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Karen S. Sendelbach

Karen S. Sendelbach

Practice areas:

Family, Mediation

About Me

I assist people in resolving their family law issues with dignity and respect for all parties involved. I have more than a decade of experience guiding people as they reorganize their families, and I am trained and comfortable using every popular method of dispute resolution. I am committed to being a leader in my field, and have been elected by my peers to lead the State Bar of Michigan's Family Law Section, the Washtenaw County Family Law Section, and to serve on the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board (Washtenaw County panel) and other bar organizations. Due to my enthuiasm, passion and dedication to excellence in family law, I am frequently asked to publish and speak on issues related to family law, and the Wayne State University Law Review currently relies on me to provide their annual analysis of Michigan Family Law. Because of my expertise, competency and commitment to my clients and the law, I am frequently hired by fellow attorneys and their clients to mediate or arbitrate their cases and find the challenge of helping parties to resolve different personal circumstances very rewarding. I am certified as an "Elder Mediator" and believe that mediation is a perfect vehicle to help families navigate through the difficult issues involved with aging.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Family: 60%
    21 years
  2. Mediation: 40%
    21 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($275/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Jonathan Andrew Paul

    I've had the pleasure of mediating a number of family law cases with Karen, and strongly recommend her services. Our law firm regularly uses Karen for our most complex family law matters. Karen is very organized and cuts to the heart of the issues. This approach gets results, and has saved our clients a lot of money. I look forward to using her services in the future.

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    Jonathan Paul Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

121 W Washington St Ste 300
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104-1300

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing199406/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2014
Top Lawyers in Metro Detroitdbusiness2014
Top Women Attorneys in MichiganHour Detroit Magazine2014
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2013
The Best Lawyers in MichiganThe New York Times2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Best Lawyers in America, 19th EditionBest Lawyers2012
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2011
Top Lawyers in Metro DetroitdBusiness Magazine2011
SuperLawyerSuperLawyers!2010
Michigan Rising StarsMichigan Rising Stars2008
Outstanding Woman Law Graduate of Syracuse UniversityNational Association of Woman Lawyers1995
American Jurisprudence AwardJurisprudence of Criminal JusticeN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorThomas M. Cooley Law School2011 - 2012
Shareholder, AttorneyNichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg, P.C2002 - Present
Associate AttorneyKatherine L. Barnhart, P.C1996 - 2000
Staff AttorneyOakland Livingston Legal Aid1994 - 1996

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Ann Arbor Cub Scout Pack 123Treasurer, Den Leader2010 - Present
International Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2007 - Present
Collaborative Practice Institute of MichiganMember2007 - Present
Institute for Continuing Legal EducationMember2007 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Family Law SectionChairperson2007 - 2008
Michigan Bar Association's Attorney Discipline BoardAppointed Member2005 - Present
Amicus Committee of State Bar of Michigan Family Law SectionChairperson, Author2004 - 2005
Family Law Section of the State Bar of MichiganAmicus Chairperson2002 - 2007
Family Law section of the Washtenaw County Bar AssociationChairperson2001 - 2002
Family Law Section of the State Bar of MichiganCouncil Member1997 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Wayne State University Law ReviewAnnual Michigan Family Law Survey2010
Wayne State University Law ReviewAnnual Michigan Family Law Survey2009
State Bar of Michigan Monthly JournalMaking a Molehill out of a Mountain: Michigan's Child Support Guidelines2009
Michigan Bar ExamFamily Law Question and Model Answer2008
State Bar of Michigan Bar Journal Special IssueDiscovery: A Legal Process that Seeks the Truth2008
Institute for Continuing Legal Education (Michigan) On-Line MaterialsHow to Handle a Move-Away in a Child Custody Case2008
Family Law JournalMonthly Chairperson's Column2007
Michigan Bar ExamFamily Law Question and Model Answer2007
Michigan Basic Practice Handbook, Fifth Edition (Cumulative Supplement)Advanced Strategies in Family Practice, Chapter Author2003

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor Cum Laude1994
James Madison College at Michigan StateInternational RelationsBachelor's Degree1991

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Child Custody, Support, and Parenting Time UpdateChild Custody, Support, and Parenting Time Update2012
12th Annual Family Law InstituteFamily Law (Advance Track)2012
Child Custody, Support, and Parenting Time UpdateChild Custody, Support, and Parenting Time Update2011
10th Annual Family Law InstituteFamily Law (Advanced Track)2011
Child Custody, Support, and Parenting Time UpdateChild Custody, Support, and Parenting Time Update2010
9th Annual Family Law InstituteFamily Law (Advanced Track)2010
Child Custody, Support, and Parenting Time UpdateChild Custody, Support, and Parenting Time Update2009
8th Annual Family Law InstituteFamily Law (Basic Track)2009
Family Law Custody and Parenting Time Update SeminarFamily Law, Custody and Parenting Time2008
7th Annual Family Law InstituteFamily Law (Advanced Track)2008
Child Custody, Support, and Parenting Time UpdateChild Custody, Support, and Parenting Time Update2007
6th Annual Family Law InstituteAdvanced Track, Family Law2007
Child Custody, Support, and Parenting Time UpdateChild Custody, Support, and Parenting Time Update2006
5th Annual Family Law InstituteAdvanced Track, Family Law2006
Child Custody, Support, and Parenting Time UpdateChild Custody, Support, and Parenting Time Update2005
Child Custody, Support, and Parenting Time UpdateChild Custody, Support, and Parenting Time Update2004
Custody, Support and Parenting Time UpdateChild Custody, Support, and Parenting Time Update2003
2nd Annual Family Law InstituteFamily Law2003
S.M.I.L.E. ProgramAssist parents in making divorce decisions in the best interest of their children2002
Child Custody, Support, and Parenting Time UpdateChild Custody, Support, and Parenting Time Update2002
QDROEssentials of QDROS: Overcoming QDROphobia1999