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Michelle D Carpenter, Partner

Michelle is a partner of Kranitz, Sadoun & Carpenter as well as a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She previously worked at the University of Kansas and North Kansas City Hospital as an Emergency, Trauma and ICU nurse. Michelle’s current role is as Managing Partner for the firm. Historically, Michelle has tried more than 40 jury trials and her practice is devoted to 100% litigation work. She is admitted to practice in Missouri and Kansas. She is also admitted to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District and the United States District Court Western District of Missouri.

Michelle is proud to serve individuals in Missouri and Kansas. While her practice has a family law component, she is also passionate about representing the rights of those injured. Michelle employs a team/client centered approach to all cases to achieve the best possible results. Michelle has successfully represented a wide variety of injured clients including medical record privacy violations, sexual assault of inmates while in custody, assault of an inmate leading to his death while in custody, pharmacy negligence, product liability matters, workers’ compensation matters. Additionally, the firm has handled cases concerning victims in crimes, trucking and automobile injuries, and slip and fall injuries.

Michelle has a niche of cases revolving around the fair medical treatment of those incarcerated. Michelle’s background provides her with the unique medical-legal perspective to identify and bring attention to the seriousness of medical mistakes. Michelle has a unique way of connecting with people; she understands that listening is the foundation of a successful case. Just as importantly, she understands that compassion must be balanced with empathy, creativity, tenacity, and legal rigor. Much like talking to her clients, she can tell these same stories to juries in a manner that accentuates the injustice and results in favorable verdicts.

Michelle and her team handle civil rights violations in both State and Federal Court. We presently are the Respondents in a prisoner death medical malpractice claim pending before the United States Supreme Court on a Petition for Writ of Certiorari. The Petitioner’s exhausted their appeals through the 8th Circuit and new law was made in our client’s favor as a result.

In addition to the above civil cases, Michelle has a particular interest in high conflict parental alienation matters representing the targeted parent. Michelle recognizes that most of the parental alienation matters concern a parent with a serious mental health condition.

Michelle is a candidate graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a doctorate in nursing practice with a 3.98 gpa; a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a master’s in nursing – family nurse practitioner program with a 3.93 gpa; a graduate of Washburn University School of Law with honors on a full-ride scholarship; a graduate of Webster University with a bachelor’s in nursing with a 4.0 gpa.

Michelle is a member of the American Nurses Association and Missouri Nurses Association. She is board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the St. Joseph Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is a former member of the Kansas City International Academy School Board as Vice President 2015-2019. She has volunteered on missionary trips to Guatemala and acted as a board member of the Optimist International Club. She has been appointed as guardian ad litem for the 5th judicial circuit abuse and neglect cases. She has also presented continuing legal education courses for the Missouri Bar Association – most recently Practical Evidence for Civil Litigators: Real-World Applications and The Entrapment Defense.

Michelle is married to Adrian Eszter, an architect with a large Kansas City firm. They reside in Johnson County, Kansas where they are active parishioners at Holy Trinity. They enjoy time on the lake in the summers, traveling abroad, and loving on their new labradoodle, Lucy. They have four grown children and one grandchild. They spend extended time periods in Marbella, Spain where their daughter, son-in-law, and only grandbaby lives.

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