President & Managing Shareholder

Michelle Estlund

Overview And Experience

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.

Representative Matters

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:

Florida
Federal District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Florida.

Awards/recognitions/professional distinctions:

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

Speaking Engagements

  • 2019: Washington, D.C., American Bar Association, International Law National Security Committee:
    Red Notices and the INTERPOL Wanted List: Balancing Law Enforcement with Due Process
  • 2019: Miami, Florida: Florida Bar Association, International Law Section: Navigating the Pitfalls of Conducting Business Globally
  • 2018. Washington, D.C., Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS): Entrepreneurs On The Interpol Wanted List: Balancing Law Enforcement With Due Process
  • 2016, Miami: Dade County Bench and Bar Conference: Your Next Bold Move -Selecting and Sustaining a niche practice
  • 2016, Madrid: GGI Latin American and Iberian Regional Conference: Banking without Borders- INTERPOL’s role in the prosecution of international financial crime
  • 2016, Coral Gables: GGI Extraordinary Practice Group Meeting: Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Banking without Borders- INTERPOL’s role in the prosecution of international financial crime
  • 2012, South Beach: American Immigration Lawyers Association 33rd Annual Immigration Law Update- Government Investigatory Tools: What do they use?- INTERPOL’s databases as tools for suspect location, detention, and extradition
  • 2011, Miami: Florida International University College of Law: Miami In-Service on Immigration Proceedings- Best Practices in Criminal Court for Detention and Mental Health Issues

Expert/professional services

Ms. Estlund has provided expert testimony or professional support on INTERPOL matters for the following organizations:

  • Al Jazeera
  • Ankara Anatolia news agency
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Channel 4 Dispatches/U.K.
  • Fair Trials, International
  • Foreign Policy
  • Freie Presse
  • The Heritage Foundation
  • I24/News
  • MSNBC.com
  • National Geographic
  • National Public Radio
  • Open Dialog Foundation
  • TCI News Now
  • Thomson Reuters
  • New York Times
  • The Atlantic
  • The Times of London

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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