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I empower my clients to resolve their disputes and keep conflict at a miniumum during this traumatic time when they are reconfiguring their families.


My goal is to make each client satisfied that the best possible outcome was reached, using the most appropriate process for their situation.  I believe that understanding, effective communication and compassion can create a path for resolution.


My professional activities reflect my commitment to conflict resolution without going to court, whenever possible.  I have authored a textbook, "Divorce Cases in Michigan; A Systems Approach" for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  I lecture frequently for ICLE and serve on their Family Law Advisory Board.


I am a founding member and vice president of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan.  I participate in the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Association for Conflict Resolution and The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.


I am a Super Lawyer and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  I serve as treasurer of the AAML - Michigan chapter.  I am AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.


I am past president of the Ypsilanti Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow and was named Lawyer of the Year in 2000 by the Ann Arbor North Rotary. 


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 90%
    37 years
  2. Elder Law: 10%
    8 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Denise D. Couling

    Monika is a highly-regarded innovator and leader in Michigan family law. It is a privilege to work with her and to be able to offer my clients the vast knowledge-base that Monika and the other attorneys of NSSSB have gained through their years of excellent service to the firm's clients.


    Denise Couling Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Jamie Lee O'Brien

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Jamie O'Brien Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info

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


MIActive And In Good Standing197905/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Blaine B. Johnson AwardICLE & Family Law Section of SBM2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Lawyer of the YearAnn Arbor North Rotary2000
Volunteer of the YearSaline Area Chamber of Commerce1999
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1995
Civility and Professionalism AwardWashtenaw County Bar Association1995
Athena AwardYpsilanti Chamber of Commerce1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderNichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg, P.C.1994 - Present
AttorneyBarr, Anhut & Sacks1977 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2004 - Present
Collaborative Practice Institute of MichiganImmediate Past President2003 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2000 - Present
Institute for Continuing Education Family Advisory CommitteeMember1996 - Present
Family Mediation CouncilMember1984 - Present
State Bar of MichiganAttorney Discipline Board, Fellow of Foundation1979 - Present
Family Law Section of State Bar of MichiganMember1979 - Present
Washtenaw County Bar AssociationPast President1979 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Michigan ChapterPresident2013 - 2014
Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan Lawyers WeeklyNew Collaborative Practice Act2015
NSSSB Website BlogAttorneys Fees May be Deductible2011
The Road to Independent - ABABuilding Your Law Practice2011
ABA Commission on Women inThe Road to Independence2011
Institute of Continuing Education (Michigan)Divorce Cases in Michigan2011
Collabortive ChroniclesProviding Efficient and Economical Service using Collaborative Practice2010
ABA Family Law SectionDividing the Property2003
Lawyer's WeeklyWhy Lawyers Should mediate2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Michigan State UniversitySocial ScienceA.B. with honors1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fundamentals of DivorceNegotiations & Settlement2015
Fundamentals of Divorce PracticeWhat to Expect in Court2013
Seeking Change - August 6, 2012Collaborative Practice2012
Fundamentals of Handling Divorce CasesNegotiations, ADR and Settlement2011
AAML Advanced Family SeminarTraits of a Negotiation Super Star2011
Reducing Hostility in Divorce CasesDefusing Conflict in Divorce2010
Family Mediation Council Annual MeetingUpdate of Collaborative Practice2010
Advantages of Collaborative Practice AgreementDisclaimer in Collaborative Practice Agreements2010
Advanced Family Law TrainingShort Sales, Deeds in Lieu Foreclosure, Foreclosures When House is Underwater2010
3rd Annual Master Class Advanced Mediation TrainingAdvanced Mediation2010
Practice Strategies for a Down EconomyRainmaking in Drought Conditions2009
Handling Divorce Cases in MichiganDivorce Systems for Lawyers2009
ICLE Family Mediation TrainingMediation Coach2008
Family Law InstituteDiscovery of Mental Health Records2008
AAML Advanced Family Law SeminarMove-Aways in a Distressed Economy2008
ICLE Advanced Negotiation Skills InstituteDomestic Relations Arbitration2007