A lawyer for over 25 years, Michele remains true to the core values of her practice: provide excellent legal skills responsively and efficiently to clients whose best interests steer the course. Whether advocating for a client, providing legal counsel about disputes and business decisions, or dealing with an adversary, Michele maintains a professional and courteous demeanor, actively listens, and takes pride in meticulous preparation.
Michele has extensive experience defending claims against medical professionals at all levels from allied health professionals to physicians in hospital, private practice and jail or prison settings. This includes nurses, dentists, nurse practitioners, and mental health professionals. She also represents health care facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. She is a multi-year Indiana Super Lawyer award winner in medical malpractice defense.
As a healthcare lawyer, Michele advises medical facilities and medical practices on a wide range of employment and regulatory issues. On the employment front, Michele provides counsel on physician recruitment, contracting and compensation; professional licensure, credentialing and peer review; and impaired or disruptive professionals. Her regulatory focus includes bylaws and policies; patient privacy; hospital medical staff matter; fraud and abuse, and risk reduction programs. She speaks on topics including medical documentation and trial tactics. Michele assists with training programs for medical school residents, nurses, and social workers on legal issues applicable to their professional development.
Michele’s litigation experience is not limited to medical negligence claims. She also represents businesses, individuals, and insurance companies in matters ranging from civil rights actions to automobile and trucking accidents and from premises liability claims to contract disputes. Her experience includes food safety and food poisoning claims.