Michele Gaus Ehning began her career at Riggle and Craven, a boutique Chicago law firm specializing in customs and international trade law. She continued her focus on the business side at Komatsu America for the next 15 years providing oversight for customs and international trade
matters at Komatsu’s headquarters and manufacturing plants throughout the U.S. and Canada. She assisted with tariff classification of Komatsu’s imported goods and wrote petitions to the U.S. Customs Service successfully challenging its tariff classification decisions of Komatsu’s imported goods, saving the company thousands of dollars.

Michele received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois Chicago Law School ( formerly the John Marshall Law School). She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two children.