Michelle Cummings Headshot

Limited Licensed Legal Technician
Licensed in Family Law (Domestic Relations)*

*Please note, Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT) are not lawyers and may only perform limited legal services. LLLT’s may not appear or represent a client in court, formal administrative adjudicative proceedings, or other formal dispute resolution process or negotiate the client’s legal rights or responsibilities. This includes but is not limited to motion hearings, trial, depositions, arbitration, mediation, and settlement conferences. For a complete detail of the limited services a LLLT can provide as well as the prohibitions for a LLLT, please refer to APR 28 and Appendix to APR 28.

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.

Reviews

“Michelle M. Cummings took me on as a client and worked with me financially, and helped me navigate through all the steps, we started in Jan 2019 working together and thanks to her amazing help, and amazing attitude, I was finally divorced.”

– Ben, 10/2019