Michelle J. Askins was born and raised in Lima, Ohio, a small city in Northwestern Ohio. During her junior year at Lima Central Catholic High School, Ms. Askins attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., which kick started her desire to attend law school. During the summer between her junior and senior years, she worked as a part-time secretary for a local probate attorney which only served to reinforce her aspirations of law school.
After graduating as her high school’s class valedictorian in 2006, Ms. Askins attended The Ohio State University, earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology in 2010. That fall, Ms. Askins began law school at Capital University, during which she clerked for a solo practitioner in the field of family law. This clerkship lead her to discover that her true passion lay in the field of domestic relations. During her final year of law school, Ms. Askins was a legal intern with the Capital University Law School Legal Clinic, working on cases for the underprivileged, including divorces, custody matters, civil protection orders, and Guardian ad Litem matters. Ms. Askins also received a CALI Award of Excellence in adoption law for receiving the highest score in the class.
Ms. Askins earned her Juris Doctor, with a concentration in Children and Family Law, in May 2013. She was subsequently admitted to the Ohio bar in November 2013. Since that time she has worked strictly in the field of domestic relations. Ms. Askins is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and is a member of their respective family law committees.
Ms. Askins resides in Dublin with her fiancé, Andrew, a Criminal Defense Attorney, and their dog, Luna. As an alumna, she is an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan and spends each fall and winter zealously cheering on their football and basketball teams. She also enjoys running, swimming, and traveling around the United States as often as possible.