Mike has practiced criminal defense both as a public and private attorney and has more than a decade of experience. She represents minors and adults in both state and federal matters, focusing on all aspects of criminal defense, including trials, appeals, post-conviction petitions, and parole and commutations.
Ms. French serves on the board of the Idaho Justice Project and as a member of the Legislative Committee of the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Idaho College of Law, where she was Co-President of the German Law Journal and a James E. Rogers Scholar, Mike served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Joel D. Horton of the Supreme Court of Idaho.
Mike is licensed in California and has appeared before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Idaho, and the state and federal trial courts in Idaho.
Ms. French graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English from Boise State University and earned her master’s degree in Irish Studies from the Queen’s University of Belfast as a US-Ireland Alliance Scholar. She managed business language education for several years at a school in Prague, where she also volunteered at La Strada, an organization that works to prevent trafficking in human beings.
Although her full name is Mikela, everyone calls her Mike after her great-grandfather Mike Walker—namesake of a Snake River boat ramp where the trout are plentiful and the current is slow. When she is not practicing law, Mike can be seen walking the Boise foothills with her dogs.