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Michael A. Risley

About me

Michael Risley received his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. As an undergraduate, Mr. Risley spent seven months in northeastern Thailand doing human rights work, where he learned the value of doing the right thing, even in the face of adversity. 

In 2008, at the University of Tulsa College of Law, Mr. Risley was awarded the American Bar Association's Curtin Fellowship for his work in alternative sentencing for homeless defendants.

Unable to refuse the call of home, Mr. Risley returned to O.U. in 2009, where he did pro bono criminal defense work for low- and no-income clients at the O.U. College of Law's Criminal Defense Clinic. He was awarded his J.D in 2010 and admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in the same year. 

Mr. Risley was born in Singapore to his Norwegian mother and American father, and split his childhood between England and Oklahoma. His out-of-the-ordinary life experience has instilled in him a long standing respect for diversity and a commitment to serving others, which he puts at the forefront of his legal practice.


Practice areas


  1. Expungement: 25%
    6 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    6 years
  3. Family: 20%
    6 years
  4. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    6 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

10 total 

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  • Jason Sansone

    Mr. Risley is one of the top criminal expungement and pardon attorney's I know in Oklahoma. I gladly endorse this attorney.


    Jason Sansone Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Sara W. McFall

    Michael is incredibly smart and a tireless researcher. He will always find the most relevant authority to prove a clients' case and has quickly established himself as an expert in certain areas of law. Despite being a recent member of the Bar, I consider him a great resource as well as a committed colleague who works to find the very best outcome for his clients. He conducts himself with integrity and cares deeply about helping people achieve their legal goals.


    Sara McFall Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

3700 Classen Blvd
Suite 150
Oklahoma City, OK, 73118


OKAuthorized to practice law201005/25/2012
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2013
Robert T. Rennie ScholarUniversity of Oklahoma College of Law2009
The Curtin FellowshipAmerican Bar Association2008
Three Time Dean's Honor RollUniversity of Tulsa College of Law2008
University Fund ScholarUniversity of Tulsa College of Law2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney - OwnerMichael A. Risley, Attorney & Counselor at Law, PLLC2010 - Present
Criminal Defense ClinicUniversity Of Oklahoma Law School2009 - 2010
Curtin FellowshipAmerican Bar Association2008 - 2009
Law ClerkLegal Aid Services of Oklahoma2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oklahoma County Criminal Defense LawyersMember2015 - Present
Oklahoma County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Cleveland County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Oklahoma Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Phi Delta PhiMember2008 - 2010
University of Oklahoma Alumni AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Oklahoma v. [Client]Expunged
State of Oklahoma v. [Client]Expunged
[Client] v. State of OklahomaExpunged
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oklahoma College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of OklahomaAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oklahoma Association of Municipal Attorneys - Fall ConferenceExpungement for Law Enforcement & Municipal Professionals2015
University of Oklahoma College of Law Guest Speaker SeriesClinical Experiences2014
Francis Tuttle T.O.P. ProgramErasing Criminal Records: Expungements, Pardons, & Modification2013
University of Oklahoma College of Law Guest Speaker SeriesHow to Start Your Own Law Practice2011