How Michelle Helps Clients
Michelle leverages nearly two decades of paralegal experience to provide litigation assistance during all phases of a case, from matter inception to trial. Her work includes coordinating with attorneys to prepare and execute various filings, conducting legal and factual research, and assisting with the drafting of legal documents. She also prepares for and attends trial, manages trial war rooms, assists with all stages of discovery including reviewing and summarizing documents, manages document databases, prepares witness materials, and coordinates with vendors.
In addition, Michelle supports the Chair of the PTAB Trial Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association to ensure that the initiatives of the committee are accomplished. She also previously acted as a coordinator to the Chair of the USPTO Post Grant and Inter Partes Practice in the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) to ensure that the Firm provided thoughtful consideration of emerging issues that shaped and influenced the views and policies advocated by the section and encouraged the development of relevant and timely programming and publications dedicated to those issues.
Prior to joining Buchanan, Michelle worked in various paralegal positions where she gained expertise with discovery, trial preparation, research, factual analysis, and document preparation. She also had an Acting Paralegal Interim Supervisor position, which entailed interviewing prospective paralegal candidates, supervising paralegals, and overseeing project workflow ensuring all activities were carried out in accordance with project commitments and objectives.
What Clients Can Expect
Michelle’s combination of legal research, document preparation, technology, and communication skills make her an invaluable factor in helping clients get a positive result in their cases. She has intimate knowledge of various District of Columbia area court filing procedures and practices, so her work on client filings is both thorough and accurate.
I enjoy that my work as a paralegal is intellectually challenging and involves a range of high-level skills. I also enjoy interacting with clients while assisting them to resolve complex problems.
Outside the Office
When Michelle is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Boston University, M.S., 2003, Criminal Justice
Prince George's Community College, 2000, Letter of Recognition in Paralegal Studies
University of Maryland, B.A., 1999, Sociology