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Attorney Michelle Howser is no stranger to hard work and tough times. In fact, she would tell you that the practice of law picked her long before she knew she would choose it for her career. Michelle has been a part of the Rutherford/Cannon County legal community since 1990 when she began her legal career as a receptionist for a local law office focusing on employment and personal injury law. While in their employ, Michelle worked hard to move up the ranks and eventually served as a paralegal for one of the principal partners.
While employed full-time, Michelle continued to work on her undergraduate degree and in 2002 received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science/pre-law. Upon graduation, she took a break from the legal field to pursue her creative side, starting her own business and a family.
After a period of time, the legal field began to call her name once again. In 1998, Michelle returned to the legal field as a paralegal for the law firm of Wilson and Bradley serving as the paralegal in the employment, personal injury and social security disability fields. In 1999, she was called to work for the Tennessee Judiciary as a judicial assistant to Circuit Court Judge Don R. Ash. Judge Ash was/is a wonderful mentor and advisor.
Repeatedly Judge Ash encouraged Michelle to seek out a law degree to advance her career. After much encouragement from him, her family, and the legal community, Michelle decided to enter law school. In 2004, her law school career was coming to an end and she transferred her employment to yet another mentor and the newest member to the bench, Circuit Court Judge J. Mark Rogers. Michelle continued to work full time, be a single mother, and devote herself to her law degree. In June 2006, she graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the Nashville School of Law and in February 2007 became licensed to practice in the State of Tennessee and the Federal Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Also in 2007, Michelle became employed as an associate with Greg Reed and Associates where she practiced criminal defense, family, and juvenile law.
In 2010, she became a partner in the firm Reed and Howser and began to focus her practice strictly on family and juvenile law. Michelle was humbled and honored to receive the Richard LaRoche Pro Bono award from her legal peers in 2008. In January 2011, she applied and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In 2013, Michelle found herself at a crossroads, leaving the firm of Reed & Howser to go “home” again to the firm where it all began, Wilson & Bradley. Wilson & Bradley later became Wilson, Howser, Oliver & Turner when Michelle became a partner in the firm. In January 2020, Michelle decided it was time to start her own firm Howser & Associates, PLLP.
Michelle’s areas of expertise include:
- Child Support
- Dependent & Neglect
- Termination of Parental Rights
- Juvenile Justice
Catherine Post is a native of Tennessee, growing up on her family’s farm in South Pittsburg. After graduating from St. Andrew’s Sewanee School, she moved to Murfreesboro in 2008 to attend Middle Tennessee State University. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and studying a year in France, Catherine began her legal education at Nashville School of Law. During law school, Catherine worked full-time as a paralegal in a small firm in Murfreesboro doing probate, estate planning, contracts, and real estate. During her work as a paralegal, Catherine grew to love the practice of law and Murfreesboro’s legal community.
Catherine received her law license in May 2019, and moved to Wilson, Howser, Oliver & Turner as an associate attorney focusing on family law. She has now joined Howser & Associates, PLLP as an Associate Attorney. Catherine handles estate planning for our clients, including Simple Wills, Trusts, Adv Directives, Conservatorships and Probate.
Catherine has always had an interest in family law because it is an area she can be the most effective. She has always had a passion for helping others, which allows her to empathize with her clients and understand their unique cases.
Catherine is an active member of the Murfreesboro community. She is a member of The Junior League of Murfreesboro. She serves on the board of the Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County. She is a mentor for high school students through Tennessee Achieves and volunteers regularly for Junior Achievement. She is also a member of the Middle Tennessee Legal Association of Women, Tennessee Bar Association, and the Rutherford and Cannon Counties Bar Association.
Judy L. Lamb joined Howser & Associates, PLLP to assist R. Michelle Howser, Esq. as her Ligitation Paralegal. Judy has many years of experience in legal practice. More to come.