Did you know that in today's society, approximately 65% of marriages end in Divorce?Whether or not you are looking for a private adoption or a step-parent adoption, I am here to help.If your in the middle of a custody battle, I will assist you during this emotional time in your lifeI will work to ensure that you receive the amount of child or spousal support you deserve.Don't go at it alone. Our attorneys are experienced, tough, and will act on your behalf.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Certified in Communication and Conflict Resolution Training||Lancaster Mediation Center||2012|
|Founding Member||Sommer & O'Donnell, LLC||2016 - Present|
|Partner||Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P.||2006 - 2016|
|Assistant District Attorney||York County District Attorneys Office||2004 - 2006|
|Certified Legal Intern||Weidner School of Law Family Law Clinic||2002 - 2003|
|Special Assistant to the Minority Whip||Pennsylvania House of Representatives||1994 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Dauphin County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2016 - Present|
|Franklin County Bar Association Family Law Division||Member||2015 - Present|
|Independent Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania (CPCP)||Member||2012 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2012 - Present|
|Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars||Member||2010 - Present|
|CLE Committee of the Cumberland County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|American Legion Auxilary||Member||2010 - Present|
|Franklin County Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Dauphin County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Family Law Section of the Cumberland County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Cumberland County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Independent Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania||Executive Committee Member||2016 - 2017|
|Commonwealth of PA v. Padilla||Affirmed.|
|See all legal cases|
|Central Penn Parent||When the marriage ends before “death do us part”||2013|
|Widener School of Law - Harrisburg||N/A||Juris Doctor||2004|
|West Chester University of Pennsylvania||Public Administration||Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|Cumberland County CLE||Business Valuations in Divorce||2012|
Posted by anonymous
Michelle is incomparable to any lawyer I have ever dealt with before. Her dedicated and professional service far exceeded all my expectation. Michelle would fully explain the law in Layman’s terms that was very easy to understand. She would then provide all my options, both good and bad, and allow me to make the decision that was best for me. Michelle then fought hard for what I wanted, not like most attorneys who only fight hard for what they want. I have dealt with lawyers that would take days to return a call, if it was even returned at all. With Michelle, I could expect a return call from her within a few hours, if not minutes. It was a pleasure working with her and I would recommend Michelle to anyone in who finds themselves in need of legal help.
Posted by anonymous
I felt like Michelle really listened to my needs and what I wanted to do rather than pressuring me into doing something else. She's easy to get along with and is nonjudgmental with anything I came to her about. I got the results I wanted! If I ever need her in the future for my custody case, I know she will be there for me as soon as I call. You don't find that much with an attorney these days.
Posted by anonymous
Michelle is an attorney like no other attorney. She displays strong analytical ability, attention to detail, sound judgement, and is personable. Above all, she exhibits emotional intelligence and realizes the importance of showing empathy and engagement during the most difficult time in a client's life. I relied on Michelle to make good and honest decisions and that is exactly what she did. She was truly committed to my case and made me feel at ease within the courtroom. Within the courtroom she was knowledgeable, able to think quickly on her feet, and solid. The contribution Michelle is making to her clients and this firm is evident, so I confidently recommend her.
Posted by anonymous
Attorney Sommer was professional, yet caring as she helped me through my divorce and custody matter. She answered my calls in a timely manner, which is more than I can say for my old attorney and walked me through the divorce and custody processes. I would highly recommend her - she was always truthful and to the point.
Posted by Lois
Michelle agreed to represent us after our attorney became employed with a different employer.
It was readily evident that Michelle did her homework-she had to have read over all of our legal
information because the first time we met with her, she remembered everything we'd been
through. She's compassionate, kind, and honest.
Posted by Adam
When I was looking for an attorney to assist me in obtaining custody of my child, I met with 6 attorneys prior to Michelle. She was the only one who genuinely seemed interested in helping me gain custody of my child. She knew the laws, other attorneys in the case, and the judges we encountered and thoroughly prepared me for what I could expect. Michelle fought for me and I ultimately got shared custody 50/50 of my daughter, exactly what I was seeking.
I highly recommend Michelle Sommer as she was an amazing attorney for me in my child custody case, and I will definitely be using her services again in the future.
Posted by Melissa
Ms. Sommer was my attorney for a custody and divorce matter. She was not only very professional but she went out of her way to make sure that all of my questions were answered. In fact, she was very responsive and made sure to return all of my phone calls within 24 hours. She knows the law and can answer all of your questions when you call or stop in for a personal visit. I would absolute recommend her to anyone who needs a family law attoreny.
Jane Adams, Family Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I have had numerous divorce cases with Michelle and she is an excellent attorney to work with. She is tough but balanced and is extremely effective at advocating for her client. I strongly recommend her on any family law matter.
Melissa Kelso, Business Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Michelle is a fierce family law attorney who will handle all of your cases with concern, skill and integrity. Michelle strives for positive resolutions for your family and your future. Kelso Law, LLC, endorses this attorney.