Michelle is a litigation attorney with over 16 years of experience prosecuting a wide variety of cases as a deputy prosecutor. Michelle handled the most serious sexual assault and child abuse cases for years. She has experience prosecuting violent crimes and homicides. She was the assistant team chief of the special assault unit, the lead of the financial fraud unit, and the appellate division chief, where she oversaw all criminal appeals for the county, from infractions to aggravated murder. She has presented trainings on multiple litigation topics, including voir dire, child hearsay, and child competency. She has appeared at all levels of state court and has argued cases at the Washington State Supreme Court.
Michelle’s prior experience working with crime victims gives her an understanding of how to work with plaintiffs who have suffered a loss or injury. Her litigation background gives her the ability to seek justice for her clients. She understands how to make a trial record that can withstand appellate scrutiny and she is not afraid to take cases to trial when necessary.
Michelle received her undergraduate degree in political science from Gonzaga University and her law degree from Seattle University. While in law school, she began working on appellate cases, which fostered her interest in seeking justice for those injured. When not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two dogs. She also enjoys snowboarding and following Gonzaga basketball.