Michelle is dedicated to serving families in crisis, especially those families who have loved ones with special needs or disabilities. Her passion stems from experiencing the untimely deaths of her husband’s brothers, Tom (age 29) and Kent (age 31), and his cousin, Todd (age 26). Tom, Kent, and Todd died from Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes wasting of all of the body’s muscle tissue, including the heart and diaphragm. Her family has experienced the physical, social, and emotional isolation of having loved ones with a physical disability.
Michelle began her legal career in 2005 as an attorney for the national law firm Quarles & Brady, LLP. At Quarles & Brady, she represented large and small corporations in high-stakes complex civil litigation including business torts, fraud, breach of contract, and anti-trust. In 2008, Michelle moved to a small firm where she practiced estate and trust litigation in probate court including guardianship and conservatorship law. In 2010 she joined the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where she currently oversees the College’s pro bono program, including 14 different programs that do outreach to the underserved populations of Maricopa County.
Over the years, Michelle has achieved impressive victories on behalf of her clients including success at trial, evidentiary hearings, mediation, arbitration, and appeals. Her experience includes practice in Arizona’s Superior Court, Federal Court, Arizona Court of Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit.
B.S. Kansas State University
J.D. University of Iowa, J.D.
Antonia Miller Award for Advancement of Human Rights
Boyd Service Award with Highest Honors
State Bar and Court Admissions:
Federal Bar and Court Admissions:
District of Arizona
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Reporter, “Assisted Reproductive Technologies: A Model Statute,” Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, Fall 2005.
Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of Arizona
Maricopa County Bar
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
Board of Directors:
Homeless Legal Assistance Project – 2010 – present
Volunteer Lawyers Program Advisory Committee – 2010 – present
Community Legal Services – 2010 – present
Past Volunteer Experience:
Children’s Legal Center, Community Legal Services, Volunteer Lawyers Program, Salvation Army, Arizona Legal Volunteer, Wills for Heroes, Arizona, American Civil Liberties Union – Georgia, NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, CASA – Court Appoint Special Advocate, Crisis Center, Manhattan, KS, Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Licensed since 2005
Hourly ($250-300/hour), Contingent (10-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Pro Bono (5%)
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Antonia Miller Award for Advancement of Human Rights||University of Iowa||2005|
|Boyd Service Award with Highest Honors||University of Iowa||2005|
|Attorney||Quarles & Brady LLP||2005 - 2008|
|University of Iowa College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|Kansas State University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||2002|