Ernest Adolph Michel practiced law with Thomas E. Davis in Marshall, Minnesota, from 1908 to 1919, when the firm relocated to Minneapolis. There they practiced until Michel's death on August 4, 1947. In memorial services for the Hennepin County Bar Association the following year, Davis recalled his partner:
"He was a bear for work; he loved the law; and, perhaps, had a better comprehension of the Federal Employers' Liability Act, governing the rights of railroad workers in the United States, than any lawyer in the country. . . .
"He had faith in the causes he represented; he had faith in himself, and he did so much want to live and carry on. It was, however, ordained that he pass away---in the early years of his life---only 59 years of age.
"With his passing, I confess, I not only lost one of the ablest lawyers I have ever known, but I have also lost a friend and a confidant, a man whom I have often said: 'certainly had great patience and a marvelous disposition to endure association with me for forty-one years.'
"His influence will be felt for many years to come and younger lawyers reading the reports of cases he has argued in the State Supreme Court and the Circuit Court of Appeals cannot avoid the conclusion that here was a lawyer who knew his case."