Michael W. Cromwell
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Michael W. Cromwell


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Practice Groups

Areas of Concentration

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation

Experience at Work

Michael’s clients rely on his wide-ranging commercial litigation experiences to navigate through heavy weather and reach common-sense business solutions and, when needed, to bet the company. Michael’s experience and judgment in the most demanding of business environments provides assurances to management and in-house counsel.

Michael has served as counsel to numerous businesses facing corporate governance disputes, regulatory issues, claims arising out of real estate investments, and breach of contract liability. He has also served as counsel in a wide range of employment cases involving universities and schools facing claims ranging from age, sex, and religious discrimination to unfair and deceptive practices as well as businesses facing non-solicit/non-compete issues and trade secret violations.

In addition to being a well-respected commercial and employment litigator, Michael has significant experience representing manufacturing, agriculture and consumer-product oriented organizations in environmental contamination and product liability cases. Michael’s clients regularly rely on his experience handling scientific and medical issues in handling both commercial and mass tort litigation.

Prior to joining Capes Sokol, Michael spent six years working at an international law firm where he regularly worked with clients to resolve complex, multi-party, civil litigation matters including employment-related matters, higher education disputes, corporate governance disputes, wrongful death and personal injury cases.

After graduating from law school, Michael served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Joe L. Heaton in the Western District of Oklahoma.


In the Community

Michael is new to the St. Louis community but he and his wife have a significant history of volunteering at local food banks and medical clinics, and they are looking forwarding to getting involved in the local St. Louis community.

Memberships & Associations

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Leadership Clayton (2019)

Significant Representations

  • Counsel for large agricultural and consumer product producer in large mass tort litigation involving a wide variety of matters involving negligence, fraud, and wrongful death claims
  • Counsel for large privately-held car rental company involved in state regulatory investigation into alleged price gouging
  • Counsel for prominent author against wrongful termination claims brought by previous head of school



  • “Reducing Waste & Exposure: Taking Advantage of Donation Laws and Standardizing Food Date Labels”, Food Safety Summit 2017 Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2017
  • “Reducing Waste & Exposure: Standardizing Food Safety and Quality Dates”, BRC Global Standards Food Safety Americas Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2017


  • J.D., The University of Oklahoma College of Law (2010) 
    • Order of the Coif
    • Oklahoma Law Review, Executive Articles Editor
    • National Health Law Moot Court Team
  • B.B.A., International Business and Economics, The University of Oklahoma, summa cum laude (2007)
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