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Dynah Naomi Juliette Duncan-White

Family Attorney at Dearborn, MI

4.1   20 reviews
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  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Dynah

Learn Dynah’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    31%
    Attorney Duncan-White is a premier family law attorney that has helped people in the great state of Michigan since 2010. For thoughtful and compassionate legal representation, call her today for a free consultation and get the lawyer you deserve.

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    In the state of Michigan, a divorce takes at least 60 days from start to finish. If there are children involved, it will take at least six months. While the timeline may seem daunting, call Attorney Duncan-White now for peace of mind.

  3. Child custody
    16%
    Your child custody agreement should prioritize what’s in the best interest of your children. Take steps toward establishing a fair child custody agreement with Artisan Legal Services, PLLC of Dearborn, MI.

  4. Child support
    16%
    Child support refers to the monetary support that your children need for food, clothing, shelter, health insurance and education expenses. The Michigan courts use a mathematical equation to determine the amount of child support each parent must pay.

  5. Other
    7%

KNOWLEDGEABLE. COMPASSIONATE. THOUGHTFUL. HONEST. DETAILED. CALL NOW FOR A FREE CASE EVALUATION.

Dynah Duncan-White earned her J.D. Degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2008. Additionally, Ms. Duncan-White became a Certified Facilitative Mediator. Ms. Duncan-White was a law clerk at McKeen and Associates where she further honed her legal skills.

Ms. Duncan-White believed that in starting her own practice, she could be more effective in helping people deal with a variety of legal issues. In 2010, Ms. Duncan-White founded Artisan Legal Services which has allowed her to fully realize her passion for helping people at all levels of litigation and protection.

Ms. Duncan-White is active in a number of professional organizations including the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, a member of the Federal Bar Association, and a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Dynah treats every client with respect and integrity.

Location

Artisan Legal Services, PLLC

Reviews

4.1 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
GREAT LAWYER
I hired Ms. Duncan-White after speaking with three other lawyers and it turned out to be one the best decisions I've ever made! She knows very well; family law and our family court system. While being very compassionate towards me during my long and frustrating divorce proceedings, she was one tough cookie when dealing with my ex husbands high powered lawyer. My divorce ended up going to trial. We won and I received a much larger settlement than anticipated thanks to Ms. Duncan-White's hard work! I would hire Ms. Duncan-White in a heart beat if I'm ever in need of a lawyer again!
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Posted by Frank | February 15, 2017
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Divorce help
Dee handled my divorce in 2013. She was friendly , professional, timely to both me and my ex-wife. Never left me guessing. Handled herself very well in court. I would certain use her again.
Posted by Eghosa | June 1, 2022
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Great Lawyer
she handled my case professionally and produced results. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Eric | February 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
Very professional and easy to work with. Highly recommend her. Very prompt in responding.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Dynah does not mess around
First off, I know I wasn't the easiest Client to handle, I had my own ideas on what should happen with my divorce and they didn't always coincide with what Dynah recited back to me on what was likely to happen. I was mad, and angry and didn't feel I could trust her or the court system. It took me a while to understand(I can be hardheaded) that things have to be proven and its not on hearsay. Once I started to listen to Dynah and not talk over her, my divorce started going easier. I understood more of what was happening and why certain aspects of the divorce didn't go as I wanted. One of the most important things she told me was to document everything as it happens. Never truer words she spoke to me. By doing what she told me, I was able to get more of my points across to her and Dynah was able to prove to the Judge what was needed in our divorce case. I am truely thankful that I found her website and called her number.
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Posted by Shawn | September 18, 2018
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Excellent
In March of 2018 I hired Dynah, I am very glad I did. She handled all of the legal issues like a true professional. Dynah was very personable and made me feel important. she didn’t forget that certain situations are very emotional for all parties involved. I could not be happier with her. Hopefully I will no longer require her services but if I ever need her I know she will be there. Thanks
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2018
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Best lawyer ever.
Dynah fought for me. She ensured I got all I deserved from the divorce. She is a great lawyer and friend and she knows the law. I would hire her over and over again.
Posted by Karen | February 7, 2017
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Caring person
Dynah did a great job with my divorce. She's a caring person and easy to talk to.
Posted by Renee | January 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant in court
Dynah is a no nonsense kind of woman. She will give it to you straight. She works with you when you are in the deep end. When life is falling apart and you really need someone to stick with you and give you a leg up, Dynah will. Remember though, that Dynah cannot predict what a judge will do. Always have faith though. I had a very unique case, a criminal charge I was very ashamed of, but Dynah let the judge know that I had unusual medical conditions and life situation that led up to my criminal charge. I had to prove it to the judge by going to a thousand different doctors, getting all kinds of tests done and providing him with the proof that I was, in fact, sick-- and throwing me in jail would destroy my life and undo what I have done right in life. It's important to remember that most people treat criminals like they have cooties, and you do have to say to them, just because I screwed up doesn't mean it's right to destroy my life by throwing me in jail. You have to say to others that you are worth a second or third chance. I did screw up and now, because I worked hard with Dynah, and she was willing to take an extremely difficult case on and battle with the judge and probation officers, I am allowed my freedom. And my freedom is everything. If you want a fantastic lawyer that is willing to battle dragons for you, hire Dynah. I am positive that other lawyers would not go to court 5 times for a misdemeanor charge. She went above and beyond and that is exactly what you should want in a lawyer. It shouldn't be about how expensive they are, or what firm they are with. It should be about whether or not they are proactive. I was a pain in Dynah's butt. I pissed her off several times, but she still fought for me. I love her and for as long as I live, I will recommend her to any one that needs legal advice. Good Luck!
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Posted by Alexanderia | September 26, 2015
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Efficient, secure, kind & professional!
Dina White was truly a pleasure. She made a horrible situation as pleasant as it could be. Dina was also extremely helpful; she explained everything about my case to me in detail & went over all options possible & advised me which choice would be best. Not only would I refer her to anyone in need, I would also request her in the future! xox
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2015
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best divorce lawyer
When my wife came to me and said she wanted a Divorce. I knew a lawyer would be called, (dee) she goes by. The first time I meet her I knew she had my back, trustworthy honest, straight to the point she is. She always said (one day at a time). I've heard other attorneys are just looking out for themselfs. Not her, I recommend to friends at work, now they are being counseled by dee. Thank you dee it means a lot, couldn't have done it with out you. Thanks again
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Posted by Sharon | September 18, 2015
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Set you mind at ease with Dynah
If you need an attorney-for any reason- you should hire Dynah Duncan Wghite (aka) Dee. She was recommended to me by a friend when I mentioned I needed a good divorce lawyer. I was told she knows what she is doing and doesn't back down. I was under intense stress at the time because my mother was in the last stages of dementia. All my time was spent with her during her last days. Dee took the time to listen to me vent, curse, and scream at how terrible this time was for me. She listened to the issues in my marriage. Dee knew my marriage was over after 32 years and that there would be no reconciliation. She is compassionate and understanding and told me not to worry about anything, she would get everything taken care of for me. And she did. That alone took so much weight off of my shoulders. My husband knew I had filed. He was served the divorce documents. Through the whole 6 month of the proceedings, Dee was always there if I needed her. I would text her and get a response as soon as she could respond. Even it it was to say I will call you tonight. So many times she would tell me what I needed to do, how I needed to do it and when it needed to be done. There were so many times where I knew the ex was doing things just to get under my skin and get me angry. Dee set me straight. "This is what he is doing! Stop letting him get to you! This is what your are to say to him". There is nothing she won't do to get you through what ever situation you find yourself in. During mediation, Dee was my life line and guided me to the best solution. She saved my retirement savings. Dee was even available when I needed help after the divorce was final. I have found that Dee become a friend and for that I am extremely greatful for her guidance, advise, and support during a very difficult time. If you need an attorney, Dynah Duncan White is the person I would recommend. Hands down. No questions asked! I won't hesitate to contact Dee again should I need an attorney. Thank you Dee. I am finally happy!
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Posted by Don | December 5, 2014
Dynah, qualified to represent A-Z
When i had the privilege to be represented by Dynah, i had requested a court appointed attorney on the spot and she just happened to be there. After one look at my file, i could tell that Dynah had "been around" so to speak... She knew instantly what she was dealing with, but in reality what she was dealing with was two felonys and whatever misdemeanors that were thrown at me (my guess was so that the felonys stuck out to the judge, and ultimately would stick onto my record). Needless to say, i have a rap sheet like a table cloth full of almost consistent misdemeanors snowballed throughout my entire 20's. In and out of county jail, and the longest time ive ever served was roughly 5 months in the county jail. I was sentanced to a year on a high misdemeanor, and ended up serving the rest of my time on a tether. So at this point in my life i know what jail is all about, and deathly afraid to go back not to mention prison. I was facing up to five years in prison for just one of the felonys that i had committed. So that one felony plus another and some misdemeanors, added up im facing a total of mabe 8 years in prison. I then knew i needed to make some serious changes and Dynah wasnt afraid to make that loud and clear... After a month of making some drastic decisions, and focusing on picking my own self up by the boot straps... I took Dynahs advice and started to work on myself, instead of worrying myself to death. Attended meetings, working with mental health counselors, psychiatrists, and doctors. Meanwhile behind the curtains, Dynah requested medical records ect. She was constantly going out of her way to work every angle in my case. I was able to have a couple sit down visits with Dynah discussing the seriousness of my case. Although i had committed several crimes (that truthfully, I'm surprised didn't make the evening news), Dynah had my best interest at heart 110%. She also wanted to make sure that i was well aware of the wrongs Ive done, and the possible repercussions that I was facing. When all was said and done, Dynah bonded my case over to Frank Murphy where she convinced the judge that there was hope left for me after all, even for a repeat offender like myself... So I did end up taking a plea bargain. Not only were a couple of the charges dropped/dropped down, but i wasn't forced to serve any jail/prison time. I was put on probation with the exception that i remained working with mental health services. Now that i broke down my story, to give you an example of why i would give Dynah a 10-10. Between her experience in taking divorce/custody cases, as well as being such a good criminal lawyer, i would recommend Dynah to anyone for virtually any case. I personally know that she is a person who takes her job very seriously and is very smart/witty, so there's no getting over on Dynah in a courtroom. The fact that she knows so much about law, and isn't afraid to answer your texts etc. Dynah worked with me (off the record) and really made you feel like you had Peyton Manning on your team, and Floyd Mayweather in your corner. Ive paid lawyers in the past up to $3,000 to take a simple marijuana case, still didnt get any charges dropped and ended up serving a max sentence of 93 days in jail for a misdemeanor (roach in my ashtray)... (not proud to say) but out of all of the lawyers ive ever had (which is roughly about 15-20) I could tell that Dynah is about her business... So if your remotely unsure about a case from custody, divorce to criminal defense, Dynah-Duncan White is hands down one of the best lawyers in downriver, not to mention more affordable (it isn't hard to see that now a days, those are the most important traits). Dynah is definitely a 'peoples' lawyer. In my opinion, those are the best kind. I would recommend her to anyone without hesitation. Once again, thank you so much Dynah, and God bless you.
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Posted by Robin | November 22, 2014
Honest, to the point, and knowledgeable
I have worked with a couple attorneys in the past and now that i have worked with Dee (as she prefers to be called) I will never work with another attorney again. Dee will be called for any future needs that might ever come up again for my family. Dee has a caring and compassionate nature and is very forthcoming, you know that your well-being is what matters to her. I have called upon Dee twice now for attorney services. The first time was after my mother had passed away. I have 2 brothers and the middle brother was put in charge of my mothers estate. Shouldn't be something you would need a attorney for, but in my case the brother that was in charge of the estate was negligent in his duties. After 2 yrs of my mothers passing the house contents still hadn't been inventoried, cleaned out, repairs done, or house put on the market. My brother had lied to my other brother and I and told us there was no loan on the house (when actually there was a loan), he had managed to make a huge mess of things. The property was going to be auctioned off within 48 hrs and Dee helped me to prevent that from happening. The next time that i called upon Dee was when i sustained a injury at a local business. At that time Dee helped me to get a settlement from that business in a timely matter. It was a crazy once in a lifetime injury and the company didn't want to reimburse me for my medical expenses but in the accident report they admitted culpability. Dee yet again handled everything, giving me sound advice, listened to everything I said and always made sure i knew exactly where I stood. She got me a settlement with this business in a timely fashion that i was very happy with. I recommend her to anyone I know. When you call her you will not regret it!!!!!
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Posted by tim | September 12, 2012
dedicated
Dynah Duncan, an attorney with compassion and a smile. Over the last five years watching my father heath deteriate.it never really occurred to me to ask the important questions. About finances and insurance. let alone the home I grew up in…knowing mom still needs to be taken care of after my fathers passing. I just assumed everything was in order. Boy was I wrong. With an avalanche of bills, no will, no money and a small life insurance policy...my mom grew up in the era were the man took care of everything. As I looked things over, we didn’t have a pot to piss in. Over whelmed, my brother suggested a lawyer. First thing I thought of, like most everyone; they will just take everything and squeeze the rest of my sanity out. I went against my better judgment and called. ARTISAN LEGAL SERVICES After speaking with Dynah, our first conversation, (she said call me Dee) I knew she had an ear for listening and the knowledge for direction; we started piecing together the trail of broken dreams. Dee quickly made me realize that she was working for us, not her wallet. Going back 30 yrs of house notes,mortgage,remortgage,payoffs,bail bondman,insurance,remortgage,.My father quit school in 8th grade to help raise his brothers and sisters due to financial hardship his own parents faced. So when the banks said they had a better deal for him, he listened. I was starting to get a better understanding into my father’s past. Dee made a clearer picture for us to make the right choices. And now with our finances in order. MOM still lives in the same home. I am forever grateful for her patience and diligent in not only dealing with me, but also everyone involved. Best call I ever made. Dynah Duncan made my life easier. Thank you...tm.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2015
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Fair and Honest Review
First, let me say, I wrote this review a thousand different ways, a thousand different times because of the roller coaster I've been on. Now, I'm writing this review to be fair and honest without knowing the outcome. This is so she knows that my review isn't based on the outcome. It's based on the overall experience. As I have learned from my mistakes, I can pray that others learn from their own. It's not up to me to tell them what their mistakes are but I can tell them what my perspective of my experience with them was like. I hired her based on other great reviews. Keep in mind that I am sure personalities rub wrong and she won't be able to completely please everyone. But, honestly, I think she is either inexperienced or just tired and over experienced. I missed a court date because 1. she said something like, we don't want to cause a situation if a situation isn't already there. That's usually wise advise but in this case, it wasn't. There was a situation and I told her about it. I said my court date should be coming up and it should be around these dates so you have to act quickly, like tomorrow (because I couldn't pay her until that point). I told her I could find out when my court date was, but she said in no way should I speak to someone. I'm sure she tried but blamed the issue on someone else. I'm not a complete spazz but can be one lol, but I held back as much as I could when I found out I missed court and had a warrant for my arrest. My situation was incredibly frustrating and frightening. D did not always handle it with kindness and professionalism. She sometimes spoke over me, reprimanded me. Any time I was upset and tried to speak honestly with her, she did the same thing. Even when I wasn't speaking and/or was just trying to say something in relation to helping my defense, she just came to the point where she felt she had to constantly yell at me or speak over me or reprimand me and I was giving this woman my money. lol We got to the point where we really couldn't really speak unless through texts and I was so worried if I had the right person as my lawyer. Anyway, her fees were much more than other lawyers and I went to bat to pay her a lot of money that I could not afford and didn't appreciate the way she spoke to me. lol at all but said screw it and just wanted to get it all over with. Long story short, she is decent. If you have a disability or unique situation, maybe you should consider a lawyer that specializes working with people with disabilities, if there is such a thing. I appreciated that she worked with me financially but really, I think my experience was much more stressful because she didn't seem to know everything that I knew about our court system and what was going to happen. Compared to other experiences with lawyers, I laughed a lot less, cried a lot more and threw up a few times, too. I think she really tries and I am very sure with more experience or some vacation time, she will do what she can for who she can do something for. But I become cautious of someone when they say to me, do you think I am going to do a good job if you put pressure on me. That just didn't make any sense to me because lawyers should expect pressure just as other professionals do. I wanted the best possible defense and I wanted to know that this stranger, who I have not watched in the court room, has a plan. I did everything I could to help her make a good defense for me. I didn't want to be treated like a statistic by her either. I get that enough. I wanted to know she had a special angle because I was not your average, run of the mill, criminal. So I needed a little more assurance, than she was willing to give, about her strategy. Well everything is a learning experience and I think she is good person. Just don't know if she cared about me like she cared for other clients. Must have to do with the pressure I put on her. Sorry D! Good Luck everyone!!!
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Posted by Sherry | April 3, 2024
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Don't hire
My daughter hired Dynah with a referral from a program called Marble. She showed little to no effort or interest in the case. I'm not sure if she is typically a bad attorney, but in this case, it was a huge waste of money. I'm not sure why she even took the case. But $6000 later (Marble did get a portion), my daughter and myself, stand furmly on the opinion that hiring Dynah was a mistake. It isn't so much about if she lost or won, but that Dynah literally did not even try.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2023
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I am still paying the price
Everything seemed to be ok until the end when it was time to sign the papers. The divorce was worked out between a moderator and the finances were set. I did not push too hard, over some unreasonable expectations with parenting time because in the end I thought it would come to where I expected it. Dynah also sat back and let it all happen and kept assuring me that being calm and patient was the way to go. Dynah allowed the opposing attorney write up the final decree and certain words were left out or left vague. In the end even after a questioned her about the vagueness or left out specifics, Dynah assured me that what was discussed during mediation would stand even if it was not in the final decree. This is not the case. The final decree signed by all parties and the judge is all that counts. Do not leave anything to be interpreted it must all be clear, direct, and to the point. I am now representing myself and begging FOC to adjust and add parenting time. When it comes to your kids, be suspicious, read every letter, and hire an attorney the can read through the bull a see what is really going on. Dynah is over booked and lacks the aggressiveness needed to give her clients what they deserve. You are going to need a pit bull in the court and Dynah is not this person.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2018
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DO NOT HIRE DYNAH WHITE
I retained Dynah White as my attorney in a divorce case. We agreed upon $2,500 retainer. After paying the retainer in full she informed me "It didn't count" and I needed to pay the retainer again. She said it was for court costs and paperwork. We had not gone to court yet and she filed one paper with the court. I asked for a detailed statement she told me she did not do that. I didn't have the money and couldn't pay. The next morning Dynah White and her husband, a very large intimidating man who once played professional football, showed up at my house pounding on the door demanding money. I gave them $300, every cent I had, and informed me if I didn't pay her $2200 in a week she would make things very bad for me in court. I couldn't come up with the money. We went to court and she made things bad for me. I had to pay all of my wife's attorneys fees pay her alimony and she became friends with my ex-wife and her attorney. Then had herself removed as my lawyer before the end of the case. I was able to prove that my wife left me for another man and they were cohabitating. My ex-wife has severe psychiatric problems. She was in psychiatric hospitals several times while we were married. I fully supported her for 10 years. From the stress of my ex-wife and my attorney I had a heart attack. While in the hospital I developed complications and was there for over a month. My ex's lawyer put paperwork together saying I agreed to pay alimony and attorney fees and gave it to my ex-lawyer and she signed it.... because I was in the hospital. I knew nothing about the paperwork. Due to this I lost my home my car and much of my belongings. I attempted suicide. I still live in fear of Dynah White and her husband.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2018
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Terrible Attorney
The worst mistake I very made choosing her as my lawyer, she did nothing I mean absolutely nothing to benefit me in my divorce. She did not help me with any of my request and it was like she was working for my ex-husband. He is the one that walk away with everything and we don't even have children, married almost 22 years and he got everything he wanted. Left me high and dry with no help from Dynah. She never went over the divorce papers with me, I didn't know what I was doing and I needed her help. So I signed them not knowing what I was really signing. I do not recommend her. She took my money an ran. Very disappointed and angry.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Artisan Legal Services
  • 2010 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • McKeen & Associates, PC
  • 2007 - 2008

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Roosevelt University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2002
  • Roosevelt University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Treglowne v Treglowne
  • Consent Divorce Judgment and Joint Custody
  • People of the State of Michigan v Dallas
  • Case Dismissed
  • Bremer v Clodfelter
  • Awarded divorce and sole custody to client.

Associations

  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (0)
Endorse Dynah
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer, wholeheartedly. She is a consummate professional and someone I routinely refer people to for complex divorce filings."
International law Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. White is highly competent in complex family law multi-jurisdictional and international matters particularly pertaining to Italy and the US foreign treatises regarding family law divorce and child custody matters with a particular knowledge of the nuances in military cases where the above apply. I highly recommend her to anyone who has an international divorce or child custody matter, a military family related matter or a multi-jurisdictional family law matter. She is professional and a pleasure to work around,"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A good attorney who cares about her clients."
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Dearborn Family Lawyer Dynah Naomi Juliette Duncan-White
Dynah Naomi Juliette Duncan-White
Family Attorney
Dearborn, MI
Licensed for 13 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available