Michael A. Vitale

Michael A. Vitale

Of Counsel
Saint Louis, Missouri

Michael A. Vitale, born in Newark, New Jersey in 1954, is a founding member of the firm. He is admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois. Mr. Vitale is a 1979 graduate of Washington University School of Law where he was a member of the Order of Barristers. He received a B.A. degree from Lake Forest College in Illinois in 1976 where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Mr. Vitale is a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation Section) as well as the Missouri and Illinois Bar Associations and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. He is also a member of the National Italian Bar Association of Missouri. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for both the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri and the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Vitale has practiced primarily in the area of civil litigation and appeals since 1979 and has extensive bench and jury trial experience in both federal and state courts. His practice areas include employment law (representing management), zoning and real estate disputes, product liability, licensing and trademark issues, and general commercial litigation. He counsels management clients with respect to general employment and licensing issues, as well as trademark and copyright licensing.

Mr. Vitale is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Manchester United Methodist Church in Manchester, Missouri.


Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Products Liability Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1980
  • Missouri, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1994


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1979
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi
    • Honors: Moot Court, 1975-1976
  • Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois
    • B.A. - 1976
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Political Science and Economics

Representative Cases

  • Whittlestone, Inc. v. Handi-Craft Company, 618 F.3d 970 (9th Cir.2010)
  • Union Electric Company v Hartford Casualty, 203 S.W.3d 777 (Mo. App. 2006)
  • Chesterfield Village, Inc. v. City of Chesterfield, 64 S.W.3d 15 (Mo. banc 2002)
  • State of Missouri et rel. Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, 62 S.W.3d 485 (Mo. App. E.D. 2001)
  • Deborah Nooney, et al. v. Gregory J. Nooney, 959 S.W.2d 945 (Mo. App. E.D. 1998)
  • Hoffman v. City of Town & Country, 831 S.W.3d 223 (Mo. App. E.D. 1982)
  • Gregory v. Corrigan, 685 S.W.2d 840 (Mo. banc 1985)
  • Briner Electric Company v. Sachs Electric Company, 680 S.W.2d 737 (Mo. App. 1984)
  • Inland U.S.A., Inc v. Reed Stenhouse, Inc. of Missouri, 660 S.W.2d 727 (Mo. App. E.D. 1983)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
  • National Italian Bar Association of Missouri, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • General legal advice to leadership of Manchester United Methodist Church, 2004 - Present


  • Phi Delta Phi