When Juliet sued Cane for sexual harassment, it brought Leslie Michaelson back to the screen to act as her attorney. But it also left some newer THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS viewers wondering exactly who the lawyer is. Leslie didn’t used to only show up for the occasional court case — once upon a time she had real storylines! Let us fill you in on this character's dramatic history!
Actress Angell Conwell joined Y&R in December of 2010 on a recurring basis and was bumped up to a contract player in 2012, but then dropped back to recurring in 2014. She made a handful of appearances in 2015 and 2016, her last back in December.
Conwell with Michael Muhney’s Adam in 2011. (Photo Credit: sean smith/jpistudios.com)
Leslie first appeared in Genoa City as an attorney working for Vance Abrams’ law firm and represented Adam and Sharon when they were accused of murdering Skye. After Sharon was convicted, she skipped town, and Leslie was replaced by Avery as Sharon's lawyer when the blonde was brought back to town.
Next, Leslie was hired by Abby and Victoria (and later Nick) when they successfully sued their father, Victor Newman, for hundreds of millions of dollars. She also began a tentative romance with Neil Winters, but it was a slow boil. Leslie also represented Phyllis twice; first when she fought for custody of her granddaughter, Lucy, and later when she was on trial for attempted murder.
Redaric Williams as Tyler, Conwell, Kristoff St. John as Neil, and Tony Todd as Gus in 2013. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
Neil hired Leslie as the legal council at Jabot, and they struggled to keep their relationship strictly professional. Leslie was reunited with her brother, Tyler, and it became clear the siblings were hiding a secret from their past. After Congressman Marcus Wheeler called her “Valerie,” it was revealed that Leslie and Tyler’s names were really Valerie and Davis Rogan and they changed their identities after testifying against their father, Gus, who had killed their mother.
But Wheeler was also suspected to have had something to do with Belinda’s death, and Avery found DNA evidence that convicted the polititian and allowed Gus to be freed from prison and reconnect with his estranged children. The reunion was awkward, and Leslie found he had letters from a mystery woman named Rose. After Gus died of a heart attack, Leslie tried to track down Rose, but discovered she had died and that she had a daughter, Ann, who was later revealed to be Hilary.
Trevor St. John (Neil) and Conwell in 2013. (Photo Credit: sean smith/jpistudios.com)
Neil surprised Leslie with a marriage proposal, but as they worked on their wedding preparations, he realized she was clearly not as interested in tying the knot as he was. She insisted she wanted to be with him forever, but didn’t believe in marriage. Neil gave her an ultimatum, and Leslie called his bluff, returning the ring.
Later, Leslie revealed to Neil that she had married Dr. Barton Shelby in Vegas after only knowing him for a few weeks! Neil took the news hard, wondering if she’d ever truly loved him at all. Leslie also broke off her legal partnership with Avery to pursue the job of Assistant DA. But later, when Lily hired her to defend Neil against charges he’d caused the death of Christine’s unborn child in a car accident, Leslie revealed she’d actually gone to work for the Legal Aid Board instead.
Robert Adamson (Noah) and Conwell in 2016. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
Leslie was last seen acting as Noah’s lawyer, defending him against a hit and run charge. Unfortunately, he’d covered up evidence and fled the country, so he was sentenced to probation and community service. Juliet doesn’t have a particularly strong case, so Leslie will likely have her work cut out for her. But when will the beauty be able to appear somewhere other than a courtroom?
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