Snapshot of Michelle

From 1978 through mid-1994, I was fortunate to visit my grandparents who lived in Tamarac. Then on July 4, 1994, I moved here to spend time with them and began to work for a wonderful non-profit organization.  After four years, I started attending law school at night while continuing my full-time employment. A year later the timing was right for me to pursue my legal education full-time. In order to earn my degree in three years, I went to school during the day, evenings, weekends as well as summers. I graduated with my J.D. in May 2000.  Shortly after graduating, I was hired by the firm of Saunders, Curtis, Ginestra & Gore, P.A. and then took over the firm in 2010 where I continue to handle legal matters dealing with real estate, estate planning and probate, civil litigation, and mediation.  I am a licensed attorney in Florida, the District of Columbia, and New York, and happily just moved my office to its permanent location here in Tamarac. 

Board and Committees

  • Vice Mayor March 2011 - November 2011, November 2012 - December 2012, November 2013 - November 2014, November 2017 - present
  • Commissioner July 2010 - December 2012, October 2013 - November 2014, November 2014 - present
  • Member, Broward County, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, 2016 - present 
  • Member, Broward Housing and Community Development Task Force 2009 – present 
  • Member, Broward County Planning Council, 2015 - present 
  • Member, Broward Water Resources Task Force, 2016 - present
  • Member, Broward League of Cities Legislative & Advocacy Committee 2014 - 2015 
  • Member, Broward League of Cities Charter Review Committee 2014-2015 
  • Member, Broward League of Cities Education Committee 2011 - 2012 
  • Member, Broward League of Cities Leadership Development Committee
  • Member, Florida League of Cities, Transportation & Intragovernmental Relations, 2017 - present  
  • Member, Transportation Infrastructure & Services Policy and Advocacy Steering Committee, National League of Cities 2012, 2014 - present 
  • Chair (2015 and 2016) and Member, The Florida Bar Grievance Committee, 2013 - 2016
  • Board of Directors, The Dellenbach Foundation, 2016 - present
  • Board of Directors, Smart Growth Partnership 2015  - 2016
  • Board of Directors, Park and Recreation Foundation of Tamarac 2013 - 2014
  • Entertainment Chair, Tamarac Relay for Life, American Cancer Society 2012 - 2016
  • Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Tamarac 2009 - present 
  • Member, American Diabetes Foundation Broward County Walk-A-Thon, 2002 
  • Board of Directors, Sgt. Slaughter Youth Foundation 2001 
  • Member, Jeff Dellenbach West Broward YMCA Celebrity Golf Classic Committee 1999 
  • Member, NSU Law Alumni Golf Classic Committee 1999 
  • Member, Charitable Celebrity Commission 1995–1998

Education and Training

  • Juris Doctor, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL May 2000
  • Master of Arts - Public Communication, The American University, School of Communication, Washington, D.C. August 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts - Interdisciplinary Studies: Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government, The American University, School of Public Affairs, Washington, D.C. May 1993 and Birkbeck College, London, England Fall semester September - December 1991
  • Graduate, Tamarac University 2009
  • Mediator, Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator and County Court Mediator, 2007 – present
  • Grantsmanship Training 1995

  

Bar Affiliations


  • Admitted to practice law in Florida, District of Columbia, and New York
  • Admitted to practice before the Southern District of Florida Federal Court
  • Member: Florida Bar, Broward County Bar, District of Columbia Bar, and New York Bar
  • Member: Alternative Dispute Resolution; Animal Law; Entertainment, Arts & Sports, and Real Property Probate and Trust Sections of the Florida Bar
  • Member: Real Property and Probate Section of the Broward County Bar Association