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About Me

I am a lifelong resident of West Michigan.  I have been practicing law since 1977, and I have handled cases in all West Michigan Courts.  I have also argued cases before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.


Practice Areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    37 years
  2. Child Custody: 15%
    37 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    37 years
  4. Probate: 10%
    37 years
  5. Child Support: 10%
    37 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Diann J. Landers

    Joseph Smigiel is know for his high level of professionalism and knowledge of the law. He is hardworking and dedicated to his clients.


    Diann Landers Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Freeman Haehnel Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

161 Ottawa Ave Nw Ste 401
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


MIActive And In Good Standing197709/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV Distinquished RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerJoseph S. Smigiel, Jr. Law Office1977 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Family Law Section of the Michigan Bar AssociationN/A1980 - Present
Michigan Bar AssociationN/A1977 - Present
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationN/A1977 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
JACQUELYN ANN MARVIN V STEVEN LEE MARVINSee 203 Mich App 154 Upheld client's position; plus awarded costs to client.
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
College CourseLegal Research1979