Ulmer & Berne LLP is proud to announce that Associate Michelle M. Thompson has been selected to the 2019 class of Forty Under 40 by the Dayton Business Journal. The individuals recognized in this select group are considered the region’s brightest young business leaders who are making a difference in their professions and in the community.
“We’re thrilled that Michelle is being recognized for her accomplishments as an attorney and as a community leader,” said Jeffrey F. Peck, Chair of Ulmer’s Product Liability Practice Group. “Throughout her career, Michelle has been dedicated to giving back to the community, and we’re very proud of her commitment to volunteering her time and talents to help others.”
Michelle focuses her practice on product liability litigation. Prior to joining Ulmer’s Cincinnati office this spring, Michelle lived in Dayton and she remains actively involved in the local community. She presently serves on the Women’s Board for Dayton Children’s Hospital, on the Disability Board of The Dayton Foundation, on the Business Advisory Council for Goodwill Easter Seals of Miami Valley, and on the Bell Board of Dayton History.
In addition to her board work, Michelle volunteers for Wills for Heroes, which provides free estate planning documents to our nation’s veterans and first responders. She has also taken on pro bono cases, and coached the undergraduate and law school mock trial teams at the University of Dayton. Michelle’s public service has earned her acceptance into the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy and the Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.
While a student at the University of Dayton School of Law, she served as a judicial intern to Chief Magistrate Judge Sharon L. Ovington of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She also served as the President of the Volunteer Student Lawyers Project, which is dedicated to providing legal and non-legal volunteer opportunities to law students. She received the University of Dayton Pro Bono Award and the Lisa A. Kloppenberg Outstanding Leadership Award for her public service and leadership.
The 2019 class of Forty Under 40 will be featured in a special issue of the Dayton Business Journal and will be honored at an awards reception at The Mandalay Banquet Center in Moraine, Ohio, on May 16. Now in its 22nd year, Dayton Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 program celebrates the region’s rising stars. Nominees are evaluated based on their professional accomplishments, leadership, awards, and milestones.