Michelle L. Searcy
Michelle Searcy joined Plog & Stein, P.C. in 2018, as an associate attorney. Michelle comes to the firm with over a decade of significant family law practice in Colorado. While in law school, Michelle started honing her legal skills while working as student attorney, including representing clients in both civil and family law matters. Upon graduation, Michelle started her family law career in Denver. She provides her clients the knowledge and experience gathered during her ten plus years of domestic relations practice. She has handled a variety of family law cases from simple to complex, including dissolution of marriage, allocation of parental responsibilities, third-party parent cases, modifications, enforcement proceedings, child support and adoptions. Michelle also brings additional appellate experience to the firm, with both brief writing and oral arguments in the Colorado Court of Appeals as part of her skill set. Michelle enjoys practicing family law and enjoys helping clients resolve issues which have a significant impact on their families and finances.
Michelle will be based in our North Metro office in Broomfield. While Michelle handles family law cases all over the Denver metropolitan area, her primary focus is in Denver, Adams, Jefferson, Broomfield, and Boulder County district courts. Given her level of experience, Michelle is familiar with the courts, rules, and procedures in all the metro area counties.
Michelle understands the personal nature of family law and strives to guide her clients by providing information not only about the legal standards applicable to a case, but with information about how the judicial officers evaluate a case. Her goal is to empower clients with the information necessary to make informed decisions about their cases. From there, she works diligently to help her clients achieve their legal goals through diligence, preparation and a readiness, when necessary to litigate. To Michelle, another critical aspect of the attorney-client relationship is good communication.
One Michelle’s significant attributes comes in the form of her research and writing skills. While Michelle enjoys the day-to-day interaction with her clients and the legal community, she also values her time conducting research and drafting complex motions, pleadings, and briefs. She believes her writing skills not only help her in her general practice, but also enhance her skills as an appellate attorney.
While being a skilled trial attorney, Michelle also prides herself on her ability to negotiate satisfactory outcomes whenever possible. From Michelle’s perspective, a negotiated settlement provides a client the ability to dictate their future, rather than letting a judicial officer, a stranger, decide. Nonetheless, she also recognizes that not all cases will settle. As such, she believes the cornerstone of good trial practice lies in thorough preparation for court. She also believes that persuasive legal writing at each step of a case can have an impact on how the judge might view matters when the day of trial comes.
Michelle is a Colorado native, having grown up on the Western Slope. She attended Colorado State University, earning an undergraduate degree in Speech Communications. Acknowledging her passion to help others, she obtained her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2006. During the work week, Michelle devotes her time and attention to serving her clients. When she’s not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs and working on her novel.