Michelle R. DiSilvestro is an Attorney at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC. Michelle primarily focuses her practice in the areas of toxic torts, police misconduct and excessive force, wrongful death, and serious personal injuries. She represents victims of Sterigenics’ ethylene oxide emissions in Willowbrook, Illinois and victims of the Boeing airlines crash in Ethiopia.
Michelle wanted to become a lawyer to advocate for those who have been harmed by the wrongful acts of others. As an Attorney at Romanucci & Blandin, she is dedicated to making meaningful change for her clients and society.
Michelle graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Law with a J.D. and a certificate in Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution. In law school, Michelle served as the Administrative Editor of the UIC John Marshall Law Review and participated in several moot court competitions. In 2019, Michelle placed 2nd in the Dean Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition, where she argued on behalf of the petitioners in Hernandez v. Mesa, a Supreme Court case that was decided in February 2020.
During law school, Michelle clerked at another plaintiff personal injury firm where she worked on cases involving construction negligence, premises liability, toxic torts, wrongful death, and automobile collisions. She also worked for the Pro Bono Federal Litigation Clinic at UIC School of Law where she helped clients without a voice in preparing clemency petitions and post-conviction petitions for relief.
Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Certificate in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michelle plans on using her psychology degree to effectively communicate to a jury at trial and to develop trial strategies and themes based on juror perceptions. She is also a graduate from Loyola Academy High School in Wilmette, Illinois.
Education & Certifications
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Law
B.S., Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016
Awards & Recognition
CALI Awards – University of Illinois at Chicago School of Law
- Civil Procedure I, 2019
- Lawyering Skills III: Appellate Advocacy, 2019
Legal Activities & Leadership
American Bar Association (ABA)
Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
Justinian Society of Lawyers
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- Illinois, 2021