Michelle helps clients reduce their state and local tax exposure through planning, defending against assessments and pursuing refunds.

She handles a broad range of state and local tax matters in the Pacific Northwest, including nexus, apportionment, sales and use tax, B&O tax, real estate transfer taxes and other excise taxes and fees. She has successfully litigated some of the largest property tax disputes in Washington state history. Michelle assists clients with:

  • strategic planning
  • transactions
  • audits
  • administrative appeals
  • litigation

She also helps clients navigate issues involving nexus, apportionment, sales and use tax, B&O tax, real estate transfer taxes and other excise taxes and fees. 

Michelle also represents clients in rate cases and other proceedings before the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). Her experience with administrative law, financial analysis and regulated industries in her state and local tax practice enables her to successfully advocate for clients in UTC proceedings.

A frequent contributor to the discussion on state and local taxes in the Pacific Northwest, Michelle writes for Tax Notes State (a Tax Analysts publication) and co-authors the Washington and Alaska chapters of the ABA Property Tax Deskbook. She regularly presents at events around the country, such as conferences hosted by the Council on State Taxation, Institute for Professionals in Taxation, American Bar Association, Seattle Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and the NYU Institute on State and Local Taxation. Michelle also participates in professional associations in the area of state and local taxes and regularly provides pro bono representation on state and local tax issues to charitable organizations.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Michelle was a partner in the taxation practice at a regional law firm in the Pacific Northwest. 

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Michelle loves spending time outdoors cycling, hiking, and kayaking. Having lived and worked in several countries, she also enjoys maintaining her Spanish and French language skills.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA, Washington, Leading Individual, Tax (2020) 
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law (2019-present)
  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers (2018-2020)