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Marian L. Faupel

Marian L. Faupel

Practice areas:

Family, Divorce & Separation, Contracts & Agreements, Litigation, Appeals… more 

About Me

The road to becoming an attorney (especially one who handles many family law cases) has been a true journey for me.  I grew up in Highland Park, MI—which, back then, was a tree-lined city with the first community college in Michigan and a very progressive school district.  Unfortunately, the schools I attended there are now in moth-balls, and the school system has an emergency manager.

When I was in the 8th grade, my parents sent me to a boarding school in Adrian on the campus of Siena Heights where I received a wonderful education and longed to become a teacher myself.  After graduation from St. Joseph Academy there, I went on to the University of Michigan, where I obtained my bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate.   My husband was drafted during the Viet Nam war, and the Army took us to New Jersey and Kentucky. I taught high school not only in Michigan but in both of those other states.    I not only taught during the day, but I also taught a Title I program in the summer, taught a night class, and tutored unwed mothers in their homes for the State of New Jersey while there.

After my husband was discharged, we returned to Michigan, and I received one of the last lifetime teaching certificates from the State of Michigan.  In 1978, I was elected to the Saline Board of Education, where I served for three terms (12 years).  In 1980, while on that Board, I entered Wayne State’s Law School and ultimately was elected a senior editor of the Law Review.  After graduation from law school in 1983, I worked for somewhat large Detroit-area law firms for 7 years before forming my own firm in 1990, the same year that I left the School Board.  In 1992, I was retained by Dan and Cara Schmidt after Jan and Robbie DeBoer filed an action in Ann Arbor for custody of the little girl they had tried to adopt, “Baby Jessica.”  The DeBoers were represented by the University of Michigan’s Law School (the Child Advocacy Clinic), and that case actually got to the United States Supreme Court before it was over.

During the case, virtually everyone in the United States was talking about the “best interests of the child.”   My clients prevailed and got their daughter back after protracted litigation in Iowa (before they even met me) and further litigation in Michigan, during which I represented them. At the heart of the case were the fundamental, constitutional rights of fit natural parents to the care, custody, and control of their own children.  At Wayne State’s Law School, Professor Robert Sedler taught me a reverence for the United States Constitution, but I never imagined that I would have a case that turned so much on those precious rights.

A unifying factor for me throughout my life and my career has been my passion for justice.   Ten years ago now, Wayne State’s Law School invited me to teach family law as an adjunct professor, and the Law Review at the Law School gave me the Alumni Achievement Award in 2008, which I cherish.  At the award banquet, I was invited to speak to the current law review members—and my message was that you could can make a difference in people’s lives as an attorney while you are making a living.


I owe much to the many teachers and mentors in my life, including the teachers in Highland Park, those in Adrian, and Professor Robert Sedler, who taught me to love the law.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1983

  1. Family: 50%
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
  3. Litigation: 10%
    31 years
  4. Contracts & Agreements: 10%
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 



Hourly ($325/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Steven Paul Tramontin

    Marian Faupel is a passionate and tireless advocate who gets results. Her level of knowledge and experience is second to none.


    Steven Tramontin Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Faupel was a student of mine many years ago. We have worked together on a number of cases, including the high profile Baby Jessica cases. I have referred students to her for employment and have referred persons in need of an outstanding family lawyer to her. I give her the strongest endorsement.


    Robert Sedler
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Faupel Law

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


MIActive And In Good Standing198303/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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