Michelle brings to her work a deep compassion for the unique challenges families and individuals face while going through their family law disputes. She is committed to helping her clients to navigate the complex legal issues they’ll face both inside and outside the Courtroom.
Whether preparing a client for a critical hearing on a parenting time dispute, assessing the merits of a child support modification, or critiquing the recommendations of a child custody evaluation, Michelle works closely with her clients to educate them about their legal rights and the standards the Court must apply to their legal issues, while guiding them toward crafting multiple legal solutions for the long-term well-being of their families.
As an Associate Attorney in Family Law, Michelle manages cases involving divorce, child custody, modifications of prior orders, and child custody evaluations.
Michelle has completed graduate studies in Classical Philology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Oxford University, and Princeton University. After completing her graduate studies, Michelle directed her energies toward social advocacy by supporting child poverty initiatives, working with victims of domestic abuse, and mentoring at risk youth in Larimer County.
During her JD studies at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Michelle pursued areas of emphasis in Family Law, Child Custody Evaluations, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Michelle advocates for using a multidimensional approach toward resolving disputes in Family Law matters beyond litigation alone. Michelle has received training in Mediation and other Alternative Dispute modalities, allowing her to work closely with clients in crafting wide ranging solutions to legal disputes between parties and parents in ways that seek to preserve family harmony and key relationships central to children’s lives. Additionally, Michelle has completed an advanced research project entitled, Child Custody Evaluators and Intimate Partner Violence: When Evaluator’s Fail to Evaluate.
Michelle’s undergraduate studies centered on the humanistic disciplines of Comparative Religion, Cross Cultural Studies, Neoplatonic Philosophy, and Classical Literature from the University of Virginia and University of Colorado. A true linguaphile, Michelle’s language studies have included Latin, Ancient Greek, German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
When she is not working on her cases, Michelle enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and daughters, camping, cruising bicycles in Old Town, or hitting the ski slopes in our beautiful Rocky Mountains.