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Gail M. Towne

Gail M. Towne

Practice areas:

Family, Divorce & Separation, Estate Planning, Uncontested Divorce

About Me

Gail Towne has worked almost exclusively in the area of family law for over thirteen years throughout the state of Michigan.  She is now a partner with the Kalamazoo law firm of Lennon, Miller, O'Connor & Bartosiewicz, PLC where she commits her practice to helping individuals and families traverse through the family courts or facilitate private settlements related to family law issues. Specifically, Gail's practice focuses on domestic relations law including divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, and other family law matters.  She is an  experienced litigator, but also committed to alternative dispute resolution, particularly collaborative law, as a preferred means to resolving family disputes.  Among other things, Gail is a council member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan where she serves on several committees. Committed to the belief that family law cases should be decided by and between the families, Gail is also a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Michigan and the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners as well as a founding member of the Collaborative Practitioners of Greater Kalamazoo.  Gail writes and speaks frequently on family law related issues. www.townefamilylaw.com

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. Divorce & Separation: 30%
    12 years
  2. Family: 30%
    12 years
  3. Uncontested Divorce: 20%
    12 years
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
    12 years

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Judd S Nemiro

    I endorse this lawyer for their knowledge and dedication.

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    Judd Nemiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Bobbi Sherri Barnes

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Towne is a very competent and compassionate attorney. She is easily differentiated from other attorneys due to her ability and desire to bring comfort and rationale to an otherwise intensely heated area of law. She does not take the stance of 'kicking up the dust', but instead focuses on bringing peace and finality to the stresses of the family law issues that many face. Ms. Towne's willingness to bring resolution does not take away from her ability to fully advocate for her clients. She encourages her clients and other counsel to avoid the long term affects of making brash and emotional decisions. She is very holistic and collaborative in her approach to family law. I highly recommend Ms. Towne!

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    Bobbi Barnes Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Lennon, Miller, O'connor & Bartosiewicz, PLC

151 S. Rose St.,
Ste. 900
Kalamazoo, MI, 49007

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing200206/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarMichigan Super Lawyers2014
Rising Star in Family LawMichigan Super Lawyers®2011
Award of AppreciationMichigan State Bar, Family Law Section2009

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberLennon, Miller, O'Connor & Bartosiewicz, PLC2008 - Present
AssociateAbrams Yu and Associates, P.C.2000 - 2007

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Supreme Court Administrator's OfficeDomestic Relations Law Forms Committee2015 - Present
Amicus Committee of the Family Law Section of the Michigan State BarCo-Chair2014 - Present
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Family Law Section of the Michigan State BarCo-Chair2014 - Present
Collaborative Practice Institute of MichiganBoard Member2013 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Family Law SectionCouncil Member2010 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section, Amicus Curiae CommitteeMember2009 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2008 - Present
Collaborative Practitioners of MichiganMember2007 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning SectionMember2002 - Present
Collaborative Practitioners of Greater KalamazooMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Pierron vs. PierronSupreme Court agreed with the Family Law Section's position
Helton vs. BeamanThe COA's holding to deny the plaintiff's request to set aside the affidavit of parentage was affirmed

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Michigan Family Law JournalPublished and Unpublished Case Summaries2015
Michigan Family Law JournalIf I'd Known Then What I know Now: What Family Law Attorneys Would Tell Their Younger Selves2014
Michigan Family Law JournalPublished and Unpublished Case Summaries2014
Michigan Family Law JournalAntagonizers in Family Law: Not Your Typical Article About Bullies2013
Michigan Lawyers WeeklyWhen families are involved in family law as unrepresented 3rd parties, who is the client?2012
"Michigan Lawyer's Weekly" 25 Mich. L. W. 29The Lies my clients told me. . . . or didn't tell me: What is the truth, and does it matter in family court?2011
Michigan Family Law JournalPublished and Unpublished Case Summaries2011
ICLE's Michigan Family Law, 8th EditionImmigration Issues in Family Law2010
Michigan Lawyer's WeeklyLegal Custody: What Does it Really Mean?2010
Michigan Family Law Section Mid-Summer Seminar HandbookTaking a Fresh Look at Legal Custody in an Ever Evolving World2009
"Michigan Lawyer's Weekly" 23 Mich. L.W. 680Real Estate in Divorce: Adjusting with the Economic Climate2008
Laches (OCBA)From the Courthouse Steps to the Schoolhouse Doors2006
Michigan Family Law JournalSubstance Abuse in Family Law: When and How to Get a Drug Test2006
Michigan Young Lawyers JournalArranging International Travel for Minors, Inter Alia2006
Family Law JournalProtecting Our Client's Credit from Divorce and Identity Theft2005

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Davenport UniversityBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1999

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Family Law Mid-Summer SeminarLegal Custody2009