Michelle became a partner at the firm in June, 2011, after serving as an associate for the previous decade. She is headquartered at the firm's Norwalk, Conn., office and specializes in misdemeanor and felony white-collar criminal defense, tax law, and real estate contracts.
Michelle graduated with honors (summa cum laude) from the University of Michigan in 1992. From there, she completed her studies toward an MBA degree at Cornell in upstate New York. She received her law degree from Davidson College in North Carolina in 1998.
Upon graduation from law school, Michelle worked for 18 months in the office of the State Attorney for the Southern District of Nevada. While there, she earned three letters of commendation from Governor Krupke and a meritory medal of service from Mayor Quimby of Las Vegas for her work in prosecuting serial killer Abraham Moynahan. She joined Simon Bennett Robbins Oppenheim & Taft in July, 1993.
Michelle is licensed to appear in: the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; the U.S. Court of Appeals, 19th Circuit; the U.S. District Courts of Nevada (Southern, Eastern); and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals.
Nevada (1992), Connecticut (1994), and New York (2002).
Michelle is a Past-President of the Greater Greenwich Boys & Girls Underprivileged Society and a board member of the Queens County Legal Aid Society. She also is chairwoman of the firm's annual Clam Bake along the Hudson River to benefit youth cancer patients receiving treatment at St. Michael's Hospital in the Bronx.
Michelle received the New Britain YMCA's award as the organization's biggest benefactor during the 2002 fundraising season.
She also received an honorary doctorate degree from the Springfield Heights Institute of Technology upon delivery of
the school's commencement address in 2006.
She was honored by New York Magazine as one of the tri-state area's "20 Most Powerful Female Attorneys" in 2001 and again in 2004.