Skilled advocated and negotiator. Experienced and knowledgeable in family law practice. Strong communication skills and ability to evaluate cases, identify problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
Law Offices of Ernest F. FriedmanAssociate attorney | Southfield, Michigan | 1989 - 1991Workers Compensation and Personal Injury. Appeared at preliminary and pretrial conferences. Researched and prepared mediation summaries.
Advantage Legal Services, P.C.Associate Attorney | Detroit, Michigan | 1991 - 1993Maintained a case load of 100 to 150 clients covering all aspects of family law including divorce, custody, parenting time, child support and paternity. Represented clients in bankruptcy and district court misdemeanor matters. Responsible for client intake, case management and documentation of time and expense. Performed legal research and prepared all legal documents and court filings including motions, temporary orders, final judgments and bankruptcy petitions.
Staver and Souve, P.C.Associate attorney | Taylor, Michigan | 1993 - 2000Maintained a case load of 50-75 clients in more complex, contested divorce matters. Performed legal research and prepared all legal documents and court filings. Created premarital/antenuptial agreements. Drafted basic estate planning documents including wills, power of attorneys and designated patient advocate. Responsible for client intake, case management and documentation of time and expense.
Law Offices of Kathleen GrahamSole practitioner | Royal Oak, Michigan | 2000 - 2014Maintained a law office specializing predominately in family law. Expanded practice to include pre-divorce counseling for low income or financially challenged couples wanting to file for divorce on their own but not knowing where to start.
Wayne County Circuit CourtJudicial Attorney | Detroit, Michigan | 2014 - 2016Reported to a Circuit Court Family Division Judge. Responsible for legal research, prepping files on a daily basis, scheduling and/or adjourning hearings, assisting in pro per litigants with preparation of temporary motions, orders and final judgments.
Bachelor of ArtsCriminal JusticeMichigan State UniversityEast Lansing, Michigan