Michele has over 36 years of experience as an attorney in the Washington metropolitan area. She works very closely with her clients, and is known for her creativity and passion for helping clients solve problems. She is a member of the D.C. and Maryland Bars.
Michele works primarily in the areas of adoption, parenting, assisted reproductive technology, estate planning, family formation, mediation, and probate matters. Her practice is particularly focused on developing legal protections for families, including families headed by same-sex couples. She was counsel to Jessica Port in the landmark case, Port v. Cowan, which established that Maryland must recognize marriages between same-sex couples that were validly entered into in another jurisdiction. Michele also provides clients with appropriate referrals for any legal matter.
Michele has successfully represented clients in close to 1,000 adoptions in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and has worked with thousands of clients in her career. Michele has been an elected fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys in 2010. She was named an “Angel in Adoption” by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton in 2009.
Michele was instrumental in changing the law in the District of Columbia so that adoptions can be granted solely based on the birth of a child in the District. She also helped amend the D.C. divorce law so that couples married in D.C. who were later unable to divorce in their home jurisdictions may return to D.C. to divorce.
For many years Michele taught as an adjunct professor for the Women’s Studies Program at the George Washington University and the Washington College of Law at American University. The American University named her Outstanding Adjunct Professor in 1999. She is the author of many articles on AIDS and HIV and sexual orientation and the law. She has won numerous awards for community service from LGBT organizations in the Washington area.
In 2011 Michele joined Eva Juncker to form the Zavos Juncker Law Group, PLLC, with eleven full-time people serving clients in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.
EDUCATION: B.A. History and Journalism, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1974; J.D. Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, 1979
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