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Attorney Henry S. Gornbein is a leading expert in family law. Practicing in Michigan for more than 40 years, he has written extensively on divorce-related topics.

Gornbein wrote the chapter titled, Spousal Support in the book, Michigan Family Law. It s the go-to source for all family law attorneys and judges who deal with divorce and related issues in Michigan. His articles appear regularly in national legal publications and his monthly column, Case of the Issue, runs in the Family Law Section Journal of the State Bar of Michigan and is read by thousands of lawyers and judges.

A contributor and blogger for The Huffington Post Divorce section, he also produces regular podcasts for In addition, Gornbein has hosted and produced his own Philo Award-winning cable TV show, Practical Law, with more than 700 programs aired to date.

Sought after as an expert on divorce-related topics by media outlets, he is known for being at the forefront of understanding social media and its role in divorces today. Recently, Gornbein has been speaking for a series of webinars discussing the impact of social media on divorce, along with issues including wiretapping, computer hacking, phone tapping, spycams, and others that can arise during divorce and have criminal law violation implications.

Other attorneys and judges consult Gornbein as an expert when unusual family law issues arise. A frequent public speaker for local and national meetings, he has been a featured lecturer at the National Convention of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Gornbein is married to Debra Gornbein, and is a father and grandfather. He is a named partner in the Birmingham, Mich., law firm of Lippitt O Keefe Gornbein, PLLC, where he heads the divorce and family law unit. Gornbein enjoys travel, reading, theater, and movies, but most of all, spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.


Guiding Philosophy

Henry believes that every case is different and the role of an attorney is to educate, guide the clients through the legal system, look for the best possible solution, and try and handle every case in a manner that leads toward healing and not needless confrontation or unnecessary court battles. He has tried many cases, and believes that trials should be the last resort because of the economic and psychological costs involved, along with the fact that when you get to trial, you lose control of your life because the Judge is deciding what happens to you and your children.


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  1. Divorce & Separation: 34%
    46 years
  2. Child Custody: 33%
    46 years
  3. Family: 33%
    46 years


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MIActive And In Good Standing196811/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Michigan Super Lawyers 2014Super Lawyers2014
Michigan Super Lawyers 2013Super Lawyers2013
Michigan Super Lawyers 2012Super Lawyers2012
Michigan Super Lawyers 2011Super Lawyers2011
Michigan Super Lawyers 2010Super Lawyers2010
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Michigan Super Lawyers 2007Super Lawyers2007
Professionalism AwardOakland County Bar Association2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerLippitt O'Keefe Gornbein, PLLC2013 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Michigan chapter)President1984 - 1985
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow1980 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Michigan chapter)Member1980 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1968 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Divorce Demystified (book)Divorce Demystified: Everything you Need to Know Before you File for Divorce2014
Simple Divorce Advice websiteContributor2011
Huffingtonpost.comHenry Gornbein is now blogging in the new divorce section of
Michigan Family Law JournalCase Of The Issue2010
Michigan Family Law JournalCase Of The Issue2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1968
Wayne State UniversityPhilosophyPhB - Bachelor of Philosophy1965
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Practical Law - Weekly TV ShowFamily Law and Consumer Legal IssuesN/A
Divorce Source RadioDivorce and Family LawN/A