providing affordable, quality, multilingual, and culturally competent health services.

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.  She has also been honored with the designation of  Illinois Super Lawyer, Rising Star each year since 2008.

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




  • “40 Under Forty Illinois Attorneys to Watch," 2007
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Chicago Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee, Investigator, Hearing Officer
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois, Second Vice President
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois, Financial Secretary
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois, Treasurer
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Board of Directors
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, WilPower, Chair

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), 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

Seminars & Speeches

  • "Civil Practice Update - Discovery," Illinois State Bar Association, 2011
  • Seminar Planner and Moderator, "Challenges Faced by Single Women and Mothers in Search of Affordable, Quality Housing," Women's Bar Association of Illinois, 2008
  • "Presenting an Effective Case from Start to Finish," Third Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, Illinois State Bar Association, 2007 
  • 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