Michael CostelloMichael J. Costello
Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: 1114-Tower
Voice (314)-516-6271
Email: costellom@umsl.edu

University Accomplishments:

Old Newsboy Day children’s charity campaign: Organize and lead campus involvement in semi-annual community campaign [Thursday before Thanksgiving and Spring golf tournament] to raise funds for over 270+ area children’s charities at several locations, on the main UMSL campus, at St. Louis Lambert International Airport and the UMSL Wildwood campus.  Commissioned a statue to raise visibility of the student engagement in the campaign that is displayed annually on campus and the airport preceding the campaign.  See: http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/business/oldnewsboy2013.html

Rotary Ethics Panel: coordinate and moderate a semi-annual discussion [A joint effort with the St. Louis chapter of the Rotary International in which members of Rotary host a roundtable discussion.] of an ethical challenge the panelist faced in his/her career for students to query and suggest potential resolutions.  Following the student discussion, each panelist reveals how he/she dealt with the problem and career ramifications (positive and negative).  See: http://business.umsl.edu/photo_gallery/rotary%20ethics%20panel.html 

International Business Case Competition: coordinate and raise funds for an annual student led inter-university competition with cash scholarship awards for winning teams based on an actual issue being discussed by an area corporation.  Students are briefed, research and prepare a proposed business solution to the problem presented to a panel consisting of experienced international business persons, including the corporate representative who submitted the issue. See: http://blogs.umsl.edu/news/2013/04/25/ibcase/

Grant Approved:  Received a grant to initiate a student tutoring program to improve student performance in Legal Environment of Business.

Courses Offered: Have created and offer on a recurring basis courses in undergraduate and graduate business law, international commercial transactions law and international management, including specialized courses for executives in companies, such as Brown Shoe and Express Scripts.

Visiting and Guest Lectures:  a visiting instructor at Gulf University of Science & Technology in Kuwait and Nanjing University in China.  Guest lectures for University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Washington University in St. Louis and Modern College in Muscat, Oman.  Formerly an instructor for Lindenwood, Washington University and Webster Universities.

Consulting Engagements: 

Recurring engagement in training for Accenture consultants, executives and managing directors. 

Business consulting as a founding member of Agreeco for companies, such as Cargill and Manna Pro. 

Commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association handling US and international disputes.

Board Service:

Member Board of Directors of Schaeffer Manufacturing Company, a $100+ million manufacturer, distributor and marketer of petroleum based lubricants for automotive and industry.

Member and Research Associate of the International Business Advisory Board for the College of Business Administration of the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Member of the Board of Directors of High School Soccer Referees Association of St. Louis, representing the 200+ soccer referees officiating high school soccer matches.

Past President and Member of the Board of Directors of Blessing Basket, a not-for-profit, purchasing baskets at a prosperity wage produced by weavers in developing countries and sold primarily through Whole Foods Markets and women-to-women networks.

Past board member of other not-for-profit organizations, such as Aim High, World Affairs Council, World Trade Club.

Prior Professional Experience:

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Agribrands Int’l, Inc. a Fortune 500 spin-off, NYSE listed company, manufacturing, marketing and selling Purina agri animal feed products globally.

International Counsel for Ralston Purina Company responsible for the legal affairs of animal and human foods businesses [Purina feed and pet food, Beechnut baby food, Continental Baking (products such as Wonder bread and Twinkies snack cakes), private label cereals, cookies and crackers] with manufacturing, sales and distribution in sixteen countries on four continents.

International Counsel Asia Pacific and Canada for Monsanto, a manufacturing and marketer of products, such as Round-up herbicides and Dekalb seeds.

Practicing Attorney with Nordic Law Consultants in Brussels, Belgium and Thompson & Coburn [then Mitchell] St. Louis, Missouri, USA


BA, cum laude, University of Missouri – Columbia in political science
J.D., cum laude, St. Louis University School of Law
L.L.M., cum laude, Vrije Universeit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri and District of Columbia


He has studied Chinese, has some awareness of Dutch, is modestly conversant in French and is studying Arabic.


Married with two children in graduate school.