Michelle has over 39 years of dispute resolution experience in Family Law; with 21 years serving as a Judge of the Family Court of Australia and later in the Appeal Division of the Family Court of Australia. Michelle has been involved in many complex financial and children’s cases at an advocate and at judicial level, both in trials and appeals.


Michelle was appointed Queens Counsel in 1993 and was the first barrister with a predominately family law practice to achieve that level of seniority in Queensland. She has been variously involved in committees relating to family law at state, national and international levels.


Michelle was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition for significant service to the law, judicial administration and professional associations.