Larimer and Weld County Family Law Attorney

As a Family Law Attorney, Michelle Lee Hornsby brings to her work a deep compassion for the unique challenges families and individuals face while going through their family law disputes. In representing her clients, she is committed to helping them navigate the complex legal issues they’ll face both inside and outside the Courtroom.

Guiding Clients in their Family Law Cases

Whether preparing a client for a critical hearing on a parenting time dispute, assessing the merits of a child support modification, or critiquing the recommendations of a child custody evaluation, Michelle works closely with her clients to educate them about their legal rights and the standards the Court must apply to their legal issues. At the same time, she focuses on guiding them toward crafting multiple legal solutions for the long-term well-being of their families.

Family Law Case Emphases

In her Family Law practice, Michelle focuses on cases involving Divorce, Child Custody matters, Emergency Motions to Restrict, Modifications of prior orders, Child Custody Evaluations, and Relocation matters.

Advanced Academic Training and Research Studies

Michelle completed her graduate studies at Princeton University and the University of Colorado at Boulder in the field of Classical Philology. Having attended Oxford University in England and the American Academy in Rome as a Graduate Scholar in the field of Classics, Michelle has also served as a contributor to the Encyclopedic reference in Ancient Literature, The Virgil Encyclopedia.  

Michelle’s undergraduate studies centered on the humanistic fields of Comparative Religion, Cross Cultural Studies, Ancient Philosophy, and Classical Literature at the University of Virginia and University of Colorado at Boulder. A true linguaphile, Michelle’s language studies have included Latin, Ancient Greek, German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Family Law Research and Alternative Dispute Resolution

During her Juris Doctorate studies at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Michelle

pursued areas of emphasis in Family Law, Child Custody Evaluations, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Michelle advocates for using a multidimensional approach toward resolving disputes in Family Law matters beyond litigation alone. Recognizing the long term benefits of collaboration among parties and counsel in Family law matters, Michelle has devoted her energies toward training in Mediation and other Alternative Dispute modalities, allowing her to work closely with clients in crafting wide ranging solutions to legal disputes in ways that help preserve family harmony and key relationships in children’s lives.

Advanced Research Work in Child Custody Evaluations

Michelle has devoted extensive research to the field of Child Custody Evaluations, completing an advanced research project entitled, Child Custody Evaluators and Intimate Partner Violence: When Evaluator’s Fail to Evaluate.

Public Service

After completing her graduate studies at Princeton University, Michelle directed her energies toward public service and social advocacy by supporting child poverty initiatives in Colorado, working with victims of domestic abuse, and mentoring at risk youth in Larimer County.

Pro Bono and Volunteer Attorney Service

In her current work as an attorney, Michelle volunteers her time as a Pro Bono Attorney in local Family Law cases and serves as a volunteer attorney for the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network.

Local and State Bar Memberships

Michelle is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Larimer and County Bar Association, Boulder County Bar Association, and Larimer County Women’s Bar Association.

When Michelle is not working on her cases, Michelle enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and daughters, and taking in the beauty of our Colorado Rocky Mountains.

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