Michelle was born in the small town of Fitchburg, MA, to parents Michel and Patricia. When Michelle was just a few months old, her parents moved her and 2-year-old sister Kristina to Texas, where they had Michelle's brother Michel and sister Katherine. By the time she was 4, the family had moved to Las Vegas, NV. Michelle's father attributes the many childhood moves to her mom's "wandering spirit" and the fact that Patricia had grown up as the daughter of a traveling salesman.
The family settled on Las Vegas, where Michelle graduated from Western High School. There she was the captain of her debate team, won a national writing competition, and hosted a news program for teens. After graduating from high school, Michelle struck out for Boston with $20 in her pocket. Michelle continued her education at Boston's Emerson College where she received a BA in writing, literature and publishing. Michelle helped pay for school working in the college's library and as a live-in nanny.
Unable to handle the harsh Eastern winters, Michelle headed back to the West Coast for law school at the University of California, Davis. Michelle was offered her first job as an attorney at 25, when she joined a large San Francisco-based law firm with offices all over the world. Since then, Michelle has been a civil litigator concentrating her practice on civil litigation and fiduciary and professional liability matters, as well as securities-related litigation and NASD arbitrations and contract litigation. Michelle became a partner with the law firm Sideman & Bancroft, LLP after just six years. In October of 2005, Michelle decided to give up her big office with a great view of the Bay in order pursue other opportunities, including a career in writing. Michelle now handles cases which she finds personally rewarding, including class actions aimed at protecting the public.
In her spare time Michelle volunteers for ROCK (Real Options For City Kids) and serves on its Board of Directors. She is also a member of SF Spinsters, an organization of approximately 200 unmarried women. Since 1929, Spinsters of San Francisco has worked to establish a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area as a premiere philanthropic organization committed to the community. Michelle also sails competitively out of the South Beach Yacht Club, helping to crew on a Saber 36. Michelle is an avid reader and movie-goer, and also enjoys rock climbing and golf.