Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney
Michele was born in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, but like many Floridians, relocated here when her parents chose to move to Sarasota. After graduating from Riverview High School, she was accepted to the University of Florida on a full academic scholarship. She graduated a year early with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science, and Spanish and was awarded membership into Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society for students in the top 10% of their class.
Michele’s hard work paid off when she was awarded another full academic scholarship to Stetson University College of Law. As the student with the best oral argument in her Research and Writing class, Michele was selected to compete in the prestigious Carlton-Fields First-Year Appellate Advocacy Competition. She enjoyed her campus involvement, serving on the Executive Board for various organizations. Michele was inducted into the oldest legal organization in the United States, Phi Delta Phi, before graduating ninth in her class.
Although Michele worked hard and enjoyed success in school, her college years were difficult. She had just lost one of her older brothers to Brain Cancer a year before she started college, making her hesitant to move away from family. During her first month of college her mother was diagnosed with Liver Cancer and required immediate surgery. That surgery would bless them with another three years together. Tragically, her father suffered a fatal heart attack the following year and did not see her graduate.
It was during her freshman year at UF that Michele met her husband, Mike. They fell fast in love and were often referred to by their friends in college as mom and dad. They are now the proud parents of two dogs, Champ and Bella. They live in Clearwater and spend most weekends outdoors tending to their garden, hiking with their dogs and cheering on Mike’s little league baseball team.
Michele currently volunteers her time with the Pinellas County Lunch Pals program, serving as a mentor to high risk elementary students, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Literacy Council of Upper Pinellas where she teaches English to non-native speakers at the Hispanic Outreach Center and coordinates to spread literacy throughout the county. The majority of her students are women who bear the responsibility for caring for their children and have sacrificed their English education to do so.
She is also a member of the Florida Bar Association, Clearwater Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association and Florida Justice Association. Dear to her heart are the Pinellas Branch of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers(PFAWL) and the FJA Women’s Caucus, both created to empower female attorneys in a male dominated landscape.
Having overcome many personal tragedies in her life, Michele takes pride in helping people deal with severe injuries and the loss of their loved ones. She has a unique perspective on how one moment can change your entire life. She also understands on a personal level the devastating effects of brain injuries and the toll they can take on a family.
She looks forward to helping each and every client overcome their particular obstacles and strives to embody the principles of integrity and confidence.