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Mark Bank’s legal career has focused on complex matrimonial matters for more than 20 years. Every year since 2009, he has been named as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan” by Michigan Super Lawyers. Annually, he has been listed by his peers in Best Lawyers in America as “one of the top family law attorneys” in the country, and in Michigan Super Lawyers as one of the premier family law attorneys in Michigan. He is also a Fellow in the nationally distinguished American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, where he serves as the Co-Chairperson of the Continuing Legal Education Committee.

He is admitted to practice in Michigan, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He has also been engaged to handle divorce cases around the country, having been admitted pro hac vice in Florida, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and Illinois.

Since 1998 he has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Michigan State University College of Law where he teaches Domestic Relations and Matrimonial Practice. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law where he taught Family Law.

Mark Bank is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with distinction, and the George Washington University National Law Center. He has been on the Board of Governors of the University of Michigan Alumni Association of Greater Detroit and the Donor Advisory Board of Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He currently serves on the Friends Committee of the University of Michigan Department of Urology through which he raises funds for prostate cancer research. He is also a Trustee of the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education.

Publications include: Michigan Property Division Law and AnalysisBeyond Rinvelt: Where Do Prenuptials Agreements Go From Here?The Uncertain State of Michigan Equitable Distribution Law Post Reeves, and The Initial Consultation with Your Divorce Attorney: What to Expect When You Don’t Know What to Expect.

In addition, he is a regular lecturer, having delivered the following: Separate Property Update, Dividing Retirement Benefits: Dueling Checklists that Every Negotiation Must Include, Income vs. Cash Flow When Calculating Support, Psychological Evaluations in Custody Cases, Evidence by the Rules from the Experts, Another Look at Separate Property Theory, Often Overlooked Issues When Drafting Property Settlement Provisions, Handling Separate Property Claims in Michigan, The State of Equitable Distribution Law in Michigan, Presenting Spousal Support Claims (Without Guidelines), and Domestic Relations Bar Review for Michigan Bar Examination.

Mark Bank has been married since 1993, and resides in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with his wife and two sons.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 95%
    25 years
  2. Estate Planning: 5%
    25 years



Hourly ($400-425/hour)

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Bank Rifkin

401 S. Old Woodward Ave
Suite 410
Birmingham, MI, 48009


MIActive And In Good Standing199305/14/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law199103/31/2016
DCInactive 199207/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Detrot Family Law Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers2015
Top 100 Lawyers in MichiganMichigan Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 Lawyers in MichiganMichigan Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 Lawyers in MichiganMichigan Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 Lawyers in MichiganMichigan Super Lawyers2012
Top 100 Lawyers in MichiganMichigan Super Lawyers2011
Top 100 Lawyers in MichiganMichigan Super Lawyers2010
Top 100 Lawyers in MichiganMichigan Super Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBank Rifkin2016 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorMichigan State University College Of Law1998 - Present
PartnerThe Law Firm Of John F. Schaefer1994 - 2016
AssociateSchwartz and Ellis1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersCo-chair Continuing Legal Education2010 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of Michigan, Ann ArborN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Family Law SeminarSeparate Property in Divorce Cases2014