Michele is a Florida native and was born and raised in Pinellas County. Her parents are known throughout Pinellas County for their service to the community. Michele comes from a long line of service. Her mother was one of the first Black social-workers in St. Petersburg, Florida. Michele’s uncles served the City of St. Petersburg, District 70 and the State of Florida as the first Black Secretary for the Department of Corrections for the State of Florida and the former State Representative for District 55 (now 70), respectively.
• Founder and Principal Attorney at Civil Liberty Law. Michele focuses on criminal defense and civil rights. Because of her stellar work on cases that rose to national prominence, including those of Markeis McGlockton and Yasmine James, and most recently, Barbara Pinkney, Michele has quickly become an emerging voice on the issues of criminal justice reform, education, health and economic disparities, and race and gender issues both locally and nationally.
• Current Local Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
• Former Assistant Public Defender for Hillsborough and Pinellas/Pasco Counties
• Legislative Aide to Former State Senator Arthenia Joyner
• Lakeside Christian School- High School
• Florida State University- Bachelors of Science in
Political Science and International Affairs
• Florida State University- Masters of Science in International Affairs
• Florida Coastal School of Law- Law Degree
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND AWARDS
• Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
• Pinellas County Law Fest-Volunteer Attorney
• Clearwater Bar Legal Fair-Volunteer Attorney
• Florida Bar Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member
• I Support Youth Board Member
• NAACP Member
• Florida Bar Leadership Fellow
• Fred G. Minnis Bar Association
• Rising Star by Super Lawyers four (4) years in a row
• Fred G. Minnis Bar Association Community Award