Michelle C. Harrell


Michelle Harrell is a litigation attorney and strategic legal consultant practicing in state of Michigan and federal courts. During her 30+ years in practice, Michelle has represented clients in complex litigation and also has counseled them how to avoid or resolve litigation matters or other legal disputes. Michelle’s experience has ranged from multi-million dollar disputes among multi-national corporations to neighbors involved in boundary-line disputes to trust beneficiaries’ claims to an estate and everything in-between. Michelle has served as a court appointed receiver (in commercial litigation and family/domestic matters) and represented other receivers in fulfilling their role, seeking court approvals, and strategizing and defending against claims.

Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, summa cum laude, from the University of Detroit in 1990 and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 1993, along with several awards for first-in-class. Michelle was appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Council in 2023. She is also a Barrister Emeritus in the American Inn of Court, Oakland County Chapter, a Mentor in the Oakland County Bar Association Mentor Program and an Oakland County Circuit Court Case Evaluator (Complex Commercial Neutral). Michelle has served as the Chair of the State Bar of Michigan, U.S. Courts Committee. Michelle also served a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Michelle is an arbitrator (Complex Commercial, Construction and Employment) and mediator with the American Arbitration Association and is also retained to serve as a private arbitrator and mediator.


  • Recipient, Michigan Top Verdicts & Settlements (2018)


  • Recipient, Crain’s Detroit Business: Notable Women Lawyers (2017)

  • Recipient, Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell, (2007 – present)

  • Recipient, Top Rated DBusiness Lawyer in Litigation, Real Estate, (2010)

  • Recipient, Super Lawyers Winner, (2018-2023)

  • Recipient, Leading Lawyers Winner, (2015-2023)

All Service Areas


  • Wayne State University Law School (1993)

    J.D., cum laude

  • University of Detroit (1990)

    B.S. Accounting


  • State - State Bar of Michigan
  • Federal - U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., E.D. of Michigan
  • Federal - U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., W.D. of Michigan
  • Federal - U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
  • Federal - U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
  • Federal - U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • Federal - U.S. Supreme Court

Notable Matters

  • Enforced Corporate Grant of $2,750,000 in Court Due to Southwest Michigan First Community Organization From Pfizer, Inc.
  •  $40,000,000 Court Verdict as Plaintiff’s Co-Counsel in Sandstone v. City of Novi to Enforce Developer’s Rights and Obtain Damages for City’s Land Use Violations

Speeches and Publications

  • Speaker: “Non-Competes/Non-Disclosure Agreements,” Emp. Symposium, February 2014
  • Speaker: “Accountant-Client Privilege in Litigation,” Tax Symposium, June 2012
  • Speaker: “Michigan’s New Business Court System,” OCBA, March 2013
  • Presenter: ICLE “Entrepreneur Institute’: Lawyer as an Entrepreneur’s Partner, May 2015
  • Presenter/Organizer: “No Place Like Home” – Homeownership Program, Detroit
  • Author: “Caveat Receiver: Practical Tips for Serving as a Court Appointed Receiver,” Michigan Bar Journal, August 2008

Professional Affiliations

  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • American Inn of Court, Oakland County Chapter
  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Court Appointed Mediator – Oakland County Civil and Probate Matters
    Michigan Association of Planners
  • NAWBO – National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Michigan Women’s Foundation
  • CREW Detroit

    Community Involvement

    • American Red Cross – Volunteer and Blood Drive Organizer