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Liisa R. Speaker

Appeals Attorney at Lansing, MI

5.0   13 reviews

Licensed for 23 years

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About Liisa

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  1. Appeals
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    The Speaker Law Firm’s main practice area is Family Law Appeals, but we also handle the following types of appeals: --- Children's Law Appeals --- Personal Injury Appeals --- Probate Appeals

    24 years

APPELLATE EXPERT ● ADVOCATE FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN ● LAW FIRM OWNER

Since graduating from The University of Texas School of Law, one of the nation’s top law schools, Liisa Speaker has become well known for her excellent written and oral advocacy. Her appellate skills have helped clients obtain victories in appeals ranging from custody disputes to no-fault automobile insurance litigation to real property case and to probate appeals.

Liisa has represented clients in the federal appellate courts for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits as well as the appellate courts of Michigan and Texas. She has been recognized by her peers for her appellate advocacy, receiving the 2009 Distinguished Brief Award, presented by the Cooley Law Review from among the briefs submitted to Michigan Supreme Court in the prior year. The award honored her writing efforts for the amicus curiae brief she submitted in the USF&G v Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association case in the Michigan Supreme Court.

Liisa drafted and submitted amicus briefs on behalf of organizations such as the Family Law Section for the State Bar of Michigan, the Family Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the Appellate Practice Section for the State Bar of Michigan, the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault, and the Michigan Association for Justice. These briefs aided the Court in drafting opinions or orders that had profound impacts on the law in Estes v Titus; USF&G v MCCA, Rowland v Washtenaw County Road Commission, Beaver v Barton Malow, U of M Regents v Titan Insurance, and McCormick v Carrier, to name a few.

She has also obtained favorable rulings for her clients, resulting in published opinions. For example, in In re Keast she obtained a victory in a published opinion in the Michigan Court of Appeals in an adoption case which is now one of the most frequently cited cases in Adoption Law. In Rose v Rose, Ms. Speaker's efforts led to a published opinion addressing whether a party who waived his right to modification of spousal support can obtain relief from judgment. In Glaubius v Glaubius, the Court of Appeals held that a couple's divorce judgement did not bar the mother from later seeking a revocation of her ex-husband's paternity. She has achieved great success in obtaining the rarely-granted peremptory reversals for clients in the Michigan Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. In Romans v Michigan DHS she obtained a reversal from 6th Circuit of trial court's grant of summary judgment on an employee's Family Medical Leave Act claim.

Through her written and oral advocacy, Ms. Speaker has demonstrated a passion for developing an appellate practice that gives her clients a voice, while contributing to the legal community. She is a council member and the current recording secretary for the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). She was also previously appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to two four-year terms on the Court Reporter and Recorder Board of Review. Liisa lives in Lansing with her husband, two daughters, two Great Danes and a turtle.

Awards

Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
2017

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Licensed for 23 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/26/2022
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1999
Updated 10/23/2022

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

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Speaker Law Firm
819 N. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI, 48906

Reviews

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Liisa received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2017
Posted by Shelley Kester, Esq. | April 21, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Cream of the Crop
Liisa Speaker is a true leader of the law in Michigan. Liisa's analysis of legal issues are clear, compelling and persuasive. She is responsive, engaging and accessible. Liisa is recognized for her substantial contributions to continuing legal education, particularly during the pandemic. When others struggled, Liisa brought a voice of calm and clarity. I hold Liisa in the highest regard and strongly encourage anyone looking for appellate counsel to engage Liisa!
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Posted by Kip | April 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective, Successful, Professional
Over the last 15 years of post divorce, I have worked with various lawyers. Not one can compares to Liisa. She was amazingly prepared and thorough throughout the appeal process. Knowing she had multiple other cases much larger than mine, she always took the time to update and communicate with me. It was the first time I ever walked into court feeling 100% confident. My thoughts were, "I have Liisa, we got this". Watching her present the case in a clear, efficient and statute grounded format was impressive. I feel quite privileged to have had her as my attorney. Her thorough preparedness and convincing argument helped us prevail and get the case overturned and published.
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Posted by stephen | January 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
hands down the best
I hired Speaker Law over the phone about one year due to a recommendation by my local attorney. I had very little time to do any research because my case was extremely time sensitive. All my contacts with Speaker Law were over the phone or email including payments and signatures. I only have good things to say about Speaker Law. There was no procrastination, or extra paperwork or filings. The one thing that impressed me the most was Liisa's ability to do exceptional research of my prior two year case and everything that went along with it. She pieced it all together as if she had lived through my life. Also, she was able to eliminate drama that had been woven into my case prior to her taking over. She kept me updated every step of the way all the way through reconsideration of appeal by the opposition and supreme court filing. Thank you.
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Posted by Laura | October 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding appellate attorney!
I couldn't be happier with Speaker Law Firm! Liisa and her team worked diligently on my appeal, communicating with me the process, filings, timelines and all possible outcomes. After the case was won the opposing team appealed to the supreme court. Liisa and her team were persistent and never stopped communicating with me. Thanks to the diligence of Liisa and her team the supreme court denied the opposing team a hearing and our appeal stands! Thank you Liisa! Thank you Speaker Law Firm!
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Content with Closure
Speaker Law handled our appeal with great communication, building trust and confidence along the way. I highly recommend Liisa and her team!
Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Appeals Attorney!
I had been in family court for years over child custody issues and went through two trials. My ex then took me to the COA and that's when I hired Lissa Speaker. She was also highly recommended by my family court attorney as well. After talking to Lissa about my case she gave me so much confidence that there was nothing to worry about and she was right! I cannot say thank you enough for what Lissa has done for me and my children. I am more than pleased with the outcome of my case. Lissa is very experienced, knowledgeable and genuinely cares about her clients. You cannot go wrong by retaining this attorney!
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Posted by Shari | October 8, 2017
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Caring, knowledgeable, detail-oriented and trustworthy
I came to her firm in tears, another lawyer pretty much having ruined my case by not giving it the attention necessary or filing important things when required. Liisa Speaker was able to correct some of that on appeal and I am grateful to have found someone with the knowledge, experience, heart, and skill to fight for the best interests of my children.
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Posted by James | August 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Forever grateful.
I find it very hard to explain with this few of words how grateful I am to have found Lissa. She was the first person who actually engrossed herself into the facts, and truths, of my experience after explaining to her what had happened. Which was a first. She not only did her job, she restored my faith in humanity, which I had all but lost . She went so far beyond her duties to me, and most definitely, and vigorously, presued justice for me . With out going into details it's tough for me to explain how amazing this lawyer is. I would recommend Lissa Speaker any day, all day, to anyone I know, and definitely do. Lissa Speaker is one of a kind, she believes in right, and wrong, and will go to any extent to try and make sure justice prevails. I can not thank her enough , nor can I ever repay her for what she's done for me. From a sincerely grateful father.
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Posted by John | August 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Speaker Law Firm
Liisa Speaker from Speaker Law Firm is an attorney with the utmost regards for her clients. All through the process of the appeal filed against us she took the time to explain each step of the process and what was going on at all times to ensure that any unnecessary concerns or worries were alleviated. At all times through the appeal process including pre-hearing briefs, responses to the opposing attorney’s briefs, and the trial itself she always had our best interests at the forefront of her actions. This does not take into account her actual lawyering ability. Ms. Speaker outwitted and out-argued the opposing lawyer so thoroughly during the pre-trial activities that he was not even allowed to make arguments in person to the appeals judges during the appeals hearing at all. She ensured that he had to sit and listen through the process as she dismantled each individual part of his case until the judges decided in our favor without even taking the time to have to deliberate the case at all. I would recommend Speaker Law Firm for anyone that is need of an appeals lawyer.
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Posted by Bethany | May 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great appeallate lawyer
Liisa worked very hard on my case and presented very well before the appeallate court. While the outcome wasn't what I had hoped, she still did the best she could.
Posted by Sherri | March 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent appellate attorney
Liisa Speaker took my case after my divorce attorney failed to submit the required paperwork "on time" for the appeal. It was the best thing that ever happened. After contacting her she asked specific details regarding the case, took notes and after sending her the required paperwork she and her team took the case. They were "Extremely efficient, cost conscious and one of the most professional teams I've ever worked with". They researched this case and the written brief was excellent. They also presented to the appellate judges. I have never had such an efficient, precise and conscientious attorney ever. I would highly recommend Liisa Speaker if you want the job done right. She came highly recommended to me from others after calling and requesting names for appellate attorneys and she was much more than I could have ever expected. If you need assistance she is the one to call!
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Posted by Ryan Thompson | March 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The best there is quite frankly! Liisa knows the law and how to deal with the situation and the Judges involved to win!
There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about Liisa and her team and what they did for me and my family. I thank god that I found her and that she was able to help me get full custody of my daughter. The trial court ignored the court appointed psychologist recommendation for my daughter to live with me, her father, and ignored even more of the 26 criteria based evidence they use to help make decisions in a custody battle. The Judge from Lenawee county would hold court back in her office with the lawyers pleading each sides case and deciding what she was going to do in her office, then would come back into court and just go through the motions of listening to witnesses and specialist already having her mind made up from back in her office. I lost all rights of my daughter for almost a full year which the appeals court couldn't understand why this judge would come to that conclusion. Liisa was able to get her decision thrown out and force a new custody hearing. The Judge from Lenawee county continued to show her ignorance of the law and the appeals courts authority to have a new trial. Every 6 weeks for about 9 months the judge kept saying I don't understand why we are here I already ruled on this and refused to have a new hearing. Liisa filed an emergency motion to be back in front of the appeals Judges to further sanction the trial court Judge and force her to comply with a new trial. Liisa was great throughout the whole process and explained to me the process and how it can take some time going through the appeals process and how it works. At the end of the custody trial the Judge was asking my Lawyer in court the process and how she is supposed to comply with the appeals court judges. That doesn't happen without Liisa and all of the hard work she put into our case. Liisa broke down everything of what we can use and what we cannot use and knew the appeals judges and what would make a difference with them. I can definitely see Liisa being an appeals court Judge in the near future. Her opinion and reputation are second to none and you are very lucky if you have Liisa as your legal counsel.
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Posted by Larry | February 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Review of Liisa Speaker
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Liisa Speaker related to her representing me as my appeals lawyer. Liisa took my case when I had very few options and I thought I had no where to turn. She represented me in the manner in which she described up front and I grateful to have had her represent me.
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Cost

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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-500 per hour
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Speaker Law Firm
  • 2007 - Present
  • Associate
  • Hicks Mullett & Gregg
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Gallagher Law Firm
  • 2003 - 2005

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law
  • JD
  • 1999
  • Trinity University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • In the Matter of Alyssa and Amber Keast, Minors
  • http://publicdocs.courts.mi.gov:81/OPINIONS/FINAL/COA/20080205_C279820_48_42O-279820OPN.PDF
  • In the Matter of Steven Zimmerman Minor
  • http://publicdocs.courts.mi.gov:81/opinions/final/coa/20080103_c279696_44_3o.279696.opn.coa.pdf
  • In the Matter of Steven Zimmerman Minor
  • http://publicdocs.courts.mi.gov:81/opinions/final/coa/20080103_c279696_44_3o.279696.opn.coa.pdf
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Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section
  • Member and Amicus Committee
  • 2007 - Present
  • Appellate Practice Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Immediate Past Chair
  • 2005 - Present
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2016
  • Appellate Practice Section
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Women in the Law
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • 2014
  • Distinguished Brief Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School Law Review
  • 2009

Publications

  • State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal
  • Using Motions to Remand in Probate Appeals
  • 2012
  • State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal
  • The Mysterious World of Stays Pending Appeal in Probate Matters
  • 2011
  • Family Advocate (ABA)
  • Communicating with Children in Custody Disputes
  • 2010
  • Family Law Journal of the State Bar of Michigan
  • What happens to custody of child when adoption falls apart?
  • 2008
  • Appellate Practice Section newsletter of the State Bar of Michigan
  • An overview of stays pending appeal
  • 2008
  • Appellate Practice Section Newsletter of State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Supreme Court's Citation to Wikipedia
  • 2008
  • Appellate Practice Section Newsletter of State Bar of Michigan
  • A Review of MCR 7.215--Execution and Enforcement of Court of Appeals Orders
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar
  • New Circuit Court Appeal Rules
  • 2012
  • Family Law Section Mid-Summer Seminar
  • To appeal or not to appeal? Reversal in Custody Cases
  • 2012
  • Mid Summer Seminar
  • Hot Topics in the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
  • 2008
  • Employment Law Seminar
  • Cases you need to have in your hip pocket
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (14)
Endorse Liisa
Appeals Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Liisa is an appellate whiz. I have worked for her, with her, and been opposing counsel with her, and under all of those professional relationships, she has been knowledgeable, pleasant and professional. She is the REAL DEAL."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Liisa Speaker is a top Michigan appellate attorney. She is very knowledgeable in the law and procedure of appeals, prompt and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Liisa Speaker."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I referred a former client to Ms.Speaker for an appeal. He later contacted me to thank me for the referral and informed me of the hugely successful results. I would refer to her again in a heartbeat!"
Appeals Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Liisa is a delightful person and has a great deal of experience litigating appeals, especially in the area of child custody. I have referred matters to her in the past, and she has handled those with aplomb."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She got a bad probate decision reversed by the COA for my client."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Liisa Speaker is an excellent appellate attorney that I recommend without hesitation."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lisa is the best."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She poured her heart and soul into each case. You will never be just another number to this lawyer. I have sent her many cases for appeal and intend to send her anymore. She is a fantastic lawyer and a genuinely wonderful person ."
Appeals Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I refer clients to Liisa for appellate work with confidence. I always receive positive feedback as to Liisa's work from the clients I refer to Liisa."
Appeals Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Liisa is a great appellate attorney with numerous reported and unreported legal decisions that won important battles for her clients."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As with any other group of professionals, it is important for attorneys to have a strong community of peers that are trustworthy and skilled in their area of practice. Liisa is undoubtedly one of the foremost experts in Family Law in Michigan. She is a reliable person to call on whether there is a need to conduct an in-depth analysis of a change in the law, or simply a need for a "sanity check." As her focus is appeals, she is often aware of new changes to Family Law before others in our professional community, which makes her a valuable resource for attorneys (like me) who have a primary practice of Family Law litigation at the trial level. When I am unable to represent clients for certain appeals, I regularly refer them to Liisa because I know that they will receive phenomenal representation. I give Liisa the highest endorsement and praise."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to work with Ms. Speaker on behalf of a mutual client and have also served as her opposing counsel. She is a competent, professional, ethical, and dedicated attorney."
Appeals Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Speaker is a talented and determined lawyer. A great choice to handle any legal matter you may be facing."
Appeals Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ms. Speaker for a few years and have come to respect her ability as an advocate. She is the first attorney I think of when someone asks for a referral to an appellate attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse attorney Liisa Speaker for family law appeals. She is knowledgeable, experienced and uses the utmost care to protect her client's interests. She is also a delight to work with and, as a result, judges respond well to her and to her clients."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Liisa is an extremely talented and knowledgable attorney. I routinely recommend her for all appellate work. I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Lansing Appeals Lawyer Liisa R. Speaker
Liisa R. Speaker
Appeals Attorney
Lansing, MI
Licensed for 23 years
Virtual consultation available