Michelle Ator is the head of the Medical Malpractice Group. She is a partner in the firm, and her practice focuses on representing medical care providers in malpractice litigation. She also represents product manufacturers in cases pertaining to medical products.
Michelle is a recipient of the Vincent Foster, Jr. Outstanding Lawyer Award and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA in the area of medical malpractice law. She has been rated by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Arkansas and Top 50 Women Lawyers of the Mid-South. She was also rated by her peers in Martindale-Hubbell as AV “Preeminent” – the highest rating for ability and ethical standards.
Michelle is a Past President of the Pulaski County Bar Association and is also a Master of the Bench and Past President of the Henry Woods American Inn of Court. She served two terms by appointment as a member of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice. She is a previous recipient of the Pulaski County Bar Association’s President’s Award, has been named as an Ike Scott Fellow by the Pulaski County Bar Foundation, and was awarded the Arkansas Bar Foundation Award for Excellence in Legal Writing. She is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the International Society of Barristers, DRI and the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel. Michelle is currently the Chancellor for the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Michele earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado where she was a President’s Leadership Class Scholar, and a Juris Doctor with Honors from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law where she worked as an Associate Editor on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal.
Before joining the Friday law firm, she served as a Division Chief in the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where she primarily tried rape, child abuse, domestic abuse and homicide cases.
Michelle is licensed to practice in Arkansas state courts, federal courts in Arkansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and before the United States Supreme Court.