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B. Andrew Rifkin
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B. Andrew Rifkin

also known as Andrew Rifkin, Andy Rifkin

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Marriage & Prenuptials, Domestic Violence, Trusts

About Me

Specializing in family law, my sole focus is to understand the complexities of your individual case and bring it to a quick, private and peaceful resolution.

Family court judges are overloaded and often don’t have the time to take a deep dive into each family’s unique situation; this is often to the detriment of the family members, who suffer through courtroom conflicts that are dragged out — and which lead to steep bills. For that reason, I frequently work with our clients to resolve their disputes outside of the courtroom in a confidential setting, and recruit the aid of other specialists from our team of carefully selected professionals when it’s needed. In those cases where courtroom litigation is unavoidable, I use my decades of experience to provide unwavering advocacy before a judge in your defense.

Family conflict can be extremely emotional, and I take every opportunity not only to counsel, but to listen. Having overseen the successful resolution of hundreds of cases, my outstanding approach has been nationally recognized year after year, including by Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected national peer-review publication in the legal profession. For the last three years I was named a “Top Lawyer” by dBusiness Magazine, as well as Crain’s Detroit Business. I’m an eight-time winner of the annual Super Lawyer award, and for over a decade I have consistently received the highest possible rating from the esteemed Martindale-Hubbell organization for my litigation skills and high ethical standards.

A dedicated Wolverine, I earned my B.A. with Distinction and Honors in Economics, from the University of Michigan, and I received my Juris Doctor from U of M’s Law School, which consistently is ranked as one of the top 10 law schools in the nation. I am a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and I am a frequent lecturer and commentator on family law and divorce issues. I serve as an adjunct professor of law at Michigan State University, and I’m licensed to practice in both Michigan and Colorado.

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Languages Spoken: French

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    23 years
  2. Family: 30%
    23 years
  3. Marriage & Prenuptials: 10%
    23 years
  4. Trusts: 5%
    23 years
  5. Domestic Violence: 5%
    23 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Timothy P. Flynn

    Andrew is a consummate professional; a divorce lawyer's lawyer. I've handled a few high-net-worth divorces with John Schaefer's firm in Birmingham during the past year. In doing so, it has been a distinct professional pleasure to work with Mr. Rifkin. He is always well prepared and courteous. This makes the divorce process go much smoother. In the process, Mr. Rifkin provides excellent client representation. Consequently, I endorse this attorney for matters of divorce.

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    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

380 N Old Woodward Ave Ste 320
Birmingham, MI, 48009

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
COActive199306/30/2015
MIActive And In Good Standing199206/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2015
Top Lawyersdbusiness2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Top Lawyersdbusiness2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Peer Review Rating AV Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Top AttorneysCrain's Detroit Business2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Lawyers 2013DBusiness2013
Michigan Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
Michigan Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2012
FellowAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers2011
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2008
Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition WinnerUniversity of Michigan Law School1991

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law2011 - 2011
Adjunct ProfessorMichigan State University College Of Law2011 - Present
N/AThe Law Firm of John F. Schaefer2000 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Oakland County Bar FoundationFellow2011 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2011 - Present
University of Michigan Alumni AssociationMember1987 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Michigan Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Oakland Legal NewsMatrimonial Attorney Took a Different Route2012
ICLE Michigan Family Law PracticeChapter 1 Update, Family Law Practice Issues, 2002 Supplement, § 1.352002
Laches (OCBA)Beyond Rinvelt: Where Do Prenuptial Agreements Go from Here?2001
Michigan Bar JournalFull Protection for the Injured Ward: Ensuring That Guardian and Conservator Fees Are Paid by the PIP Insurance Carrier2000
Laches (OCBA)Shop with Care: Choosing a Forum in Recreational Accident Cases1999
Michigan Bar JournalLiability of the Physician in Charge1994
Michigan Bar JournalWhen Doctors Go Bare: Compensation Beyond the Underinsured Physician1994

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of Michigan, Ann ArborEconomicsB.A. with Distinction and Honors in Economics1987

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Guest Lecturer, Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning, University of Michigan Law SchoolPrenupital and Postnuptial Marital Agreements2015
ICLE Family Law InstituteThe Ultimate Evidence Refresher2014
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Michigan Advanced Family Law SeminarFrom Vodvarka to Shade and Everything In Between2014
Fundamentals of Divorce Practice & ProcedureDiscovery in Divorce Cases2013
Family Law Institute, 12th AnnualDouble Dipping: What is the Right Approach?2013
AAML Annual Michigan Advanced Family Law SeminarMaking a Spousal Support Claim Based on Net Cash Flow Analysis2013
AAML Annual Michigan Advanced Family Law SeminarSuccessfully Offering Real Evidence at Trial2012
Fundamentals of Divorce Practice & ProcedureDivorce Discovery2011