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Rachel Gruetzner Kelley

Divorce and separation Attorney at Kalamazoo, MI

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Rachel Kelley

  • Licensed for 9 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Rachel

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Rachel Gruetzner Kelley is the owner and managing attorney of Your Path Family Law. Rachel dedicates 100% of her practice to family law matters. Family law is not only her job, it is her passion. She is on a mission to provide parents and other individuals facing family court issues the opportunity to choose what they want their court case, and their life post-court, to look like. Her firm offers full representation, limited scope, and options for joint petitions for divorce, utilizing technology to ensure a smooth client experience. Your Path Family Law provides assistance to families across Michigan - with offices in Kalamazoo, Lansing and Oakland Counties.

Rachel is a Western Michigan University Alumnus who took a very nontraditional path toward law. Rachel studied theatre at WMU. In her senior year, she took a conflict management course. The ideas of alternative ways to resolve problems intrigued her. After a brief career as a stage manager, Rachel made the decision to go to law school, so that she could help families resolve their own difficult conversations.

Once at law school, Rachel was fortunate to secure employment as a law clerk for Speaker Law Firm, where she worked almost exclusively on family law appeals. This experience gave her a solid foundation in legal research, writing, and the legal concepts that underpin family law matters. At the same time, Rachel participated in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute where she learned that she had the heart of a litigator. Rachel’s unique background permits her to see every case first and foremost through the lens of conflict resolution, with an eye to litigation strategy firmly rooted in legal theory.

Rachel also had a unique upbringing and understands complex family dynamics. She is the daughter of a Deaf person, and sister to two Deaf siblings (aka, she is a CODA and a SODA). Although not a certified interpreter, she can communicate proficiently in sign language. Several Deaf parents seek Rachel’s representation, as she is intimately familiar with Deaf culture. Rachel has had success assisting courts to see beyond the outdated thinking that deafness is a disability and has achieved favorable outcomes for Deaf clients.

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Location

Your Path Family Law
5144 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI, 49048

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Posted by Heather | October 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
Rachel was nothing more then extraordinary. Absolutely amazing at what she does. She takes her career very seriously. She works hard with her clients. She is dedicated and understanding. She listened to everything I had to say. She is completely honest and straight forward. I would have not want anyone else to handle my case. She exceeded my expectations. She is very loyal, trustworthy. And puts what is best for the kids and there safety first.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2020
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An extremely passionate and talented attorney willing to fight for what is right!
I hired Attorney Gruetzner to help us with a very complicated divorce and custody battle. She was thorough in educating me about a world I was not familiar with, paid attention to every detail of my history, genuinely cared and assured me she would do whatever it took to help us. Rachel fought for 2 years to help us in our case and to protect my son. She also helped with a personal protection order, sell our home and settle a complicated financial situation. I HIGHLY Attorney Gruetzner because of the commitment she has to her clients and the special talent she has as an attorney. It takes a great deal of grit, dedication, perseverance. She embodies all of those characteristics, but brings a level of compassion and commitment to her clients that makes her stand out. This is why Attorney Gruetzner succeeds and will continue to succeed. She is changing lives for the better and influencing the laws that protect those lives.
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Posted by Kim | June 18, 2020
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Happily Divorced
Rachel had my back when i didnt know up from down. She listened to my heart and my concerns. She spoke to my adult son while being careful not to bad mouth either parent. She went to bat for me when i needed her most. She was very thorough in making sure i understood what i needed to know. She walked me through all the steps one by one making sure not to leave me in the dark. Kathy was just as fabulous. A huge thank you to both of them walking by my side as I left a very abusive situation (hindsight is 20/20). I feel like I've been let free. I could not have done it alone. They helped light my new path. They are the best!
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Posted by Sydney | June 11, 2020
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2020 Case during Covid Outbreak
Rachel and her assistant Cathy helped me navigate an extremely challenging and emotional case that would have had serious implications for my life, career, future, and liberties. They demonstrated a genuine empathy for my situation and were timely, responsive, and professional even during the 2020 SARS CoV-2 outbreak. Cathy and Rachel are clearly a team, even rapidly forming and submitting an exhibit mid-hearing. Rachel’s closing argument was passionate but rooted firmly in the law and likely won us the case. I have an unbelievable amount of gratitude to Rachel, and if you select her to represent you I’m certain you can count on her for the same professionalism, skill, timeliness, and above all, compassion, that characterized her representation of me.
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Posted by Christine | November 25, 2019
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Fantastic Representation
We hired Rachel, along with Sarissa, via Levine & Levine. Rachel did a wonderful job always keeping my sons and his children's best interest at heart. Working at times side by side with Sarissa, I feel Rachel's knowledge, experience, and dedication allowed my son's divorce and custody case to be resolved with the best possible outcome. Rachel truly cares for her clients and is passionate about her career. Such a blessing.
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Posted by Kate | November 21, 2019
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I'm so glad I hired Rachel.
Rachel was recommended to me by a friend who is a prominent criminal defense attorney. She was extremely helpful in resolving a family matter. On a personal level, Rachel was down to earth, empathetic and easy to communicate with throughout the whole process. She kept me updated and was very responsive. I knew nothing about the process and was quite intimidated, but she explained everything clearly and patiently. She answered e-mails promptly and efficiently. I felt confident trusting her with this very stressful and important matter. Rachel had amazing presence in the courtroom. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing needing a competent and highly effective attorney.
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Posted by Hannah | September 13, 2017
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Quality Attorney
I hired Rachel to help me settle my custody case. She really put my mind at ease in a potentially stressful time. She and Cathy always communicated to me in a timely manor including clear instructions and set appropriate expectations. We were able to resolve the matter quickly and satisfactorily. Rachel is very friendly and easy to talk to.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Levine & Levine
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Research Attorney
  • Michigan Court Of Appeals
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Special Litigation Division Intern
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Legal Intern
  • Michigan Supreme Court, Chief Justice Young's Office
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Speaker Law Firm
  • 2012 - 2014
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Education

  • National Criminal Defense College
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2017
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Family Law Certificate Program
  • 2017
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Western Michigan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Child Custody Dispute concerning Baby
  • Sole legal and sole physical custody to father
  • Child Custody Dispute in Domestic Violence Matter
  • Sole legal and sole physical custody to mother
  • Divorce Case with Opposing Party Failing to Comply with Court Order
  • Secured substantial Attorney Fee Award in Divorce Case
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Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section, Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Kalamazoo County Family Law Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Appellate Practice Section
  • 2014 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • American Sign Language

Honors and Awards

  • Carolyn Stell Scholarship
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Mid-Michigan Chapter
  • 2013
  • Jurisdprudence Award, Constitutional Law I
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • 2012
  • Jurisprudence Award, Contracts
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • 2011

Publications

  • Portage Sports
  • Survival Guide for Family Peace While You Stay Safe & Stay Home
  • 2020
  • @Law
  • Tracking Marital Assets & Liabilities And Why It Matters
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Effective Parenting Class
  • Intro to Child Custody & Parenting Time
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (9)
Endorse Rachel
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rachel is an exceptional attorney with an unwavering commitment to detail and client satisfaction. Her dedication to ensuring her clients receive unparalleled service sets her apart in the legal profession. Rachel goes above and beyond to understand her clients' needs and works tirelessly to exceed their expectations. I wholeheartedly endorse Rachel and her firm, as I am confident anyone seeking legal assistance will have a superior experience under her guidance."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Rachel since she began working in the Kalamazoo area. She is extremely knowledgeable and a vigorous advocate for her clients. In addition, she works to find resolutions for her clients that reduce the difficulties experienced through litigation. It is without hesitation that I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Rachel is an excellent attorney and is well equipped to handle any kind of family law matter -- divorce, custody, support and so on. I first knew Rachel because she worked at my law firm many years ago when she was in law school. Since then, Rachel and I have worked together on cases and also have been opposing counsel. She does an excellent job for her clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rachel is a tenacious and hard-hitting lawyer who helps her clients set and achieve realistic goals. She is a compassionate advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Gruetzner is very approachable and professional. She has a great reputation in the community as a positive, pragmatic, driven attorney, who truly cares about the needs of her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"More than just an interest, Attorney Gruetzner has a true passion our family court system. She stays on top of changes to this body of law, is steadfast in her commitment to her clients, and is not afraid to let others know when they are standing in the way of progress."
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Kalamazoo Divorce and separation Lawyer Rachel Gruetzner Kelley
Rachel Gruetzner Kelley
Divorce and separation Attorney
Kalamazoo, MI
Licensed for 9 years