JD, University of Illinois; MA, Texas Tech University; BA, University of Illinois

Research Interests

Business law and ethics; team ethics; politics in business; regulatory environments; inspirational leadership; succession planning; emotional intelligence; workplace bullying


Michelle Preiksaitis spent 15 years as a civil defense trial and appellate court litigator for small businesses and Fortune 100 companies. Her focus was on trusts and estates, employment law, and family law. Appellate court decisions from many of her cases have been applied as precedent, and one appeals case created new law in the state of Illinois. In addition to her experience as a litigator, she owned and served as president of a legal research company. Today, Preiksaitis manages grassroots political campaigns and serves as chair of a political action committee. Her efforts have resulted in the successful passage of a public safety tax and the establishment of a pro bono real estate tax appeal clinic for low-income individuals. She is a contributing faculty member at Walden in the areas of performance management and succession planning. Her career in academia spans more than two decades, and she has held multiple positions, including manager of faculty training, director of faculty management, and associate dean. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and has been a licensed attorney in Illinois for more than 20 years.