Michelle L Stowell, CFLSMichelle L. Stowell, CFLS

Shareholder

Certified Family Law Specialist / The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Attorney, Mom to Twins, Special Needs Child Advocate, Spin Class Junky, Mediator, @stowellfamlaw

MICHELLE “ABOUT HER CLIENTS”

As the mother of a child with autism, I have a particular interest in resolving family law issues facing parents with special needs children. I devote a significant portion of my practice toward helping clients who have children with special needs.

MICHELLE’S “APPROACH”

Part of my job as your legal counsel is to provide honest and practical advice. I will always set realistic expectations and offer guidance based on likely outcomes. While I might not always say what you wish to hear, it will always be the truth and with your best interests in mind.

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Michelle Stowell is a Shareholder of Forester Purcell Stowell PC Family Law Attorneys. As a Certified Family Law Specialist, a member of the Sacramento Collaborative Law Practice Group, and a California Family Law Mediator, she has the knowledge and flexibility to tailor legal strategies and solutions to her clients’ unique circumstances.

Focusing exclusively on family law since 2003, Michelle initially practiced eight years with Downey Brand LLP, where she acquired extensive knowledge of complex family law issues, including marriage dissolution, custody, child and spousal support, business valuations, and other community property issues. Michelle then served clients as a solo practitioner until 2016 when she formed Folsom-based family law boutique Forester Purcell Stowell.

Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis; her Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University; and her Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law with Great Distinction, where she was ranked 6th in her class.

  • Represented the spouse of a high profile automobile dealership owner in a marital dissolution action involving a determination of the character of the dealership as well as other multi-million dollar businesses and breach of fiduciary duty issues.
  • Represented a high profile former athlete in a marital dissolution case involving multi-million dollar property rights, property division issues and support determination.
  • Represented French mother in child abduction matter under the Hague Convention resulting in the return of the child to the mother.
  • Represented the owner of a law firm in a marital dissolution case involving contested child custody disputes, domestic violence and support issues.
  • Represented physician who owned several medical practices in marital dissolution matter involving issues related to valuation of medical practices, separate property reimbursement issues and support issues.
  • Has successfully argued cases and motions before the Superior Courts of Sacramento, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, San Francisco, San Joaquin and Nevada Counties.

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • Juris Doctor, with Great Distinction, 2001
  • Order of the Coif
  • Staff Member, McGeorge Law Review 1999-2000

Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC

  • Master of Arts, International Relations, 1992

University of California, Davis

  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1990
  • Political Science Honor Society

Families for Early Autism Treatment (“FEAT”)

  • Board of Directors (2006 – Present)
  • Regular participant, FEAT Walk Fundraiser
  • Family Resources Meeting presenter on “Child Custody and the Special Needs Child”

  • Selected for inclusion in the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” in Family Law list – 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Sacramento Magazines’s “Top Lawyers” in Family Law list – 2016, 2017

Sacramento County Bar Association

  • Co-Presenter, Preparing Your DV Case / Mock DV Trial,  Family Law Section MCLE, Domestic Violence Trial Advocacy Workshop, Nov. 2017

Sacramento County Public Law Library

  • Co-Presenter, Relocation: Should I Stay or Can I Go?, MCLE, Apr. 2017
  • Co-Presenter, Constructing a Workable Parenting Plan for Special Needs Children, MCLE, Sept. 2016
  • Co-Presenter, Valuation of Assets in a Divorce Proceeding, MCLE, Oct. 2015

  • Sacramento Collaborative Law Group
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • State Bar of California – Family Law Section
  • Sacramento County Bar Association

  • State Bar of California
  • Certified Family Law Specialist / The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization