for Justice

Stop corruption, legal tyranny, and restore justice

Standing Up For Your Rights and Liberties

“I will make our Judges accountable to us – the people of Minnesota. As a judge in the highest judicial office of our state, I will protect your fundamental rights by eliminating the bureaucracy and making certain the Constitution is upheld in the Judicial Branch to restore Faith and Justice for all.”
— Michelle MacDonald Attorney/Advisor & Facilitator - Restorative Justice

Michelle MacDonald for Justice

On the frontlines, Michelle MacDonald knows firsthand that our justice system doesn't always have regard for justice, and that money and profits are often put before the rights of citizens.

Michelle MacDonald is an accomplished Family and Elder Law practitioner admired for her feisty demeanor and her insights of the Minnesota judicial system. She is not afraid to speak out and that makes her wonderfully controversial to the special interests who are promoting retention elections.


For 30 years, Michelle MacDonald has been recognized as one of the most skilled and knowledgeable attorneys, concentrating in the areas of Family Law, Divorce, Paternity, Adoption, Estate Planning, and Probate, including Civil Litigation and Appeals. Michelle’s clients have benefited by her general knowledge of a broad range of legal areas including Business, Real Estate, and Criminal Defense. Michelle is a certified parenting expeditor, parenting consultant, early neutral evaluator, and Rule 114 qualified Mediator, and a Restorative Justice Circle Facilitator.

For 22 years of those years, Michelle served as a Conciliation Court Judge in Hennepin County 1999-2014, and as an Adjunct Referee, Family Court 1992-2014. She earned a Years of Service award from Hennepin County.

Michelle MacDonald founded Family Innocence, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping families out of court: resolving conflicts and injustices peacefully. www.FamilyInnocence.com She serves as volunteer President, and is an educator, advocate, restorative circle facilitator and mediator.

Michelle MacDonald has been lead counsel on dozens of appeals to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and has researched and written Amicus ("Friend of the Court") and countless other briefs.

Michelle MacDonald has developed and taught courses through Family Innocence, including Advocacy Training, Introduction to Restorative Circles, and Advanced Restorative Circles.

Michelle has a Restorative Circle Mat and Guide in development for use by restorative circle providers and individuals as a dialogue tool to resolve conflict.


Michelle graduated cum laude from Boston College, receiving her BA degree in Communications and English. She earned her law degree from Suffolk University Law School, in Boston, and has completed the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School, and hundreds of other Continuing Legal Education courses in a variety of areas, including dispute resolution. Michelle completed the Landmark Forum in 2004, including advanced and other courses in the years that followed.

Michelle has been trained in mediation since 1995, and has been on the Supreme Court Rule 114 Roster since that time. She is an educator and restorative circle facilitator since 2012, trained by world renowned peacemaker, Dominic Barter, and others.


Michelle is a long time member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law, Children's and ADR Sections, and various County Bars. She was Chair of the Professionalism Committee. She is a graduate of the Citizen's Police Academy. She is an active member of Amdahl Inn of Court, Juris Divas, custody/parentingtime dialogue, and Divorce Without Courts/Cooperative Private Divorce groups.

Michelle is an active member of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) and Restorative Practices International (RPI)