Michelle attended undergraduate and law school at Brigham Young University, where she graduated magna cum laude and cum laude. She worked at a large law firm in New York City after school before starting her family. She was a clerk on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and dean of admissions at BYU Law School before entering private practice as an appellate attorney. She has held many community board positions including on the Development Committee of The Road Home and the Family Advisory Council at Primary Children's Hospital, and was an Organizing Committee member for Real Women Run and and elected Utah Bar Commissioner for the 3rd Division. She has seven children.