Michelle Ralat Brinner is a partner of OLDER & LUNDY and practices in the Marital and Family Law practice group, with a focus on appellate practice.
Michelle has been practicing law since 2002. After law school, Michelle practiced civil litigation at a statewide insurance defense firm in the casualty department, where she gained valuable litigation and trial experience. Subsequently, Michelle practiced business and commercial litigation and family law at Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady, P.A. In 2008, Michelle decided to focus her practice exclusively on Marital and Family Law, at which time she joined Older, Lundy & Weisman. Since joining the firm, Michelle has started the firm’s family law appellate practice and was named a partner in the firm in early 2010. More recently, she received training in collaborative law, which very few family law attorneys in the Tampa Bay area have completed.
Michelle is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. As a board member, Michelle acts as the liaison for the Hillsborough County Bar Association Pro Bono Committee. Michelle is also a member of the Family Law Inn of Court. Additionally, she regularly devotes pro bono service hours to the Family Law Forms Clinic at the Hillsborough County Courthouse. Michelle is dedictated to community service, and completed one year of service with the AmeriCorps National Service Organization as a team leader at DeSoto Elementary School in Tampa, Florida during the 1998-1999 school year, where she worked with children and parents on education and family issues.
Michelle earned her B.S. in psychology from the University of Florida with Honors in 1998, and her J.D. degree from the University of Florida with Honors in 2002. During law school, she served as a certified legal intern for the Alachua County State Attorneys Office in the domestic violence division. She was also a member of the Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Team, where she served on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair. Upon graduation, she was selected by her colleagues and teammates as a member of the Order of the Barristers, a National Moot Court Honor Society. Michelle is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in all state courts and the federal court of the Middle District of Florida.