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Ellen M. Paynter

Divorce and separation Attorney at West Bloomfield, MI

5.0   63 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Ellen

Learn Ellen’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    75%
    The most difficult decision in your life. Make sure to hire an attorney who cares about you and your case. We listen to you. We guide you. We can help you through this difficult time.

    29 years, 150 cases

  2. Mediation
    25%
    Mediate your case and avoid litigation. Save money. Save time. Save yourself from the stress. Mediation works.

    29 years

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Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2020,2018,2016
Client's Choice
2023 2020 2018 + 1 ...

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Location

Paynter & Associates
7071 Orchard Lake Rd Ste 245
West Bloomfield, MI, 48322
SATELLITE OFFICE
100 West Big Beaver Road
Suite 200
Troy, MI, 48084
SATELLITE OFFICE
3133 Union Lake Road
Commerce Township, MI, 48382
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jon F | February 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding representation on your behalf!
After depending on a different lawyer to represent me in my custody case, I knew I needed an upgrade and fortunately I found Ellen. She was easy to get ahold of when needed, she was candid about what I was doing wrong / should or shouldn't be doing, she followed up with opposing counsel frequently, and her knowledge and confidence in every situation put me at ease during stressful times. Most importantly, Ellen had clear communication and understanding of my needs and concerns in the courtroom, in mediation and dealing with opposing counsel one on one.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2020
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Ellen is amazing!
Ellen is the best attorney for disputes with your ex. She is real, down to earth, on top of her game and best of all takes no s**t from another attorney. She has no fear in calling out another attorney for lying or being shady. I am so happy with our decision to hire Ellen for our family court needs.
Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended divorce attorney
Ellen is very expereinced, helpful and extremely professional. She handled my divorce case with great responsibility. She was quick in taking followup wherever needed and responded to my queries immediately. She is intelligent and thorough in her subject.
Posted by Max | March 17, 2024
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Great support for an international divorce
Ellen helped me quickly navigate a divorce back in Michigan. I am living abroad and she guided me through the process and ensured I did not have to come back stateside unnecessarily. She was prompt, professional, and efficient with her time on my case. I can definitely recommend her, thank you Ellen!
Posted by Chad | October 16, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
One of the best attorneys a guy could ask for!
I hired Ellen on a referral from a family member. I had some post-JOD issues that my ex was running me ragged over and her new boyfriend had gotten handsy with our son. Ellen got a new agreement in place and tied up the opposing counsel's threatening demeanor quite nicely. She's a professional all day, every day. You won't be disappointed, I wasn't!
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Posted by Cassandra | August 25, 2023
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Excellent
Ellen represented me for my annulment to my marriage. From the consultation to the representation, Ellen was thorough, knowledgeable, empathetic, and timely. We both knew that seeking an annulment would be difficult, but we persevered and Ellen successfully helped me secure annulment to my marriage. I would recommend Ellen for legal counsel regarding family law. Ellen took the time to get to know me, I understand my situation and put the best evidence forward to represent me. I can’t thank Ellen and her team enough for making my life whole again.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2023
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Ellen will fight for you!
Ellen has represented me twice and has advocated for my son and I in some really tough situations. I would recommend her anyone in a heartbeat. Although I hope to not have to use her services in the future, I absolutely would if the situation presented itself. Thank you for everything, Ellen!
Posted by Cassie | July 11, 2023
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Divorce attorney
Ellen was professional, timely and compassionate. She always made sure I had copies of all documents and communication with the defense side every step of the way.
Posted by Deana | February 6, 2023
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Attorney Ellen Paynter
Upon learning I was in need of an Attorney to handle my divorce, I spoke with Ellen Paynter and her staff for an initial consultation. Upon thorough communication with Attorney Ellen Paynter, I was completely comfortable with the rapport as it was established. My questions and concerns were answered. I was placed at ease regarding how the matter would be handled and also given a timeframe for completion of the procedure. Ms Paynter quoted me a fair retainer fee which was much less than the fee I had been quoted by another local divorce Attorney. As the documents were prepared, and submitted for my review and approval, the signing process was simplified via an electronic option. I was consistently advised of issues via email or phone as they arose and all information was relayed to me efficiently. The overall process was completely smooth and handled with outstanding finesse. What was in my best interest was the focus of Ms Paynter at all times regarding my case. I not only was impressed with how my divorce was handled in a timely manner, but also am grateful for the professionalism Ms Paynter adheres to. I would highly recommend the legal services of Ellen Paynter and Associates without hesitation. If I were to score my opinion and experience as a satisfied client, absolutely would do so with an A+!
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Posted by Jan | January 8, 2023
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Highly Recommend!
Ellen got me through this very difficult time in my life by listening, offering options and guidance, and making sure that I was aware of/informed about each step in the process along the way. I am deeply grateful for her patience and understanding, while keeping focused on a positive outcome. Thank you, Ellen!
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2022
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Ellen is the Best Lawyer/Therapist Ever!
I thank God for connecting me with Ellen and I am not even religious! She is the best of the best and I do not say that lightly. She understood the type of person I was dealing with and provided me immeasurable amounts of guidance and information needed to stop over-communicating with my ex. She empowered me to respond clearly, concisely (and then move on with my day!) I couldn’t have asked for better representation! I also need to mention her amazing assistant Gina, who operates at a caliber of efficiency that is truly mind blowing! There was never a moment where I was unsure of where we were at in the case, when our next court date was, was documents they needed from me, etc. The best professional communication skills I have ever experienced and I mean that! I have so much respect for both of these amazing women, thank you endlessly!
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Posted by Dylan | July 26, 2022
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Would highly recommend
Very professional, timely, and understanding. She took what I wanted/needed and gave me the best option to get what I was asking for. Was also flexible around my schedule which allowed me to focus on my life while she took care of everything in terms of my divorce. Overall great experience with her representation and would hire again if need be.
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Posted by Dean | January 31, 2021
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Ellen is amazing & awesome
I contacted Ellen in March of 2019. She told me it would be approximately 6- 9 months not knowing for sure since this was during COVID-19. It was completed in 8 months and I was very happy with the outcome. She directed me in every area that was presented. She fights for your interests and she was always prepared and thorough and explain to me what to expect. I am very happy with the results. I would definitely recommend her firm.
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Posted by Cheron | November 30, 2020
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Ellen was the calm in the middle of my raging storm.
Initially, I consulted with Ellen on 09/2019. Prior to actually understanding the complexity of a contested divorce. After talking with several attorneys over a few weeks, Ellen stood out above the rest. Not only did she and her Paralegal, Gina, answer every question I asked. She also anticipated and answered the questions I didn't know to ask. Ellen set me up with the right expectations at the beginning of the process and met every challenge head-on. There were several events that happened during my divorce process (my ex-spouse's attorney passed away 2 days after he was hired), but each time Ellen was able to pivot our strategy, communicate with me and ultimately guide us through to a successful ending. Ellen has been doing this for a long time, her expertise, professionalism, no-nonsense approach, candor, and ability to navigate her clients through probably the toughest process we will ever go through, shows that she is exactly what her website says "the divorce guru". She is and will continue to be the first person I recommend when asked if I know a good divorce attorney. My response "I don't know a good one, I know a GREAT one".
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Posted by Sheryl | November 7, 2020
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Great working relationship and Successful Outcome
Throughout the nine months of my divorce preceeding, Ellen Paynter was professionally astute as well as kind and empathetic. These nine months fell almost entirely during the height of the pandemic so much of my contact with Ellen and with the court was via Zoom. This did not in any way inhibit the forming of a wonderful working relationship. I felt strongly that Ellen had my back at all times. In addition, Ellen allowed me to handle some of the financial matters knowing that with my background as an accountant I was well-versed in the matter. In other words, Ellen didn't always feel the need to be center-stage. My daughter had employed Ellen in her divorce serveral years ago and and Ellen welcomed her participation in a few of the calls which was very helpful in gaining an additional perspective. As I implied, I couldn't have been happier in my choice of attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2020
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Lori
Ellen and Gina know their stuff! Ellen is very thorough, knowledgeable and persuasive. She knew just what to pursue and what wasn’t worth the battle. She does not back down and will make sure she fights for what is important to you and what really matters. Will send anyone I know to her! Thank you for all your dedicated hard work.
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Posted by Kaila | August 28, 2020
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I highly recommend Ellen
Ellen represented me great in my custody case. She was a pleasure to work with. She was very consistent in following up on my emails and answered all of my questions. She also brought up very good points that I didn't think of. She won the case for me! I would highly recommend choosing Ellen to represent you!
Posted by Steven | July 17, 2020
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Great Lawyer for Prenup
Ellen drafted and executed a prenup for me. She was very responsive and professional throughout the journey. Her fees were also very reasonable. I would highly recommend Ellen!
Posted by Jodi | May 15, 2020
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Very knowledgeable
Ellen is very knowledgeable and always very frank and meticulous. She was a joy to work with and made the divorce process easier and less stressful than I though possible. Would definitely recommend her!
Posted by Jordan | March 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Completely Worth It
This was my first marriage and I’m in the military. Ellen and Gina were both very patient and helpful in dealing with all of my questions and concerns. My ex-husband was demanding and unhelpful and Ellen helped sort through all of it. Could not recommend her more.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Paynter & Associates
  • 2005 - Present
  • Associate
  • Ferrick & Weinreich, PLLC
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Powers, Chapman, DeAgostino, Meyers & Milia, P.C.
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Ellen M. Paynter
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Law Clerk
  • Ford Motor Company Office Of The General Counsel
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Legal Intern
  • Archdioces of Detroit / Office of Migration
  • 1994 - 1994
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Education

  • Detroit College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991
  • Lansing Community College, Japan Adventure Program
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • 1990
  • Alma College
  • French Language and Culture
  • 1988
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • S. v. S.
  • Won.
  • A v. C
  • Won.
  • People v. I - Felony Non-Support Action
  • Dismissed

Associations

  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Michigan Inter-Professional Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1996 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM)
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Committee Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Certificate Domestic Relations Mediation Workshop
  • Mediation Training & Consultation Institute
  • 2007
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Publications

  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • Top 5 Tips for Your First Meeting with a Divorce Lawyer
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Oakland County Bar Association Seminar
  • Hone Your E-filing Skills: Things to Know About E-Filing in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland Counties!
  • 2023
  • Bloomfield Hills Public Access Cable TV
  • Prenuptial Agreements in Michigan
  • 2017
  • DIY Divorce, Custody and Support
  • DIY Divorce, Custody and Support
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (13)
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Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ellen is a conscientious attorney. Her thorough preparation and natural confidence draw her clients to her and allow them to trust her advice. Family separation issues are always difficult; Ellen's competence and compassion make it easier. Her clients listen to her, other attorneys listen to her, and the courts listen to her. She knows what she is doing, and she does it in the kindest and most efficient way."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is wonderful to work with and vigorously represents her clients. She is very professional, knows the law, and goes above and beyond with her representation."
Family Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ellen is a very knowledgeable lawyer, who is well respected by the Judges she appears before."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ellen is smart, highly experienced and thoroughly dedicated to her clients. She is a zealous advocate for her clients while remaining collegiate with her opposing counsel. I would not hesitate to recommend her for any family law case."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ellen is a tremendous lawyer whose experience and knowledge assists her clients in resolving their cases reasonably, efficiently, and effectively. She's definitely a champion you want to have in your corner."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ellen Paynter is a smart, aggressive an excellent divorce attorney in the tricounty area. She is well studied in family court matters and pays attention to the details. Her approach in keeping her clients fully informed, and her courtroom accumen is stellar. Ellen is able to navigate the legal issues with opposing counsel and the court to best represent a client's needs. Make the right decision and hire."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you are going through divorce, thinking about divorce, or have child custody issues, Ellen Paynter is the lawyer you need to call. Ms. Paynter has extensive experience in every court in the Detroit-Metro area, and with every possible issue in divorce. Her knowledge of the judges, the referees, and the process will be highly beneficial during the difficult process of divorce."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with Ellen on a family law matter. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable in the law and the unique dynamics inherent in family law matters. She is extrememly bright, passionate, reasonable and reliable. I would recommend her and would welcome working with her again."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ellen Paynter is well known as one of the top family law attorneys in the area. She is respected by the courts and known by other attorneys as a zealous advocate for her clients. I can say that I have no hesitation about referring potential clients to Ellen because I know they will be in good hands (and thank me later for the referral to her!)."
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West Bloomfield Divorce and separation Lawyer Ellen M. Paynter
Ellen M. Paynter
Divorce and separation Attorney
West Bloomfield, MI
Licensed for 28 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available