Michelle L. LaFayette

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Michelle L. LaFayette

Michelle L. LaFayette


Michelle L. LaFayette is a partner in our Chicago office.

Michelle represents employers and insurance carriers in the defense of workers’ compensation and subrogation matters before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Circuit and Appellate Courts.

Michelle is the current president of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, where she previously served as Chair to the Workers’ Compensation Law Section Council.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in history/political science from Illinois College in 1995 where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 2000.

Outside of work, Michelle is an avid reader, has interests in history, especially American history, and is a big fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks and Green Bay Packers.








  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois (J.D., 2000)
  • Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois (B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1995)

Admitted To Practice:

  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2000


  • Partner, Ganan & Shapiro, P.C., Chicago, Illinois, 2008
  • Associate, Ganan & Shapiro, P.C., Chicago, Illinois, 2000-2008
  • Law Clerk, Ganan & Shapiro, P.C., Chicago, Illinois, 1997-2000

Professional Affiliation:

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Workers’ Compensation Section Council (2006-Present)

    • Secretary 2011-2012

    • Vice Chair 2012-2013

  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association
    • President 2022-2023