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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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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 40%
    26 years
  2. Family: 30%
  3. Mediation: 15%
  4. Landlord & Tenant: 10%
    26 years
  5. Business: 5%
    26 years



Hourly ($225/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Arthur Allen Busch

    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.


    Arthur Busch Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jamie Lee O'Brien

    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.


    Jamie O'Brien Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Couling Law & Mediation, PLLC

730 W. Grand River
Brighton, MI, 48116


MIActive And In Good Standing198905/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyNichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg, PC2009 - 2011
RefereeGenesee County Family Court1998 - 2003
AttorneyDenise D. Couling, P.C.1993 - 2009
Associate AttorneyDykema Gossett1990 - 1993
Law ClerkU.S. District Court1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
WSC AcademyBoard Member2015 - Present
Collaborative Practice Institute of MichiganMember2010 - Present
International Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2010 - Present
FastTrak Entrepreneurship Program/Brighon-Howell Chambers of CommerceBusiness coach2010 - Present
Livingston County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Genesee County Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Michigan Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Green Oak Township Zoning Board of AppealsPast Member and ChairpersonN/A
Genesee County CourtPast Family Court Referee and MediatorN/A
WSC AcademyFoundation Board Member2014 - 2015
Works Skills Foundation BoardBoard Member2014 - 2015
Publication nameTitleDate
BlogStreamline Divorce2015
Purchasing A Residence in MichiganDue Diligence for Purchasers1999
Michigan Institute of Continuing EducationMichigan Residential Real Estate TransactionsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of Michigan, Ann ArborEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
A Better Way ForwardDivorce & Family Law2015
Divorce/Family Law Seminars in BrightonImportant Topics and Trends in Divorce/Family Law2011
9th Annual Advanced Negotiation & Dispute Resolution InstituteMarketing a Dispute Resolution Practice2010