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Denise D. Couling

Divorce and separation Attorney at Brighton, MI

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Denise Sheehan Couling

  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1989
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

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Leadership, knowledge and respect are the characteristics I believe most clients want from their lawyer --  especially when seeking advice on a major personal or business matter.  I am committed to exercising leadership in both traditional cases and in innovative, out-of-court processes.   I view an excellent outcome as one that not only serves and protects the client during a difficult time but one that helps the client approach the future on the best possible footing.


Clients often say they are looking for an agressive lawyer.  If "aggressive" means determined and committed to serving the client's  interests, then that's a description I identify with.  When "aggressive" is equated with rude or oppositional behavior, in my experience, that type of conduct rarely produces the best possible outcome for the client.   Leadership and a proactive, personalized approach are the hallmarks of my practice.

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Posted by Nicole | March 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was referred to Denise by a co-worker as he went through a divorce. Denise was his wife's attorney and he felt she was better than his own so referred her. Denise was the most compassionate, understanding, informative, etc. etc. etc. attorney I have ever experienced. She walked me through everything, gave me her opinions but did not pressure me to do anything I didn't want to do. I would 110% refer her to anyone I know going through a divorce and will! Not to mention as experienced and knowledgeable as she is she did NOT over charge me in any way! She was half the cost of my husband's attorney and Denise is the one who did all the work (his attorney did nothing). I can't say enough good about Denise! You are making the right choice if you go with her!
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Posted by Terrence | August 30, 2017
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Denise is a great attorney, I have complete faith that she will deliver the finest representation for my legal business needs. Trust her to help you with any issue regarding the legalities of your business!
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2013
Amazing Attorney
Denise stays on top of things and she communicates well with her clients. She is very very bright and wonderful at keeping the peace and yet being firm with her cases. She represented me and I would refer her over and over and over again without hesitation. Very intelligent lady. One of the best.


  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney, Mediator, Parenting Coordinator
  • Couling Law & Mediation, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg, PC
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Referee
  • Genesee County Family Court
  • 1998 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Denise D. Couling, P.C.
  • 1993 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Dykema Gossett
  • 1990 - 1993
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. District Court
  • 1989 - 1990
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  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985


  • WSC Academy
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • FastTrak Entrepreneurship Program/Brighon-Howell Chambers of Commerce
  • Business coach
  • 2010 - Present
  • Livingston County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Genesee County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Genesee County Court
  • Past Family Court Referee and Mediator
  • N/A
  • Green Oak Township Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Past Member and Chairperson
  • N/A
  • WSC Academy
  • Foundation Board Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Works Skills Foundation Board
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019


  • Purchasing A Residence in Michigan
  • Due Diligence for Purchasers
  • 1999
  • Michigan Institute of Continuing Education
  • Michigan Residential Real Estate Transactions
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Public Seminar Series
  • Mediation and Family Law
  • 2018
  • 9th Annual Advanced Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Institute
  • Marketing a Dispute Resolution Practice
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
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Unknown Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Denise Couling is an attorney that is extremely knowledgeable, caring, compassionate, and committed to seeking resolutions that are in her clients best interest. Clients can rest assured they are in good hands with Attorney Couling!"
Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Denise comes from a family of legal professionals and has the highest ethical standards. She is meticulous and very attentive to clients and details of cases. In all my many contacts with her she demonstrates above average understanding of complex legal problems and is a compassionate and caring lawyer. I have known Denise for many years. Her father has practice law in the Flint area for nearly 50 years. Her mother is a top notch paralegal. The family has an excellent reputation for service to others in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Denise is a professional, caring, and highly capable lawyer. She cares about her clients and the outcome of their cases. She is terrific mediator and focuses on resolving matters out of Court whenever possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Denise is extremely knowledgable in legal alternatives and alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and collaborative practice. She looks for and helps her clients find the best resolution for their disputes."
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Brighton Divorce and separation Lawyer Denise D. Couling
Denise D. Couling
Divorce and separation Attorney
Brighton, MI
Licensed for 33 years
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