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Attorney Profile: Michelle Reese Andrew

Prior to launching her own firm in 2010, Michelle Reese Andrew practiced for over a decade as in-house counsel for Colgate-Palmolive Company. She began her in-house career as one of only two lawyers for a wholly-owned subsidiary and was eventually promoted to Associate General Counsel, reporting directly to Colgate’s Chief Legal Officer and Secretary.

Colgate provided Michelle a wide-range of experiences, including counseling human resources professionals on employment law, conducting and managing investigations relating to employee issues, and managing employment litigation (including the trial of the Company’s largest, multiple-plaintiff litigation).  During her time at Colgate, Michelle also managed the Company’s global litigation portfolio, including preparing its Chief Legal Officer for quarterly meetings with the Company’s external auditors and reporting on an annual basis to the Board of Directors. Michelle further counseled and trained her legal colleagues and business partners in the areas of antitrust, international regulation (such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), and general legal compliance in support of Colgate’s Global Ethics and Compliance Organization, which she co-developed and launched.  

Complementing her extensive in-house experience, Michelle’s experience as a prosecutor (prior to representing Colgate in-house) proved invaluable at gaining hands-on courtroom and trial experience.  She served as one of only two deputy attorneys in a high-volume criminal courtroom.

Michelle also spent four years in private practice in Chicago just prior to her government service – first with a boutique antitrust litigation firm Freeman, Freeman & Salzman (since merged with Jenner & Block) and, then, with a large law firm Schiff, Hardin & Waite in the general commercial litigation and employment groups. Representative work at these two firms includes (i) representing 21 major corporations as plaintiffs in a large, multi-district antitrust litigation; (ii) trying a white-collar criminal defense matter in federal court; (iii) litigating a commercial misappropriation matter on behalf of a high profile client; and (iv) litigating a sexual harassment matter and otherwise counseling clients in the area of employment law.  

Michelle received her law degree from DePaul University of Law, Chicago, Illinois, where she served on the DePaul Law Review and received two American Jurisprudence Awards for excellence in academic achievement.  She also worked throughout law school at Clifford Law Offices, a preeminent personal injury law firm, writing briefs, memoranda, and “getting her feet wet” in court at motion calls.

Michelle is admitted to practice law in Illinois and New York. 

She is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, as well as the American Bar and Illinois State Bar Associations and, personally, is an avid runner and enjoys all things outdoors.