Laura was admitted to the Michigan State Bar after graduating with honors from University of Michigan Law School in 2007. She then served six years as law clerk to Hon. J. Richardson Johnson of the 9th Circuit Court in Kalamazoo, developing her skills in legal research, analysis, and writing. As a result, she brings considerable expertise in motion practice and appeals the Herbert Machnik Law Firm. Since leaving the court, Laura has run a successful solo practice in Marshall, Michigan, primarily providing estate planning, probate administration, and small business services. She has a particular interest in helping small farmers. Laura is admitted to practice in all Michigan state courts, the US District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Laura holds a Probate and Estate Planning Certificate from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). She serves on the Business Law Advisory Board for ICLE, and has served on the executive boards of the Agricultural Law and LGBTQA sections of the State Bar. She has completed General Civil Mediation training and plans to expand her practice to include this important service in the future.
Before attending law school, Laura worked in a variety of professional fields. Her first career was in teaching high school social studies and Spanish. She spent several years in project management for a printing and shipping company, before moving to Michigan from her home state of Wisconsin. Laura has spent several years working in medical records and transcription, as well as in mental health services. Her broad background gives her a better understanding of clients’ needs and experiences, allowing her to serve them with greater compassion and efficiency.
In addition to the practice of law, Laura runs a small farm in rural Calhoun County. The farm includes numerous Icelandic sheep, a llama named Ryder, assorted poultry, and a couple dozen hogs. She is active in various farming-related groups. Her favorite fiber arts include needle and wet felting, spinning, peg-loom knitting, continuous-strand weaving.