Michael Donelson practices civil litigation with an emphasis on professional liability, personal injury, and product liability defense. Prior to completing law school, Mike worked for 11 years as a liability analyst in the insurance industry, the last 6 years of which were with a major physician’s professional liability carrier.

As a practicing lawyer, Mike’s focus has been civil litigation and trial practice. He has extensive experience in investigating and developing case strategy for complex litigation cases, including the identification and retention of appropriate expert witnesses, deposing key witnesses and experts, and developing trial strategy. Mike has extensive trial experience as he has had primary responsibility for both jury and bench trials in the state and federal courts of Missouri and Illinois.

Mike’s philosophy is to be prepared and solution oriented by identifying the key issues of a case early and working with his client to develop the best strategy to reach an advantageous outcome, either through trial or being able to negotiate from a position of strength.


  • Missouri
  • Illinois


  • St. Louis University School of Law, 1999
  • Southern Illinois University, 1987


  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association