Michelle was born and raised in West Michigan and is proud to work in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from East Kentwood High School and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies from Grand Valley State University in 1998. At Grand Valley, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was awarded the Most Outstanding Student Award for 1997. After graduating from Grand Valley, Michelle worked for the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office for three years before attending law school. Michelle received her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey in 2004. While in law school, Michelle received the Dean Merit Scholarship each year of her attendance. She was also fortunate enough to study law under the late United States Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist for a summer in Europe. After graduating from law school, Michelle first practiced in the areas of Bankruptcy and Family Law. Her practice has since focused on Business Banking, Creditors Rights, and Complex Consumer Litigation. Michelle joined Steven E. Bratschie & Associates in 2006 and became a Partner of Bratschie & Born, P.C. in 2014. Michelle volunteered as a victim advocate for the Ottawa and Kent County Sheriff Departments for many years and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in Kent County. She currently volunteers on the finance review committee for Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) and is the Chairperson for the Board of the Wyoming Kentwood Chamber of Commerce. Michelle is married and lives in Kentwood with her husband and daughter.