Biography of  Michael Gross

Michael A. Gross

I wrote my first appellate briefs while I was a student at the University of Michigan Law School. After graduating in 1971, I served as law clerk for the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

For the next 13 years I was a trial lawyer handling as many appeals as possible. During 1985 I left my position as a litigation partner in a prominent St. Louis law firm and opened a one-lawyer appellate practice. I have been writing briefs and arguing cases in federal and state appellate courts ever since.

Most of my appeals come from trial lawyers and by referral from appellate and trial judges. My opponents often are lawyers from the largest law firms or the United States Department of Justice. I frequently handle appeals for commercial litigators, plaintiff’s lawyers, divorce specialists, and criminal defense lawyers. Federal courts have appointed me several times to represent condemned men in death penalty litigation.