PRACTICE AREAS: Medical Malpractice Nursing Home Abuse Catastrophic Injury / Wrongful Death
EDUCATION: University of Florida, B.S., Cum Laude, 2005 Nova Southeastern University, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2014
BAR ADMISSIONS: Florida Bar, 2014 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2014 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2014 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2015 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2016
Michelle Nichols DeLong is an associate attorney with the law firm of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Ms. DeLong represents victims of catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, primarily in medical negligence and nursing home abuse cases.
Since she entered the plaintiff practice Ms. DeLong has dedicated herself to political and legislative advocacy on behalf of the consumers of our state. During the 2018 election cycle, she volunteered her time to canvass neighborhoods and served as part of the state's election protection program. During the 2019 legislative session, she traveled to Tallahassee to lobby, and spent countless hours reviewing and editing bills, and conducting research on medical malpractice issues.
Ms. DeLong plays an active role in the Florida Justice Association, a state-wide organization for trial lawyers, and will be sworn in as the Chair of the Women's Caucus in June 2019. She has a passion for lobbying on behalf of her clients to ensure their constitutional rights are protected at the state level and is the 2019 recipient of the Shoe Leather Award for legislative advocacy. Additionally, Ms. DeLong is a Board Member of FAWL and the current Co-Director of Sponsorship for the local Palm Beach County Chapter. Ms. DeLong is committed to the FAWL mission, and passionate about promoting reformation of the law to ensure that women are treated fairly and equally in the legal profession. Ms. DeLong also enjoys being an active member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association's Professionalism Committee, where she has chaired the subcommittee for professionalism articles in the monthly bulletins. Her dedication to promoting women in her local community includes service as Co-Chair for the 34th Women In Leadership Awards (WILA), an annual luncheon that identifies and honors four exceptional women leaders in Palm Beach County each year and raises money to fund scholarships for deserving women. She is also a member of the North Palm Beach County Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care.
Ms. DeLong obtained her law degree from Nova Southeastern University and graduated magna cum laude. While in law school, Ms. DeLong earned several merit-based scholarships and was named the first place winner of the annual ABA Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest for her law review article, "A Closer Look at the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act and Whether the Costs of a Corporation's Independent Internal Investigations Should Be Included in a Criminal Defendant's Mandatory Restitution Order." Ms. DeLong was also a member of the Nova Law Review. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a major in Marketing from the University of Florida and graduated cum laude.
Before Ms. DeLong obtained her law degree, she worked in sales, marketing, management for a variety of well-known wholesale and retail companies where she gained direct knowledge of the inner workings of the business world. This knowledge has assisted tremendously in her day to day management of her team and also communicating effectively with clients, opposing counsel, and the legal community at large.
Prior to joining Domnick Cunningham & Whalen, Ms. DeLong worked with a large Florida based firm where she gained invaluable experience prosecuting complex commercial litigation matters exclusively in federal courts across the nation. Ms. DeLong has also litigated a broad range of business and personal injury matters in Florida state and federal courts. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and admitted to practice in the Southern, Middle and Northern United States District Courts of Florida.
When Ms. DeLong is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two boys and engaging in creative activities that involve imagination and challenge.
EDUCATION University of Florida, B.S., Cum Laude, 2005 Nova Southeastern University, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2014 Dean's Certificate of Professionalism Nova Law Review Assistant Managing Technical Editor, 2014 Alumni Relations Editor, 2013-2014 Junior Associate, 2012-2013 Shepard Broad Law Center Merit Scholar, 2012-2014 Carolyn Rubin Law Endowment, 2012-2014 Law Alumni Association Scholarship Recipient, 2013 Kaye Bender Rembaum Scholarship Recipient, 2013 Florida Bar Foundation Public Service Fellow, 2012 Rebecca Knox Public Interest Law Summer Fellow, 2012
AWARDS & HONORS Florida Justice Association Shoe Leather Award (2019) American Bar Association First Place Winner of the Mendes Hershman Award, 2014 High Grade Award: Civil Procedure, 2012 Pro Bono Award: Silver Pro Bono Award, 2014 Red Pen Award Recipient (4x)
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES American Association for Justice Florida Justice Association Chair, Women's Caucus (2019) Secretary, Women's Caucus (2018) Vice-Chair, Medical Malpractice Committee (2019-2020) Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Palm Beach County Chapter), 2013-Present Sponsorship Committee Co-Director, 2019-2020 Co-Chair of Membership, Palm Beach County Chapter, 2018-2019 Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Statewide) Co-Chair of FAWL Journal, State Chapter, 2016-2017 Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2012-Present Law Week Committee, 2018-2019 Professionalism Committee, 2018-2019 Chair, Editorial Board Subcommittee Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Co-Chair of 34th Women in Leadership Awards (2017), 2015-2018 Craig S. Barnard, American Inns of Court, 2012-2013, 2016-2017
PUBLICATIONS "Inadvertent Disclosures: The Professional and Ethical Way to Handle Them," Palm Beach County Bar Bulletin (January 2018). A Closer Look at the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act and Whether the Costs of a Corporation's Independent Internal Investigation Should Be Included in a Criminal Defendant's Mandatory Restitution Order, 70 BUS. LAW. 465 (Spring 2015).
COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS & LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES 100+ Women Who Care (North Palm Beach County Chapter), 2017-Present The University of Memphis Alternative Spring Break, Memphis, TN Human Trafficking Legislation Team, March 2012
LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS Program Co-Chair: "Advanced Trial Skills Seminar," Florida Justice Association Annual Convention (2019)