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Henry S. Gornbein

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bloomfield Hills, MI

4.5   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 55 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1968
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Henry

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Henry Gornbein practices in all areas of Michigan family law including divorce, child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, interstate custody issues, domicile issues, as well as mediation

    55 years

  2. Child custody
    My belief is that in custody, as in all other aspects of your divorce, all decisions that you make should be fully informed for the sake of your children and own peace of mind in your ability to successfully co-parent with your former spouse.

    55 years

  3. Family
    Every family law case is different. Henry Gorbein has the experience, expertise and compassion to guide clients through the legal system, during what is often one of the more difficult times in their lives. Call 248-266-1533 for your consultation.

    55 years

  4. Arbitration

  5. Child support

  6. Marriage and prenuptials

  7. Mediation
    Mediation is a process whereby the parties involved retain control over the outcome of their case. Division of property, financial arrangements, and plans for the children are all important considerations for a family in transition. Call 248-266-1533

Attorney Henry S. Gornbein is a leading expert in family law. Practicing in Michigan for more than 40 years, he has written extensively on divorce-related topics.

He is the author of the widely acclaimed book, Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce which is available on Amazon as a soft cover or e-book.  He is currently cowriting the book, Child Custody Demystified, with psychologist, Jack Haynes Phd which will be published later this year.

Gornbein wrote the chapter titled, Spousal Support in the book, Michigan Family Law. It s the go-to source for all family law attorneys and judges who deal with divorce and related issues in Michigan. His articles appear regularly in national legal publications and his monthly column, Case of the Issue, runs in the Family Law Section Journal of the State Bar of Michigan and is read by thousands of lawyers and judges.

A contributor and blogger for The Huffington Post Divorce section, he also produces regular podcasts for . In addition, Gornbein has hosted and produced his own Philo Award-winning cable TV show, Practical Law, with more than 700 programs aired to date.

Sought after as an expert on divorce-related topics by media outlets, he is known for being at the forefront of understanding social media and its role in divorces today. Recently, Gornbein has been speaking for a series of webinars discussing the impact of social media on divorce, along with issues including wiretapping, computer hacking, phone tapping, spycams, and others that can arise during divorce and have criminal law violation implications.

Other attorneys and judges consult Gornbein as an expert when unusual family law issues arise. A frequent public speaker for local and national meetings, he has been a featured lecturer at the National Convention of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Gornbein is married to Debra Gornbein, and is a father and grandfather.  Gornbein enjoys travel, reading, theater, and movies, but most of all, spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.


Guiding Philosophy

Henry believes that every case is different and the role of an attorney is to educate, guide the clients through the legal system, look for the best possible solution, and try and handle every case in a manner that leads toward healing and not needless confrontation or unnecessary court battles. He has tried many cases, and believes that trials should be the last resort because of the economic and psychological costs involved, along with the fact that when you get to trial, you lose control of your life because the Judge is deciding what happens to you and your children.


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4.5 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent advice
Mr. Gornbein gave great advice, and was very understanding.
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Recommend highly!!!
I have consulted Attorney Gornbein for my Divorce Case...I can't afford an attorney since I am a student who's putting himself through school. But after communicating with him, I knew that he would be the best family law attorney for me if I could afford one. He is the best!!!
Posted by Marty | July 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and passionate
Henry was an excellent Lawyer for me that took my case and heard my concerns and acted professionally in my behalf. He knew my issues were tough and what I wanted, and did his best to work with me and for me. His effort, experience, and research were things he resourced to bring my case to an end with the results that I was looking for to the best of what is in the guidelines of the law. I have great confidence that I can refer him to family and friends. Henry did an excellent job handling my divorce. He was very knowledgeable and concise in his work. Everything was done great and the outcome was the best I could of hoped for.
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Posted by Scott | June 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Par Excellence
Henry provided exceptional representation in my divorce matter. His deep knowledge and understanding of the process, law and practical issues enables a calm and sure approach in what can be a highly emotional, unpredictable and nasty type of matter. His advice was sound and I ended up with a much better result than originally predicted against a very aggressive and questionably ethical opposing counsel. We worked together very well and I also like and admire him as a person.
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Posted by Lisa | November 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional guidance
Mr. Gornbein was my attorney in a high conflict case. He and his staff were extremely professional and caring and I felt I was in good hands. At times when I would worry about the outcome of my divorce, Mr. Gornbein always assured me that he would do whatever it takes to protect my daughter and me. He was always calm, and very gentlemanly; never getting nasty or ugly in mediation as is often seen in other attorneys. I am pleased with the outcome of my divorce and I have recommended Mr. Gornbein to several friends who are going through a divorce and they too, we're very pleased by his representation.
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Posted by Stevepeck | April 27, 2015
One of Michigan's Best Family Law Attorneys
I was going through the client ratings of Henry Gornbein and for the most part they represent him exactly as what he is: one of the best, most trusted family law attorneys in Michigan. It disturbed me to read a couple of the ratings claiming Henry was not prepared, doesn't do trial law, and was not looking after the best interest of his clients. Nothing could be further from the truth. Henry was my THIRD attorney during my own divorce. He was the most prepared I have met and provided the proper advice for me to get through my divorce with the least possible fallout for all parties involved. I am also the host of the nation’s most listened to podcast on divorce, Divorce Source Radio. After Henry completed my case I requested that he join Divorce Source Radio and do his very own show regarding the legal side of the divorce process. I did this because I believe his advice is some of the best I have heard from a family law attorney, and I've interviewed hundreds. I’ve also learned that when a client who may be incredibly angry with their soon-to-be ex doesn't get EVERYTHING they want, they direct their anger back to their attorney. Most times, trials are the last resort, and only a very small percentage of divorces end in trial. I often say on my shows that attorneys are only successful when both parties are equally unhappy. How do you think clients feel when their attorney leads them on to believe they can get them everything they want only to end up in trial, where the judge ultimately makes the decision, therefore they don’t receive their desired result? Now they have spent tens of thousands of dollars, split their family even farther apart, and they still end up with the same result they would have most likely received had they have gone the more peaceful path of mediation. What I like about Henry’s approach is that he will go to trial and fight for his clients if needed but does everything in his power to find a more peaceful path of resolution beforehand. If you have children, it is imperative to keep the peace for their sake. Our mantra is “you have to love your kids more than you hate your ex”. Ever looked through reviews of a product or restaurant you love? Most times you find that people love it just as much as you do but you will always find the few that bash it. That’s just the nature of people. There will always be the “haters”. But in a divorce situation, some individuals are dealing with personality disorders, narcissism, and a “must win” mentality, regardless of the cost. This is a recipe for disaster. Regardless of what some of the “haters” are saying, I know Henry to be one of the most trustworthy, hardworking, and dedicated family law attorneys in the country. He is the first one to suggest you do your homework and find the right attorney for yourself. Once you have done your research and hired the attorney, you need to trust them. Believe me, they know more about the legal system than you do. Sometimes you just need to let go and move on. There is life after divorce if you choose to put the past behind and move forward. Do your personal work and don’t try to blame your ex for everything. In my experience, both parties play a role in the success or demise of relationships. If you’re considering Henry you should listen to some of his shows on Divorce Source Radio so you know what he stands for. When he is not working for his clients he spends most of his spare time writing books and doing radio & television shows in an attempt to help people through the process of divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2015
Highly Recommend
Henry's family law knowledge coupled with his compassion make him an excellent choice for anyone contemplating or going through a divorce. He has literally written the book on demystifying the divorce process. He educated me about my options and looked after my best interest during a traumatic time. I highly recommend Henry.
Posted by Christian | December 29, 2014
Best Problem Solver
Henry helped me in some post-judgement litigation and was able to straighten out some mess that had been created at the time with my divorce. He is very knowledgeable and is excellent choice for anyone needing legal representation in the are of family law.
Posted by Lynda | December 29, 2014
Wonderful Advocate
I highly recommend Henry Gornbein to anyone. He is a wonderful advocate who was able to see the whole picture and was very helpful in resolving some very difficult problems in my custody case.
Posted by Isaac | December 29, 2014
Honest, Effective, Empathetic Attorney
Henry Gornbein was not only able to litigate and help me in my divorce but he also knows mediation, collaborative law, and ways to stay out court. I found this very helpful in resolving several problems in my divorce. I highly endorse Henry Gornbein as an attorney with his outstanding expertise in family law and ability to solve problems.
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Posted by sandy | August 14, 2014
The best lawyer around!
Henry did an excellent job in representing me in my divorce. His knowledge and help during this difficult time was outstanding. He made sure that I received a fair and equitable settlement and walked me through every step of the process. I would highly recommend him and am thankful that he was recommended to me as well. Top notch attorney!
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Posted by Mike | June 3, 2013
I recently hired Mr. Gornbein for a complicated case involving alimony elimination. Henry's legal experience and attention to detail resulted in the best possible outcome for me. He was responsive to me during the entire process, which eliminated my anxiety over the situation. I would highly recommend Henry Gornbein to anyone seeking a reputable attorney and a man of high integrity.
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Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2013
Look No Further!!!
Mr. Gornbein was my attorney for a recent divorce and handled all matters with the highest level of professionalism. I was kept fully informed through all aspects of the proceedings, and Henry was always available to answer any of my questions along the way. He is also very personable and will make you feel comfortable from your first meeting. If you want the best attorney, look no further and call Mr. Gornbein.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2012
Divorce Client
Henry and his team did an excellent job with my divorce. For such an uncomfortable situation, they helped make it as seamless and speedy as possible for me. Everything was handled very professionally, efficiently and with kindness. I would definitely recommend Henry.
Posted by Woman who chose someone other than Mr. Gornbein | November 27, 2011
Very informative, respectable and honest with me, when others were not.
I came to see Mr. Gornbein for a free consultation. He was very professional, courteous and went over a list of questions I had. I think very highly of Mr. Gornbein and regret that he is too far away to help me. I would LOVE to have him take over my divorce, so I could rest again. Thank you Mr. Gornbein-you are a gem!
Posted by Valeriia Miller | July 21, 2011
I had a very complicated case where divorce, domestic violence and immigration issues were involved. Henry handled the case with the highest level of honesty, good faith and adherence to the principles. Quality, professionalism, outstanding qualifications and skills, presicion, consistency and integrity, wide experience differ Henry Gornbein and his Team from others and guarantee the win. Every my email was responded within minutes, and every my phone call was returned within couple hours. In the beginning of the divorce Henry forsaw the possible outcome of my case. Henry is very reasonable family law attorney, knowledgeable and talented. During and after the divorce I felt that my legal rights and financial future have been protected. As a result, a fair and reasonale settlement was obtained (thanks, Henry) and the attorney fees were kept as reasonable as possible considering all the facts and circumstances of my very complicated case.
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Posted by Ralph | December 15, 2010
Difficult Divorce
Henry Gornbein's experience with challenging divorce cases was exemplary in the handling of my case. Fairness prevailed and his exceptional staff assisted in the delivery of a truly professional service. Mr. Gornbein will do everything that he possibly can to help you. My children and I thank him for a job well done.
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2010
Out of State Custody
We are from Hawaii. We needed a sharp, competent, and well-established family law attorney in Troy, Michigan, for a custody situation regarding my Autistic son. We found Henry Gornbein via the Internet, and learned of all his great accomplishments! We are more than happy to say, that we are soooo grateful for Henry today. He helped us to win!! He is very professional, gifted, and successful. Thank You Henry, you will always have close friends in Hawaii.
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Posted by Kevin | October 4, 2010
Simply the Best
Henry handled my divorce and more than lived up to his reputation as the top divorce attorney in the state. He helped make the most unpleasant of experiences bearable by being informed and accessible at every stage of the process. Henry gave me candid advice and let me know what to expect from the very start.
Posted by Louis | September 30, 2010
Child Custody
Henry was great professional. I was impressed with his court demeanor and his request for evidence. More importantly he went through all the basis of consideration for the child custody. He enabled the judge to make a fair decision targeting each factor individually and was exactly what I needed to win a difficult case from an out of state resident. He is accessible and will make the effort to hear all your concerns.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Lippitt O'Keefe Gornbein, PLLC
  • 2013 - Present


  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1968
  • Wayne State University
  • PhB - Bachelor of Philosophy
  • 1965

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Case Of The Issue


  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1980 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Michigan chapter)
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1968 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Michigan chapter)
  • President
  • 1984 - 1985
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2014
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2012
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2011
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2010
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2009
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2008
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2007
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Professionalism Award
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • 2004
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  • Michigan Family Law Journal
  • Case Of The Issue
  • 2010
  • Michigan Family Law Journal
  • Case Of The Issue
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Over 10 nationwide podcasts
  • The Impact of Social Media On Divorce Including Electronic Spy Ware, Eves dropping and what is legal in the digital world.
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Unknown Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Other
"A highly experienced, well-rounded and compassionate attorney. I endorse this lawyer"
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Henry has earned the reputation as being at the top of the upper tier of premier Michigan Attorneys handling family law issues including divorce and child custody matters. I give him my absolute and unqualified endorsement. He will work hard for you to obtain the very best result."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Other
"I highly endorse this attorney, While maintaining excellent client service and ethics, they are a well-respected member of the legal community."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Honest advice, practical answers on AVVO. He is a skilled and concerned advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Henry has extensive knowledge and skills in family law, and is a pleasure to work with, all the while ably representing his client."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Gornbein is a knowledgeable lawyer who is generous with his time and expertise. I recommend him."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr. Gornbein as opposing counsel on a matter, and he was very professional and worked well to both represent his clients' interests, but also to work with me towards effective settlements on certain issues where the clients were willing to settle. I highly recommend Mr. Gornbein as a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for his family law practice. Mr. Gornbein is a well recognized, respected, and seasoned practioner of family law."
Family Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had only one case with Mr. Gornbein but I know his reputation. In my experience with him I found him to be knowledgable, practical and very understanding. My review of his answers on AVVO have done nothing but reinforce my opinion of Mr. Gornbein as being an attorney of the finest quality."
Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely well respected in the legal community, very knowledgeable and a zealous advocate for his clients."
Child support Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Gornbein is an outstanding attorney with a wonderful reputation. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession."
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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