Michelle received her B.B.A. at Hofstra University and later went on to study at the City University School of Law at Queens College, where she received her J.D. in 1997. That year, she began practicing law in New York, where she worked for the Insurance Defence Specialty Firm of Longo & D’Apice, Esq. There, she specialized in civil litigation and gained valuable experience as a trial attorney while representing defendants and Insurance companies.
She moved to Florida in 2001, where she began to focus exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death cases. She feels that her experience working for insurance companies helps her work with injured plaintiffs because: “It’s very helpful to be familiar with how things work on the other side of the table”.
She loves practicing law and working closely with her clients, valuing open, continued communication and solid relationships with them. “When someone comes to me for help, I feel not only do I owe them my best work and efforts on their case, but also on making the experience of legal action as comfortable as possible. Litigation can be a scary process, but if you have a good relationship with your attorney, it really helps. “My goal is to make every client feel as though they are my only client”.
Michelle balances her legal career with a busy family life, spending time with her husband, two daughters and former shelter dogs Chance and Milo, when she isn’t working. Her oldest daughter Gina Marie, is best known in Orlando as the “Orlando Magic Good Luck Charm” and travels the country singing and performing. Her younger daughter, Lexi, is a published writer and an accomplished junior chef. Michelle enjoys baking with her daughters, so if there are cookies and cakes around the office, they are usually the one’s responsible, and the Draper team is just fine with that.