Michelle is an Associate in the San Francisco office of Berry Appleman and Leiden LLP.  As an attorney, Michelle has devoted her practice to immigration-related work.  Specifically, she focuses on providing counsel to a diverse range of business-related clients, including multinational corporations, universities, and hospitals, regarding all immigration matters. She has experience representing skilled professionals, scientists/engineers, and academic researchers in a broad spectrum of immigrant and non-immigrant issues. Michelle’s experience also encompasses family-based and miscellaneous matters, including immediate relative petitions, asylum, J-1 waivers, and physician-based national interest waivers.

Prior to joining BAL, Michelle practiced immigration law in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, and her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where she graduated with honors. During law school, Michelle served as a judicial fellow for the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) court based in Arlington, VA, and worked as a junior counsel with her university’s Immigration Clinic.

Michelle is currently admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Education & Admissions

The George Washington University Law School, Juris Doctor with Honors
Wellesley College, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Admitted to: State Bars of New York and Massachusetts


American Immigration Lawyers Association

Professional Accomplishments

Legal Protections for Unaccompanied Minors Under Pressure, Legal Intelligencer, (July 16, 2014)
CBP Automates Arrival/Departure Records for Foreign Nationals, Legal Intelligencer, (May 15, 2013)
The Hopes Fears of All the Years: An LGBT Experience with the One-Year Bar to Asylum, The Green Card (published by The Federal Bar Association), p.12-17 (October 2012)
Texas Textbook Massacre: Can the Courts Do Anything?, Progressive Policy Institute: The Progressive Fix (June 2, 2010), http://www.progressivepolicy.org/2010/06/texas-textbook-massacre-can-the-courts-do-anything/