Michelle is the principal of the firm Michelle Behnke & Associates, where her practice is focused in the areas of business, real estate and estate planning. Michelle's experience in the real estate area was recognized by her election to membership in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. She was also recently elected into The American Law Institute.
Michelle has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2008. Michelle previously served on the ABA Board of Governors 2010-2013, including serving as Chair of Operations and Communications Committee of the Board. Michelle's other ABA service includes Chair of the Investments Subcommittee, Chair of the Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, member of the Standing Committee on Membership. Michelle served as Wisconsin's State Delegate in the ABA House of Delegates. She was also a member of Commission on Governance and a past Chair of the Fund for Justice and Education Council.
Michelle served as President of State Bar of Wisconsin in 2004-05. In addition to bar leadership, Michelle is the President of the Wisconsin International Women's Forum-Wisconsin and serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is also active in her community and has served on a number of boards including Dean Health Plan, Inc., and SSM Healthcare of Wisconsin. She currently serves on the University of Wisconsin Law School Board of Visitors and is President of the International Women's Forum-Wisconsin.
Michelle received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Economics and her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.