Michelle A. Rakestraw


Michelle focuses her practice on commercial litigation. Her experience includes managing complex cases involving product liability, premise liability, and construction litigation. She is instrumental in developing litigation strategy and finding ways to mitigate liability for clients.

Previously, Michelle served as a prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where she litigated dozens of trials and pre-trial motions. She also drafted numerous appellate briefs and has argued twice before the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District.


  • Loyola University of Chicago Law School  (J.D., 2016)
  • Indiana University  (B.A., 2012)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois