Michelle first started practice in Palmerston North in 1996 and is the other founding partner of WinterWoods. Michelle specialises in family law and is currently the Manawatu Representative for the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society. Her work covers the gamnet of family law practice, including Care and Contact, Relationship Property, Protection of Property Rights and Mental Health. Michelle is on the Family Court Lawyer for Child and Counsel to Assist list. She has also been a Youth Advocate since 1998. Michelle has trained as a mediator with LEADR and has a particular interest in promoting the efficient resolution of disputes, particularly in relation to children with the use of alternative dispute resolution processes where possible.