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Lana A. Panagoulia

Divorce and separation Attorney at Ann Arbor, MI

4.9   21 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

About Lana

Learn Lana’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    75%
    Lana attends to all issues involving divorce, separation, child custody, parenting planning and parenting time, spousal and child support, property division and settlement, counseling, divorce coaching, mediation, litigation, same gender issues, estate planning, and attorney malpractice related to circumstances arising out of family law issues

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Lana attends to all issues involving divorce, separation, child custody, parenting planning and parenting time, spousal and child support, property division and settlement, counseling, divorce coaching, mediation, litigation, same gender issues, estate planning, and attorney malpractice related to circumstances arising out of family law issues

  3. Guardianship
    3%

  4. Family
    2%
    Lana attends to all issues involving divorce, separation, child custody, parenting planning and parenting time, spousal and child support, property division and settlement, counseling, divorce coaching, mediation, litigation, same gender issues, estate planning, and attorney malpractice related to circumstances arising out of family law issues

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Lana Panagoulia graduated cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, receiving numerous awards, scholarships, book awards and CALI awards, including the 2004 Ford Motor Company Leadership Award, and Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Award. She served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association and as a member of both law review and moot court, participating nationally. Lana's vice presidency victory created the first all-women law school governing board in the nation.

 

Lana received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University with a major in French and endorsement in Early Childhood Education . She assisted in the founding of the Institute for the Study of the African American Child (ISAAC) at the College of Education, Wayne State University, and served as Assistant Founding Director to Dr. Janice E. Hale, and Chief Operating Officer. She is a 2008 Associate Fellow of ISAAC. In 2008 Lana was honored by her law school for her work as the Founding Voice for Justice Public Interest Auction Student Chair, and for her leadership in raising funds for student fellowships in the area of public interest.

 

Lana is admitted to all of the State Courts of Michigan, and the Federal Eastern District of Michigan. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Federal Bar Association, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Michigan Association for Justice, American Bar Association, and Hellenic Bar Association. She is a Pupil of the American Inns of Court, and member of the National Order of Barristers, and Alpha Sigma Nu.

 

Lana currently serves as Co-Chair of the Family Section of the Washtenaw County Bar Association, Secretary of the Washtenaw County Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary of the Michigan Hellenic American Bar Association, and Board Member of the New Lawyers Customer Advisory Board for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Lana frequently provides pro bono family law counseling in private practice and also through the Washenaw County Bar Association and the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan.

 

Lana has clerked for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, and for various Judges, including Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly and Judges Darlene A. O’Brien, Nancy C. Francis, and Donald E. Shelton.

Licensed for 17 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 12/26/2022

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

Contact Lana

Lana Panagoulia Law, PLLC
122 South Main Street.
Suite 370
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Krystal | March 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would want her in my corner every single time!!!
I was dealing with a very difficult situation, and it was only for a referee hearing our divorce was already final. Lana was very supportive, caring, forthright, and so knowledgeable about all the laws. She helped me stand tall with a difficult ex and took my financial situation into account. She knew that the money I was using was a gift from a friend who had passed away and was very good about ensuring I received what was left when we closed the case. She was able to help me realize he couldn't bully me any longer.. I wish I would have used her for my divorce!! Her care for her clients is amazing and her 1st priority are the children involved and taking care of her clients. She is AMAZING!!! I was absolutely grateful to have found her. I will absolutely use her again and always refer her to everyone I know! This review is long over due-Lana-Thank you for all you did!!!!
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Posted by Jen | April 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire the best
Lana and her team are there for you every step of the way. She is truly an outstanding attorney who cares a lot about her clients and making sure their needs are met. I’m truly grateful for Lana and all that she’s done for me!
Posted by Tony | February 25, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I Would Not Visit Any Other Lawyer
Lana is not only very professional, she is a compassionate person. After I was refereed to a lawyer, I decided I wanted to keep looking because I had that feeling that the lawyer seen me as just another case. Then I found Lana. Lana was very different and I am so glad to have run into her. Do yourself a favor and consider her as your attorney. You won't find a better person to give you legal advice; that goes a long way for me. She is also extremely knowledgeable while providing an experience that feels so much more than a legal consultation. She's a real human being and you just can't find that anywhere else. I rarely write reviews, but in this case, I had to go out and provide a very positive review.
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Posted by Joshua | August 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
You cannot ask for a better and more caring attorney. Would rate 10 stars if I could.
After my wife left without a word and took my very young daughter, I felt lost. Feeling desperate, I tried to find the best lawyer. By hearing her voice for the first time and the concern in her responses, I knew right away that I chose the right attorney. Lana helped me during the toughest time in my life and I would recommend her to anyone. She cares about the children more than anything and will fight for what is right for them. Lana helped me get shared custody of my daughter which is exactly what I wanted out of my divorce. She knew that I wanted my daughter to grow up with both parents equally involved in her life and fought above and beyond what she had to do to make that happen. Without her help, I don't know what I would have done. Thank you Lana!
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2014
Sweet, brilliant, and a damn good lawyer. Lana's expertise saved my kids.
My kids were in a bad situation at my ex's home...I brought my concerns to Lana after my ex refused to communicate with me on this issue and CPS proved ineffective. Lana fought like hell to protect my kids and get an existing 50/50 custody order changed in my favor. We had an EXTREMELY difficult case, and she never gave up and never backed down. She worked with me to meet outside of regular business hours and around my custody schedule so I wouldn't have to miss time with my kids or at work to handle my personal business, and she came to each hearing so well prepared that there was nothing opposing counsel could throw at her that she wasn't ready for. Lana saved my kids, and got them into the best situation we possibly could all while being considerate of my financial struggles as a single mom. She did everything she could to have me do some work to save costs, and I NEVER felt like she was attempting to drag out a case to get more money from me. She never used sneaky tactics to "get" my ex (all while his lawyers attempted to do that to me, throwing personal slander my way to distract the judge from the true case issues) - she's a stand-up person, and became a trusted friend throughout this process. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone in a difficult family law situation, and that was true even before we won our case. When choosing a lawyer, remember that you're going to spend a LOT of time with that person. Lana was my partner in this process for the last 10 months; and for as stressful as the situation was, I always knew that when we got together that she'd really be "there" for me when I came to see her. I was shaking so badly during the judges final ruling, she literally held my hand to get me through it. There aren't a lot of lawyers out there willing to build that kind of a personal connection with their clients.
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Posted by Pete | February 10, 2013
Quality of Service
She was very helpfull. Is knowledgeable and compasionate. If needed will work with her in the future.
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2013
Very Helpful
Lana is excellent to work with. She is very compassionate person and makes you feel comfortable discussing sensitive personal matters. Her legal advice is always extremely helpful. I would describe Lana as a caring, compassionate, and a competent professional.
Posted by Elizabeth | December 24, 2012
Would Hire Her Again in a Heartbeat
I had met with other attorneys in the past, and Lana was the only one with whom I felt instantly comfortable and confident in. She championed me in every capacity - supported me through every step of my divorce with care, professionalism, and thorough, concise communication. I weathered the divorce process with a lot more strength because of her. Most of all, I never felt any condescension or apprehension when she tackled every angle. I cannot recommend her enough."
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2012
Very informative
Lana was of great help during what started out to be a difficult time. She showed compassion to my situation and was very prompt to provide me with detailed information.
Posted by Wayne | October 22, 2012
An Excellent Choice!
After my divorce, my ex-wife and her attorneys were stepping all over a poorly worded divorce agreement. They were obviously strategizing to sideline me as a father to my son. I felt hopeless and alone... Enter: Lana Panagoulia. She saw right thorough their legal wrangling and was expert at anticipating their next moves. Lana walked into mediations making no apologies, while putting the other side on notice that we weren't going to be pushed around. She is honest, driven, to the point, and a very credible lawyer among her peers. My only regret is that I did not find Lana Panagoulia when I first filed for divorce; she would have eliminated a lot of confusion from the start.
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2012
Not only a great attorney but a great human being too
I was fortunate enough to find Lana who not only provided me with her knowledgable guidance and confidence but was also herd me out at an emotional level. Lana is a great attorney and one knows for sure that if you are working with her then you are in safe hands. Her goal is to works things out smoothly and not unnecessarily litigate. I would recommed this attorney to my friends and family. Best Reagrds
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Posted by Mike | April 20, 2012
An excellent Lawyer
Lana is an excellent attorney. She helped me every step of the way through my divorce. Even before my wife filed, she carefully listened to my situation and suggested a course of action. When the time came, she guided me through. I suggest anyone who sees divorce as a possibility, consult Lana as early as possible. You may not need to divorce, but her guidance could help reduce your stress at a difficult time, as it did for me.
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Posted by Edward | March 21, 2012
Informative, Straight to the Point and Honest.
Lana Panagoulia surpassed our expectations. Her efficient, informative and focused performance is 2nd to none when it comes to divorce attorneys. She was able to provide me with more in one hour than the months and months I spent with my other lawyers. She was easy to communicate with and definitely made me feel like I was in good hands. I highly recommend Lana and within no time you will understand why. Convenient office location on Main St, punctual, and professional.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2012
SUPPORT IN A DIVORCE / SEPARATION CASE
It has been comforting and reassuring giving Lana my case. Her professional knowledge and human touch are complementing each other and you feel protected and cared for. Highly recommended. Thank you, Lana.
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2011
Highly Recommended Attorney
A few Years ago, I was having trouble with my Ex-wife involving custody of my son. Several actions were committed by my Ex-wife that directly related to my son's safety and well-being. I called Lana on a thursday morning and after hearing what my case was, she immediately began preparing motions and the very next day, I was in front of the Judge pleading my case. I was immediately granted temporary custody of my son and two weeks later, I was ultimately granted permanent full custody of my son. I could not have done this without Lana's proffessionalism and prompt services. I would highly recommend that you contact Lana Panagoulia if you are ever in need of a great Attorney.
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Posted by Troy | August 18, 2009
My Divorce
Lana Panagoulia exemplifies all of the essential qualities of an excellent divorce attorney. All too often fathers are never treated favorably in divorce; however, when my case became extremely stressful, I was confident that my attorney would address every disputed issue in a professional manner. She was committed to my case and her leadership in court was very well respected by others in the legal profession. I wholeheartedly recommend Attorney Panagoulia as the best family law/divorce attorney in Ann Arbor! Throughout the entire process, she was dedicated to the healthy wellbeing of my family while demonstrating her experience and expertise. Needless to say, I was extremely pleased with the results of my case
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Posted by Troy | August 17, 2009
Divorce
Lana Panagoulia exemplifies all of the essential qualities of an excellent divorce attorney. All too often fathers are never treated favorably in divorce; however, when my case became extremely stressful, I was confident that my attorney would address every disputed issue in a professional manner. She was committed to my case and her leadership in court was very well respected by others in the legal profession. I wholeheartedly recommend Attorney Panagoulia as the best family law/divorce attorney in Ann Arbor! Throughout the entire process, she was dedicated to the healthy wellbeing of my family while demonstrating her experience and expertise. Needless to say, I was extremely pleased with the results of my case.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2009
A Bengal Tiger of a Lawyer...and savior of a marriage that was failing
Lana went above and beyond in my case and, quite frankly worked and eventually salvaged everything I hold dear in my life. At a point in my life where I was at my lowest (my wife had left, took the children, and had filed for divorce), she reassured me that everything would be alright and fought tooth and nail for me. In a day-in-age, where there are many pre-determined outcomes, assumptions of the law, and practises that are taken for granted by parties during divorce preceedings and custody issues, she broke down all those walls and showed me that when you are not in the wrong...the law will recognize that fact. I regained custody of my children, and for a male in Lenawee County...that was quite a feat! Not only during, but after my wife and I reconciled, she remained a strong support figure in my life and also my wifes life. She was caring about our well being and championed our needs and goals for our family and the well-being of our children. If at ANY point ANYONE...EVER, has to endure the anguish, anxiety, depression, uneasyness, and sorrow that is involved with such a circumstance such as an un-expected divorce and eventual child custody, such as I went through...I encourage you to seek her help, guidence and advise. She will not fail you. Be honest and open with her with all things at all times. She will put up one hell of a fight for your rights and for justice in its purest form.
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Posted by Kurt | July 22, 2009
My Divorce
Lana Panagoulia is a wise and knowledgeable lawyer. She often demonstrated a very helpful capacity to calm and sagely advise all parties. She has a detailed knowledge on the local judicial system and was quite informative about the entire process. The office and its staff are are relaxed and casual, which is very refreshing when one requires legal work, but especially for a divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2009
divorce relief from heaven
Attorney Panagoulia's personal touch was very reassuring to have. I felt she cared what happened to me. I got my divorce in 12 weeks ! She is very competent, poised and formidable. What a lady ! I will let the other doctors know about her. I do highly recommend her.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Lana Panagoulia Law, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present

Education

  • University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • Wayne State University
  • Masters of Art in Teaching
  • N/A
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Tammy L.Davis v. Rene S. Harmon, Wayne County Circuit Court, Case Number 09-112516-PP
  • Personal Protection Order granted

Associations

  • Washtenaw Association for Justice
  • President
  • 2015 - Present
  • The Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Board Member of the New Lawyers Customer Advisory Board
  • 2008 - Present
  • The Institute for the Study of the African American Child at Wayne State University College of Education (ISAAC)
  • Associate Fellow
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washtenaw Association for Justice
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan
  • President
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Washtenaw Association for Justice
  • Treasurer
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Washtenaw Association for Justice
  • Secretary
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Hellenic American Bar Association of Michigan
  • Secretary
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Co-Chair
  • 2007 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Greek
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Up & Coming Lawyer
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2009
  • Voice for Justice Public Interest Auction Award
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • 2008
  • Ford Motor Company Leadership Award
  • Ford Motor Company
  • 2004
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Award
  • The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • 2004
  • Golden Key Award
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • 2002
  • Substituting for the Stars Student Teacher Award
  • Substituting for the Stars
  • 2000
  • Honor Student
  • National Dean's List
  • 1999
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Same Gender Issues in Michigan Law
  • same gender, gay, lesbian, transgender issues in family, mediation and probate law
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (6)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lana is a wonderful attorney who dedicates her time and talent her client’s case. She thoughtfully considers the best strategy to meet her clients’ needs and does an overall excellent job representing her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. During her tenure with our law firm, Lana always displayed the dedication required to complete whatever task was assigned to her. She is smart, willing to "go the extra mile" for her clients, and tenacious. I am confident that she continues to brings these same skills and attributes to her own law own practice."
Family Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart, hard working, and fights for her client."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred friends to Lana in the past with very good results, and I highly recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with this attorney and am very impressed with the quality of her work and her professionalism."
Family Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Lana. Lana is an exceptional lawyer that I have known for nearly 10 years. She has true tenacity, superior knowledge, and has obtained excellent results for her clients. She is an asset to the profession."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lana is regarded as a leader in the field of family law. She has the care and compassion to counsel clients through the most difficult of crisis. Lana has significant expertise in resolving matters without the need for lengthy and expensive litigation. She also has the legal skills and court room experience to obtain the best results for her clients. Lana is well respected by other attorneys, the Friend of the Court system and trial court judges. She is an active member of many bar associations and has an outstanding professional reputation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lana is a calming influence with the difficult work of representing clients in divorce matters. Not only does she look out for their legal needs but goes the extra mile to let her clients know they care."
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several family law matters to Ms. Panagoulia, and all have reported back as very pleased with her representation. She has an excellent reputation in the field of family law."
Family Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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