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Danielle A. Smith

Family Attorney at West Bloomfield, MI

4.0   3 reviews

also known as Danielle A. Smith PLLC, Michigan Divorce Options

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

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About Danielle

Learn Danielle’s areas of practice.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating

Location

Danielle A
5777 West Maple Road
Suite 210
West Bloomfield, MI, 48322

Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by Joe | July 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind and professional!
Danielle is outside the box of what you expect a lawyer to be. She is kind, patient, attentive, fair and professional. She remained helpful long after the divorce was settled. I have recommended her to friends and family.
Posted by Kate | June 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce isn't just a day it affects the rest of your family's lives forever.
Danielle is not like any other attorney I have ever met. I hired her during my divorce after my previous attorney did not live up to expectations. She took over my case and was a tower of strength to me throughout. She was honest with me, always, even when she knew it wasn't what I wanted to hear. She always put things in perspective for me and above all, I felt like her number one priority was my children and their best interests. She was always completely focused on all parties reaching agreements themselves and trying to avoid the court intervening and making decisions which would affect all of our futures forever. My divorce was final 5 years ago but I still reach out to her with questions occasionally and know I will continue to do so. I am and always will be 100% satisfied with her services and know I can trust her completely.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very nice, but ended up costing me
Danielle is a very nice person and was responsive to all communication. Unfortunately, I found her attention to detail lacking. She used cookie-cutter agreements that she didn't read over thoroughly before sending me to sign. I understand that using standard verbiage and forms are common, but in this particular case she had me listed as the plaintiff instead of the defendant. Had I signed it without catching the mistake, it would have benefitted my soon-to-be ex. I also had to write things into the divorce agreement that she didn't think of. Sadly, she also didn't put in a failsafe and I ended up paying a ridiculous amount in taxes that SHOULD have been paid by my ex (they were due to the ex's unemployment). Lastly, my older child aged out of the child support payments so I received a notice that my child support case is being closed, even though I still have a minor. She didn't put verbiage in that continued to cover the younger son. Very nice person, but not too attentive to detail. You will definitely have to be your own advocate. And do not expect a bulldog if that's what you are looking for. Danielle's process is all about keeping the peace -- which is GREAT, and can help you avoid court, but this really only helps when you are divorcing a reasonably collaborative person. The collaborative process is not that great when you are dealing with someone who is unreasonable and combative. In the end, she mostly encouraged me to give in to the demands just to get the divorce over with.
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Gornbein, Smith & Peskin-Shepherd
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Member
  • Gornbein, Fletcher & Smith PLLC
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Dykema Gossett PLLC
  • 2000 - 2005

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Wayne State University
  • BSW
  • 1987

Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2008 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Family Mediation Council
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Michigan Inter-Professional Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM)
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
  • President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Homes for Autism
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 15th Year Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Consumer Approved
  • RatePoint
  • 2010
  • Business Excellence
  • RatePoint
  • 2010
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Excellence in Breif Writing - Certificate of Achievement
  • Law Day Moot Court Competition
  • 1995
  • Listed Attorney
  • Nolo
  • N/A
  • Listed Attorney
  • DivorceOnline.com
  • N/A
  • Listed Attorney
  • Divorcenet.com
  • N/A
  • Listed Attorney
  • Hg.org
  • N/A
  • Listed Attorney
  • LII's Lawyer Directory
  • N/A
  • Listed Attorney
  • Justia
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Northville News Paper
  • Finding a Better Way to Divorce
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce Expo
  • Developing Collaborative Practice
  • 2012
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Forum
  • Collaborative
  • 2011
  • Federal Bar New Lawyers Seminar
  • Practicing Domestic Relations Law
  • 2011
  • Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
  • Collaborative Training
  • 2011
  • Federal Bar New Lawyers Seminar
  • Practicing Domestic Relations Law
  • 2010
  • Federal Bar New Lawyers Seminar
  • Practicing Domestic Relations Law
  • 2009
  • Federal Bar New Lawyers Seminar
  • Practicing Domestic Relations Law
  • 2008
  • Federal Bar New Lawyers Seminar
  • Practicing Domestic Relations Law
  • 2007
  • Family Law Certification Program
  • Practicing Domestic Relations Law
  • 2004
  • Federal Bar New Lawyers Seminar
  • Practicing Domestic Relations Law
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Smith was a pleasure to work with in a post-judgment divorce matter. We had a few complex issues to sift through, but we were able to resolve all of them eventually. Ms. Smith always kept me apprised of new information along the way. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to work with her again in the future."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Ms. Smith. She is a superb advocate and dedicated to her client's needs. A top-notch attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Smith is an excellent and reliable attorney who advocates zealously for her clients with a comprehensive knowledge of familiy law. I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Danielley is an extremely professional and qualified attorney. She and I used to partner in the same practice before forming individual practices to better handle collaborative divorce work. You can learn more about her at a website that we co-author. www.familylawofmichigan.com or at www.michigandivorceoptions.com"
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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West Bloomfield Family Lawyer Danielle A. Smith
Danielle A. Smith
Family Attorney
West Bloomfield, MI
Licensed for 27 years