Michelle became the first Limited License Legal Technician in the State of Washington. With over 20 years of legal experience coupled with her candid and straightforward approach, Michelle is highly regarded by many of her clients and peers.
As a former paralegal, Michelle understands that case management plays a key part in whether a case will succeed. Family law contains many imperative deadlines that cannot be missed. Due to this, Michelle strives to maintain a collaborative strategy with her clients and sustains positive relationships. Her organizational skills are unmatched.
Michelle enjoys helping clients reach a resolution in their cases without involving unnecessary combative and aggressive litigation. She recognizes the stresses that a case may incur and intelligently caters her approach to ease her clients into the right direction.
Educational and Personal Background
Michelle realized her true passion was to have a career in the legal profession early on. She received her Associates in Applied Sciences (AAS) from Highline Community College in 1998. From there, she continued her education at the University of Washington School of Law, earning her Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Program Certificate in December 2014.
After completing her education at UW School of Law, Michelle then passed extensive exams to be licensed under Family Law (Domestic Relations), as well as the exam for the Rules of Professional Conduct in May 2015. After considerable dedication and hard work, Michelle became the first licensed Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) in Washington State. She was admitted to the limited practice of law pursuant to Rule 28 of the Admission and Practice Rules in Washington by the Supreme Court of Washington on June 25, 2015.
Michelle has worked for law firms ranging from a solo practitioner to large litigation firms in the following areas of law: family law, personal injury, criminal and products liability civil litigation. Her passion has always been to help others and found that her skills were best used in the practice of family law.
Michelle is featured in several publications, including the American Bar Association Journal and the Washington Post.