Grace, Tisdale, and Clifton office is now open during normal business ours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Although our office has been professionally cleaned and sanitized, we encourage all existing and new clients to schedule consultation via Zoom or telephone. Please click here to read Chief Justice Beasley’s Order directing Court operations.

Grace, Tisdale & Clifton P.A. Exceptional Counsel & Resolute Advocacy

Michelle B. Clifton

Prior to joining Grace, Tisdale & Clifton in 2004, Michelle B. Clifton practiced for nine years in the areas of corporate mergers and acquisitions, and insurance defense litigation, experience she now brings to representing plaintiffs. Her law practice is now focused on representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, in addition to representing clients in business, administrative and regulatory matters and various other civil and criminal matters in state and federal court.

In 2011, Michelle was asked by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) to write a chapter and co-edit a general personal injury practice handbook for the state of North Carolina. Personal Injury Practice in North Carolina is now a primary resource for personal injury law practices.

In 2013, Michelle became a N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Mediator for Superior Court.

Michelle received her Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1995 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Elon University in 1992, graduating summa cum laude. She has been admitted to practice in North Carolina since 1995.

Notable Work & Professional Memberships

Michelle, along with partners Michael Grace, Christopher Clifton and Kenneth Tisdale, represent local police officers in conjunction with the Southern States Benevolent Association.

Over the last five years, Michelle has successfully achieved settlements and awards for plaintiffs in product liability, personal injury and wrongful death cases totaling millions of dollars.

Michelle is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Forsyth County Bar Association. She previously served on the Board of Directors with the YMCA of Greater Winston-Salem, the Junior League of Winston-Salem, the Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts, St. Paul's Episcopal Preschool, the Experiment in Self-Reliance, and the Board of Friends of the Ronald McDonald House. Currently, she serves on the Board of the SECU Family House Friends and on the Board of Trustees for Forsyth Country Day School.


  • Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Phone: 888-441-8522
  • Fax: 336-721-1176
  • Email: Contact Us

Areas of Practice

  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • DWI
  • Drugs
  • Burglaries, Thefts, Felony Larceny, Breaking and Entering
  • White Collar Crime
  • Firearm Violations

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1977
  • U.S. Federal Courts
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • J.D - 1977
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1974
    • Major: History

Representative Cases

  • State vs. Michael Hayes (1989)
  • U.S. vs. Frank McClean (Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • U.S. vs. Ernest Pitt (Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals)


  • Adjunct Professor, Wake Forest University School of Law

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent Criminal Defense Lawyers in North Carolina
  • Roy A. Taylor Distinguished Alumnus Award, UNC Asheville’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, 2009 - Present
  • UNC Asheville Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Cofer Lifetime Achievement Award, Forsythe County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina State Bar, Member
  • Forsyth County Bar Association, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Member
  • UNC Asheville National Alumni Council

Past Employment Positions

  • Congressmen Lamar Grudger and Ike Andrews, Staff Attorney
  • Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Special Assistant

Meet Our Legal Team

  • Experience on Both Sides

    The majority of our lawyers
    are former prosecutors and
    know how the system works.

  • Focus on Client Experience

    Our clients are our top priority. Each
    team member treats every client with
    respect and every case with discretion.

  • Thousands of Cases Settled

    Our legal team has experience handling
    all manner of criminal cases and have a
    comprehensive list of satisfied clients.

  • Locally Based Firm

    Every one of our attorneys is from
    the local town and graduated
    Wake Forest Law School.


  • Super Lawyer
  • Legal Elite
  • Board Certified
  • Best Lawyer
  • College of DUI Defense
  • AV

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