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About Me

Admitted to practice in the State of Missouri and Illinois, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois.

Michelle has made volunteering to her profession and community a primary focus in her time outside of work.  She is currently the President of the Board of Directors for Payback,Inc., a non-profit that helps break the cycle of juvenile delinquency by putting juveniles to work at non-profits to work off their debt to their victims. Through fundraisers, PayBack actually pays back the victims based on the number of hours the teenagers work at the non-profits.  In 2011, Michelle helped raise over $25,000.00 for the charity with an underground run in a cave called the Sandmine Challenge:    

She has been an avid volunteer for her professional bar associations since entering practice over 12 years ago. She was elected by other lawyers and served four years on the highest law-related board in the state, the Missouri Bar Board of Governor’s YLS council.  On the Board, she served as the Chairperson of the Promotional/Marketing Task Force and was Co-Chairperson of the Annual Meeting Committee. Funkenbusch has been a regular volunteer for the Law Day Picture Contest, Read Across America, We the People. . . The Citizens and the Constitution program, and is a member of Friends of Habitat for Humanity.


In the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, she served as Vice-Chair of the Trial Committee and was a Teen “Speak Out” Coach for East St. Louis High School, where she helped teach teenagers who to speak up in an intelligent manner about issues in their community.  Michelle has also spent hundreds of hours as a volunteer judge for the Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition, the Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament, as an assistant to the St. Louis University Law School National Trial Team, and, most recently, as an evaluator/judge to the BAMSL Trial College for new lawyers.


Funkenbusch also served several years on the Executive Committee of the Lawyer’s Association of St. Louis, the local trial bar. She is well known for her humorous side in this organization, as seen in the Lawyer’s Association Gridiron Show in which she had been a chorus member and writer/contributor for six years.


As a former defense lawyer, she was an active member of TIDA, Missouri Motor Carriers Ass., MODL, and the Defense Research Institute and she authored the Missouri chapter in the DRI Compendium on Spoliation of Evidence. She now uses that experience to fight for the rights of individuals as a plaintiff’s lawyer.


Legal Seminar presentations:

             “Legal Drafting” for the St. Louis Paralegals Association, 2002.

             “Advanced Legal Drafting for the National Business Institute (NBI), 2003 & Fall 2007.

             “Nursing Home Negligence,” for NBI, Fall 2007.

             “Free and Low-Cost Legal Research: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web”, for NBI, May 2008; wrote “How to Search Like a Pro” & “Investigative Research: Public Records and “Publicly Available Information”.

             “Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and Answers” for NBI, presentation in March 2009; composed materials on “Medical Records: Interpretation and Strategic Use of” & “Experts: Finding the Right Ones, Affordability, and Strategies”.

               “Fast & Free Online Research For Your Legal Practice” for NBI, presentation in June 2011; composed materials on “Finding Information about Opposing Parties and Potential Witnesses”, “Ethics in the Digital Age” and “Using Online Evidence in Litigation.”


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Practice Areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    17 years, 100 cases
  2. Workers Compensation: 30%
  3. General Practice: 10%
    17 years, 100 cases
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
    17 years, 30 cases



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  • Ted L. Perryman

    Great lawyer. Knows how to handle a trucking case!


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Contact Info

The Law Offices of Michelle M. Funkenbusch

8050 Watson Rd.
Suite 355
Saint Louis, MO, 63119


MOGood Standing, Active199901/08/2013
ILNot Authorized To Practice Law - Not Currently Registered,Has Not Demonstrated Required MCLE Compliance200008/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Outstanding ServiceThe Missouri Bar Young Lawyer's Section2008
Outstanding ServiceThe Missouri Bar Young Lawyer's Section2007
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerThe Law Offices of Michelle M. Funkenbusch2011 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysMember2011 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Truman State UniversityN/AN/AN/A
St Louis Univ School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A