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Michelle joined the predecessor to Franklin Karibjanian& Law PLLC as an associate in September 2014.  She focuses her practice on estate planning and trust and estate administration.

Michelle assists clients with creating estate plans to achieve their personal and financial goals, including drafting Last Wills and Testaments, Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Durable General Powers of Attorney, and Advance Medical Directives.  She also advises clients on retitling assets and completing beneficiary designations in a manner consistent with the clients' estate plan.  

Michelle dedicates a significant portion of her time to advising fiduciaries and beneficiaries on estate and trust administration matters.  Her administration practice includes guiding fiduciaries through the probate process in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as assisting clients with the preparation of inventories, accounts, and estate tax returns.  In 2017, Michelle became a co-author of Wills, Trusts and Estates for the D.C. Area Practitioner.

Prior to joining the predecessor to Franklin Karibjanian & Law PLLC,  Michelle was an associate at Holland & Knight LLP in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  After law school, Michelle was a judicial clerk for The Honorable F. Bradford Stillman, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Norfolk, Virginia. 


  • J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, 2009 (Order of the Coif; Washington and Lee Law Review, Senior Articles Editor)
  • B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2006

Bar Memberships

  • Maryland, 2016
  • District of Columbia, 2011
  • Virginia, 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association – Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section; Taxation Law Section
  • Virginia Bar Association – Wills, Trusts & Estates and Taxation Sections
  • District of Columbia Bar – Estates, Trusts & Probate Law Section
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Washington Metro Estate Planning Group
  • Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council


Wills, Trusts and Estates for the D.C. Area Practitioner, Matthew Bender treatise (contributor in 2016; co-author in 2017).

District of Columbia and Maryland Residents Enjoy Estate Tax Relief in 2017, McArthur Franklin PLLC Client Alert, October 26, 2016.

Moving Beyond Grandpa's Pension: Estate and Tax Planning with Retirement Benefits, Virginia State Bar Trusts and Estates Section  Newsletter, Summer 2016.

The Results are In . . . Exemption and Exclusion Amounts Set for 2016, McArthur Franklin PLLC Client Alert, November 20, 2015.

D.C. Estate Tax Exemption Will Increase . . . But When?, McArthur Franklin PLLC Client Alert, March 4, 2015.

Note, Wrongs Committed During a Marriage:  The Child That No Area of the Law Wants to Adopt, 66 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 465 (Law Review Award Winner from Washington and Lee Law Council). 


  • May 17, 2017
    Co-Presented "Joint Trusts:  Does It Take Two (Revocable Trusts) to Make a Thing Go Right?"
    (D.C. Bar Taxation Section, Estate Planning Tax Series, Washington, D.C.)
  • September 8, 2015
    Co-Presented "Picking Up the Tab: Considerations in Drafting Tax Apportionment Clauses"
    (D.C. Bar Taxation Section, Estate Planning Tax Series, Washington, D.C.)