Phone: 215.525.1165 x146
- J.D. Widener University Delaware School of Law, Wilmington, DE
- B.A. Stockton University, Galloway, NJ
Before joining Spadea Lignana, Michelle Black worked as a transaction attorney with a focus on commercial real estate. She facilitated the sale of multimillion-dollar properties and handled complex transactions that spanned multiple states. Prior to that, she worked as an attorney doing plaintiff’s litigation with a focus on representing clients for social security, long-term disability, and employment law.
Michelle’s experience with transactional work combined with her problem-solving skills ensure her deals always get done. She enjoys working with different individuals involved in a transaction and collaborating and sharing ideas to come up with creative solutions to the various problems encountered throughout the transaction process.
Michelle is passionate about representing small business owners because she has witnessed firsthand the sacrifices, hard work, and sleepless nights that go into starting and running a small business. Her stepfather started Family Empowerment Associates at her family’s kitchen table almost 17 years ago. His hard work and dedication to his work and clients have led to exponential growth over the past 17 years. What started as a dream has now grown into a thriving business with over 60 professionals and two recovery centers. To have the opportunity to represent entrepreneurs like her parents is a tremendous honor, and she looks forward to working with small business owners to achieve the success they envision.
Michelle’s approach is to focus on the client’s objectives and to use her legal knowledge, skills, and experience to help clients achieve their goals. She believes truly listening to what the client envisions for their business is crucial to establishing their trust early on. Once trust is established, she is better able to serve as an intermediary between the client’s business goals and the law.
One proud moment for Michelle was when she had the opportunity to represent a woman who was a single mom to a young child. The woman was unable to work and had multiple comorbidities that prevented her from even having the ability to leave the house. Michelle argued on her behalf and secured a favorable outcome that would benefit not only herself but her daughter. Seeing how grateful the woman was to finally have the ability to support her daughter was an incredible feeling for Michelle.
Michelle is one of 10 children — she has 7 brothers & 2 sisters and also a stepsister. Family is very important to her and she can often be found spending time with her children, partner, and new puppy, Rex. Her family enjoys spending time down the shore in New Jersey and visiting the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo.