Ms. Harrell received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, summa cum laude, from the University of Detroit in 1990 and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 1993. While at Wayne State, she participated in moot court competitions and received three American Jurisprudence Awards.
Ms. Harrell is a Barrister Emeritus in the American Inn of Court, Oakland County Chapter, a Mentor in the Oakland County Bar Association Mentor Program and an Oakland County Circuit Court Case Evaluator (Complex Commercial Neutral). She is an approved ADR provider for Macomb County (Family Matters, Probate) and Oakland County (Civil/Commercial, Probate, District Court) and is also a Commercial Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Ms. Harrell serves as a panelist for American Settlement Centers, assisting parties to resolve their disputes through mediation and arbitration.
Ms. Harrell authored the article "Caveat Receiver: Practical Tips for Appointing or Serving as a Receiver" for the Michigan Bar Journal. Her receivership expertise was the focus of the Michigan Lawyer's Weekly article, "Putting the Stress in Distressed" while several of her litigation matters were featured in the Crain's Detroit Business story "A&P Stops Paying Rent on Farmer Jack's Spaces: 24 Lawsuits Filed."
As of January 1, 2014, Ms. Harrell was appointed by the Mayor of Grosse Pointe Woods to the city's Planning Commission for a three-year term. On October 3, 2014, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of Living Arts. Ms. Harrell is an active member of the Hydrocephalus Association, Michigan Chapter.
Ms. Harrell has been recognized as a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law and Real Estate Law: Commercial and was named a Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine for 2010 in the areas of Real Estate and Litigation. She has also been named as one of the 2017 Most Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan by Crain Content Studio, the custom publishing division of Crain’s Detroit Business.