Michelle is an attorney in the Portland Metro area who specializes in DUII defense, associated criminal defense matters and administrative law. Her background is as a Deputy District Attorney who focused on prosecuting traffic offenses as well as domestic violence cases. She transitioned from being a prosecutor to DUII defense in 2018 and has been with Reynolds Defense Firm since.
Michelle specializes within the area of DUII defense on complex, drug-related cases. In particular, Michelle is interested in holding the State to its burden in science-based arguments including challenging aspects of the drug recognition expert program, the use of standardized field sobriety tests in non-alcohol cases and the current state of laboratory testing in Oregon. She is particularly interested in delving into the complicated evidentiary issues presented in cannabis and prescription-drug DUII cases.
Outside of litigation, Michelle works hard to understand her clients as individuals and fight for the most fair resolution of their criminal cases. Michelle believes strongly that individual circumstances need to be considered when weighing the equities of any case. She works regularly to help improve how the criminal justice system treats the issues of addiction, relapse and rehabilitation in the context of appropriate sentencing.
Michelle earned her bachelor's degree from Chapman University in English, with an emphasis in journalism, where she was the editor in chief of her collegiate newspaper. She graduated from Loyola Chicago School of Law where she earned her J.D. and certificate in trial advocacy. Her law school experience included clerkships with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Office of the Illinois General and United State's Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois.