Attorney Michelle Menken has been a criminal defense attorney with Rankin & Sultan since graduating from law school over a decade ago. She represents clients facing criminal charges in the Superior Court, District Court, Boston Municipal Court, and Juvenile Court departments of the Trial Court of Massachusetts. She also practices in both Massachusetts and federal First Circuit courts of appeals. Michelle is on the Commonwealth’s CPCS post-conviction panel and the First Circuit’s CJA appellate panel.
Attorney Michelle Menken also appears before various administrative agencies and disciplinary bodies. Often, her criminal cases involve collateral proceedings with an agency such as the Registry of Motor Vehicles (as in an OUI or fake ID case) or a school judicial board (as in a case of student misconduct). Other times, Michelle is hired independent of any criminal case. For example, Michelle handles “lifer” parole hearings and represents parolees facing revocation proceedings. She also represents students charged with academic dishonesty and other non-criminal conduct at university disciplinary proceedings.
Attorney Michelle Menken is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. District Court Bar, and the Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She belongs to the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a lifetime member of the Women’s Bar Association. She has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine five times, and is included among Marquis’ Who’s Who.
While in law school, Michelle’s internship employers included the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the CPCS Youth Advocacy Project, and the law firm of Stern, Shapiro, Weissberg and Garin. Michelle has also worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the Juvenile Court’s CASA Program, and as a middle school English Teacher. Michelle speaks Spanish.
b. 1970, Stockholm, Sweden
Northeastern University School of Law (J.D. 1999)
Smith College (B.A. 1992)