Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2008
University of Michigan, B.A. Communication Studies, 2005
State of Michigan, 2008
Michal Terebelo brings to her practice a deep commitment to helping people navigate the challenges of the legal system to help them achieve their goals. Before coming to FGI, she worked as an attorney at Lakeshore Legal Aid where she represented survivors of domestic violence with family-based immigration issues and, while in law school, served as a board member of the Free Legal Aid Clinic where she provided advice and representation for Detroit’s indigent population. Those experiences informed her decision to focus on immigration law; they “still remind me how vital it is for every client to have not only skillful but compassionate help.”
As a Senior Attorney with FGI, Michal focuses on multinational IT and automotive clients and has developed her expertise in multiple visa categories including E-2s, E-3s, H-1Bs, L-1s, O-1s, TNs, as well as PERM, EB-1s, I-130, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), and AOS (Adjustment of Status) cases. As an immigrant herself, she knows the important role that they have had in building America’s prosperity and enjoys aiding them in building new lives for themselves. “I love the human aspect,” she says, “and the rewards that come from being able to help others navigate this complex system and achieve their goals.” Indeed, she sees her practice as guided by a goal “not only to have each case approved but to reduce clients’ stress and to educate and empower them.”
Michal earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, her J.D. from the Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Michigan State Bar in 2008. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Commission. She enjoys reading, traveling (where she has visited such places as India, Egypt, Israel, France, Italy, Costa Rica), and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.