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Michael C. Duff

Professor of Law


Saint Louis University School of Law

Michael C. Duff is a Professor of Law at the Saint Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri.

Professor Duff, the grandson of a Harlan County, Kentucky coal miner who died of black lung at the age of 52, was a professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law from 2006 to 2022. He began his tenure as professor at Saint Louis University in July 2022. He is a member of the American Law Institute, fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Pound Civil Justice Institute, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Professor Duff has written on a variety of labor and employment issues arising under workers’ compensation law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Bankruptcy Code. He is author of a workers’ compensation textbook and co-author of a labor law textbook, both published by Carolina Academic Press. He has recently written a treatise on Wyoming workers’ compensation law, which was published in December 2019 by the CALI eLangdell Press. Professor Duff presently teaches courses in Torts, Labor Law, Workers’ Compensation Law, and Bankruptcy. He has previously taught courses in Administrative Law, Evidence, and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace.

Prior to his career as an academic, Professor Duff spent a decade working as an attorney, adjudicative official, and investigator in two National Labor Relations Board regional offices. Prior to his NLRB experience, Professor Duff worked for two years as an associate attorney in the Maine claimant-side workers’ compensation firm McTeague, Higbee & MacAdam. Before attending law school, Professor Duff was a blue collar worker for 15 years. For seven of those years, he was a Teamsters’ shop steward and active union organizer.