MICHELLE C. HARRELL is an experienced litigator, shareholder, Executive Committee member and Chair of the firm's Complex and General Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Harrell concentrates her practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, real estate matters (land use/zoning, easements, landlord/tenant), shareholder disputes, receiverships, franchise and distribution law, hospitality law, family law (divorce and probate), trust disputes (trustees and beneficiaries), class actions defense and Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR).
Ms. Harrell received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance summa cum laude, from the University of Detroit in 1990 and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 1993. While at Wayne State, she participated in moot court competitions and received three American Jurisprudence Awards.
Ms. Harrell is a Master Emeritus in the American Inns 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). She is an approved ADR provider for Macomb County (Family Matters, Probate) and Oakland County (Civil/Commercial, Probate, District Court) and is also an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in Commercial, Construction and Consumer matters. Ms. Harrell serves as a panelist for American Settlement Centers, assisting parties to resolve their disputes through mediation and arbitration.
Ms. Harrell authored the article "Caveat Receiver: Practical Tips for Appointing or Serving as a Receiver" for the Michigan Bar Journal. Her receivership expertise was the focus of the Michigan Lawyer's Weekly article, "Putting the Stress in Distressed" while several of her litigation matters were featured in the Crain's Detroit Business story "A&P Stops Paying Rent on Farmer Jack's Spaces: 24 Lawsuits Filed."
As of January 1, 2014, Ms. Harrell was appointed by the Mayor of Grosse Pointe Woods to the city's Planning Commission for a three-year term. On October 3, 2014, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of Living Arts through 2019. Ms. Harrell is an active member of the Hydrocephalus Association, Michigan Chapter.
Ms. Harrell has been recognized as a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law and Real Estate Law: Commercial and was named a Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine for 2010 in the areas of Real Estate and Litigation. Ms. Harrell has also been named one of the 2017 Most Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan by Crain Content Studio, the custom publishing division of Crain’s Detroit Business and has been recognized among Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Women in the Law” for 2020.
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, Detroit, Michigan, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1993
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, Detroit, Michigan, B. S., Accounting, summa cum laude, 1990
State Bar of Michigan - Member in Good Standing since 1993
United States Supreme Court - Admitted January 2000
Oakland County Circuit Court - Case Evaluator (Complex Commercial Neutral Member)
U.S. Courts Committee, State Bar of Michigan - Committee Chairperson (2008-2014)
Oakland County Bar Association & Federal Bar Association - Member
American Inn of Court, Oakland County Chapter - Barrister Emeritus Member
Grosse Pointe Woods Planning Commission - Member
Living Arts - Member of the Board of Directors through 2019
Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society
American Arbitration Association – Commercial, Construction and Consumer Arbitrator
American Settlement Centers - Panelist
Articles, Presentations and Cases
Wright v. Detroit Diesel Corporation (successfully defended class action regarding marine engines)
Southwest Michigan First v. Pharmacia ($2,750,000 settlement from Pharmacia)
Non-Compete and Non-Disclosure Agreements, Twenty-Third Annual Tax Symposium
Presenter: MICPA Mock Trial-Nomics for Expert Witnesses (2018)
State Bar of Michigan’s Joint Meeting of: (I) The Debtor/Creditor Rights Committee of the Business Law Section, and (II) The Bankruptcy Committee of the Real Property Law Section. Discussion of the issues presented in Ms. Harrell's article with Scot Garrison, entitled "The Reports Runneth Over: A Practical Approach for the Bench and Bar to Address an Overflow of Receivership Reports," Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 95, at 34 (March 2016).