Outside of the office or courtroom, I ski and hike with my family; serve on the Choir Booster Club for Everett High School; keep up with a young competitive gymnast; and attempt to keep up with the ever-growing menagerie of two kids, two dogs, two chickens and one guinea pig. Like my clients, I am a work in progress.
"The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back." - Abigail Van Buren
I founded O’Loane Law Group with my mother, Rodi Hartney O’Loane, after fifteen years of family law experience. I focus my practice on all aspects of family law – in litigation, in Collaborative Law and in mediation and arbitration. Our primary goal is to help you create a durable solution for your family law issue.
I grew up in Oso and after graduating from Arlington High School in 1985, I earned my bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University. Following a brief externship with the late Judge Charles French and an internship with Tinney, O’Loane, Nunn & Guthrie, I attended Seattle University Law School and earned my law degree.
My litigation experience taught me my clients have unique insight regarding their family’s issues and are great partners in their legal representation. I have extensive litigation experience and substantial Collaborative Law and mediation training. Both approaches have made me a better "outside the box" family law attorney. I started my career with O’Loane, Nunn, Guthrie and (ultimately) O'Loane, and after six years I opened my own practice. Ten years later my mother and I joined forces and founded O'Loane Law Group, where we limit our practices to family law. I am honored to help people navigate a difficult time in their lives, whether it is through litigation or alternative dispute resolution, such as Collaborative Law, mediation or arbitration.
I am honored to have been named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers. I received the Annette Tupper Award for service to victims of domestic violence and I received the David Kastle Award for pro bono work. I am a founding member of the Snohomish County Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the North Sound Collaborative Law Group. I am the current president of Snohomish County chapter of Washington Women Lawyers and former chair of its Judicial Evaluations Committee.
My clients entrust me with their lives at a vulnerable time. It is my obligation to help them navigate legal issues while maintaining their humanity. My paralegal, Tanya, and I work closely to maximize your outcome and minimize your emotional toll. Our goal is to create a durable solution for your family law issue.
- Western Washington University, Fairhaven College, B.A.
- Seattle University School of Law, J.D.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Snohomish County and Washington State Bar Associations, member
- SCBA Family Law Section, Board Member, 2014 – 2016;
- SCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, founding member
- Washington Women Lawyers, Board Member, 2003 – 2008;
- WWL Snohomish County President, 2016 – 2017;
- North Sound Collaborative Law, founding member
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, member
- Academy of Professional Family Mediators, Practitioner Member
Honors and Awards
- Identified as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers
- Annette Tupper Award for domestic violence advocacy, 2009
- David Kastle Pro Bono Attorney of the Year from Snohomish County Legal Services, 2007
- Washington Women Lawyers, Chapter Member of the Year, 2007
Michele has been a presenter at many continuing legal education for attorneys and legal education for the public.