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Michelle Marie Funkenbusch

Personal injury Attorney at Saint Louis, MO

5.0   2 reviews

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    12 years, 300 cases

  2. Personal injury

    24 years, 100 cases

  3. Discrimination

    10 years, 12 cases

  4. Divorce and separation

    12 years, 10 cases

  5. Workers compensation

    24 years, 10 cases

I have been in the legal field for over 27 years & have been a trial lawyer since 1999. I began in a prosecuting attorney's office and now have my own practice where I practice personal injury, worker's compensation, family law, criminal law, and many other areas of litigation. After three years with a well-known plaintiff's car accident injury firm, I took a job at a big defense firm. I have had judge and jury trials in personal injury and criminal cases. No matter the case, I prepare to win at trial. Whether it is a bike, car, or truck accident, a faulty product, divorce, nursing home negligence, trucking accident, complex multi-party arbitration, or employment discrimination case, I have handled them all to success. I have tried worker's compensation cases for employees and employers, like Harrah's Casino & some major airlines. For a decade, I have tried DWIs, Petitions For Review of license revocations, and criminal matters of various kinds, and am particularly successful in obtaining early dismissals at preliminary hearings.

I opened my own firm in 2011, relying on referrals from former clients and colleagues who respected my passion and skill as a trial lawyer. Today, most of my new clients come from pleased former clients. I have a general litigation-based firm.

Why hire me as lawyer? Here are some representative verdicts and settlements:

Caught in Drive-Through Intoxicated- Verdict in favor of Defendant and Did not lose his License

Stealing from Employer- Full Dismissal

Unlawful Use of a Weapon Charge (shot at neighbor)- Full dismissal

Helped Client with 5 prior DWI's keep his license for work. 

This does not include the many acquittals and dismissals, and other favorable results obtained in criminal cases like DWIs, assaults, property damage, burglary, stealing, gun charges, high-speed tickets, and run-of-the-mill tickets.

Local Counsel on Walter Huggins v. Fed Ex Ground, et al. which was a personal injury case in federal court in St. Louis, Missouri. Won $1,050,000.00.

Trial Counsel on railroad crossing collision case representing truck driver and trucking company against Union Pacific railroad. Won $600,000.00 plus verdict after two week trial in St. Louis City.

Settlement prior to filing suit for $500,000.00 against the railroad company for a dangerous railroad crossing where a minister was hit by a train at an unprotected and dangerous crossing.

I have also dedicated my life to being a cycling advocate and have made a lifetime commitment to volunteerism. I am currently the Past President of the non-profit PayBack, Inc. I have also had the great honor of being elected by my peers to the Missouri Bar YLS and was awarded the Chairman's Award for Outstanding Service to the Legal Community and Public two years in a row.

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Our office is located just West of Highway 270 on Dougherty Ferry.
Licensed for 23 years
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 09/20/2022
State IL
Status Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2000
Updated 10/11/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michelle

The Law Offices of Michelle M. Funkenbusch
2900 Dougherty Ferry Rd.
Suite 100
Saint Louis, MO, 63122


5.0 / 5.0
  2 customer reviews
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Posted by Jim | November 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Power and the Beauty
Michelle is awesome. Her skill craft is lean and professional. She prepares well, and shows up for battle. If she accepts your case, you will know you are in good hands. Armed only with the facts she is a powerful presence in a courtroom. I know, I witnessed it I'm glad she was on my side. Thanks Michelle. I hope I never need you again.
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Posted by Samuel | October 23, 2012
Michelle Funkenbusch
By far the nicest attorney I have ever dealt with. Ms. Funkenbusch was very helpful and kept me very well informed throughout the entire case. The amount of time she spent on my case was great and her fees were very reasonable. If you need legal help she is definitely the one to go to!


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Law Offices of Michelle M. Funkenbusch
  • 2011 - Present


  • St Louis Univ School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Truman State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Huggins v. Fed Ex Ground
  • $1,050,000.00 for my client


  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • BAMSL-Bar Association of the Metropolitan St. Louis
  • 1999 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Solo and Small Firm Committee
  • 1999 - Present
  • Payback Charity
  • Board President
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Board of Governor's of the Missouri Bar- Young Lawyer's Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Defense Research Institute
  • 2000 - 2009
  • Lawyer's Association of St. Louis
  • 2000 - 2008
  • Trucker's Insurance Defense Organization
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Associate Member
  • 1999 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Outstanding Service
  • The Missouri Bar Young Lawyer's Section
  • 2008
  • Outstanding Service
  • The Missouri Bar Young Lawyer's Section
  • 2007


  • Missouri Paralegals Association
  • "Legal Drafting"
  • 2012
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • "Fast & Free Online Research For Your Legal Practice"
  • 2011
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • "Finding Information About Opposing Parties and Potential Witnesses"
  • 2011
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • "Ethics in the Digital Age"
  • 2011
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • "Using Online Evidence in Litigation"
  • 2011
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • The Missouri Chapter of the book "Compendium on Spoliation"
  • 2010
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • "Automobile Litigation: Strategic Issues and Answers"
  • 2009
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • "Medical Records: Interpretation and Strategic Use of"
  • 2009
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • "Experts: Finding the Right Ones , Affordability and Strategies"
  • 2009
  • National Business Institute
  • "Free and Low-Cost Legal Research: Strategies For Legal Research on the Web"
  • 2008
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • “Advanced Legal Drafting”
  • 2007
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • "Nursing Home Negligence"
  • 2007
  • National Business Institute
  • “Advanced Legal Drafting”
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Rockwood Career Fair
  • Careers in the Law
  • 2022
  • Truman State University Alumni Event
  • Careers in the Law
  • 2014
  • Paralegal's Association of Missouri meeting
  • Legal Drafting
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Unknown Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've referred a number of friends and family members to Michelle. She is compassionate, knowledgeable, and she gets results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was opposing counsel on a number of cases with Michelle over the years when I was a prosecutor and she was defending individuals whom I was prosecuting. She is thorough, intelligent, and knowledgeable."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Great lawyer. Knows how to handle a trucking case!"
Speeding and traffic ticket