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Michele Patrao Forsythe

Family Attorney at Charleston, SC

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State SC
    Acquired 2003
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Michele

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Born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, Michele Patrao Forsythe is a multi-lingual attorney who still uses her linguistic ability and her cultural heritage every day in her dynamic litigation practice.

Michele is an avid fitness enthusiast and is actively involved in the Charleston County Bar and the South Carolina Bar.

Michele practice in local, state, and federal courts in South Carolina.

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Query Sautter Forsythe, LLC
The Wappoo Centre
147 Wappoo Creek Dr Ste 202
Charleston, SC, 29412-2111

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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Court
Mrs. Forsythe was very professional in handling all of the matters in a very complex custody case. She is incredibly diligent with her paperwork and clients. It was a very long and arduous process, in which she was very supportive. She was never compromising in anyway, and was never willing to let us make any decisions that would put us, our family, or the the children in jeopardy. She is compassionate, understanding, and very good at her job. She knows the laws very well and performs fabulously in court. I would highly recommend her for your family court needs as she worked exceptionally with my family.
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Posted by John | August 19, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michele is always professional giving sound legal advice, even at times when it was not what I wanted to hear pertaining to my case. Michele is highly recommended and highly regarded in the legal community, always seeking fairness, and justice!
Posted by Lisa | August 12, 2015
Effective representation with wise advice
Michele represented me in my divorce. I appreciated her listening skills. Her ears listened with her heart as her mind listened with knowledge of the law. She gave me wise,intelligent advice. My case was handled in a timely efficient manner. I have already recommended Michele to othes. Thanks for helping me put this in my past so I can move on to the next season of my life.
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Posted by James | August 12, 2015
Ms. Forsythe has handled several cases for us. We have been very satisfied with her services to us. The cases she handled were a law suit stemming from an accident, a divorce case, and several small cases. We would highly recommend Michele as a very competent attorney .
Posted by Thomas | August 12, 2015
Brilliant. Savvy. Connected.
i have worked with Michele for a very long time. Longer than I'd have hoped, actually. But the duration is not her fault. Just happens to be a convoluted case. That said, at every step along the way, Michele has proven to be a great listener with an unparalleled memory and a knack for giving sound and thoughtful advice. as a client this is of paramount importance, considering the fact that most lawyers have lots of clients. To know and remembet details without having to dif through the casefile is invaluable. Amongst other attorneys and with judges, Michele is clearly respected and taken very seriously - this is not surprising, given the long track record of success she has in Charleston. Listen to what she tells you. Be honest with her. Be patient. You will be successful if you follow those three rules of thumb.
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Posted by Jack | August 12, 2015
Excellent in All Ways
I have had the distinct pleasure to work with Michele on both personal, probate and highly complicated business matters including successful law suite filings, negotiations to settle out of court and appeals over the past 5 years. When she couldn't handle the work, she made excellent referrals. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Jen | January 13, 2015
Best Female Lawyer in Charleston
Mrs. Forsythe is hands down the best female attorney in Charleston! Mrs. Forsythe is very professional and knowledgeable of the legal system. She handle my case with the utmost respect and was able to guide me threw the worst. She has the clients best interest at heart. She takes extremely excellent care of her clients.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Query Sautter Forsythe, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Query Sautter Gliserman & Price, LLC
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Contract Attorney
  • Savage & Savage
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Contract Attorney
  • Grimball & Cabaniss, LLC
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Hulsey Litigation Group, LCC
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Contract Attorney
  • Rosen Law Firm
  • 2003 - 2004
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  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996
  • Autonomous National University of Mexico
  • Spanish Language and Latin American Politics
  • 1995


  • South Carolina Bar
  • House of Delegates
  • 2015 - Present
  • South Carolina Lawyer Wellness Task Force
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Charleston County Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • CLE Co-Chair
  • 2013 - Present
  • South Carolina Lawyer's Committee for Children's Rights
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • House of Delegates
  • 2010 - 2014
  • James L. Petigru American Inn of Court
  • Secretary
  • 2009 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2013


  • South Carolina Environmental Law Journal
  • Lady Luck Smiles on Environmentalists in Mississippi
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Michele
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for her practice in personal injury!"
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michele is a highly skilled advocate, with years of experience. She is highly respected both personally and professionally."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michèle Forsythe. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."