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My goal is to best use my skills as problem solver, negotiator and mediator to help you get though the divorce process in as whole a way as possible. As unique as you are, so is your marriage and family, and so should be your divorce. A cookie-cutter approach should never be applied to a divorcing family. We will look at all options and apply the best fit for you and your family.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 85%
  2. Estate Planning: 15%



Hourly ($275/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

18 total 

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  • Elizabeth A. Kitchen-Troop

    I have had the occasion to work with Eileen on a number of family law matters over the years. I have always been impressed by Eileen's knowledge of the law and her willingness/ability to sit down and hammer out resolutions to complex divorce matters in a way that makes sense for the family. Eileen is a strong and caring advocate for her clients.


    Elizabeth Kitchen-Troop Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Phillip A. Schaedler

    I endorse this lawyer. Eileen is an outstanding attorney, a great mediator and an even better person. She is knowledgeable, practical and easy to work with. I would recommend Eileen to anyone seeking counsel in a family law matter.


    Phillip Schaedler Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

121 W Washington St Ste 300
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104


MIActive And In Good Standing198705/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Chair of Church Construction CommitteeSt. Josephs Catholic Church2008
Certificate of AppreciationRetired Senior Volunteer Program BoardN/A
Certificate of AppreciationFriend of the Court Citizens Advisory CommitteeN/A
Certificate of AppreciationExecutive Board of Young LawyersN/A
Certificate of AppreciationWashtenaw County Family Law Section ChairN/A
Certificate of CompletionMediation TrainingN/A
Certificate of CompletionCollaborative Practice Institute of MichiganN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder, AttorneyNichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg, P.C1994 - Present
AssociateBarr, Anhut & Sacks, P.C1987 - 1994
Social WorkerWashtenaw County Juvenile Court1985 - 1987
Youth CounselorJuvenile Court1974 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
Huron Valley Swim ClubBoard member2016 - Present
Catholic Social ServicesBoard member2016 - Present
Family Mediation Council- MichiganBoard Member2009 - Present
International Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2008 - Present
Collaborative Practice Institute of MichiganMember2004 - Present
State Bar of Michigan Attorney Discipline BoardMember2004 - Present
Association for Conflict ResolutionMember2004 - Present
Livingston County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Michigan State Bar FoundationFellow1992 - Present
Washtenaw County Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1987 - Present
Women Lawyers Association of MichiganMember1987 - Present
Washtenaw County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1987 - Present
Interdisciplinary Councel Livingston CountyMemberN/A
Michigan Family Mediation CouncilChair2011 - 2012
Friend of the Court Citizens Advisory CommitteeChair2001 - 2003
Washtenaw County Friend of the Court Liaison CommitteeChair Elect1996 - 2000
Washtenaw County Bar Association, Family Law SectionCo-Chair1995 - 1996
Washtenaw County Bar Association Young LawyersPresident1991 - 1992
Washtenaw County Bar AssociationExecutive Board Member1990 - 1992
Publication nameTitleDate
St. Joseph Monthly NewsletterMonthly Articles2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Eastern Michigan UniversitySocial WorkOther - Bachelors1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
End of Life PresentationsEstate Planning2016
ADR section presentation for September 2013 Michigan Bar Assn meetingMediation - What do we have to do differently to deal with non-traditional families2013
ICLEAdoption & Paternity2010
ICLE2010 Marital Property Update2010
ICLE2010 Child Custody, Support & Parenting Time Update2010
St. Joseph ChurchValues of Estate Planning2009
ICLEFundamentals of Divorce Practice and Procedure2009
ICLE2009 Marital Property Update2009
ICLE2009 Child Custody, Support & Parenting Time Update2009
ICLE2008 Marital Property Update2008
ICLE2008 Child Custody, Support & Parenting Time Update2008
ICLE2007 Marital Property Update2008
ICLE2007 Child Custody, Support and Parenting Time Update2007
ICLEHandling Property Division and Spousal Support Issues2007
ICLEFundamentals of Divorce Practice and Procedure2007
St. Francis Catholic ChurchUnderstanding Divorce and Annulment2006
ICLEEstate Planning for Second Marriages and Non-Traditional Families2006
ICLE2006 Marital Property Update2006
ICLEHandling the Divorce Case2005
ICLE2004 Child Custody, Support & Parenting Time Update2004
ICLEHandling Retirement & Health Care Benefits in Divorce1996
ICLEExpert Witnesses: Beyond Junk Science and Daubert1995
Washtenaw Community CollegeEstate PlanningN/A
Ann Arbor Community EducationEstate PlanningN/A