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Philip Vera

Divorce and separation Attorney at Utica, MI

4.6   31 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

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Philip G. Vera
 
My passion is fighting to defend my client's rights and obtain the best outcome possible under their unique circumstances.  Whatever your legal challenge, I encourage you to contact me without hesitation. 
 
When you need a lawyer for your family law challenge, criminal defense or disability claim, in or near Macomb County, Michigan, I am here to personally assess your situation and help you deal with the problem.

 

Michigan Law Services, PLLC


At Michigan Law Services, PLLC, you will find well-educated, highly focused lawyers dedicated to delivering the personal service and aggressive representation you need. We welcome your call when you need a lawyer who will hear you out, relate to you on a human level, and take the right steps to resolve your problem.

We take pride in strong, current legal knowledge across our practice areas, along with our ability to put our experience in southeast Michigan courts to work for you. Equally important are factors that set us apart from some lawyers you might contact — we return calls promptly and truly make your case a priority.

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Licensed for 16 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 10/06/2022

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

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Michigan Law Services, PLLC

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  31 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
Philip received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2015
Posted by Precious | October 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A caring and professional attorney
Phil was great to work with. He was very thorough with directions, guidelines and answers to all of my questions. He kept me informed of what to expect from our first meeting until my court date. He was also very understanding of what was a difficult time for me.
Posted by Linda | August 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very caring and considerate
I got divorced in December of 2016. Sorry it took so long to write this review. I would highly recommend Philip Vera. He explained everything to me and gave me thoroughly. I am thinking of suing my ex for child support and would definitely go back to Phil as my attorney. Always very professional!
Posted by David | May 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
divorce
Philip from day one was friendly, always prepared and a very competent attorney. Fees were reasonable and my divorce went as smooth as it could possibly go. I highly recommend Philip as a divorce attorney and I am a "very picky" person.
Posted by Jack | July 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Support Help
Had a phone consultation on past due support owed to the State of Michigan, Mr. Vera was very informative on my options. Very easy to take to, and knowledgeable. Thanks for taking the time to speak with me.
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great match for me
Phil is polite, honest and listens with care. He was kind and considerate. He worked quickly to help resolve my situations and kept me informed. He will be my attorney until I'm 6' under.
Posted by Jessica | March 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive, Trustworthy & Dependable
Philip Vera represented me in my divorce a couple of years ago and I was extremely impressed with how sincere he was. I chose not to pursue financial support from my ex-husband (who could have EASILY) afforded it and Phil respected my decision about that. He and I spoke in detail about what I could receive and what I was opting to receive. He understood and did exactly what I wanted and needed him to do. I have since referred Phil to two of my friends looking into divorce. He is easy to talk to and makes you feel comfortable in a very unhappy situation. I will continue to refer Philip Vera to anyone who needs representation in divorce.
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Posted by Aaron | March 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, yet personally invested
Mr. Vera has handled mutiple cases on my behalf. My divorce proceedings didn't net me the exact results that I was after, but that was to be expected since I was asking for the moon and stars. With that said, the results were more than satisfactory, and ended significantly more in my favor than would have been expected with all the cards stacked against me. Phillip has also helped me with a legal altercation that I'd rather not go into, but again, things turned out better than they were expected to, and leaps and bounds better than they would have, had he not been in my corner. I'm so impressed with his work that I will be hiring him again for a case I'm opening to alter my custody agreement with my ex-wife regarding me taking our child out of the country for months at a time. I have all the faith in the world that Mr. Vera will net me similar results allowing me to pursue my international goals. I highly recommend Phillip Vera to anyone in need of legal council of any nature.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Represented me in my divorce. Very thorough, was always available to answer my questions, and I felt valued as more than just a client/job.
Posted by Sandra | October 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recommendation
I would highly, and will, recommend Philip Vera to friends and associates who need assistance with similar legals issues. Mr. Vera is personable, professional and his communication was exemplary, always keeping me informed and knowledgable with all steps in my divorce proceedings. He made a very difficult and challenging time easier to endure.
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Posted by Alicia Suarez | September 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and Professional
I can honestly say that I have and continue to face one of the worst "domestic violence" cases (so I've been told) in Southwestern Michigan. Mr. Vera has been open, honest, and willing to face the challenges that have been and continue to be presented within this "tedious" court case. He is empathetic, sincere, and honest in his legal counsel and practice. His diligence in working on this very "burdensome case" can only lead to one conclusion; Mr. Vera has an extreme passion for justice being served . He has demonstrated, over an extensive period of time, that his clients will not be underrepresented. He goes "above and beyond" to ensure that his clients are represented and revered with the upmost dignity and with the highest potential! I highly recommend Mr. Vera as an attorney! He is understanding to the specific needs of individual cases, he is compassionate, and willing to face all challenges he is presented with. All the while being your very best advocate in and out of the courtroom. It has been my experience that he is willing to go the "extra mile" to ensure that your "voice" is heard; even when you may feel that no-one else is listening. Without a doubt, he is dedicated and knowledgeable to all of his clients; ensuring that they are represented to the highest degree of legal counsel possible. Regardless of the outcome of my personal case, I would and will continue to highly recommend Mr. Vera as an attorney! This is large in part to do with the fact that Mr. Vera does not need to practice law in my personal "region" of Michigan. Not only for this reason but several others, it is my personal opinion, that when Mr. Vera accepts a case his will and determination is given wholeheartedly to your case. He is dedicated to representing your best interests and all those that may be involved within your case! He always addresses these issues with his clients and your personal concerns are always taken to heart!
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Posted by Mike M | July 29, 2015
Very Professional
Philip helped me tremendously through my divorce. He is quick to respond to calls and is very knowledgeable in family law. He pays great attention to detail and I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Jessica | July 27, 2015
Highly Recommended
Phil walked me through my divorce and advised me the best courses of action to take. He made me extremely comfortable and confident in my situation. I have already referred a friend to him and will certainly do so again in the future.
Posted by Candace | July 22, 2015
Highly Recommended
Mr. Vera has been my attorney through a divorce and now a custody case. He has helped me get through both of these events with ease. He's very knowledgeable and direct when offering the best approach for my situation. He returns calls promptly and is very accommodating to my schedule. He also makes time to answer any and all questions I may have and is even there to give comforting words of reassurance during the stressful court process. I trust Mr. Vera and would recommend him to anyone who is seeking a passionate attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2015
Diffcult divorce
Had Phil handle the Michigan portion of a 2 state divorce. Phil worked closely with our legal console in North Carolina and help put together a fair settlement. We would recommend Phil's services.
Posted by Michele | July 15, 2015
Family Law Review / Expert
Phil has handled many of my family law needs including divorce, paternity, among other various legal questions I have had along the way as life changes. He is friendly, honest, and very dedicated to his practice. He doesn't sugar coat and will provide you the necessary information to handle your legal situation. I would highly refer him!
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Posted by Bryce | July 15, 2015
Best lawyer on the planet!
Mr. Vera handled my divorce and did a great job. He always was available and even met me after hours to accommodate my schedule. Even though divorce is not pleasant, he did above and beyond what is required to make sure the process was handled with ease and as little stress as possible. Couldn't have asked for a better lawyer. I feel I made a friend in the process as well. Thanks Phil!
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Posted by Jamie | July 14, 2015
***** 5 Star *****
A friend of the family recommended Philip Vera for a family law attorney. After the initial meeting I felt so comfortable because he is so passionate about what he does and ensured me he would go above and beyond to fight for what was right. I've spent countless amount of time on the phone with him expressing my concerns and he always expressed that he cares and never gave up. He is also very quick to respond to my phone calls and emails. Philip is very knowledgeable, caring, honest, trustworthy. I have recommended him to others and they have had the same outcome. I strongly recommend him to everyone.
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Posted by Melissa | July 14, 2015
Would never have anyone else represent me again!
Justice was served in both my divorce and custody battle! Phil kept me calm and assured of the legal process and In moments of doubt he was there too to remind me of the process and facts! I trust him whole heartedly and would never seek counsel with anyone else
Posted by Jen | July 14, 2015
Amazing!
Phil was an absolutely amazing attorney. My situation was emotional and he was always honest, knowledgeable and understanding. I would highly recommend him to any and all needing an attorney. I couldn't be more pleased with the representation I received from him.
Posted by Alicia | October 3, 2014
Personable Lawyer
Phil helped me thru the worst situation . I'm sure my case was the worst divorce he's had to handle. He was honest with me helping me to make the best decisions at every court appearance. He responded to my calls in a timely manner, and reassured me when I didn't think I could continue the "battle". He was knowledgeable about family law specific to our county. He was at all times professional & more importantly courteous. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer. I've already referred him to someone else.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Michigan Law Services, PLLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Legal Advisor
  • Helping Hands Across Michigan
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Extern
  • Macomb County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2005 - 2005

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Oakland University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • D.P. v. D.P.
  • Settled the case. Client was awarded all her bank accounts, 1/2 of the equity in the marital home. Defendant ended up responsible for 100% of all credit card debt.
  • A.B. (Mother) v. B.B. (Father)
  • Motion Granted
  • C.E. v. G.E.
  • Defendant was served within a week and divorce was finalized within a month of retaining.
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Michigan chapter)
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Macomb County Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Helping Hands Across Michigan
  • Board of Advisors
  • 2014 - 2016
  • American Bar Association, Law Student Division - Cooley Law School Auburn Hills
  • President
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice - Child Custody
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice - Divorce
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Dawn C. Beachneau Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law Review
  • 2006
  • Managing Editor
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law Review
  • 2005
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Lakeshore High School Mock Trial Team
  • Trial Skills
  • 2017
  • Lakeshore High School Mock Trial Team
  • Trial Skills
  • 2016
  • The Cooley Solo Network
  • Small Firm Practice
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (32)
Given (48)
Family Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Philip Vera works hard for his clients, and gets great results. He really cares for his clients, and it shows in the passionate way that he advocates for them. If he is your lawyer, you are certainly in good hands."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Philip Vera is knowledgeable and astute. He has a broad range of experience and knows his stuff. I would refer any and all individuals to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Vera is respected by colleagues and is dedicated to the field and his clients. He is strategic, compassionate and a relentless attorney who goes the extra mile for his clients. His experience makes him uniquely qualified to provide the practical advice that matters most to clients. I endorse this attorney because, in addition to those qualities, I know that he can be trusted to handle the case to the best of his ability."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch attorney who has earned the respect of his community, his colleagues and his adversaries."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phillip has a well deserved reputation in the legal community and is a strong advocate for his clients."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Philip is an exceptional attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. He is highly regarded in his field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Phillip Vera and I have been opposing counsel on several family law matters. Phil is courteous to both opposing counsel and parties. Phil is knowledgeable in family law matters and works hard for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Vera. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help first."
Child custody Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Vera is a top notch lawyer. His clients like him and his legal opponents respect him."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Philip's answers here are always spot on and he always works hard for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Phillip. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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