Adoption & Collaborative Family Law

Wilmington’s first law firm to focus on a healthier approach to family law through negotiation and collaboration. Michael & Russell, PLLC is dedicated to serving North Carolina’s southeast region with compassion and understanding for adoption, collaborative divorce, and family law matters.

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Services
Adoption

Adoption

Our legal team is experienced in handling various types of adoption matters at the local, state, national, and international level.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative Divorce

We are committed to alternative dispute resolution processes. Collaborative divorce will keep you, your spouse, and your children out of a courtroom.

Family Law

Family Law

With over two decades of combined experience in family law, our team is knowledgeable and skilled with these types of complex yet delicate cases.

About Us

Ashley Michael, Esq.

Co-owner and managing attorney, Michael & Russell, PLLC

Ashley Michael is a passionate and knowledgeable family law attorney with more than 15 years of experience in the legal field. She works with her clients to take control of the outcome of their legal path, keep them informed about their legal matter, be their vocal advocate, and act as their guide throughout representation. As a board-certified legal specialist in family law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, she is just one of 271* attorneys in North Carolina to hold this distinction out of more than 35,000 licensed attorneys statewide. Committed to all aspects of family law, Ashley has extensive experience handling adoption matters around the globe and working with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) matters. She empowers clients to take control of planning their family the way they envision, providing interdisciplinary services, and keeping them informed at every step of the way. Dedicated to serving her community, she is a founding board member of the North Carolina Collaborative Attorney Network (NC-CAN) and Coastal Collaborative Colleagues as well as a former board member for the New Hanover County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and DREAMS of Wilmington.
*Data as of 2021

Ashley-Nicole Russell, Esq.

Co-owner, Michael & Russell, PLLC

Ashley-Nicole Russell, Esq. is an award-winning family law attorney, author, podcaster, and speaker who is changing the way divorce is perceived around the world. As a child of divorce and divorcee, she brings a unique, relatable, and personal understanding to family law at Michael and Russell, PLLC. Ashley-Nicole has an extensive background in legal practice throughout North Carolina. Her first law firm, AN|R Law, was the first collaborative law practice in Greenville, North Carolina with additional offices in Raleigh and Beaufort. In addition to Michael & Russell, she also co-founded McLawhorn & Russell, PLLC based in Raleigh. Ashley-Nicole is known globally as an expert in divorce culture, conflict resolution, and shared parenting. Her groundbreaking work has been featured in Forbes, The Washington Post, and ABC, NBC, and CBS news affiliates. She is the author of The Cure for Divorce Culture and the host of the Divorce, Healthy! podcast. In addition, Ashley-Nicole is an advisor for co-parenting app Fayr, a founding member of the North Carolina Collaborative Attorney Network (NC-CAN), and a member of the national board of directors for the National Parents Organization.