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Deborah L. Bennett Berecz

Deborah L. Bennett Berecz

Practice areas:

Family, Lawsuits & Disputes, Adoption, Mediation

About Me

BERECZ & ASSOCIATES, PLC is a solutions-focused family law firm. We assist families confronted by divorce, custody and parenting time issues through litigation, mediation and collaborative law. We also work closely with LGBT clients and with individuals and families dealing with estate planning concerns. We particularly enjoy helping to create families through adoption. 


Our lawyers are involved in parenting and grandparenting children and serving on boards and in our communities. 


We look forward to talking about solutions which serve you and your family.


Deborah and Meghan 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Mediation: 25%
  2. Adoption: 25%
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
  4. Family: 25%



Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Margo C. Runkle

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Deborah on a number of Collaborative Divorce matters and find that she works hard to create settlement outcomes that work for the entire family, with a special emphasis on the interests of the children.


    Margo Runkle Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info


4250 Chicago Drive, SW, Suite B
Grandville, MI, 49418-1506


4265 Niles Road
Saint Joseph, MI, 49085-9603




MIActive And In Good Standing199309/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalBERECZ & ASSOCIATES, PLC2005 - Present
PartnerBERECZ & KLAWITER, PLC1997 - 2005
Associate AttorneyTROFF, PETZKE & AMMESON, PLC1993 - 2005


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Collaborative Practice Institute of MichiganPast President; Board Member2005 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2005 - Present
Collaborative Divorce Professionals of W. MIFounding Member2005 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1993 - Present
Berrien County Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
GIANCASPRO V. CONGLETONTrial court awarded my client custody and appeals court affirmed.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Michigan Bar JournalUniform Collaborative Law Act: Michigan Not Left Behind2015
Michigan Bar JournalMediation: A Horse of Many Colors2000


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJuris Doctor1993

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Advanced Negotiation and Dispute Resolution InstituteOpening Pandora's Box: Effective Use of Emotions in ADR2011
Collaborative Basic TrainingLaunch Your Collaborative Practice2010
Advanced Negotiation and Dispute Resolution InsitituteUnderstanding Your Own Negotiation Style and Using Negotiation Styles Effectively2010
Collaborative Practice Basic TrainingLaunch Your Collaborative Practice2009
Advanced Negotiation and Dispute Resolution InstituteStrategy for Debriefing a Collaborative Law Case2009
Advanced Negotiation and Dispute Resolution InstituteCollaborative Process: Navigating Your Way Through Conflicting Pressures2006