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Michelle Lee Sommer

Child custody Attorney at Carlisle, PA

4.9   49 reviews

About Michelle

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Michelle L. Sommer

Michelle is the Founding Member with Sommer & O'Donnell, L.L.C.  Her primary focus is in the area of family law.  However, she also practices in the area of estate planning and administration. 

 

Michelle represents clients in all aspects of family law; such as, divorce, separation, custody, support, grandparent’s rights, pre-marital agreements, adoption, involuntary termination of parental rights, protection from abuse issues, paternity issues, name change, dependency and legal guardianship.

 

Michelle is also a member of the Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania (CPCP), where she assists clients in solving sensitive problems with an approach that is individually tailored to place the interests of the family first to minimize destruction and the need for long-term litigation.
 

While practicing in the area of estate planning and administration she represents  clients in the areas of wills and trusts, livings wills, powers of attorneys, general estate planning, guardianship, estate litigation; as well as, probate and estate administration.

 

Michelle’s family law practice takes her to multiple counties from Chester to Fulton; as well as, Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Franklin and Adams Counties. 

 

Upon graduating from Widener University School of Law in 2004, she accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney with York County.  As a Deputy Prosecutor she had the opportunity to argue before the Pennsylvania Superior Court.  Prior to joining the firm, Michelle was Special Assistant to the Minority Whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1994 to 2001.  Michelle accepted a position with Abom & Kutulakis, L.L.P., in 2006 and became Partner with the firm in just three years.  She opened her own boutique family law firm with Brandon O'Donnell, Esquire in 2016.

 

Education:

J.D. – Widener University School of Law

B.A. – West Chester University

 

Admissions:

All Pennsylvania Courts; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

 

Membership Affiliations:

Pennsylvania Bar Association; Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Cumberland County Bar Association; Family Law Section of the Cumberland County Bar Association; Dauphin County Bar Association; Franklin County Bar Association; Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania (CPCP)

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A Boutique Family Law Firm

A comfortable approach to your Family Law needs including Divorce, Custody Support, Adoption, Separation, Grandparents Rights and more.
Licensed for 18 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 10/01/2022

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Sommer & O'Donnell
36 South Hanover Street
Carlisle, PA, 17013
Sommer & O'Donnell
35 S. Duke Street
York, PA, 17401
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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Patrick | July 18, 2021
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Incredible Attorney
Michelle Sommers is the attorney you want representing you! She is extremely knowledgeable in custody, divorce, and family law. She got me exactly what I was asking for and was clear and concise throughout the entire process. I have since referred her to friends and family. This is the person you want on your side!
Posted by Lloyd | November 22, 2019
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Adoption
Michelle is the best lawyer I have ever had to consult with and be on my side. She cares about what she does and it shows. I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Michelle | November 21, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
Michele is an excellent attorney, she keeps you informed, you know what to expect and she fights tooth and nail for her clients. We were in court getting nowhere with another attorney, fired him, hired Michele. She got us everything we had been fighting for and in a very short time.
Posted by Nicole | November 21, 2019
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Best lawyer for custody
Michelle is an incredible lawyer. She's empathetic to your situation but makes sure you know all of the facts and you're ready for your court appearances. She's very knowledgeable about the current laws and also past case studies similar to yours. Thankfully I haven't had to use her lately but should I need her I will not hesitate to hire her again.
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Posted by Susan | June 23, 2017
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Child custody and support
Michelle was very kind and compassionate during this most trying time. She also fought to make sure my rights were heard in resolving these issues. I highly recommend her and her firm for your legal issues.
Posted by Tina | June 21, 2017
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Divorce
While my divorce was fairly easy and friendly (if you can call it that), I still needed help navigating the process as I didn't know what I was even entitled to for a 15 year marriage. She was great and explained everything to me throughout this process which made it much easier for me.
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2017
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Divorce and Custody matters
Attorney Sommer was the best! She was a fierce advocate for me and my son’s needs. She was there for me when I was stressed out and didn’t know which way to turn. She kept me calm throughout the entire divorce and custody process I would give her 10 stars if I could.
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2017
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Great Communicator
Michelle handled my divorce and walked me through every step of the way. It was a messy divorce, but she was able to explain things and keep things moving throughout the process. I would recommend her for any family law needs.
Posted by Greg | February 15, 2017
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Great lawyer
Michelle was great to work with. She answered all my questions and help me with my divorce and my child custody trail. I would recommend her law firm to anyone. Michelle is a great family law lawyer. She was not pushy and helped me go in the right direction with my cases. She will fight for you. Your not just a number with her. She is very personal able and easy going
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2017
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Child custody, divorce, and child support lawyer
Michelle is outstanding and very knowledgeable. I am very pleased to have her as my legal counsel.
Posted by Casey | February 7, 2017
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Michelle Sommer
Michelle Sommer was my lawyer back in 2014 when I went through a custody battle with my ex (she was with the firm Abom & Kutalakis at the time). She was extremely professional, was very good at responding to emails and phone calls in a timely fashion, and did a pretty good job of keeping me informed with what was going on. I won primary custody with her as my lawyer. I would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2017
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Divorce
Michelle was a great support through a very difficult time in my life. She fought for what was needed for my children to continue to live the lives they did before the divorce. She answered my many questions and talked me off the ledge a few times. She is compassionate. I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2017
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Custody
Michelle is honest, straightforward and hard working. She doesn't sugar coat the possible results. I wish I had hired her from the beginning of my custody battle.
Posted by John | February 1, 2017
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Michelle Lee Sommer
Michelle was very professional when she handled my case. She was compassionate yet extremely honest and to the point. She kept me well informed about all situations. Michelle, was great about returning phone calls, or email in a timely manner. Michelle is very easy to talk to and work with. Would recommend her service to anyone.
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Posted by Charles | January 30, 2017
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Trusted Attorney!!!
I could not have asked for a more personable, knowledgeable, and proactive Attorney. Michelle handled by custody case, and keep my child as the number one focus. Michelle answered all of my questions (email or phone call) in a timely manner. Michelle explained every step of the custody process in detail, and listened to all my concerns. I would definitely recommend Michelle to anyone, and I have!
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2016
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Best ever!
Michelle recently left her old firm in which she was a partner to begin a new adventure and open her own firm. I was asked by her old firm to stay with them, which I would never do! Because of the time we spent together working on my custody case, nobody knows my situation better than Michelle and I wouldn't trust the situation with anyone else. I would follow her no matter where she worked because I'm that confident in her abilities to take care of my family.
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2016
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The Best Attorney Ever
I have been a Client of Attorney Sommer for several years now. She is very professional And she is also very knowledgeable in family law. Attorney Sommer recently opened her own firm and I went with her to her new firm because I knew I would always be in good hands.
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2015
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Divorce representation
Michelle was most helpful during this difficult time. Her experience, advice, dedication and empathy exceeded my expectations. I would not hesitate to utilize her services in the future.
Posted by David | December 7, 2015
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Professional Excellence
I contacted Michelle to settle my ongoing divorce and take over from another attorney. Michelle is extremely professional and personable to work with during the process. She made sure I was always aware of my legal rights regarding my case and advised me of my options in a clear and concise way. Ultimately Michelle was able to settle my divorce and child support matters fairly and quickly. I highly recommend Michelle to anyone who needs legal help in divorce, separation or custody issues.
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Posted by Nicole | April 15, 2015
Extremely impressed
I have known and worked with Michelle Sommer for a long time and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone. She understands the laws inside and out and works with her clients to figure out the best course of action to take. Divorces and child custody arrangements are not always pretty, but by following Michelle's advice and guidance, positive outcomes are definitely possible. She is a straight shooter that will lay everything out for you and that can be very comforting when facing difficult situations that you might not fully understand.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • Widener School of Law - Harrisburg
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth of PA v. Padilla
  • Affirmed.

Associations

  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Franklin County Bar Association Family Law Division
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Independent Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania (CPCP)
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • CLE Committee of the Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Legion Auxilary
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Franklin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Family Law Section of the Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Independent Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 10% in the United States Divorce and Family Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Certified in Communication and Conflict Resolution Training
  • Lancaster Mediation Center
  • 2012

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Cumberland County CLE
  • Business Valuations in Divorce
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (5)
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Michelle on a number of difficult cases. I respect her tenacity and her understanding of the law. She is very skilled at analyzing issues and advocating but is very practical about finding solutions that reflect the likely outcomes that litigation would produce, without the delay and the cost to her client. It is easy to endorse Michelle."
Family Attorney | Mar 17
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."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
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."
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Atty Sommer and I have represented opposing parties in cases. She has always been professional and courteous. She returns calls promptly and represents her clients zealously."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michelle and I were opposing counsel on a case and I have since referred business to her. She has integrity, she is easy to work with, and she is extremely knowledgeable. Unlike many family law attorneys, Michelle is willing to fight for her clients even if it means hard work."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michelle is a skilled attorney and effective advocate for her clients. She is well-organized and well-prepared any time she enters the courtroom, and serves her clients' interests well. I have the privilege of working for, and learning from, Michelle."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michelle is an exceptional lawyer and mentor. I have worked under her tutelage for many years now; and the skills and knowledge I have gained from her are immeasurable! She has prepared me to strongly advocate for my clients in the family law arena with confidence."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have been in full-time practice for 46 years. I merged my law firm with Abom & Kutulakis well over 1 1/2 years ago and I am Senior Counsel with the Firm. Attorney Sommer is truly one of the best all around family law attorneys I have ever encountered. All of the clients who come to me for all areas of family law, I have referred to Attorney Sommer. In every "single" case, they were extremely pleased with her tremendous knowledge and her very personal representation on their behalf. If I personally had a family law matter, I would want her to represent me."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michelle is an experienced lawyer who works vigorously to obtain the best possible result for her clients. Her legal knowledge and practical approach make her an extremely effective advocate in matters of divorce, custody, and adoption. Especially in an arena where emotions can run high, Michelle's balanced and straightforward style is an invaluable asset that many lawyers can only hope to attain. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"A tireless advocate for her clients"
Family Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"It is a privilege to work with Michelle. Michelle is a talented attorney and a zealous advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michelle is an experienced attorney and a zealous advocate for both parents and children in her family law cases."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Sommer and I worked together as prosecutors in the York County District Attorney's Office. She is an extremely strong litigator with excellent courtoom advocacy skills. She is dedicated to her work, her cases, and, most importantly, her clients. Working with Attorney Sommer was truly a pleasure."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I have known Ms. Sommer for over 5 years, since the time when she joined our law firm. Her attention to detail and professionalism are beyond reproach. A reflection of one's character can readily be observed through one's interactions with colleagues and office staff. I am very honored to have Michelle as a member of our law firm and proud that she has recently accepted her new role as my law partner."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Michelle is an excellent attorney and works very hard for her clients"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Carlisle Child custody Lawyer Michelle Lee Sommer
Michelle Lee Sommer
Child custody Attorney
Carlisle, PA
Licensed for 18 years