Get to Know: Angela Medley

Angela M. Medley, honored by Super Lawyers for two consecutive years as a Rising Star, is a family law attorney and a partner with Polizzi & Medley Law in Mt. Clemens.

The former district court prosecutor aids clients in a variety of matters, She is primarily focused on family law, including cases regarding divorce, child custody, enforcement and modification of support obligations, and post-judgment actions.

Medley is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) Macomb Region, and is a representative for the 16th Circuit in the State Bar Association Representative Assembly.

Medley eanred her undergrad degree, summa cum laude from Baker College; and graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2014.

By Jo Mathis
Legal News

How are you handling things during this coronavirus shutdown? Working remotely and appearing in court in person only when absolutely necessary. Zoom has become a great resource!

What have you learned about yourself during this crisis? I didn’t realize how much of my social interaction revolved around my work. I have had to sharpen my tech skills to stay contacted with family, colleagues, and clients.

What is your proudest moment as a lawyer? Becoming a lawyer! I went to law school at 41. It was a difficult transition. I worked for the first two years. I was/am a single mother and I have three children. It was an incredible amount of work, like nothing I had ever experienced. I was thrilled to learn I passed the bar on November 6, 2014.

What was always written on your grade school report card? I always received positive remarks about how quiet and/or well behaved I was in class. I guess I saved my attitude for outside the classroom.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? A past employer told me he knew that whatever he gave me would get done and he wouldn’t have to hold my hand or worry about it.

When you were considering law school, what was Plan B? There was no plan B.  Once you commit to it, you have to see it through. The student loans help to keep you focused on the finish line. It’s too much of an investment to risk failure.

What would surprise people about your job? Lawyers don’t know everything about everything. Friends and family think they can ask me a question regarding areas of the law that I do not practice.  I wish I knew it all, but I don’t!

What do you wish someone would invent? A cure for COVID-19 would be nice right about now.

When you look back into the past, what do you miss most? My mother. She died before I finished law school.

What are your most treasured material possessions? My dog. And my cell phone. It connects me to the world.

If you could have witnessed any event in history, what would it be? To witness Martin Luther King Jr. speak in person.

What were you doing in your last selfie? A CrossFit workout.

What is the best advice you received? That I can only make decisions based on information available at that time.  When and if new information becomes available, I make another decision. It’s that easy.

What question do you most often ask yourself? Have I done everything I can in this situation?

What’s the most awe-inspiring place you’ve ever been? I visited Washington DC with the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan last year. I observed an oral argument in the United States Supreme Court. It was very inspiring!

What is one thing you would like to learn to do? Ride a hoverboard or a motorcycle. The hoverboard is probably easier to obtain.