Michelle Parker serves as the First Assistant County Attorney. Originally from Buffalo, Parker has lived in the Town of Evans for over twenty years. She was awarded the Order of Barrister upon graduating from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1993. In that same year, she represented the law school at the Tulane Mardi Gras Moot Court Invitational in New Orleans. She is a 2012 graduate of UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership CORE program where she was awarded the Taylor Kews award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Canisius College’s night school program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1989, receiving the Continuing Studies Outstanding Student award and induction into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.
Parker was a trial attorney for seventeen years in private practice until her appointment to her current position in January 2012. She was a partner in the Buffalo office of Anspach Law, where she defended a Class One railroad, small businesses, individuals, and self-insured businesses in personal injury lawsuits. Before that, she was a partner at O’Shea, Reynolds & Cummings, where she similarly specialized in defending civil lawsuits on behalf of small businesses, individuals, self-insured businesses and a local healthcare system. She has been recognized as an Upstate New York State SUPER LAWYER® and received the Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council’s Pathfinder Award.
Parker is frequently invited to present at Continuing Legal Education forums for trial attorneys. Her presentations have included civil litigation, medical malpractice, jury selection, courtroom ethics, motion practice, civil discovery, rule of evidence, trial skills, retaining experts, analyzing medical records, insurance coverage, and negotiating tort cases. In the past, she has been elected president of the Defense Trial Lawyers of WNY; Director of the Bar Association of Erie County; and New York representative to the Executive Council of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She is a past Chair of the Bar Foundation’s Annual Campaign, of the local bar’s Negligence Committee and of the Young Lawyers Committee. In 2014, she was named Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee for Mass Disaster Response; in 2009, she chaired the local response to the Flight 3407 air disaster.
Parker’s goal is to offer a creative and well-reasoned defense to the County of Erie and its employees that trust her to be their advocate in court.