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Early in his career, Mr. Sarnacki encountered a very general need for attorneys practicing in domestic matters to be well versed in the many collateral areas of law, including consumer bankruptcy, probate, real estate, and personal injury matters.  In fact Mr. Sarnacki feels that many attorneys who lack general knowledge of the interplay of other legal areas within the domestic realm, may be selling their client short of their potential legal rights and/or remedial outlets.  For over three decades Mr. Sarnacki has successfully represented thousands of clients in divorce and related matters and has become a leader in the industry. He is consistently retained to clean up the mess left behind by ineffective counsel and does so zealously.

In the last decade there has been a considerable flooding of the legal market of attorneys who claim to be experts in an array of legal disciplines, however, many of whom who fall far short of that claim.  Mr. Sarnacki is an avid advocate for hiring counsel that do not perform bulk legal services and are tried and true.  Mr. Sarnacki holds himself out as the last of a dying breed of true litigators and is known for zealously advocating on behalf of his clients.

Areas of Practice:  Complex Divorce and Custody Matters, Bankruptcy, Probate, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation.

Education/Professional Background:  Michigan State University (B.A., Pre-Law – cum laude); Detroit College of Law (Juris Doctor, 1980).

Admission: State Bar of Michigan, admitted to practice 1981; United States Federal Court, Eastern District, admitted 1981, U.S. District Court, Western District, admitted 1987; and Supreme Court of the United States, admitted in 1988.

Memberships/Affiliations: Macomb County Bar Association (Member, 1981 – present; Chairperson, Lawyer Referral Committee; Recipient of Extraordinary Service Award, 1994); National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (Member 2009-present); attend National Convention, Chicago, IL 2009); Consumer Bankruptcy Association of the Eastern District of Michigan (Member, 2009-present).


Argued numerous cases before the Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Successfully represented client in landmark Michigan Supreme Court custody case, Fletcher v. Fletcher, 447 Mich. 871 (1994).


Languages spoken: English, Polish

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 65%
    35 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
    35 years, 200 cases
  3. Probate: 10%
    35 years, 500 cases
  4. Bankruptcy: 10%
    35 years, 500 cases

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Contact info

Chioini Sarnacki Reynolds Doherty & Piatt

14 1st St
Po Box 46875
Mount Clemens, MI, 48043-2523


MIActive And In Good Standing198105/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Extraordinary Service AwardMacomb County Bar Association1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Consumer Bankruptcy Association of the Eastern District of MichiganMember2009 - Present
Macomb County Bar AssociationMember, Chairperson1981 - Present
Macomb County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral CommitteeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fletcher v. FletcherN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Detroit College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Michigan State UniversityPre-LawBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A