Paving the Way

Leadership

A Pioneer of INTERPOL Law

From Red Notice removal to INTERPOL reform, to heading one of the largest criminal defense organizations in the country, Michelle has made leadership a hallmark of her legal practice. She has advocated not only for her clients, but also for the principles of due process and justice domestically and internationally. Her advocacy has resulted in superb results for her own clients as well as the modernization of criminal court processes; the streamlining of criminal investigations; and the analysis of INTERPOL’s processes as applied to individual cases.

Awards • Recognition • Leadership

Best Lawyers 2020 Logo
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Logo
President, 2019-2020; Miami Chapter
Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Logo
2020
Top 100 Trial Lawyers Logo
2019
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Logo
Rodney Thaxton "Against All Odds" 2018; Miami Chapter
Florida Legal Elite 2015 Award Logo
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Logo
President's Award 2013; Miami Chapter

Best Lawyers 2020

Best Lawyers lists are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on their lists.

Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb, 2020

An Avvo rating is a 1 to 10 score used by Avvo.com—an online directory of lawyers–to rate individual attorneys based on the contents of their Avvo profile.

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 2019-2020; Miami Chapter

The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2019

Selection for this award is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7.

Michelle Estlund Giving a Speech

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President’s Award 2013; Miami Chapter

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Rodney Thaxton “Against All Odds” 2018; Miami Chapter

This honor is awarded to a criminal defense attorney who has chosen to represent an especially difficult or unpopular client or cause, and while doing so, epitomizes the heart and spirit of criminal defense, which is the courage to stand apart as the last champion of Liberty.

Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite 2015

The Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite is a prestigious roster of attorneys chosen for recognition by their peers. All in-state members of the Florida Bar are asked to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others.

This award is presented annually by the chapter’s president to a member who has performed an outstanding service for the chapter. Michelle received the President’s Award for her role in bringing litigation against officials in every branch of Florida’s government when the Florida legislature took action that would have lowered the quality of representation provided to some indigent defendants.

Awards & Recognition

Best Lawyers 2020

Best Lawyers lists are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on their lists.

Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite 2015

The Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite is a prestigious roster of attorneys chosen for recognition by their peers. All in-state members of the Florida Bar are asked to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others.

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President’s Award 2013; Miami Chapter

This award is presented annually by the chapter’s president to a member who has performed an outstanding service for the chapter. 

Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb

An Avvo rating is a 1 to 10 score used by Avvo.com—an online directory of lawyers–to rate individual attorneys based on the contents of their Avvo profile.

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Rodney Thaxton “Against All Odds” 2018; Miami Chapter

This honor is awarded to a criminal defense attorney who has chosen to represent an especially difficult or unpopular client or cause, and while doing so, epitomizes the heart and spirit of criminal defense, which is the courage to stand apart as the last champion of Liberty.

The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Selection for this award is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7.

What Attorneys Say About Michelle

Michelle's Colleagues In Their Own Words

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