Michele Lee is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and focuses her practice on fiduciary litigation, guardianship of minors and adults and power of attorney disputes. With 25 years of experience, she is an arduous advocate for her clients, providing high energy and vigorous representation in each case.
Prior to joining Ellis & Winters, Michele served as the Senior Judicial Hearing Officer for the Guilford County Clerk of Superior Court. She brings a wealth of legal and procedural knowledge to her practice, understanding fully both sides of the bench. While in her role as the Judge of Probate, she was often praised for her attention to detail and well-balanced judicial temperament, which she brings to bear with each of her clients. In addition to her judicial role, Michele also served as the Special Proceedings Supervisor, and an Assistant Clerk of Court.
Michele admits with pride that she was a “Daddy’s girl” and heavily influenced by the legal legacy of her family. Her Grandfather was a prominent civil rights attorney, who began his own legal career making history as one of the first black students to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. Through her father’s and grandfather’s legal practices and wise teachings, she learned the value of dedication and hard work, courage, community service, and most of all serving those who are underrepresented. In her own private practice, Michele continued this legacy of legal advocacy started so many years before her.
Michele grew up with these trailblazing legal influences and was also born with an amazing flair for all things creative. When she decided at a young age to become an attorney and an actor it seemed perfectly feasible given her upbringing. And as it turned out, it was an attainable goal for Michele.
She began both her acting and modeling careers at the same time she entered law school. Experiencing great success, she traveled extensively and as an actress further honed her skills at thinking through others’ emotions and points of view to truly understand what it means to stand in their shoes. This same person-centered approach is a part of Michele’s client experiences and is an integral part of her rise to the top in her fiduciary litigation practice.
When not immersed in her legal work, Michele is also busy raising her school-aged son, Liam, who appeared in his first modeling gig as an infant. The jury is still out on whether he will pursue a legal or acting career or something else entirely.
- J.D., Campbell University School of Law
- B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- North Carolina
- United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
- North Carolina State Bar
- 18th Judicial District Bar
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Guilford County Associaton of Black Lawyers
- Greensboro Bar Association
- Greensboro Estate Planning Council, Inc.
- Senior Resources of Guilford, Board of Directors
PRIOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
- Booth Harrington & Johns PLLC (2022 – 2023)
- Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Guardianship Litigation
- Guilford County Clerk of Superior Court, Greensboro, North Carolina (2015 – 2022)
- Senior Judicial Hearing Officer, Special Proceedings Supervisor, Assistant Clerk of Court
- Gray Legal Group PLLC, Consulting Attorney; Gray Johnson Blackmon Lee & Lawson LLP, Managing Partner; Law Office of Michele P. Lee PA, Managing Partner; Law Office of Michael E. Lee, PA, Paralegal