Michelle M. Cain Partner


Michelle M. Cain practices in all areas of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on employment litigation in federal trial and appellate courts. She has represented employers before state and federal administrative agencies and courts for claims of discrimination under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as for claims for wrongful discharge and other tort and contract claims. She has also represented employers in complex and class action lawsuits brought under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and other federal statutes.

Ms. Cain also has extensive appellate experience before federal and state appellate courts throughout the country, including the Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She has advised clients on all aspects of the employment relationship, including personnel policies, employment contracts, severance agreements, employee handbooks, termination procedures, and compliance with federal and state human rights laws, wage and hour laws and plant closing laws.

Prior to joining McMahon, Berger in 1993, Ms. Cain was an associate at Sidley & Austin in Chicago, Illinois, worked in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and served as a Judicial Law Clerk to United States District Judge William O. Bertelsman of the Eastern District of Kentucky.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign



The John Marshall Law School

John Marshall Law School



Admitted To Practice

  • State of Missouri
  • State of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Associations

American Bar Association American Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Illinois State Bar Association Illinois State Bar Association
The Missouri Bar The Missouri Bar
The John Marshall Law School Lead Articles Editor, The John Marshall Law Review (1987 - 1988)

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