Attorney at Law
Originally from North Carolina, Michele is proud to call Washington home. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctor degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, where she fell in love with Washington. While attending Gonzaga, Michele served as President of the Women’s Law Caucus and was an Associate Editor of two legal publications: Gonzaga Law Review and Gonzaga Journal of International Law. In addition, she worked as a legal intern at University Legal Assistance, a school-sponsored clinic for low-income clients who might not otherwise have access to legal representation.
Michele is dedicated to serving the community and improving people’s lives. She joined the Kittitas legal community as an associate attorney in the Law Offices of Richard T. Cole. In August 2019, Michele opened her own firm, Guardian Community Law (The Caring Law Firm). Guardian’s mission is to be a strong representative for clients and provide clients with the kind of attention and dedication they deserve. Guardian’s primary areas of practice are family law, estate planning, business and corporate law, and contracts.
Michele has also served as a judge pro tem in the Lower Kittitas County District Court and is an adjunct professor at Central Washington University. She is a member of Domestic Relations Attorneys of Washington, the Kittitas County Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, and Washington Women Lawyers. Michele is strongly dedicated to serving the community on a personal as well as professional level. She partners with Aspen Victim Advocacy Services to provide pro bono services and offers low-cost legal workshops to the community. In addition, Michele serves on the Bishop’s Committee at Grace Episcopal Church and is attending the College of Congregational Development. A strong advocate for responsible pet ownership, Michele is a cat mom to three rescues: Koko, Cooper, and Willow.
Joe received his B.S. in Economics from Boston College Carroll School of Management. He began his professional career with Goldman Sachs as a derivatives trader before working with Morgan Stanley and then opening his own financial services firm. Joe handles the firm’s marketing and operations.
Originally from Chicago, Joe is a cold weather and snow lover from way back. In addition to cross-county skiing, he loves snowshoeing and snowmobiling and has run his own dog-sled team. He loves all things outdoors, but especially hiking, kayaking, camping, and golf.