Michele is an attorney with Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. handling defective medical device cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the country.
Ms. Stephan has represented clients in civil litigation for over 20 years. Her experience includes litigating matters involving products liability/defective medical devices, mass torts, personal injury, nursing home negligence, federal civil rights litigation, international child abduction under The Hague Convention, and international matters involving civil theft and fraud. In addition to her trial experience, Ms. Stephan has handled appellate matters before the Second District Court of Appeals and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a mediator in the areas of circuit civil and family.
Ms. Stephan has a longstanding commitment to helping low income and indigent persons in need of legal services. She was awarded the 2017 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, the 2017 Florida Association for Women Lawyers “Leaders in the Law” award and has been featured by News Channel 9 as an “Everyday Hero” and Sarasota News Network’s “People You Should Know.” She has also been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Community Service Award from the Sarasota County Bar Association, the 2015, 2014 and 2011 Service to the Community Award by Legal Aid of Manasota, the 2008 Member of the Year award from the Sarasota County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and was recognized by the Supreme Court of Florida in 2007 for outstanding pro-bono service.
She has also been committed to serving the legal profession and community. Ms. Stephan is a member of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and the Sarasota County Bar Association Programs Committee. She is a past president of the Sarasota County chapter of the Florida Association for Women Layers, a past Chair of the Sarasota County Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution section, a past editor of the Sarasota County Bar Association legal newspaper “The Docket,” a Master Emeritus of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court and a member of the member of the Florida Bar, the Sarasota County Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.
Ms. Stephan also serves as a volunteer judge for Teen Court of Sarasota County and teaches a pro se divorce clinic for Legal Aid of Manasota. She has served as a board member of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast and the Friends of the Selby Public Library.
University of South Florida, College of Humanities
Stetson University College of Law
Sarasota County Bar Association
Florida Association for Women Lawyers
State of Florida
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator