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Heather L. Bendure

Family Attorney at Grosse Pointe, MI

5.0   16 reviews

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About Heather

Learn Heather’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    45%
    Client-focused representation in all aspects of family law, including appeals, child custody, child support, domestic violence, divorce, paternity, post-judgment issues and property division. Trained in collabotrative law.

  2. Divorce and separation
    40%

  3. Child custody
    15%

Licensed for 22 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2000
Updated 12/26/2022

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

Contact Heather

Grosse Pointe Law Center, PLLC
15450 East Jefferson Avenue,
Suite 100
Grosse Pointe, MI, 48230

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Heather is awesome. She asks all the right questions, gets to the bottom of things, and isn't afraid to tell you if your issues truly need litigation or not- saving you from wasting your money on issues that are best solved out of court. She's available to answer any and all questions and work with you on developing well thought out and cost effective strategies to reach your goals. During the most difficult phases of your life, you need this woman in your corner.
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Posted by Matthew | February 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Humorous, humane, and effective
Heather is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to family law and what's best for kids in divorce situations. She's also hilarious, and really humane and fair, which was so appreciated during this difficult time. Of course, she was on my side, but I was grateful that she didn't work in an antagonistic way towards the other side, but rather kept her counsel balanced and thoughtful. Highly recommend her!
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Posted by Don | May 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly endorse Ms. Heather Bendure. I hired her to handle my divorce and she did an outstanding job.
I highly endorse Ms. Heather Bendure from the Grosse Pointe Law Center. I hired her to handle my divorce and she did an outstanding job and I was extremely happy with the outcome of my divorce judgement. She is professional, very prompt, very well organized, always planning months in advance, she knows family law very well, and most importantly, was respected and listened to by the judge. She provided me with the law and expectations, and made recommendations but allowed me to make the final decision. I learned very quickly to go with her recommendations because they were always right. When Ms. Bendure spoke in court, she was well prepared and her arguments were logical, succinct, and relevant. On a couple of occasions the judge asked her to clarify what the opposing counsel was trying to say. The judge obviously was impressed with her arguments. I’ve been told that most divorces are solved in negotiations or mediation. Unfortunately, we ended up going to trial because my offers for settlement were dismissed by my ex and her offers were outrageous. My ex stopped negotiating at mediation which frustrated myself, my attorney and the mediator. Ms. Bendure was very organized and prepared for trial. She did a very thorough job at deposition, worked on a list of questions she was going to ask at trial, worked on a list of questions for me, coached me on how to answer questions, and provided me with additional information so that I was prepared for my time on the witness stand. To opposing counsel, she was friendly and courteous. To the judge, she was respectful, professional, well versed in family law and very well prepared. To me she was my champion. When it came to talking to my ex at deposition and trial, Ms. Bendure was very tough and was quick to jump on anything that helped my case. She didn’t accept any BS from my ex. Ms. Bendure gave me advice that I would like to share (I’m paraphrasing): (1) divorce is a marathon and not a sprint, (2) let me do my job, (3) don’t try to do my job (4) don’t respond to the ex’s statements, we’re going to court for a specific reason and that’s all we need to focus on, (5) do everything above board – we don’t ever want the judge to question what we’re doing, (6) at trial only respond to the question and answer with yes or no if possible, (7) I’ll be doing most if not all of the talking with the judge, and (8) relax I have it covered. I would also like to acknowledge the work that her assistant Amy did. She did a lot of the background research and provided very constructive and helpful suggestions when we prepared for trial. She really helped in the positive outcome of my divorce. My divorce is finally over but I have been seeking Ms. Bendure’s advice on business contracts. I totally respect all of her professional skills and I highly endorse her and the Grosse Pointe Law Center.
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Posted by Michelle | May 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney Around!
Extremely honest straight forward attorney. So glad she was recommended to me. Heather explains the pros and cons of everything and is extremely detailed. Always made herself available for questions and concerns.
Posted by Alex | June 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GREAT lawyer
Mrs. Bendure is the best lawyer that I could find for my divorce. She was very supportive in so many ways and I’m so grateful that I could find her. My divorce was so hard for me and having her by my side was a blessing. She was always accessible to answer all of my questions promptly and very fast in my process. I don’t think works can express my gratitude. Thanks Mrs. Bendure.
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Response from Heather Bendure June 13, 2019
Thank you for the kind words. I know this was a really tough process for you and appreciate the trust you put in me. You're very welcome!
Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done!
Heather will listen to you completely, read through everything you have and will not waste time on pointless arguments or tirades from opposing counsel. Having come in my case 7 years after it started with my ex-wife, she has done well in helping me fight the nonsense the other side keeps throwing at us. I would recommend her as she does her homework, she listens and she doesn't just act like a know it all attorney, but incorporates what you want in motions and issues when they make sense.
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Posted by Lauren | March 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great advice!
I hired Heather a few months ago and couldn't be any happier with my decision. She was very thorough while being thoughtful. I felt she was very down to earth and easy to talk to about any concerns that I had. She was always accessible to answer all of my questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for an honest and caring attorney.
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Posted by Thomas | February 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Heather was very helpful, kind and understanding of my difficult situation. I would not hesitate to recommend her to any of my friends or family.
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank goodness I found her !
My only regret is that I found Heather too late. I consulted and hired her over a period of several years when dealing with a custody matter. She is an expert in Wayne County family court and the mediators that the Wayne county judges utilize. The thought of the court making final decisions about our children makes my heart sink and Heather was able to guide us through so extremely muddy waters. I recommend her to everyone that is looking for a lawyer for divorce and family matters.
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Posted by Katie | June 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awwwwesome.
Heather is a modern, connected attorney - remarkably available via email during non-working hours, personable, and a clear and direct communicator. It was easy to feel comfortable working with her during a rather uncomfortable process. She made it possible for me to make informed decisions that were the best for me, at each step. She both catalyzed the steps in the process and timed them in a way that was tailored to what I needed. From working with her, I was able to extract myself emotionally from the relationship more quickly. Right at the start, she helped me see that there would be an end to the process; she encapsulated what felt big and chaotic and unending into a short set of steps, each of which was doable. Because she took on all the work of making each next step happen, I could disentangle that process from the process of emotionally detaching, which made the latter much more manageable. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Heidi | May 22, 2015
Caring, knowledgable attorney
During my first meeting with Ms. Bendure I felt comfortable and in good hands. I felt that she always had my best interest at heart and worked diligently to obtain the results that were best for me and my daughter. My telephone calls and emails were answered in a timely matter. Ms. Bendure provided me with all the options to make an informed decision during my entire divorce process. My divorce provided some unique circumstances in which Ms. Bendure researched and provided the best possible results.
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Posted by Audra | May 21, 2015
Best choice I ever made for family representation
Simply put, Heather is an excellent lawyer and very reasonable person. Over the course of 5 years, she proved extremely knowledgeable and able to provide best /worst options so I had a favorable outcome from every event. She listened to my priorities and rationale, and focused on details of my case to give meaningful recommendations to helped me achieve arrangements ideal for my family and children. Heather communicates clearly and concisely, so I felt no fees were wasted. She also promptly responded (even outside business hours at times) to provide feedback when I needed it. I strongly recommend Grosse Pointe Family Law and Heather Bendure without hesitation for anyone seeking family law counsel.
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Posted by Elizabeth | November 7, 2013
Helped me through a horrible situation
Ms. Bendure is a very responsive, caring attorney. She explained all my options every step of the way, and made an unbearable situation bearable. I always felt like she had my best interest at heart at all times. She has also helped me create new contracts for my small business. I'm a do - it - yourselfer at heart, and she is open to letting me do what I can, but also very clear about when I need her expertise. She has a great sense of humor, which really helps through the hard times.
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Posted by Joshua | October 23, 2013
Family Law Attorney Who Cares First About Clients' Families
I was a single father, suing for custody from a woman I never married. In my experience, divorce and custody fights are emotional, painful processes that leave you vulnerable to rash decisions and self-serving advice from greedy lawyers. Rather than rush directly into the expensive confrontational litigation other attorneys had advised me, Counselor Bendure worked to achieve the best results for me and my son, currently, and for the future. She was a rational voice who helped me see the big picture, and guided me to get everything I wanted. In every decision she advised me on, she shared and applied her knowledge of Family law, the Family law judicial system and Michigan's custody process. I can't recommend her enough.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2009
Great Attorney
Ms. Bendure was instrumental in resolving my legal matters. She listened to my concerns, quickly evaluated the situation, researched all necessary information, and expeditiously resolved my situation. Ms. Bendure was accessible and dedicated when working with me. I would definately use her again.
Posted by Maxine | September 17, 2009
Excellent Attorney
Heather fights for her client and her client's rights. She kept me informed as to what was going on and knew exactly what to do and when to do it. I would hire her again for other matters.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • Ernst Law Firm
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Senior Staff Attorney
  • Women's Justice Centner
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Constitutional Litigation Associates
  • 2000 - 2004

Education

  • Wayne State University
  • JD
  • 1999
  • Michigan State University
  • B.A.
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. Koubriti, et. al
  • not guilty

Associations

  • Michigan Bar Association Family Law Section
  • 2008 - Present
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Coalition of Labor Union Women Board Meeting
  • Obstacles Women Face in Divorce Proceedings
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Heather
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. as a compassionate and highly competent attorney in her fields of expertise"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Compassionate and thorough."
Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently faced her as opposing counsel on a difficult and contentious case. She was a formidable opponent, well-prepared and well-versed in the law, and a vigorous advocate for her client. At the same time, she is willing to work collaboratively to the extent possible."
Grosse Pointe Family Lawyer Heather L. Bendure
Heather L. Bendure
Family Attorney
Grosse Pointe, MI
Licensed for 22 years
Free Consultation