- Personal Injury
- Insurance Law
- Products Liability
- Car and Truck Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Construction and Workplace Accidents
Michal was born and raised in Harrisburg, Saline County, Illinois, along with his 6 brothers and sisters. Michal attended Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981. He majored in political science, and minored in both psychology and business administration. Michal graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1984. While attending law school, Michal held various jobs including work as a graduate research assistant for one of the distinguished law professors and as a law student attorney for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. Additionally, he interned in the Perry County States Attorney’s Office.
After graduating from law school, Michal worked briefly in Springfield, IL as a lobbyist and agency liaison for the Illinois Education Association during the year of education reform in Illinois. During this time, he drafted a portion of the legislation that was passed into law . Before returning to Southern Illinois to practice law, Michal worked with a small law firm in Springfield with an emphasis in both general practice and personal injury trial practice. Michal returned to Southern Illinois in 1988, where he has worked with the Jelliffe law firm since that time. He started as an associate trial attorney and eventually became a partner. Michal has prosecuted and defended personal injury, products liability, premises liability, trucking and automobile accident cases and other tort related cases in every Southern Illinois county. Michal and one of his partners recovered one of the largest personal injury jury verdicts in the history of Williamson County. Michal is admitted to practice before the Southern District Court of Illinois, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court. Michal was also in the first class of approved certified mediators for the First Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois.
Michal’s wife, Julie, is a program manager for the Department of Defense. Between the two of them, they have 7 children and 4 grandchildren (1 more on the way). Outside of work, Michal is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, running and kayaking. Michal has completed over 20 half marathons and 1 marathon. With his passion for sports, Michal served on a board and coached for local youth athletics over a 10 year period. Michal also enjoys working in his 3 acre vineyard, where he makes his own estate wine. Michal and Julie live in an old family farm house. They enjoy their country living with their gardens, pets and gently rolling hills.