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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2003||04/02/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Circle of Excellence||State Bar of Michigan||2013|
|Pro Bono Circle of Excellence||State Bar of Michigan||2012|
|2012 Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Top Women Lawyers||Lawyers Weekly||2011|
|Pro Bono Circle of Excellence||State Bar of Michigan||2011|
|Pro Bono Circle of Excellence||State Bar of Michigan||2010|
|Distinguished Student||Thomas M. Cooley Law School||2002|
|Outstanding Woman Law Student||Women Lawyers Association of Michigan||2002|
|Co-Owner & Partner||Alane & Chartier, PLC||2007 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Thomas M. Cooley Law School||2002 - Present|
|Senior Staff Attorney||Michigan Supreme Court||2004 - 2007|
|Staff Attorney||Michigan Court of Appeals||2003 - 2004|
|Prehearing Staff Attorney||Michigan Court Of Appeals||2002 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Resolution Services Center||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education||Board Member -- Family Law Advisory||2010 - Present|
|Ingham County Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2007 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan||Member||2002 - Present|
|Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan||Immediate Past President||2013 - 2013|
|Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan||President||2012 - 2012|
|Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan||President-Elect||2011 - 2011|
|Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan||Treasurer||2010 - 2010|
|Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan||Secretary||2009 - 2009|
|Herrmann v Herrmann (2)||Leave granted -- first hurdle surmounted. Waiting for oral argument.|
|Atkinson v Atkinson||Victory for Natalie's Client|
|Herrmann v Herrmann||Victory for Natalie's client|
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|ICLE -- Top Tips Video Series||Defending a Motion to Change Domicile||2010|
|ICLE -- Top Tips Video Series||Winning a Motion to Change Domicile||2010|
|Ingham County Bar Association BRIEFS||Attorney Advertising||2008|
|Ingham County Bar Association BRIEFS||Family Collaborative Practice – Resolving Domestic Disputes Respectfully and Without Court||2008|
|Thomas M. Cooley Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Central Michigan University||Voice, Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|University of Kentucky College of Law||Rural Sociology||MA - Masters||N/A|
|Handling Property Division & Spousal Support Issues||Valuation of Assets in Divorce||2013|
|Family Law Section Annual Winter Seminar||Medical Marijuana and Custody & Parenting Time||2013|
|Custody, Support, and Parenting Time Update||Recent Legal Developments||2013|
|Michigan Judge's Association Conference||Medical Marijuana and Family Law||2012|
|Eleventh Annual Family Law Institute||Navigating Privilege Issues in Discovery and Trial||2012|
|Tenth Annual Family Law Institute||Up in Smoke: The Intersection of Medical Marijuana and Custody||2011|
|Intersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy||To Jointly File or Not: How to Advise Your Family Law Divorce||2011|
|Ninth Annual Family Law Institute||Advanced Strategies in Child Support Calculation||2010|
|International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners Annual Forum||Collaborative Draftsmanship: Finessing the Successful Preparation of Minutes and Agreements||2010|
|Handling Property Division & Spousal Support Issues||Property Valuation in Divorce||2010|
|Fundamentals of Divorce Practice & Procedure Series||Custody, Parenting Time, & Support||2009|
Posted by L R
Natalie was the best guide I could have asked for through the collaborative divorce process. She made sense of the legal jargon and was a wonderful communicator. I'm very grateful to her and would highly recommend her.
Posted by Eric
I recently went thru a custody dispute where my ex was making false accusations and manipulating the children. Natalie was recommended to me by a friend who said as lawyers go she was a "Bull Dog". She was right! Upon my first consultation she reviewed the claims, instantly saw them for what they really were and reassured me that my case could be won.
It was not uncommon to get emails from Natalie late in the evening or early in the morning. Many as late as 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning. She is tireless! I felt like I was her most valuable client thru the whole process. Her staff is 2nd to none, the too made me feel like I was the center of their universe. It's such a good feeling when you're in a stressful situation to feel like everything is going to be okay.
She is honest and will tell you when things are in your favor or not. In my Emergency Injunction Hearing she proved to me she was the best. She out performed, out classed and proved the claims that were being made against my new wife and I were false. The judge sided with us and I was able to keep my kids for the summer and until the next hearing date. Soon after my ex wife softened here tone and became willing to "settle out of court".
When the dust finally settled, I had more time with my kids than when I started. I'd hire her all over again if given the chance, there are no regrets. When a friend recently confided in me that he needed an attorney I didn't hesitate and gave him Natalie's contact information.
Thank you for all of your support during one of the hardest times in my life.
Posted by anonymous
It's hard to describe all of the ways that Natalie exceeded my every expectation. She helped me to set some things right after my ex-husband and I hit some rough patches in our DIY divorce and custody arrangements. She approached each situation with a disciplined business strategy: what did I hope to achieve? She was able to set my expectations with what was likely to happen, negotiate bumps in the road that would have been catastrophic had I been handling the situation without her. She kept a clear head, keeping each new decision and scenario clean in explaining to me how the law would view it, and steering me away from complicating details that were irrelevant. (This is so key because in a divorce, you'll think it's relevant that your ex is a jerk. Natalie doesn't waste your time and money by letting you believe that will be relevant.).
She was so respectful of my time and budget, and she was an absolute bulldog on the legal points where it helped us. Her legal briefings were full of references to legal precedent, compared with the opposing attorney's briefings reading like an episode of Jerry Springer. It was clear that the judge and mediators that we worked with respected her enormously, and it was easy to see why.
Scott Limmer, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Natalie is a trustworthy, caring, hard-working attorney in the area of family law and divorce who I would highly recommend. Not only is she an excellent advocate but she truly understands the emotions her clients are experiencing. Natalie always gives her full, undivided attention to every case she works on. You can be sure that your case is in good hands if she's working on it.