Michelle’s legal career reflects her continuing effort to develop a broad range of litigation skills and strategies.
An exceptional student, Michelle received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame before returning to South Bend to earn her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School. Looking to serve the public in addition to gaining courtroom experience, she joined the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, where she first-chaired jury and bench trials for a large docket of criminal fraud, forfeiture, and domestic violence cases, many involving juvenile offenders.
Michelle then transitioned to a boutique law firm that concentrated in condemnation and eminent domain matters, and she soon became the go-to person for researching and analyzing novel issues of law and added eviction proceedings and administrative hearings to her repertoire. The firm represented various clients including a major municipality, a church, commercial property owners, and most notably, one of the parties to the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project. Her advocacy and professionalism attracted the attention of attorneys at Zausmer, August & Caldwell, and in turn, Michelle was attracted to the opportunity to work with a larger firm with more clients. She joined ZAC in April 2018.
An active member of the State Bar of Michigan, Michelle also sits on the Character & Fitness Committee. Outside the office, she enjoys traveling the world and is a fan of true-crime documentaries.