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Michelle Louise Blair

Family Attorney at Escondido, CA

5.0   22 reviews

also known as Michelle L. Blair

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  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Family
    50%
    * Dissolution of marriage including division of marital assets and/or debts, property evaluation, mediation, and other related matters to a divorce; * Child Custody and visitation disputes; * Child and Spousal Support; * Prenuptial and post nuptial agreements; * Grandparent visitation; * Paternity issues; and * All other Domestic Relations matters.

    22 years, 400 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    * Dissolution of marriage including division of marital assets and/or debts, property evaluation, mediation, and other related matters to a divorce; * Child Custody and visitation disputes; * Child and Spousal Support; * Prenuptial and post nuptial agreements; * Grandparent visitation; * Paternity issues; and * All other Domestic Relations matters.

    22 years, 100 cases

  3. Child custody
    13%
    Providing representation in child custody matters to establish a parenting plan or establish paternity.

    22 years, 100 cases

  4. Child support
    12%
    Providing representation in child support matters in the Department of Child Support Services or regular family court hearings.

    22 years, 100 cases

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Michelle L. Blair was born and raised in Southern California. Ms. Blair graduated from the Menlo College, Atherton, California where she was a magna cum laude graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. Ms. Blair then received her juris doctor degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California and was admitted to the California and federal bars in 2002.

 

Ms. Blair has extensive experience in all aspects of family law matters, including custody disputes, support and high net worth divorces. Ms. Blair has is also experienced in preparing premarital and post marital agreements.

Ms. Blair has experience in trusts and estates. Ms. Blair is skillful in conducting all the phases of entity formations, including general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations.

Ms. Blair has been a mediator since August 22, 2003 and completed her
mediation skills training at San Diego Mediation Center.

Location

BLAIR Family Law Group, APC

Reviews

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Posted by Brian | September 12, 2013
Best fathers rights attorney
Michele has done an awesome job getting my children out of the hands of my ex wife who didn't care about them. As well as made 7 false allegations against me and has gone above and beyond in helping me out with getting custody of my kids.
Posted by Haikeem | September 12, 2013
An attorney that fights for what you want
Outstanding results with expert knowledge. I started out with an attorney fighting for me in my divorce but wasn't feeling very satisfied leaving her office. In comes Michelle fighting for me, my mood changed walking out of her office every step of the way. She had knowledge that surprised me in fighting for custody of my kids and my divorce. Eventually getting me the results I wanted. She is now the only attorney I will go to when in need. I now have my kids in my school district and nothing makes me happier than what she has helped me to achieve.
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Posted by Rick | May 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Spousal support
Simply put she is the best knows her stuff very thorough someone’s always available to answer questionsAnd keep you informed as to what is going on in your case you will not be disappointed when you hire Michelle Blair
Posted by Patrice | February 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney ever!
My husband and I hired Michelle Blair for a very difficult child custody case and it was the best decision we could have made. I’ve never seen a more dedicated attorney. She genuinely cared about our issues and our children’s welfare. Michelle always made time for us, and when we were stressed out she remained calm and used her knowledge and experience to resolve out concerns. She even had to combat a very dishonest, blowhard opposing counsel and handled him very confidently and respectfully, which really earned our respect and confidence. There was also a situation where we thought she was doing something wrong for our case and it turned out that she was 100% right! She didn’t give up on us WE were wrong, and really proved that she had our best interest. I can’t ever repay her for what she has done for my family. If I ever need a family law attorney in the future I wouldn’t hire anyone else! And if anyone is searching for the best family law attorney, Michelle Blair is it!
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Posted by Benjamin K Outfkirt | April 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a sharkette
Top noche lady who knows the judicial system very well, it’s been such a pleasure having her as my attorney, I will vote for her if she goes for a president, I will vote for her twice if it’s lawful, thank you so much for fighting for me Mss mechelle, to success and nothing less
Posted by Michelle | June 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding, Responsive, Best Family Law Attorney (for both moms and dads!) Around
Michelle Blair, Joy, and the entire group at Blair family law firm is the best team ANY individual could ever ask or hire for. They went above and beyond and covered concerns I would have never even thought about in the first place. Michelle and Joy ALWAYS focused on the best interests of the child (family court case), and what was the right and reasonable thing to do. I was very fortunate to have retained Michelle and her team. Michelle’s firm yet friendly, professional, expertise, experience, approach, and persistence ALWAYS moved the case forward and got the best results, because, hey at the end of the day and after multiple delays and antics by the opposing counsel, Michelle and her team still crushed and defeated them. Michelle and Joy ensured that we had everything ready and all bases covered that essentially showed the judge our party had been reasonable from the start. We went to the table with a settlement and ex and his first set of lawyers backed out of a reasonable offer. Michelle went to court on my behalf, and even with heart of gold and “pit-bull” mode, her readiness, communication, straightforward approach intimidates any opposing party. Michelle, Joy, and the entire firm at Blair Family Law Firm all have the moral compass, trustworthiness, responsiveness, compassionate hearts, patience, fierce readiness, badass approach of a combo you need to ensure you get the best representation in the San Diego and North County area. After almost 10 months of litigation and custody battle, my ex realized it didn’t matter how many lawyers he hired and fired, Michelle and Joy took care of everything and went to bat for me! For what it’s worth, Michelle and the team even had the respect of the entire law firm of BOTH sets of opposing counsel. **Look below, she has endorsements from attorneys that have been on the opposing side...this speaks to the outstanding and determined effort Michelle puts forth in every case!** Each and every time I emailed or called, they made me feel like I was the most important client (in their midst of many) and they give each case the time and commitment it needs and wholeheartedly deserves. They were SO responsive and prompt with ALL communications. Always made my ex scared $hitless because we were always one step ahead, AND ready for whatever the opposing would ATTEMPT to throw. The team listens carefully, effectively, and knows exactly every counter and solution to every move and challenge. I will ALWAYS have Michelle Blair on retainer from here on out. She had my back and truly cares about families (both moms, dads, and kiddos), and I know she always will.
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Posted by Courtney | May 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Michelle and Joy are a great team. Michelle is brilliant and very thorough. She knows the law, and is also very familiar with the judges and how things work in the courthouse nearby. She helped me get my move-away approved quickly by presenting my case in the best way possible. She even got me a better deal than I was initially hoping for. Joy is also very knowledgeable and was able to answer many of my questions throughout the process. They almost always answered the phone when I called or got back to me very quickly. If I have any future legal issues, I will definitely be coming back to this amazing team and highly recommend them.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Outstanding
From the first contact I had with the office I was impressed. They were to the to the point and knowledgeable handeling my case. I was referred to her office by a coworker and it was the best referral anyone has ever given me. I could have never gotten through this without the superior service I received.
Posted by Thomas | April 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, accessible, and efficient
When I met with Michelle I told her I was looking for a new attorney because my current one would not respond to my questions, would not educate me, and was vacuuming dollars out of my pocket faster than I could put them back in. I had very limited availability but Michelle was able to set up a time to meet me. She responded to all my questions within 24 hours. She educated me about my legal proceedings, made sure I was in the most advantageous position possible and she truly cared about my pocket book. She performed her services so efficiently that she did twice the work of the other attorney at half the cost. I couldn't have been happier with my experience.
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Posted by Oscar | October 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the Best!!!
Being faced with serious allegations and an ex - parte I needed a fast acting lawyer, that would fight my case. I found that in Michelle Blair!!! Her paralegal, Joy, accommodated me to meet with Michelle as quickly as possible. Mrs. Blair was very professional and experienced. She knew exactly what to do and advised me of my rights as a father. I was strongly confidante having her on my side and would hate ever being on the opposite side of her. I am truly grateful to Michelle and Joy. I did not lose my 50/50 visitation and the child endangerment allegations were found to be inconclusive. I would highly recommend the office of Michele Blair to any one who needs strong representation, especially single fathers. She is worth every penny. Thank you, so much...
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2015
Pit Bull with a Heart of Gold
By the time I decided I had to divorce my husband due to ongoing infidelity and abuse, I was an absolute wreck. Luckily a friend recommended Michelle. During my initial (free) consultation, she asked a lot of pertinent questions and explained to me my options, but most importantly she LISTENED. She was very kind and caring - but was very careful not to let me derail things into a therapy session, which people are wont to do when going through something as emotional as a divorce. (And many lawyers are happy to let you yak away and bill you for every minute of it). Her prices were very reasonable. My (now) ex-husband is cunning, intelligent, ruthless and intimidating. If it wasn't for Michelle, I would have been trampled and taken advantage of. She is so lovely and pleasant you'd hardly know the Pit Bull that lurks inside her. But my husband met the Pit Bull part and was taken aback at how hard she fought for me. She also doesn't take advantage of her clients by padding the bill or running up her billable hours by taking longer to get things done than she needs to. She gave me solid advice, answered my questions in layman's terms and always responded quickly. She fought for me tooth and nail and while I had to make compromises, she led me through that minefield so I ended up with what was most important to me. I have made it through to the "other side" now and am happy living my "new normal". I don't think I would have made it through the most horrific year of my life, without Michelle and I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Karina & Nick | March 24, 2014
Great Lawyer!
Michelle Blair was an excellent attorney. We had a sensitive situation and it was important to us that someone who cared, took care of us. Now we are a happy family with out fear of the child being neglected or abused. I hope we never need a lawyer again, but if we do I would definitely choose Michelle. I highly recommend.
Posted by Gerry | March 23, 2014
Divorce
Michelle did outstanding on my divorce case. She was friendly, understanding and was well versed in divorce law. She was always available and would return any phone calls the same day. I would highly recommend her for your legal needs!
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2014
A clients attorney!
Michelle handled everything about my case very efficiently and professionally. My needs were what clearly mattered the most vs what we typically see with lawyers who allow the clock to run. She offered suggestions and advised on how to do things that would keep costs to a minimum yet still be just as effective.
Response from Michelle Blair March 21, 2014
Thank you for the wonderful comments. I hope it was an oversight that you forgot to change the star ratings to all fives.
Posted by Michael | March 20, 2014
She was a stand lawyer, who truly put all that she could forward to help me win my case
Michelle was helpful from day one. She always made sure to keep in contact with me even on the weekends, when my case was transferred to Juvenile court Michelle made sure to help me find a lawyer who was best suited to deal with that form of court. Michelle even kept in contact with me to see how my case was going. I would like to add she did all of this most of the time over the phone cause i had to leave California to keep my job here in Texas. I would recommend her over and over again.
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Response from Michelle Blair March 21, 2014
Michael thank you for the wonderful comments and I am so happy your son is now with you in Texas!
Posted by Kurt | March 20, 2014
The perfect lawyer for my case.
My family law case was relatively cut and dry, and easily agreed upon. However, I give much of this credit to Ms. Blair for the way that she gracefully handled and communicated the entire thing on both ends.
Response from Michelle Blair March 21, 2014
Thank you Kurt for the nice comments! I hope all is well with you and your family.
Posted by Cody | March 20, 2014
Extremely Satisfied
I began a search for an Attorneys office during an Extremely tough time in my life, in my search I found Michelle. I was very concerned that being the father I wouldn't have been treated equally. Michele did not let this happen, I don't know what I would have done without her, very professional, informative, and had me and my kids best interest in mind at all times. We accomplished what we set out to accomplish. If I didn't have a professional like Michelle I don't know what would have happened. I can not say enough good things about her legal services. Thanks Michelle...
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Response from Michelle Blair March 21, 2014
Cody, thank you for your comments and I am glad everything worked out for you and your family. All the best.
Posted by Darren | September 13, 2013
Great to work with
Michelle assisted me with a prenuptial agreement prior to my marriage. Michelle was also in the process of closing out my child custody case at the time. I was very concerned that the agreement needed to be very precise and complete, based on my previous experiences, and Michelle was very helpful and understanding about my wishes and needs. Michelle's attention to detail and responsiveness were extremely helpful to me during the process, and im thankful that she was on my team. I would highly recommend Michelle Blair to anyone who needs legal advice in her area of expertise.
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Posted by Tyler Moorhead | June 25, 2013
Excellent Attorney for Dads
Michelle was extremely helpful with all aspects of my divorce. Child custody was my main concern in the divorce and with Michelle's expertise I was awarded primary custody. I felt well informed throughout the divorce and was expertly advised on how to approach property matters, alimony, and child support. The firm was also very accommodating with payment arrangements after the retainer was exhausted. I highly recommend Michelle Blair as a divorce attorney.
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Posted by Jason | March 21, 2013
Awesome
Michelle has been in a lot of ways a Godsend for me. A quick little insight on my story. I seperated from my x and my x basically made me look like this horrible, crazy person , in the courts eyes, and took absolutely no responsibility in the roll she played having to do with our breakup. My x, along with the rest of the universe, knows that our daughter is the very most important thing in my life by far, and yet the hate she has for me is so bad that she doesnt seem to care that she is affecting our 3 yr. old daughter in so many ways by not letting her have any type of Father- Daughter relationship other than spending 4 hours at chuckee cheese twice a month, supervised by my x Mother-in-law, (who, I still love as my own Mom, and respect very much). I cant even take my own Daughter to the zoo or the wild animal park if I wanted to because I simply cannot afford to pay for all of us plus my x Mother-in-law. Not to mention, its not really worth it, beause after driving and getting into the park, we would probably only get 2 hours inside or so, so what's the point. Yes, I only get to spend a total of 8 hours a month, and those 8 hours a month are supervised, with my own daughter whom I love more than anything on this planet. Pretty rediculous if you ask me. My point is that I wouldn't even have that if it wasnt for Michelle. She has fought for me the whole time. She has been in my corner the whole time, and hasnt given up even when I made mistakes throughout this whole process. I'm not going to lie, she won't sugar coat anything. She is a straight shooter, telling it like it is, even if you dont want to hear what she is telling you and even if it's slapping you around a little bit to get your behind back on the right path. That's what I love about her. Even when I gave up hope, and started screwing up, she was there to knock some sense back into me and make sure I was doing the right thing in order for me to get what I want most out of life. And that is to be the very best Father I can be to the most precious, perfect 3 yr. old little girl on this planet. My Dughter. Michelle is really the best lawyer I've ever dealt with and, I would highly reccomend her, especially to any guy who has been put thru hell and back by his x, as long as your not like a lot of other dead beat Dads in the world today. She will fight for you and help you make the best decision in your divorce, child custody battle, and child support cases. And she will let you know honestly if she thinks there is not a chance you will win before hand that way you dont pay a bunch of more money, that you may not have, like me, to fight for something that she really doesnt see happening, just to take your money. I got extremely lucky when I found Michelle and would highly recomend her to anyone that seems like they are in an up hill battle when the reality is you are trully a good person, just made some bad decisions in the past out of anger of hurt or whatever you case may be. Michelle will go to bat for you. I would hire her again in a heart beat if I had to. (Don't take this wrong but, hopefully I will never have to because I never want to go thru this whole ordeal again). But if I did have to I would higher Michelle in a heart beat. She know's her stuff, and knows the law well. Anyone would be stupid not to hire. Thanks for everything Michelle!!!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-32500 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Member
  • BLAIR Family Law Group, APC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Peter J. Mueller
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Contract Attorney
  • Various Law Firms
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Staff Attorney
  • Quality Built
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Siegel & Wolensky, LLP
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Contract Attorney
  • Various Law Firms
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Managing Partner
  • Blair & Dinner, Attorneys At Law
  • 2002 - 2005
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Education

  • San Diego Mediation Center
  • Certificate in Mediation
  • 2003
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Menlo College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science, Magnum Cum Laude
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Permanent Restraining Order and Child Custody
  • 3 year restraining order; sole legal and sole physical custody to Father

Associations

  • San Diego North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Co-Chair of Monte Carlo Committee
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Co-chair
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Student Committee, Mentor
  • 2002 - 2005
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Young/New Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2005
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2006
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Family Law Modest Means Panel
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Public Interest Law Foundation
  • Secretary
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Social Chair
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2009
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2009
  • Women Law Association
  • Student Liason
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Women's Resouce Fair Committee Volunteer/Member
  • 1999 - 2006
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Student Liason
  • 1999 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Avvo Rating Excellent 8.9 Featured Attorney Family
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice - Family
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor - Family Law
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • State Bar of California
  • 2004
  • Dean's List
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2002
  • Dean's List
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2001
  • Dean's List
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Starting a Solo Practice
  • Starting a Solo Practice
  • 2005
  • Starting a Solo Practice
  • Starting a Solo Practice
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (19)
Endorse Michelle
Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Family Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle has always been a hard working and dedicated attorney to each one of her clients. She is direct and has such an engaging personality. I am glad to have her as a fellow attorney in our community and endorse her fully."
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michelle is a zealous advocate for her clients. She and I represented opposing parties on a spousal support matter. She is professional, friendly, and well-respected by the Court."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Blair is a strong and effective advocate for her client's interests. Michelle is a dedicated attorney with a passion for the law, her reasonableness makes it a pleasure to work with her as a fellow attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is a fantastic lawyer. She advocates for her clients in a very practical way that allows things to get resolved in a fair and equitable manner without incurring huge fees for her clients. She knows what she is doing and can be trusted by clients and colleagues alike."
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Blair is very familiar with family law issues and is both a strong negotiator and a tenacious advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms Blair is a very fine attorney. She is a good advocate and her clients are well represented."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Other
"I have known Michelle Blair for over 10 years. I had the opportunity to work with Michelle in 2003-05 when we were partners in a law firm together in San Diego focusing on Family Law and during that time I knew her to be a tireless advocate for her clients. Not only is Michelle an excellent attorney, but throughout her career, opposing counsel has been impressed with her high quality work and research skills. She makes for a formidable opponent, while being a well-respected member of the legal bar. I unequivocally endorse and recommend Michelle as one of the best lawyers I know."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Michelle L. Blair has enormous commitment to her cases and her clients, it really shows. She is an effective advocate in and out of the courtroom. She's a true 'bulldog' and her clients appreciate her style. She has my full endorsement as a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is an excellent attorney and I would have no hesitation recommending her to friends and family. She is very knowledgeable, professional and ethical."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michelle for more than ten years and believe her to be an outstanding attorney, who cares about her clients and everyone who might be affected by a divorce. Call her for careful, thoughtful and effective representation."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Michelle since law school. She is honest, hard working and is very knowledgeable."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Blair is a reasonable and knowledgeable attorney who represented her client efficiently and well. It was a pleasure working with her to resolve our family law case. She never loses sight of her client's best interests."
Family Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. definitely recommend Michelle Blair to serve as legal counsel in regard to family law matters for individuals in the San Marcos area. Her comments are well reasoned, thoughtful and precise and directly address the issues presented by those in need of legal services."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ms. Blair since law school and she has always been a smart, honest, hard-working individual that you can trust."
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Escondido Family Lawyer Michelle Louise Blair
Michelle Louise Blair
Family Attorney
Escondido, CA
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available