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Marian L. Faupel

About Me

Excellent, knowledgeable, compassionate attorneys are not born--they are made, and their achievement is recognized by their peers.  I received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Law Review of Wayne State's Law School and the Michiganian of the Year Award from the Detroit News.  I have taught Family Law in the evening at Wayne State's Law School for 13 years now as an adjunct professor and have practiced law for 32 years in the areas of real estate, business law, family law, construction law, litigation, and appeals.  I prevailed in the now famous Baby Jessica case where the U of M Law School's Child Advocacy Clinic was my opponent and have handled almost 30 appeals (including an important case under the ADA in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, where I prevailed).  I obtained a jury verdict of over $1M in a First Amendment case and a significant jury verdict in a securities fraud case (both in federal court).   I have authored approximately 15 scholarly articles that were published by  the Wayne Law Review in the areas of property tax, real estate, trusts and estates, and family law.  Many more of my articles were published by the Washtenaw County Bar Association (including a series on foreclosure law).  I was a member of the Saline School Board for 12 years and served on the Saline Tax Board of Review as well as the Representative Assembly of the Bar Association. Our firm, Faupel Law, P.C., just celebrated its 25th anniversary, and before founding that firm, I worked for several very successful Detroit-area firms where I received excellent training from the best.  Besides me, our firm consists of  two associate attorneys, Sandy Musser and Dan Ferency (who both worked with area circuit court judges before joining our firm), and Tony Hart, who is an attorney and CPA experienced in sophisticated business transactions; tax appeals and tax planning; and estate planning from the simplest plan to the more exotic.  In addition to having his law degree and having worked as a CPA, Tony also has a master of laws degree in Tax.   If you are cruising the internet looking for an attorney, look no further than Faupel Law, P.C.  


Practice Areas


  1. Family: 40%
  2. Adoption: 15%
  3. Divorce & Separation: 15%
  4. Litigation: 10%
    31 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Sara Nicole Tower

    Marian Faupel is one of the most well known attorneys in the Washtenaw County community. Her love and passion for the law shows in her work. She is an excellent lawyer that has the ability to handle complex family law related cases. I endorse this lawyer.


    Sara Tower Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jonathan Robert Baber

    I normally don't take the time to write reviews but I am happy to endorse Marian Faupel. Marian truly loves what she does and it shows. Anyone who has seen Marian arguing on behalf of her clients in court know that she cares. Marian is one of the hardest working attorneys I know. Day after day she puts in long hours and gets real results. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work under her at Faupel law. If you're in need of a family law attorney, her office is one office you need to call.


    Jonathan Baber Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Faupel Law

2452 E Stadium Blvd # 301
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104


MIActive And In Good Standing198309/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Richard J. Barber Distinguished Alumni AwardWayne Law Review2008
Michiganian of the yearDetroit News1994
Certificate of AchievemnetWashtenaw County Bar Association1986
William D Traitel ScholarshipWayne State University Law School1982
Survey EditorWayne Law Review1982
Junior MemberWayne Law Review1981
Nominated for Distinguished Service Award and Woman of the YearSaline Area JayceesN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorWayne State University Law School2002 - Present
Shareholder and PresidentFaupel Law, P.C.1990 - Present
Of CounselSchlussel, Lifton, Simon, Rands, Galvin &Jackier, P.C.1988 - 1990
Associate AttorneyBurnham, Connolly, Oesterle & Henry1986 - 1988
Associate AttorneyHill, Lewis, Adams, Goodrich & Tait1984 - 1986
Associate AttorneySmith, Hirsch, Brody, & Weingarden1983 - 1984
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Wayne State Univeristy Law SchoolAdjunct Professor2003 - Present
Michigan Bar AssociationElected member of Representative Assembly1987 - 1993
Washtenaw County Bar AssociationEditor, Res Ipsa Loquitor1985 - 1995
Saline Area Board of EducationTrustee1978 - 1990
Washtenaw County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
United FundPast Vice PresidentN/A
Tax Board of ReviewMemberN/A
Industrial Business Development CommissionChairmanN/A
Washtenaw School Officers AssociationDirectorN/A
Friends of the LibraryPresidentN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re Clausen ("Baby Jessica Case")Prevailed on appeal to Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court, and United States Supreme Court, biological parents regained custody
Coster v. BoorasClients awarded $782,000
Davison v. Van WertClient awarded $1,200,000
See all Legal Cases 
Publication NameTitleDate
Washtenaw County Bar magazineJurisdictional Issues in a Divorce2010
Michigan Family Law JournalUsing Experts in Domestic Cases2000
Wayne law ReviewFamily Law,1995 Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 421996
Wayne Law ReviewAnnual Survey of Michigan Law1996
Wayne Law ReviewFamily Law,1994 Annual Survey of Michigan law, 411995
Wayne Law ReviewFamily Law, 1993 Annual Survey of Michigan Law1994
Wayne Law ReviewThe "Baby Jessica Case" and the Claimed Conflict Between Children's and Parents' Rights1994
Wayne Law ReviewReal Property, 1991 Annual Survey of Michigan law1992
Wayne Law ReviewFamily Law, 1990 Annual Survey or Michigan law1991
Wayne Law ReviewFamily Law, 1989 Annual Survey of Michigan Law1990
Wayne Law ReviewCommercial Transactions and Contracts, 1988 Annual Survey of Michigan Law1989
Wayne Law ReviewTaxation, 1987 Annual Survey of Michigan law1988
Wayne Law ReviewReal Property Law, 1986 Annual Survey of Michigan law1987
Wayne Law ReviewReal Property Law, 1985 Annual Survey of Michigan Law1986
Wayne Law ReviewTrusts, 1985 Annual Survey of Michigan law1986
Wayne Law ReviewFamily Law, 1984 Annual Survey of Michigan law1985
Wayne Law ReviewHistory of the Annual Survey of Michigan Law and a Statistical Analysis of the Supreme Court of Michigan During the Survey Period1983
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State Univeristy Law SchoolN/AJuris Doctor1983
University of MichiganEnglishBachelor of Arts1964
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Oakland County Bar Association"AIDS in the Workplace"1993
Detroit Hellenic Bar AssociationDeBoer v. Schmidt1993
Deeds ConventionSheriff's Deeds1989
Fall Conference"How to Negotiate Your Exit"1986
University of Michigan Retirement SeminarsFrequent PresenterN/A
A Weekly Television show from 1989-1995Originator and Host of "Ask The Attorney"N/A