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The attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard S. Victor, PLLC, a Bloomfield Hills based Divorce and Family Law firm, now Of Counsel to Hertz Schram, PC, believe that all parties to Divorce - divorcing couples, Lawyers, and Judges - must realize divorce is an emotionally draining experience, born from loss. Because of that fact, for over four decades, our Family Law attorneys, through Mr. Victor's guidance, have led parties through this difficult process and helped individuals to think and act logically even while they faced such emotionally driven issues.
By creating the concept of a more honest, personalized and direct way to practice Divorce, Child Custody and Family Law, the Law Offices of Richard S. Victor, PLLC instilled a new philosophy, which they practice throughout the state of Michigan. They bring integrity to the practice of Family Law.
They believe that lawyers who handle divorce, child custody and parenting time cases have a higher duty to their clients than in other areas of law. They know that the work they do will not only affect their clients and their business and financial interests, but will most probably affect their children and future generations of their family. Based in Oakland County, they represent clients throughout Metropolitan Detroit, including Macomb, Wayne, Genesee, and Ingham Counties. U.S. News and World Report has ranked them with a tier one rating, as one of the top Family Law firms in Bloomfield Hills and Metropolitan Detroit.
Richard is listed as a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers and listed in Best Lawyers in America; and has been named a Super Lawyer by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine every year, since its inception and was featured on the cover of Super Lawyers publication with a special feature story in 2008. He has served as President of the Michigan chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was elected to the National Board of Governors of the Academy, receiving its coveted National Fellow of the Year award in 2006. He was elected Chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and received its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000 upon his 25th anniversary from graduating Michigan State University College of Law he was honored with the National Alumni of the Year Award. In 2004 the State Bar of Michigan presented him with one of its most prestigious awards, the Champion Of Justice Award, honoring him for his work on behalf of families and children. He was named as one of the top ten lawyers in Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and was awarded the Meritorious Service to the Children of America Award by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Richard is the national founder and has served, pro bono as the Executive Director of the national nonprofit Grandparents Rights Organization, since 1982. He also founded the national nonprofit Victor Smile Foundation, providing benefits to children of divorce. He, along with Judge Edward Sosnick of the Oakland County Family Court, created the SMILE (Start Making It Livable for Everyone) program (an educational program for divorcing parents) for both the state of Michigan and around the United States, as well as for the country of Australia.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
    40 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 40%
  3. Child Custody: 20%
    40 years



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Law Offices of Richard S. Victor, PLLC, Of Counsel Hertz Schram PC

1760 S. Telegraph Road
Suite 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48302


MIActive And In Good Standing197511/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 50 List of LawyersBest Lawyers in America2015
top Family Law Firm in Metropolitan DetroitUS New and World Report2014
Cover Story Michigan Super Lawyers editionSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
National Fellow of the YearAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers2006
Champion of Justice Award,State Bar of Michigan2004
National Alumni of the YearMichigan State College of Law2000
Lifetime Achievement AwardFamily Law Section, State Bar of Michigan1999
Lawyer of the YearMichigan Lawyers Weekly1999
Distinguished Service AwardOakland County Bar Association1994
Meritorious Service to the Children of America AwardNational Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerLaw Offices of Richard S. Victor1975 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Family Trial LawyersDiplomate2012 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersBoard of Governors2004 - 2007
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersChairman of CLE1995 - 2010
State Bar of Michigan, Family Law SectionPresident1990 - 1991
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Atkinson v AtkinsonCreated the Equitable Parent Doctrine in the United States
(In re Clausen 442 Mich 648; 502 NW2d 649 (1993);Baby Jessie case determined rights of children under the US Constitution in the United States
DeRose v DeRose, Michigan Supreme Court, April, 2002,Determined rights of grandparents in the state of Michigan
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Publication nameTitleDate
Edco PublishingYou and Me Make Three2008
West Group publicationMichigan Family Law and Practice1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers meetingPromoting Professionalism through better Communication2015
Emory Law Review and Emory Law SchoolThrower Symposium on "Family Law in the 21st Century"2005
Second World Congress for the Rights of ChildrenSecond World Congress for the Rights of Children1997
American Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association Annual Meeting on "Third Party Rights in America1991