Mrs. Parry is licensed to practice law in Alabama and has mediated in excess of 2800 private practice civil cases and co- meditated 145 mass torts, class actions and MDLs since founding Wise Resolution, LLC, and becoming a full-time neutral in 2001.
Michelle is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals in Kansas and Alabama and was a Founding Member of Mediators Beyond Borders. She is a designated Super Lawyer and Best Lawyer.
Michelle became an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law in 2002 teaching Mediation Advocacy and Mediation Practice and Process at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law until 2012. She lectured at Cambridge University, England in 2005 on International Civil Dispute Resolution and has taught Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation, Mediation, Trial Advocacy, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure I and II at Birmingham School of Law. While at Cumberland, she coached its ABA Representation in Mediation National Teams, including the 2005 National Champions. She now teaches Mediation at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas.
In 2008, Michelle was appointed by the Presiding Judge and the Supreme Court of Alabama for a four- year term as Court Mediator for the 10th Judicial Circuit. In addition to serving as the mediator in cases ordered to mediation, she also developed and implemented pilot mediation programs for Criminal, Domestic Relations and Family Courts. Her programs resolved over 1300 violent felonies, criminal municipal appeals, post-minority support petitions and uncontested divorces during the pilot. Additionally, the original mediation pilot she founded in 1999 in small claims court double pro se cases is ongoing and continues to resolve an average of 400 small claims cases a year using volunteer mediators and without funding.
Michelle was educated by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at Trinity College in Washington D.C., is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law with an emphasis in Trial Advocacy, holds Certificates from the National Criminal Defense College in Advanced Cross Examination and Trial, a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and an LL.M. from Pepperdine University, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
She clerked for Judge Michael F. Bolin, Probate Court of Jefferson County (now a member of the Alabama Supreme Court) and Senior Judge Edward S. Smith, (dec.) U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C. and for the 104th Congress, United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Democratic Minority Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Government Information, Senators Herbert H. Kohl (D-WI), Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
Michelle and her husband Keven W. Parry, live in Grandview Plaza, Kansas.