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Steven A. Reed

Divorce and separation Attorney at Ann Arbor, MI

4.8   20 reviews

also known as Steve Reed

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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1992
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ANN ARBOR LAWYER FOCUSING ON DIVORCE, CUSTODY, CHILD/SPOUSAL SUPPORT, PROPERTY DIVISION & MEDIATION.

Steve Reed, founder of Reed Law Group, P.C., graduated cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1991 and has been a trial attorney in the Ann Arbor area since 1992. Although his primary focus has been Family Law, he has successfully litigated cases in various areas of the law, including criminal, personal injury, business disputes, and landlord tenant issues. Steve's goal is to always be exceptionally accessible to all his clients, making himself available 24 hours a day. He takes an aggressive approach to many of his cases to obtain the best outcome, while keeping his clients in the loop throughout the entire process as he guides them through their difficult legal journeys.

Steve Reed is a court approved family law mediator and spends many hours a week mediating cases for the community. He has also been a court appointed arbitrator, a parenting coordinator and a Guardian ad Litem. He has received certificates from ICLE in the Family Law program.

Steve Reed is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, United States Eastern and Western District of Michigan and all of the State Courts of Michigan. Mr. Reed is a continuing member of the State Bar of Michigan, Washtenaw County Bar Association, Oakland County Bar Association, Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan, Washtenaw County Bar Association Family Law Section, the State Bar of Michigan Appellate Practice Section, the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section and the State Bar of Michigan LGBTQA Section

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Reed Law Group, P.C.

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2016
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Recommendation of Steven A. Reed
Steven A. Reed handled my recently settled divorce case. I would recommend the Reed Law firm for several reasons including care and concern for the clients well-being, reasonable cost and making sure the client was educated and prepared for each step in the process. Most importantly Steven guided me through the mediation process with the utmost professionalism. What is a very stressful and emotional time was made much more manageable by having Steven's guidance and support.
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2016
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Guided the case with confidence and professionalism.
Steven Reed and his team was my immediate choice after realizing I was in over my head regarding court procedures and tactics. He led me through the process with determination, confidence, and understanding of the emotions involved - I didn't need to be concerned about anything court-related and that was worth the investment, which was very reasonable and fair. I highly recommend Reed Law Group to anyone seeking law representation.
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Posted by JB | March 8, 2021
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Professional and compassionate
Steven Reed helped me when I was in a difficult situation with high potential risks. I was impressed that he exhibited compassion to all parties and that he immediately brought concerns to my attention that I wasn't previously aware of. The entire team was professional and responsive which gave me great peace of mind. The situation was resolved to my satisfaction.
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Posted by "Charles" | February 17, 2021
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Outstanding representation
I retained Mr. Reed several years back in a child custody dispute. I was very impressed with Mr. Reed's responsiveness and effectiveness. He was tough as nails when he needed to be and offered honest opinion on how to resolve the dispute in the best interest of the child. I would recommend him to anyone, especially for fathers. His rates were also very reasonable.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2020
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Excellent Representation
Mr. Reed and his team are professional and prompt working with my case. I highly recommend their firm for divorce proceedings. They are kind and patient as well as quick to answer any questions that you may have.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2020
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Anonymous
Steve and his firm got my settlement in a timely manner. They were very professional and they communicated every step of the way. They were caring and I would definitely recommend them.
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2019
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Knowledge, Trust and Kindness...a winning combination
I found working with Steve and his firm a "pleasure", which seems strange, given the circumstances of a surprise divorce. I trusted Steve's knowledge because he proved again and again that he was trustworthy. For example, he had to advise the lawyer that looked after the filing that it had been filed in the wrong county - a mistake that, if not caught, would have resulted in me still being legally married. One needs to file in the county one lives. He advised on important clauses and asked the questions I needed to ponder in order to arrive at a JOD that I could live with. While Mr. Reed was kind, courteous and warm, I do not recommend Mr. Reed as a therapist; he is a very thorough lawyer and can be relied on to do that job extremely well. Further Jamie and Taylor were friendly, respectful and positive as was everyone I encountered in the office. John was a sheer delight despite what I'm imagining is a difficult job at times. I have recommended this firm and lawyer to friends that are serious about wanting things handled well and expediently. I truly concur with what I've heard from numerous people - both parties need to pick knowledgable, non litigious lawyers who are looking for solutions and collaboration if they want to reduce expenditures and increase ease. I only wish there had been two lawyers of the same calibre in my case.. Thank you Steve and team! I really feel like I lucked out.
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Posted by Kevin | July 26, 2019
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Professional and helpful, thorough understanding of family law
Divorce is a difficult thing, even an amicable one, especially with two minor children involved. Steve took me through the process with a thorough understanding of family law and laid out exactly what I could expect and how to get there in a no-nonsense approach at a reasonable price point. His associate Kaylon was also very responsive to my questions and handled my filing with professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2018
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Excellent Divorce Attorney
I came to Steve after making the difficult decision to get divorced. My case was not a complicated one, but he personally made sure that everything went perfectly. His entire staff treated me with utmost courtesy and were always available to answer every question that I had. I can't recommend these people highly enough.
Posted by Sadie | August 22, 2018
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Amazing
I met Steve at one of the lowest and hardest times in my life. My ex-husband was trying to take my daughter from me and I thought I had no hope. Steve gave me hope. He was willing to tackle every barrier we had. He wasn't willing to sit back and watch my daughter suffer. He didn't just fight for me but my daughter. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2018
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Extraordinary!!!
Steve Reed is an extraordinary attorney and that is an understatement!! My divorce was extremely contentious with many many games played by the other side. Steve protected me legally, financially and supported me emotionally. Not only is Steve an extraordinary attorney but an extraordinary person. Steve was always available when I needed help. On a few occasions it was an emergency situation and Steve responded literally within 1-2 minutes. Steve is professional, ethical, knowledgeable and honest. I was always informed so that I could make the best decisions regarding my case. However, I highly encourage everyone to pay close attention to Steve's recommendations as he is never wrong. Steve was able to anticipate all the games the other side played and protected me every time. Steve does not play legal games as he is a master of the law and therefore, he does not waste your money. Steve was able to keep my legal fees very low considering the other side spent outrageous amounts of money. Steve is a highly respected by attorneys, Judges and Judicial staff. The court is well aware of Steve's integrity which makes the legal process much smoother. Steve is an attorney that is able to handle every situation with integrity. Steve is excellent at negotiating, practical in options to protect his clients finances and unbeatable when action is necessary. Steve always puts his client and their best interest first. The outcome of my divorce was better than I hoped or expected. I am so grateful for Steve's legal expertise; I was able to make decisions in complete confidence because of this expertise and experience. I was devastated by this divorce but with Steve's guidance I was able to overcome the hardships and find a path forward to begin an amazing future. There are not enough words to express my gratitude to this amazing attorney and firm. Everyone at Reed Law Group are wonderful, professional and caring people. Kaylon is also an attorney at Reed Law Group and she is fantastic too!! Smart, kind and knowledgeable of the law. Jamie, John and Kerry make up the rest of the team and they too are just as outstanding. Wether your divorce is simple, somewhat difficult or contentious you will be protected legally, financially and truly cared about by the Reed Law Group. I am on a path to creating a wonderful, rewarding and joyful future because of these amazing people.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2017
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Steve will get you the best results!
I made the mistake of hiring a different attorney to represent me at the start of my contentious divorce. This attorney while very competent was not aggressive enough for what turned out to be a high conflict divorce. Switching to Steve was the best decision I made. He had a great strategy for my case and implemented it extremely well. Even though my case was extremely difficult he was able to position us well and the case ended up settling in mediation. I was extremely happy with the work Steve and everyone at his firm did. His prices are very fair for the area and the service you get in return is top notch! Steve responds to emails right away and even returned my call on the 4th of July when there was an emergency. I cannot say enough good things about Steve. Do yourself a favor and hire his firm first! A major bonus is consultations with this firm are FREE which is not true for most other firms in the area. At my consultation with Steve he listened attentively, took notes, and laid out a strategy for my case.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2016
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Outstanding lawyer
Mr. Reed did exceptional work on my divorce case. He was highly knowledgeable about the law, the judges, the options, and the local legal climate. I felt like Mr. Reed and his legal team had everything under control all the time. He made sure I was always well prepared for the next step and there were virtually no surprises. Mr. Reed and his team were very caring and responsive, and kept everything amicable with the opposing lawyer. Most importantly, there is nothing I wish I could go back and handle differently.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2015
If time is an issue or concern...
If time is an issue or concern... Look no further! Reed Law Group had my case turned around in less than 24 hours! I am not sure where i would be today without this group!
Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2014
The best of the best
Steve is great and so is his legal team! Helped me through a traumatic child support hearing. My ex has taken me to court almost every two years for every little thing trying to get even with me for divorcing him. I have used this law firm every time and ALWAYS came out on top! He is a little higher in price but you get what you pay for and I got my money's worth for sure! No one wants to go to court, but if you do, you want the BEST! Thanks Reed law firm!
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Posted by Kristen | December 1, 2012
AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING LAWYER!!!!!
I hired Steven Reed to help me with some post judgement matters. My father was my atty., but he does plaintiff's personal injury, and the opposing party did not take my father seriously as my attorney. He would return things and title them "response to Plaintiff's father's request," and he would address all of his correspondance to "the grandfather" My father is great at what he does, but he couldn't continue to take time away from his own practice to play these silly games. My child is everything to me, so I knew I needed to call in the "big guns." I have used Steven several times throughout the years, and this man is an amazing advocate. At first, I didn't get why he was doing things (I am a third year law student and we think we know everything); he told me to be patient to get the results that I want. The opposing party constantly hararssed me, and it was so hard for me to keep my mouth shut. Steven reminded me that when I become a lawyer, I will face this type of behaivor all the time, and he taught me how to practice restraint. I have gotten all the results I have asked for and more. He is aggressive, he doesn't take any crap, and he tries to handle matters in a cost effective way. I was worried that my school schedule was not going to allow me to be present for a very important hearing, and I emailed Steven with my concern. I barely hit send, and there was a response from him already. I couldn't believe it. He sent me a notice of hearing so that I could show the dean, and he offered to appear for me if I was not allowed to attend. Erin Mash, his associate, is a wonderful attorney who will take the time to speak with you, explain things, and her friendly dispostion calmed me down several times. I am a third year law student, and I think I know everything, so I gave her a hard time about one of the motions she drafted. She made the corrections, Steve examined it, and they made sure it was drafted to my satisfaction. His associate, Erin, never appeared resentful because of my comments, and she took what I had to say and acted accordingly. He is expensive, but he tries to cut down costs where he can. You get what you pay for, and you get a great lawyer!!!!! I can't say enough about Mr. Reed, he is a great advocate. He will listen to your objective, and he will do everything he can to achieve that goal for you. If you want a bulldog who will get results, you want Steven Reed. If his prices scare you, think of it as an investment. He will get you results that will be life changing. He is worth every penny!
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Posted by Grace | February 24, 2011
Fantastic Attorney, Very Caring Office
I was so impressed with the quickness of this lawfirm. Everything they received on my case was quickly copied and sent out to me. I also could always reach my attorney via e-mail. Any question I asked was always answered within hours. No waiting around for contact. Even if I called the office, my phone call was always returned quickly. Mr. Reed helped me reach a settlement which was more than I was hoping for. Not only is Mr. Reed a great attorney, his entire staff really went that extra mile to help me get through my Divorce. I would come into the office after a bad argument with my husband and felt welcomed and embraced. I recommend this Attorney to anyone in need of a advocate who will do all of your worrying for you and fight for what you deserve.
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Posted by Tim | February 11, 2011
Steven A. Reed a tough caring lawyer
Mr. Reed is a caring involved lawyer. In my case he was as concerned about me as a client as he was about the legal issues. What impressed me most in my research is that he is a winner. He is a bulldog in court, and his results were as promised. He always kept me up to date on where we were in the process, and most importantly he kept my head straight. One thing that impressed me about him was his thoroughness and attention to detail. He knew things about the opposing party that even I did not know. His fees seemed like a lot at the time, but being a businessman I checked the other firms and found he was only slightly higher in price than average. I was surprised to get his bills and see many "no charge" hours. Now that the case is finished I think it was the best money I have ever spent. Although he was not available every time I called him, he always returned my calls the same day I left a message. He even called me once on a break from a seminar he was attending, and on a Saturday afternoon he called me from the U of M stadium. For anyone who cannot take straight talk, he may seem a bit aggressive. He tells it like it is, and was not shy about bluntly letting me know how my actions were hurting my position and what i should do to minimize problems. He does not suffer fools well and is very aggressive in his dealings with opposing counsel. . He expected me as his client to take an active role in my case. and to be totally truthful with him. I learned not to be embarrassed in sharing things with him that did not show me in the best light. He was not judgmental but did make serious effort to help me through the life-altering, emotional highs and lows of the case. I highly recommend Steve to anyone who is in need of a strong advocate who will fight for you from start to finish.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2012
Well-recommended
Mr. Reed practices family law. I came to him during my custody battle and was very satisfied with his services.
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2019
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Do yourself a favor and find another lawyer
Steve handled my divorce. He is personable and a good listener, so I decided to hire him. His rate was low, and at the time, I thought I had a great deal on what I spent. However, he didn't do a good negotiation, left some terms of the agreement poorly written, and now 3 years after the divorce was settled, I'm still grappling with problems derived from his poor negotiation and writing, and I wish I had hired someone more expensive who had done a better job. In particular, he crippled my income prospects by agreeing to a variable clause that I'm trying to overturn, he did not define clearly specific income to be used in calculations (gross income, gross receipts, adjusted taxable, net income) and this is still biting me on discussions with my ex, didn't include basics like a clause where my ex would lose support if she cohabitated with a new person, etc. During these 3 years I have had to learn and inform myself about different aspects of the divorce agreements in order to deal with the consequences of Steve's poor performance. At the time of the divorce, you are emotionally compromised, and in many cases, it is your first rodeo. You don't know what you don't know, and expect your attorney to be a hawk defending your interests, not just waiting for you to direct him. I don't know if my experience was an outlier, because he had great ratings at the time, and still has... however, I can't recommend him to anyone.
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Reed Law Group, PC
  • 1992 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Cephalon, Inc
  • 2009 - 2011

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Associations

  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Michigan, Appellate Practice Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • N/A
  • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • N/A
  • United States Eastern District of Michigan
  • Admitted to Practice
  • N/A
  • United States Western District of Michigan
  • Admitted to Practice
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Tri-County Sportsman League
  • President
  • 2014 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Recognizing Excellence in Family and Divorce Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • 20 Best Attorneys - Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • BV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Family Law certificate program
  • Family Law Certificate Program, Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • Refuse to be a Victim Seminar
  • Refuse to be a Victim
  • 2015
  • Divorce in Michigan
  • Divorce in Michigan
  • 2013
  • Free Seminar
  • Divorce in Michigan
  • 2012
  • Divorce in Michigan 2011
  • Divorce Information
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Mediation Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently used Attorney Reed to mediate a child custody matter. I am not an Ann Arbor lawyer. There is always a bit of anxiety when you choose a mediator that you are not personally familiar with, but I must say, my anxiety was wholly misplaced. Mediator Reed did an excellent job working with both parties and aide them in making an agreement. This was not a simple case to resolve, and he did it! I would highly recommend him to any attorney seeking a domestic relations mediator in the Ann Arbor area and beyond!"
Litigation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Steve. I have frequently been opposing counsel to Steve and I respect Steve’s trial skills. I know that Steve will be prepared, ethical, make well-reasoned legal arguments, and not waste the Judge’s time with trivial matters. Although having Steve as opposing counsel is always an intellectual challenge, I look forward to having him as opposing counsel because he knows what he is doing and makes the trial process work smooth and efficiently by closely following the Court Rules and Rules of Evidence."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve Reed is one of the lawyers I respect the most. He is diligent and has helped many people. He is also an excellent manager of his firm. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve Reed is one of the premiere attorneys in Washtenaw County. He understands family dynamics and family law. Steve also has strong ties to various experts in the field from psychologists and evaluators to accountants and private investigators. Every case seems to get the same level of careful attention from Steve. In fact, while an attorney may have a very busy practice, a client's case is the "only" case to that client (and Steve knows that). Steve constantly tracks appellate decisions and is always current on the law. Because of this, we often have animated discussions about cutting line issues. While he is a zealous advocate for his clients, Steve also does mediation. In the midst of high conflict, he sees solutions. I recommend Steve highly."
Family Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is thorough, compassionate, prepared, honest and reasonable."
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Ann Arbor Divorce and separation Lawyer Steven A. Reed
Steven A. Reed
Divorce and separation Attorney
Ann Arbor, MI
Licensed for 31 years
Virtual consultation available