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I am a Kalamazoo native, graduating from Loy Norrix High School and earning my Bachelor's Degree in Public Law from Western Michigan University. I later earned my J.D. from the Michigan State University School of Law. I've also been certified as a domestic relations mediator and recieved a Certificate of Completion in the area Family Law by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.


Prior to opening my practice I worked for Legal Services of South Central Michigan, where I developed a strong interest in helping family law clients, particularly those who believe a good, reasonable attorney is beyond their means.  


Since opening my own proactice I've had my hand in the full array of family law matters, from divorce to separation to custody to chiuld support.  Occasionally, I take other sorts of cases, helping litigants in landlord tenant disputes, criminal defense and federal appeals.  Most recently I've added 'mediator' to the list of things I do.


I continue to live and work in the city of Kalamazoo because I feel this is a great place to live and raise a family and want to give back in any way I can.  That's why, after law school, when I could have gone anywhere else, I chose to continue raising my family here.  When I'm not working I can usually be found spending time with my family -- more time lately with my wife and son, though, as my daughter recently entered Michigan State University.


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Contact info

Joseph Hohler III

137 N Park St.
Kalamazoo, MI, 49007

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 25%
    10 years, 125 cases
  2. Family: 20%
    10 years, 250 cases
  3. Uncontested Divorce: 20%
    10 years, 75 cases
  4. Mediation: 20%
    1 year
  5. Child Custody: 15%
    10 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($175-225/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Bert Whitehead IV

    I endorse this lawyer. Joseph has appeared at hearings for my clients, and they were extremely satisfied at his representation. Joseph is helping provide affordable legal care to lower- and middle-income people in Michigan, and is a highly effective lawyer.


    Bert Whitehead Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


MIActive And In Good Standing200605/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Completion Advanced Mediation TrainingDispute Resolution Center of Gryphon PLace2016
Certificate of Completion in Domestic Mediator TrainingDispute Resolution Center of West Michigan2015
Certificate of Completion - Family Law ProgramInstitute of Continuing Legal Education2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalJoseph Hohler III, Attorney at Law2007 - Present
Law ClerkLegal Services Of South Central Michigan2005 - 2006
InternJudy Ostrander and Associates2003 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kalamazoo County Family Law Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
State Bar of Michigan Membership Services CommitteeCommittee Member2015 - Present
Kalamazoo County Municipal Planning CommissionVice Chair2014 - Present
Kalamazoo Family Law Assistance ClinicVolunteer Family Law Attorney2014 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Family Law SectionMember2012 - Present
American Youth Soccer AssociationVolunteer Coach2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kalamazoo County DivorcePeacefully Negotiated Settlement
Mediation -- Kalamazoo County DivorceSettled
Mediation -- Kalamazoo County CountyResolved
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Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan Bar JournalFlying Blind; or The Need for a Practice Management Course in Law School”2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Western Michigan UniversityPublic LawOther - Bachelors2003