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Debra S. Keehn

Family Attorney at Ann Arbor, MI

5.0   4 reviews

Licensed for 19 years

Virtual consultation available

About Debra

Learn Debra’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Family
    70%
    Divorce, child custody, parenting time, child and spousal support, post judgment matters.

    20 years

  2. Probate
    30%
    Guardianship, conservatorship, decedent's estates, trust proceedings.

    20 years

I PRACTICE FAMILY LAW IN THE CONTEXT OF DIVORCE, CHILD CUSTODY, PATERNITY, CHILD AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT, GUARDIANSHIPS, CONSERVATORSHIP, AND OTHER FAMILY LAW ISSUES.

Debra Keehn was born and raised in Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1990.  She received her law degree in 2002 from Wayne State University.  Before practicing law, Ms. Keehn was a clinical social worker, researcher and lecturer at the University of Michigan.  Since 2003, she has focused her practice on family law, including divorce, child custody, support, and parenting time.  Other areas of practice include juvenile delinquency, abuse and neglect proceedings, guardianships, conservatorships, personal protection orders, criminal defense,  estate planning and general civil litigation.  Ms. Keehn practices in Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Livingston, Jackson, Lenawee and Monroe Counties. Ms. Keehn is a member of the American Bar Association, the Family Law and Probate Sections of the State Bar of Michigan, the Washtenaw County Bar Association.  

 

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Licensed for 19 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/26/2022

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

Contact Debra

Debra S. Keehn, PLLC
1785 W. Stadium, Suite 106
Ann Arbor, MI, 48103

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2013
Deb Keehn is the best choice you can make when hiring a Family Law attorney in southeast Michigan.
Deb Keehn is a brilliant attorney with the highest level of integrity. Deb handled an extremely complex, extremely high-conflict custody case for my family and through every difficult twist and turn of the case she managed to keep her cool and composure. Deb’s sensitivity to others makes it possible for her to persevere through the most difficult cases. She is highly respectful, courteous, and insightful. Her calm demeanor allows her to manage extremely stressful situations with diplomacy and kindness. In addition to her exceptional talents as an attorney, Deb’s unique professional background in psychology and social work also serves her well. Deb has the most finely tuned instincts and insights of anyone I know and her ability to empathize with others helps minimize the damage inherent in a high-conflict custody case. Most importantly, these abilities allow Deb to help the most vulnerable people in high conflict divorce and custody cases, the innocent children caught in the middle of warring parents. This unique ability certainly served Deb well in my family’s case, and more importantly it served my child well. I cannot recommend Deb Keehn highly enough. She is quite simply the best!
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2010
Great lawyer!
Deb took good care of me, she was always prepared, and always returned my calls. She's good natured and able to handle even the biggest of bullies. I'd recommend her to anybody.
Posted by Wes | June 17, 2015
Debra Keehn is an excellent choice!
Debra Keehn was able to bring reason and resolution to my my case, this was an extremely complicated case with a high conflict opposing party. Debra exhibited high ethical morals, clear concise direction and last but not least a measure of compassion I had yet to find in the 4 years of litigation in the family court system. Debra was more than my lawyer, she was the advocate for myself and my children, I give her the highest possible endorsement!
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Posted by SUSANN | July 8, 2011
GUARDIAN
I AM A DIFFCULT CLIENT!YET SHEIS ALWAYS KIND ,COMPASSIONATE AND HELPFUL TO ME . DEB WILL GO TOANY EXTENT TO HELP ME EVEN SEE PSYCHIATRISTS WHO HAS BEENON A DANDEROUS DRUG CAUSING MANY SIDE EFFECTS . SHE IS A WONDRFUL ADVOCATE OF CONSUMRES IN THE MENTALTH SYSTEM .

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Debra S. Keehn, PLLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Adjunct Lecturer/Faculty Liaison
  • University of Michigan School of Social Work
  • 1996 - 2005
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • University of Michigan Health System
  • 1991 - 2005

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • MSW-Master of Social Work
  • 1990
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • People v. Y.Y.
  • All criminal charges dismissed after plea withdrawn (Nolle Prosequi)
  • In re Barnes
  • Court of Appeals vacated trial court decision
  • In Re: TD, 292 Mich App 678, 823 NW2d 101 (2011); 493 Mich 873, 821 NW2d 569 (2012)
  • Court of Appeals published opinion vacated by MI Supreme Court

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Attorney
  • Global Who's Who
  • 2016
  • Who's Who in America
  • Marquis
  • 2015
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2014
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2013
  • Appreciation for Service
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Social Work in Health Care
  • Impact of Social Work on Recidivism and Non-Medical Complaints in the Emergency Department
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Matters: Parents in Prison
  • Guardianships Under Juvenile and Probate Codes, and Discharge Planning
  • 2016
  • Probate Court Training Update
  • Mental Health Nuts and Bolts
  • 2015
  • Probate Court Training Update
  • Mental Health Nuts and Bolts
  • 2014
  • Family Law Section
  • Representing the interests of children in domestic matters
  • 2014
  • Panel Discussion
  • Gun Violence and Mental Illness
  • 2013
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly Interview
  • SORA and Juvenile Registration
  • 2011
  • Unintended Consequences of SORA Registration for Juveniles
  • Unintended Consequences of SORA Registration for Juveniles
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Debra
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Deb Keehn is one of the smartest, toughest, and most caring attorneys in Washtenaw County. She has a long history of excellent work in family law matters and is exceptionally skilled in complex matters involving children. I cannot recommend her strongly enough!"
Child custody Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. As a social worker as well as a lawyer, Debra Keehn brings a caring expertise to the area of family law. She is very compassionate and sensitive to the needs of children and strives to protect their best interests in very difficult circumstances."
Family Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Deb is a very useful choice for clients seeking resolution of Family Law Issues. She is knowledgeable, positive, construcitve and well respected by the Bench and Bar."
Ann Arbor Family Lawyer Debra S. Keehn
Debra S. Keehn
Family Attorney
Ann Arbor, MI
Licensed for 19 years
Virtual consultation available