President & Managing Shareholder
Michelle Estlund is the founder and principal attorney of Estlund Law, P.A., located in Miami, Florida. Her practice focuses exclusively on criminal and INTERPOL defense cases, with an emphasis on the exposure of human rights violations and politically motivated and corrupt prosecutions. The majority of the charges faced by her clients are “white collar,” or financial crimes.
She regularly advises international journalists, human rights organizations, and other attorneys on issues related to INTERPOL. Ms. Estlund has successfully represented multiple Red Notice subjects before INTERPOL, as well as having Red Notices modified or corrected. She has also achieved the removal of Yellow Notices for minors who were invalidly listed as missing or kidnapped. She writes extensively about INTERPOL matters on her blog, the Red Notice Law Journal.
Represented a former President of an Ecuadorian Bank wanted for financial charges in an INTERPOL matter
Represented a former CIA operative wanted by INTERPOL in relation to a kidnapping charge originating in a European country
Represented a member of the Board of Directors of a Venezuelan financial institution who was sought by INTERPOL and wanted for fraud and embezzlement
Represented an attorney and former general counsel for a Latin American country’s national petrol company wanted by INTERPOL for financial crimes
Represented a Russian developer wanted by INTERPOL for fraud and embezzlement
Education and Background
J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 1995
B.A., Florida State University, majors in Psychology and Criminology, 1992
Founder and principal attorney, Estlund Law, P.A., 2006
Assistant Public Defender, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office, 1997-2006
Adjunct instructor, Legal Research, Florida International University, 1998-2002.
Legislative Intern, Florida House of Representative’s Criminal Justice Committee 1993-1994
Student law clerk, Middle District of Florida, Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich, 1995
Licenses, Awards, and Professional Memberships
Licensed to practice in:
Federal District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Florida.
2019-2020: President, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter
2018: Rodney Thaxton “Against All Odds” Award, given by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 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.
2018-2019: Vice-president, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Miami Chapter
2015: Legal Elite lawyer, Florida Trend
2013: President’s Award of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter: awarded for leadership role in statewide litigation to protect indigents’ right to effective counsel.
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 AVVO rated superb
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016: Outstanding and Constructive Service as Contributing author, Dade County Bar Association
Ms. Estlund has provided expert testimony or professional support on INTERPOL matters for the following organizations:
Ms. Estlund has provided expert testimony in cases such as the following:
International criminal proceedings
Topic: United States jurisprudence and financial laws and enforcement
Topic: INTERPOL proceedings
Domestic immigration proceedings
Topic: INTERPOL activity and proceedings
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