Mrs. Delancy is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is a member of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, Caribbean Bar Association, Florida Assoc. of Women Lawyers, the Cuban American Bar Association and the Dade County Bar Association. She is a Special Magistrate for the Village of Pinecrest and, until recently, the Village of Palmetto Bay. Since 2007, Mrs. Delancy has served as an adjunct law professor at Miami-Dade College Law Center teaching Legal Writing, Business Law I and II, Criminal Law, Trial Prep and Practice and Fundamentals of Law. She is a certified Guardian ad Litem who volunteers her time representing the interests of children.
Born in New York and raised in Miami, Mrs. Delancy holds a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (B.S.F.S.) from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Mrs. Delancy was a Dean’s Fellow to the late Professor Richard Hausler and was an inaugural fellow in the Academic Achievement Program at the University of Miami School of Law. She was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence (“Book”) Award in Contracts and Torts law and was further honored with the West Award for excellence in Contracts law. Professionally, in 2010, Mrs. Delancy was selected as a Most Effective Lawyer finalist by the Daily Business Review and was a recipient of the 40 under 40 award by Success Magazine. She was selected as a Top Lawyer by the Daily Business Review in 2015.
Michelle has been married to Adrian C. Delancy, Esq., a commercial bankruptcy lawyer, for 26 years. They have 6 children: Jalyn (25), Lauren (16), Kristen (14), Adrian, Jr. (13), Aidan (10) and Jordin (9).
J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1995
- Dean’s Fellow, 1993
B.S.F.S., Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1992
BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association
Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Assoc.
Florida Association of Women Lawyers
Cuban American Bar Association
Virgil Hawkins Lawyers Assoc – Florida Chapter
Dade County Bar Association
Caribbean Bar Association
Georgetown University Alumni Association
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rated
Top Lawyer, 2015, Daily Business Review
Most Effective Lawyer Finalist, 2010, Daily Business Review
40 Under 40 Award, Success Magazine
Dean’s Fellow to the late Professor Richard Hausler
American Jurisprudence Book Award in Contracts law
American Jurisprudence Book Award in Torts law
West Award for Excellence in Contracts law
James Weldon Johnson Moot Court Competition Fellow
NOTABLE VERDICTS AND JURY TRIAL EXPERIENCE
McIntyre v. Freiburger – Successful jury trial verdict of constructive trust claim worth over $500,000.
Payton v. Monterey Condo. Association – Successful trial defense verdict at trial of unit owners’ claim for Negligence, Nuisance and Injunctive Relief against Association and additional unit owner.
Bojangles, Inc. – Successful jury trial defense at trial of Employment Discrimination case where employee alleged dispa- rate treatment against the employer.
Fashion Café (2d circuit) – Suit against Fashion Supermodels for trademark infringement. We were successful in getting summary judgment granted in Defendant, Supermodels’ favor, noting that there was no sufficient use of the mark in the United States, though there may have been significant use in Italy.
Building Inspection Services / Jenkins – Condominium Lien Foreclosure Defense. Client owned an Office Building. Plaintiff, Condo Association, liened the building claiming various unpaid assessments and late fees over the course of 10 years, totaling $187,000, including fees and costs. The trial court granted judgment in Plaintiff’s favor in the amount of $10,000. We appealed and the 4th DCA reversed for judgment in favor of Defendants and granted fees and costs, while restoring previously dismissed counterclaim for Slander of Title.
State v. Bernard – Principal indicted on 2 counts of Official Misconduct and was facing 10 years state prison. After 3 and 1/2 years of litigation, 23 state witnesses and a two week trial, we were successful in obtaining a 20-minute not guilty verdict, by jury, on both counts.
State v. Laidley – Successful jury trial defense of contractor at trial, accused of breach of contract and improper of use of foreign engineering license.
State v. Bhagwandin and Taylor – Successful jury trial defense of teacher accused of battery against a student.
Deutsche Bank National Trust v. Lema Jamison - Successful bench trial pertaining to the defense of a complex mortgage foreclosure on property valued at over $1.4 million dollars.
March 2019, Speaker
Rainmaker’s Academy: Retainer Agreements and Consultation Fees
September 2018, Adjunct Faculty
The Skilled Advocate Company
June 16, 2018, Panelist
Trial Bootcamp: Pre-trial Practice and Depositions (Orlando)
December 15, 2016, Speaker
Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association: Dine & Dish event
“Private Practice Start-Ups”
December 4, 2016, Speaker
Florida Classic CLE - Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter
“Construction Litigation Pitfalls”
December 1, 2016, Speaker
Council of Litigation Management (CLM) presentation
“Construction Litigation in the Mediation Context”
June 2016, Moderator
“Eliminating the Sentencing Judge’s Bias”
October 2015, Speaker
Dade County Bar Association Seminar on the Bar and the Bench