Michelle King, a Maine native, returned to her home state and joined the firm after a highly successful twenty-year appellate career as a prosecutor in the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Michelle’s focus is on appellate advocacy.
Prior to joining the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Michelle served as a law clerk for the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. Her first appellate work after this clerkship involved writing an appellate brief in Baccanti v. Morton, a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case of first impression where she successfully argued that unvested stock options can be considered marital property subject to division upon divorce.
In her twenty-year career in the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Michelle worked on hundreds of appeals involving issues of murder, sexual assault, drugs, animal abuse, assault, and operating under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. She also represented the Commonwealth’s interests at state parole hearings for over 15 years, served as the Office Liaison on the Massachusetts Human Trafficking Task Force, and provided legal training for assistant district attorneys and state and local law enforcement particularly in the area of operating under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. In 2009, Michelle won the prestigious Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Drive for Life Awards, MADD Hero Award, for her work on two operating under the influence of alcohol cases. In addition, from 2015 to 2017, Michelle worked on a case of first impression before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court successfully arguing that roadside assessments performed to detect marijuana impairment were admissible in operating under the influence prosecutions. As a result of this case, Michelle became a statewide expert on the issue of driving while impaired by marijuana.
Prior to attending law school, Michelle was a co-founder of the Mentor’s in Violence Prevention program at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, an internationally renowned Gender Violence Prevention program, and currently lectures at Northeastern University in the College of Professional Studies on the issue of gender-based violence. She also taught legal research and writing at New England Law-Boston for over 20 years.