Michael Tripp joined Campbell Law School as a Professor of Legal Research & Writing at the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year. He comes to Campbell Law having practiced at Smith Lewis, LLP in Columbia, Mo. since 1997, being named partner in 2004. At Smith Lewis, his principle areas included trial practice with an emphasis in employment defense, commercial litigation, environmental law, and public utility regulatory law.
Before Smith Lewis, Tripp practiced at Strong Law Firm, P.C. in Springfield, Mo., and Lathrop & Gage, L.L.C., in Kansas City, Mo.
Tripp previously served as a teaching assistant for legal research and writing at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, as well as an attorney coach and evaluator at numerous local law school, regional mock trial, and high school competitions. He also holds experience teaching at the high school level.
Tripp earned his undergraduate degree from Truman State University and his law degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law. While in law school, he was a member of the UMKC Law Review, and active in several student organizations. He clerked for U.S. District Court Magistrate Robert E. Larsen.