Hi my name is Michelle Sayegh, and I thank you for taking the time to read my biography.
I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a close-knit family where tradition, values and integrity were instilled in me from a very early age. After graduating high school, I attended at the University of Johannesburg, and enrolled in the law school program. Whilst attending law school, I attended an internship program at the Alexander Legal Aid Clinic in Wynberg, Johannesburg where I volunteered in assisting attorneys with cases for those who were not fortunate enough to afford legal services. Whilst volunteering at the Legal Aid Board, I always had an inherent urge to help those in need. I wanted to be their voice when they became a victim of their circumstance due to no fault of their own. I wanted to ensure that despite one’s circumstance, one should always be afforded the right to legal representation.
After graduating from law school, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, I worked for a small family law practice as a candidate attorney, for approximately 3 years. Whilst doing so, I attended my practical legal studies course at the University of Johannesburg, in order to be eligible to take the Attorney’s Board Exam. During this time, being faced with acrimonious divorce proceedings and matters ancillary thereto, I fought for mothers, fathers and children in various divorce courts, maintenance courts and domestic violence courts to ensure that the rights to which they were entitled were protected. Given the sensitive nature of the work I was exposed to, I always maintained compassion and empathy for my clients, who found themselves in unfortunate circumstances.
After successfully completing my practical legal studies course and passing the Board Exam, I was admitted as a certified attorney of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces in Gauteng, South Africa. I then practiced law at various general litigation firms within Johannesburg, with a strong focus on pursuing and defending claims on behalf of clients relating to contractual and delictual matters. This type of law gave me extensive insight and experience in business and commercial law practice.
Subsequent thereto, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to head my own law firm in Johannesburg, where I, together with my staff compliment, took pride in advocating for my clients to achieve the best results for their cases. My practice, whilst being a general litigation firm, had a predominant focus on civil litigation, labor law and criminal law.I challenged large corporate entities in the unfair labor practices and treatment of their employees, my clients, in engaging in lengthy mediation and arbitration proceedings on their behalf. In addition thereto, I defended clients in criminal trials in all divisions of the High Court and Magistrates Court jurisdictions, ran bail applications as well as applications for criminal appeals to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, South Africa. I fought tirelessly to ensure that my clients’ rights were always protected and that justice was served.
After relocating to the United States, I settled in Orlando and joined the team at Dan Newlin & Partners, which is an honor I do not take for granted. Having lived abroad in a diverse country with a multi-cultural society, synonymous to today’s community, I can easily relate to and appreciate the needs of our clients. I encourage you to contact me if you have been injured in an accident and need legal advice, as I undertake to fight for you to ensure that your rights are protected, your dignity restored and a favorable settlement achieved.