Michael J. Sudekum
Michael Sudekum is a personal injury, workers compensation and business litigation attorney in St. Louis, Missouri. He represents victims of personal and economic injury in Missouri and Illinois. Together with his firm, Mandel & Mandel, LLP, Mike's efforts are directed at collecting just compensation for individuals, families and businesses. The vast majority of these cases are handled on a contingency fee basis.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law and Saint Louis University. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, a member of the American Association for Justice and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. He participates in numerous bar activities, including the Young Lawyer Council of the Missouri Bar (2007-2009).
In 2009, 2010 and 2012, Mike was recognized as Rising Star by the Missouri and Kansas SuperLawyers. According to the Superlawyers website, “While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.”
In 2012, he was selected as Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers. Membership is by invitation only.
Currently, Mike is a member of the Top 100 for Missouri as selected by the National Trial Lawyers.
While maintaining an active law practice, Michael is also active in community organizations, such as the Chaminade College Preparatory High School Alumni Board and the St. Peter’s Kirkwood Athletic Association. As part of his commitment to pro bono legal work, Mr. Sudekum participates in the MATA/ Red Cross Disaster related legal Services task force (co-chair 2010) and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
J.D., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2000
B.A. (cum laude), Saint Louis University, 1997
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeMissouri, 2000
US District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
US District Court, Sourthern District of Illinois
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys: Board of Governor, Co-Chair of the Emergency Response Committee. In the past, Mr. Sudekum has served on the Amicus Committee that identified cases that impact Missouri workers and injury victims.
American Association for Justice, formerly known as ATLA.
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Young Lawyer's Section Council of the Missouri Bar 2007-2009
For two years, Mr. Sudekum represented the City of Saint Louis young lawyers (under 36) as a representative on the Council. The YLS is often referred to as the "service arm" of the Missouri Bar. During his tenure, Mr. Sudekum was the co-chair of Special Needs Task Force, a group tasked with identifying challenges and potential areas of assistance to families with children with special needs. For his service on the committee, Mr. Sudekum received the YLS Chairperson's Award.
Region XI Disciplinary Committee, Misouri Bar
In 2009 and 2012, Mr. Sudekum was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to the City of Saint Louis Regional Disciplinary Committee.