Devoted. Prepared. Accessible. Compassionate.
Michelle Dellino is a Washington native, born and raised in Seattle. Her decision to found Dellino Law Group came from her belief that there is a solution to every problem. Michelle believes no client should have to endlessly wait to hear back from their attorney or be in the dark about the status of their case. At Dellino Law Group our practice is results oriented and heavily focused on client communication. We provide non-judgmental and efficient representation with an emphasis on achieving client goals through immediate problem solving.
Before she began practicing law Michelle was a retail store manager for Starbucks Coffee Company. She studied politics and philosophy at New York University and Seattle University before going on to obtain her law degree from Seattle University and later a Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University and a certification in Law & Technology from Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.
Michelle's practice focuses on criminal defense and family law. She has extensive experience handling felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. Michelle has represented clients facing countless criminal charges, traffic infractions, and in family law matters in courts all around Washington State. While many lawyers rarely go to court, Michelle is at home in the courtroom.
Prior to starting Dellino Law Group Michelle worked for a large public defender office and other private law firms in the greater Seattle area gaining extensive experience defending serious criminal charges, hundreds of DUIs, traffic infractions, and handling family law and estate planning matters. Prior to private practice, Michelle had the privilege of serving as a judicial law clerk in Washington State Superior Court for Kitsap County. As an attorney providing support to four busy trial court judges Michelle analyzed legal motions in all areas of law, especially in cases involving complex issues, and recommended how a judge should rule on the motion. Her work at the Court helped her understand how judges respond to arguments made by attorneys. This experience makes her an extremely effective advocate in the courtroom where she now spends her days fighting hard for her clients.
Michelle is active in her community and volunteers with the Northwest Justice Project and American Cancer Society. During her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, getting outdoors, exploring food & wine, cooking, travel, and New York Yankee baseball. She abhors apathy.
Languages spoken: German
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I honestly can't say enough about Michelle. She is single-handedly the absolute hardest working attorney I have ever known. Not only is she beautiful, intelligent, and dedicated, but you can really tell that she truly cares about her clients. She takes the time to get to know her clients and will go the distance to get the best results she can for them. I would hire her in a heartbeat if I needed help with a criminal charge. She also has a lot of experience in family law and if you are lucky enough to be able to hire her for a family issue you will not be disappointed. I frequently go to her for advice and help with some of my cases and she seems to always know the best way to get something done.
Mark Larsson Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. I've had the opportunity to see Michelle in a number of court situations and have been consistently impressed. I would not hesitate to refer and/or ask for coverage from her - in other words - I trust her enough to take care of my clients. From a lawyer there's almost no higher compliment.
Jonathan Dichter DUI & DWI Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2013|
|Criminal Justice Excellence in Instruction||Arizona State University||2013|
|Pro Bono Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2012|
|summa cum laude honors||Arizona State University||2012|
|Distinguished Scholar||Alpha Phi Sigma, The National Criminal Justice Honor Society||2011|
|magna cum laude honors||Seattle University School of Law||2009|
|CALI Award of Excellence - Criminal Law||LexisNexis||2007|
|CALI Award of Excellence - Civil Procedure||LexisNexis||2006|
|Managing Attorney||Dellino Law Group PLLC||2013 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Whalley Law PLLC||2012 - 2013|
|Attorney||Callahan Law||2012 - 2013|
|Staff Attorney||Washington State Superior Court for Kitsap County||2010 - 2011|
|Attorney / Of Counsel||Greater Puget Sound Legal PLLC||2009 - 2012|
|Rule 9 Public Defender||Associated Counsel For The Accused||2008 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2013 - Present|
|Washington Defender Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|American Society of Criminology||Member||2010 - Present|
|Western Society of Criminology||Member||2010 - Present|
|Alpha Phi Sigma, The National Criminal Justice Honor Society||Member||2010 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2009 - 2013|
|American Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|City of Black Diamond v. Defendant||DUI (Blood/Ambien) Reduced to non-criminal traffic infraction|
|City of Seattle v. Defendant||Obstruction charge from Occupy Seattle protest dismissed. Court found defendant was exercising constitutional right to free speech by engaging in peaceful protest and City had no compelling interest in clearing Westlake Park for cleaning.|
|State of Washington v. Defendant||Enhanced DUI (.173) reduced to Reckless Driving|
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|ASU Spring Undergraduate Update||Careers in Law & Criminal Justice||2014|
|ASU Fall Undergraduate Update||Practical Approaches to Public Order Crimes||2012|
|ABA Environment, Energy and Resources Section publication||Understanding Sustainability in the Legal Profession||2011|
|Arizona State University||Criminology and Criminal Justice||MS - Master of Science||2012|
|Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||Law, Science & Technology||Certificate||2011|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|Seattle University||Philosophy||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|New York University||Politics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2003|
|University Drug & Alcohol Awareness||Understanding DUI Laws in Washington||2014|
|ASU Undergraduate Career Symposium||Careers in Law & Criminal Justice : Making a Difference and a Living||2014|
|University Drug & Alcohol Awareness||Understanding DUI Laws in Washington||2013|
|Transit Union Local Regional Meeting||Traffic Infraction Defense: The Importance of a Clean Driving Record||2013|
|Community Outreach||Estate Planning: Preparing for the Future and Providing Peace of Mind||2013|
|Arizona State University||Practical Approaches to Public Order Crimes||2012|
|ABA Environmental Law Section Conference||The Land Use Protection Appeal: Impact on Local Community||2011|