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.
J.D. – Widener University School of Law
B.A. – West Chester University
All Pennsylvania Courts; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
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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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.
Amy Owen Child custody Attorney
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.
Brandon O'Donnell Child custody Attorney
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|Special Assistant to the Minority Whip||Pennsylvania House of Representatives||1994 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Independent Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania (CPCP)||Executive Committee Member||2012 - Present|
|American Legion Auxilary||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars||N/A||2010 - Present|
|CLE Committee of the Cumberland County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Franklin County Bar Association||N/A||2007 - Present|
|Cumberland County Bar Association||N/A||2006 - Present|
|Dauphin County Bar Association||N/A||2006 - Present|
|Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Family Law Section of the Cumberland County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||N/A||2004 - Present|
|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|