Michelle was born and raised in Indiana, where she developed a strong will and a deep love of learning. When tragedy struck close to her through the suicide of a close friend who felt powerless, Michelle was moved by a desire for justice and fairness for people who are powerless.
Michelle marshaled her innate leadership skills and focused on volunteerism, championing those who lacked a voice or control over their circumstances. Michelle pursued a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. After moving to Phoenix, Arizona, Michelle put her empathy and drive to work, serving in a Phoenix-area domestic violence shelter and working with women in desperate situations to help them achieve stability and self-sufficiency. Michelle’s tenure at the shelter saw her ascend to a director role at the shelter. She harnessed this role to advocate broadly in the community for awareness programs around domestic violence.
Michelle recognized that power to bring change would be found within the system of justice itself, so she enrolled in Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, earning her law degree.
Michelle met the love of her life, Ron Ogborne, in 1999 and they were married 5 years later in 2004.
“I love my husband deeply but sometimes we drive each other crazy. The relationship we’ve had, with it’s ups and downs, gave me the insight I needed when I ultimately opened Ogborne Law. I understood the challenges couples face and it’s that understanding that allowed me to help them quickly come to find their mutual goals for their divorce.” – Michelle N. Ogborne
Michelle’s initial foray into product liability law reinforced her reasons for attending law school in the first place, so she directed her considerable focus and opened Ogborne Law in 2012 to provide families with options not frequently offered in conventional court dynamics. Michelle’s passion for fairness and representing the change she wanted to see moved her to focus on collaborative divorce as a tool to help families. Children are a particular area of compassion for Michelle, as she has observed children avoid the potentially destructive outcomes of divorce through out of court resolutions.
“When I see a family going through divorce using the collaborative divorce process, I feel good. Not because the marriage is ending but because I know that the kids, who are usually the most hurt by this process, have a really good chance at coming through everything OK. And if we can do that every day, I can be proud of who we are Ogborne Law.” – Michelle N. Ogborne
- State Bar of Arizona 2008
- Undergrad: B.A., Psychology, B.A., Criminal Justice, State University of New York, Fredonia, NY, 2003
- Post Grad: J.D., Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2008; Member, Black Chapter (District V) Justice, Phi Alpha Delta
Additional Training & Experience:
- Certified Trainer, Referral Institute, Phoenix, AZ
- Certified Networker, Referral Institute, Phoenix, AZ
- Introduction to Mediation, Interaction Management Associates, 2015
- Family Mediation Training, Interaction Management Associates, 2015
- Domestic Violence Screening in Family Mediation, Interaction Management Associates, 2015
- Family Law Mediation, Pepperdine University School of Law & Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution 2016