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Michelle M. Kohut

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33 N. Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602


Michelle M. Kohut, a Chicago personal injury trial lawyer, joined Corboy & Demetrio in 2004 and was named Partner in 2019.  She 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, as well as in the area of workers' compensation.

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.

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.


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

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


“40 Under Forty Illinois Attorneys to Watch," 2007

Chicago Bar Association: Alliance For Women Alta May Hulett Award, 2013

Illinois Leading Lawyer, 2014 - Present

Illinois Super Lawyer, 2014-present; Rising Star, 2008-2013

Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, 2019

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

Women's Bar Association of Illinois: President, 2013-2014

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), Tort Law Section Council, 2016-Present

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


Practice Areas



Attorney-Authored Articles

Seminars & Speeches

  • "Liens and Subrogation," Personal Injury from A to Z, New Business Institute, 2019
  • "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

Major Media Coverage



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
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