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Gerald P. Cavellier

Family Attorney at Bloomfield Hills, MI

4.9   7 reviews

also known as Jerry Cavellier

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1996
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Gerald

Learn Gerald’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    All areas of family law

  2. Child custody

  3. Divorce and separation
    All types of divorces

Gerald P. Cavellier is a Shareholder and the head of the Domestic Relations/Family Law Section at Hertz Schram PC. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law (formerly known as the Detroit College of Law). His entire practice focuses on Family Law matters. Mr. Cavellier is a litigator at heart, but he is also trained in Mediation and is a member in good standing with the Family Mediation Counsel of is a past Chair of the Oakland County Family Law Committee, a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and is currently a Professor of Law at Western Michigan University, Thomas Cooley Law School teaching Family Law.

His practice involves all aspects of family law including Custody, Child Support, Parenting Time, Spousal Support, and Property Division. He is also very familiar with more complex issues including marital tort litigation, division of closely held businesses, alienation of children and interstate custody and support issues. Mr. Cavellier is that special type of lawyer who is capable of handling very personal, emotional matters, yet he knows when to zealously advocate or aggressively negotiate.


Gerald P. Cavellier
1760 S Telegraph Rd Ste 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48302
Gerald P. Cavellier
719 Griswold Street
Suite 270
Detroit, MI, 48226
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Posted by Jason | April 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend - He Gets Results!
Jerry is an outstanding attorney that knows family law inside and out. I had a very difficult divorce and child custody case that started out with only 25% custody of my son. He had all of the key contacts for every issue that arose which enabled us to efficiently navigate the process. Through Jerry's guidance and perseverance I was able to save my 401k, home, and most importantly I have over 50% parenting time with my son! If you want results, call Jerry!
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Posted by Shaun | August 9, 2017
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Divorce/Custody Attorney Recommendation
I was fortunate to have found Jerry Cavellier to represent me when I went through my divorce. He did an outstanding job representing me and advocating for my interests (both custodial and financial). He took the time to understand my case and the issues at hand. He was always very responsive to all of my inquiries. In addition to his legal expertise and negotiating skill, Jerry provided some needed compassion and perspective during that difficult anxious laden time. I would recommend Jerry to anyone going through a divorce and looking for a highly skilled and loyal advocate.
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Posted by Luis | August 9, 2017
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Someone who cares
Gerald (Jerry) helped me through a tough time while I was going through my divorce. He was always available, respectful of my wishes and above all empathetic to everything I was going through and dealing with, which was plenty. I've heard from others going through similar situations as me that their lawyers would forget about them in the process and leave them hanging for days at a time without contact. Never happened with Jerry. He always kept me well informed of the process, what came next and never, never left me wondering. I can't speak highly enough about him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2017
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Family Law
Gerald, is an excellent attorney, he has been able to advise me on any and all issues dealing with my divorce and custody case. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I only feel comfortable with Gerald representing me in court. He is honest, professional and trust worthy.
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Gerald Cavellier is top notch!!
Very Knowledgeable in a wide range of areas. Compassionate and understanding to clients situation. Works quickly and diligently to achieve his clients best outcome. I am very satisfied with Mr. Cavellier's work and services he preformed for me. I have used Mr. Cavellier on more than one occasion. I highly recommend Mr. Cavellier.
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Posted by Shane Maguire | July 29, 2017
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Certainly not the simplest case...
Interviewing and choosing a law firm/attorney is a difficult process and none more so than when choosing the right "family law" attorney. For me, this meant finding someone with whom I could entrust not only a difficult case, but more importantly a difficult defendant, the mother of my child. As unmarried parents, I was denied by the defendant/mother right as legal father to my son and although she would claim otherwise, the demand for legal counsel was unavoidable. Jerry Cavellier has proven on every occasion to be that right choice. Where the defendant/mother is now with her 4th attorney, Jerry has remained focused for me since this began almost 2 years ago. To further illustrate her difficult behavior since the beginning, this particular defendant made reference to Jerry in a previous review, inferring that he (in some way) represented her. In short, Jerry is and remains her opposing counsel and has never represented her. Of course she would write a poor review, because Jerry has preformed professionally and exceptionally well for his client, me (the plaintiff) and that of my son. It goes without saying, with her inability to co-parent and more importantly, her refusal to adhere to the parenting order of the Oakland Co. court, in MI., of course she would be unhappy with my attorney who has advocated very well for me and my child. The defendant is clearly looking to mar Jerry's outstanding reputation by lying. The record shows that she has been the defendant in this case with no less that 6 show cause motions. In closing, if anyone is the cause for racking up the attorney fees in this case, it would be she, the defendant/mother.
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Posted by Dennis | August 1, 2017
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Jerry did a great job assisting me and giving me the professional advise I needed. We had very similar approaches to my divorce which worked out very well.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Legal Advisor
  • National Ski Patrol
  • 2013 - Present
  • Law Professor
  • Western Michigan University
  • 2008 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Hertz Schram PC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hertz Schram PC
  • 1995 - 2007
  • Clerk
  • Oakland County Circuit Court
  • 1991 - 1994
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  • Detroit College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Oakland University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987


  • National Ski Patrol
  • Patroler and Legal Adviser to Eastern Michigan Region
  • 2012 - Present
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyers in Michigan
  • The Legal Network
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit
  • dBusiness
  • 2020
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Crain's Detroit Business
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated Very High Legal Ability
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit
  • dBusiness
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers in Michigan
  • The Legal Network
  • 2013
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  • Laches (OCBA)
  • Grandparent Visitation: A Decade Later
  • 2014
  • Laches (OCBA)
  • HELP! My Child Has Been Kidnapped
  • 2013
  • Laches (OCBA)
  • Anti Nuptual Agreements in the 21st Century
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • ICLE Family Law Institute
  • Hidden Income
  • 2015
  • Seminar
  • Equitable Property Division
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Gerald
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jerry is a very knowledgeable and caring family law attorney. I highly recommend him for all family law matters."
Family Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gerald Cavellier is a great lawyer and an asset to his community. I have known him for many years both personally through his work with volunteer ski patrol and professionally. I would recommend him to handle any of your family law matters."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Gerald Cavellier and I have had cases together and he has mediated cases of mine, and I have acted as a mediator in cases of his. At all times he is professional , gracious, knowledgeable about law and procedure, and he brings excellent problem solving skills to the table to help families craft a resolution that both parties are willing enter as a settlement."
Family Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bloomfield Hills Family Lawyer Gerald P. Cavellier
Gerald P. Cavellier
Family Attorney
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Licensed for 27 years
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