Michelle has been called back to Active Duty with the Navy for one year and our office is assisting her clients in the interim. If you have any questions, please contact us and we will try to help.
Michelle Mathis practices landlord-tenant law, criminal defense, family law and military law. Before joining The O’Brien law firm, she ran a solo practice in Norfolk. She primarily serves clients in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Hampton.
After passing the California Bar exam, Michelle Mathis joined the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). She served on active duty from 2007 to 2011, and she was recently selected for the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Reserves.
In the Navy, she defended military members facing non-judicial punishment, administrative board hearings and courts-martial in Norfolk, deployed on board the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) for a humanitarian mission in Central America; and she contributed to military criminal justice policy at the US Navy JAG Criminal Law Division (Code 20) and the Navy and Marine Corps Court of Appeals (NMCCA) in Washington, DC.
Michelle Mathis received her Juris Doctorate (JD) and graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law. Before becoming an attorney, Michelle Mathis was an analytical chemist for Advanced Medical Optics and an English Teacher in Japan. She has a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Political Science from the University of California-Irvine. Even though she was born and raised in San Diego, California, Michelle Mathis considers Norfolk, Virginia to be her adopted home.