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Gwendolyn Powell Braswell

Estate planning Attorney at Saint Joseph, MI

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Legacy Counsel PLC

  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 8 years
    Florida - FL 21 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 30 years
    Georgia - GA 32 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2015
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2002
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1993
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1991
    Inactive Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Gwendolyn

Learn Gwendolyn’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Estate planning
    Wills and Trusts, Financial Powers of Attorney, Medical Powers of Attorney, Living Wills/Healthcare Directives, Probate Administration, Trust Administration, Guardianship Nominations

Gwendolyn is an experienced attorney who has been helping clients solve complex problems for over 25 years. Throughout her career, Gwendolyn has enjoyed building relationships with her clients and making a difference in their lives by approaching challenges with enthusiasm and dedication. Her estate planning practice focuses on helping families enhance their lives today and secure their futures tomorrow. She excels in guiding her clients through the often confusing maze of financial and legal decisions required to create plans that ensure the well-being of their families and help them accomplish cherished family goals. Her considerable legal expertise includes family protection, wealth preservation, and values-based planning, as well as planning strategies for unmarried couples and divorced individuals. Whether you are married or single, with a traditional family or a blended one, just starting out or looking back on a life well-lived, Gwendolyn will help you craft a plan that achieves your goals for your loved ones today and for years to come.

Gwendolyn graduated in 1991 from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. While in law school, Gwendolyn received the moot court award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy and clerked in the Disability Rights Clinic. Upon graduating from law school, Gwendolyn served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Spencer Williams in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Gwendolyn then joined the prestigious law firm of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), in Washington, D.C., where she practiced complex commercial litigation. Years later, Gwendolyn was recruited to Marriott International, Inc., as in-house corporate counsel responsible for operations in the Mid-Atlantic region. She subsequently joined Crestline Capital Corporation, a Marriott spinoff, to serve as Assistant General Counsel and Vice President. In 2002, Gwendolyn relocated to her native state of Florida and built an appellate litigation practice. As a board-certified appellate specialist, she litigated over 250 appeals and presented over 75 oral arguments. She was selected as a “Florida Super Lawyer” in appellate practice for eight consecutive years. In 2012, Gwendolyn moved to Southwest Michigan with her husband and their elementary-school aged son. She also has an adult stepdaughter.

Gwendolyn is the founding partner of Legacy Counsel, PLC based in Southwest Michigan. Gwendolyn holds a Certificate in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She is a member of the Southwestern Michigan Estate Planning Council (a division of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils). Gwendolyn is also a member of Wealth Counsel, a national organization of trusts and estates attorneys and other legal, tax and business professionals who design sophisticated planning techniques for individuals and families. She is actively licensed to practice law in Michigan and Florida.

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Legacy Counsel PLC
500 Renaissance Dr
Ste 104A
Saint Joseph, MI, 49085


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Posted by Nick | April 1, 2011
I had the opportunity to work with Mrs. Braswell for a couple of short weeks but found her to be very professional, courteous, knowledgeable and informative. It was very refreshing to find someone who was there to help and make the best decision for me.
Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2010
Ms. Powell Braswell is simply all that you would hope your lawyer to be. During all the time of her handling my case I have found her work to be meticulous, really well researched, and overall of a very high standard. She is really smart, personable, reliable, consistent, and an excellent advocate. She is always patient in her explanations of all the legal complexities involved in the case, and thorough in her review of the options available to me, as her client. She follows through on everything in a timely and professional manner. I do recommend her most highly.
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Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • Legacy Counsel PLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Braswell & Miller PLC
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Appellate Advocacy Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Appellate Division -- Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office
  • 2001 - 2010
  • Assistance Vice President & Corporate Counsel
  • Crestline Capital Corp. (Marriott affiliate)
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hogan & Hartson (currently Hogan Lovells)
  • 1993 - 1997
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • 1991 - 1993
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  • Berkeley Law School, University of California Berkeley
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Andrews University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science (Economics and Music)
  • 1988


  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Southwestern Michigan Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Appellate Practice Section -- The Florida Bar
  • Member (formerly Executive Council)
  • 2009 - 2018
  • Appellate Court Rules Committee, The Florida Bar
  • Appointed Member
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2007 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate in probate and estate planning
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Board Certified as an Appellate Specialist
  • The Florida Bar
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Understanding Estate Planning & Living Trusts
  • 2020

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Appeals Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gwendolyn Braswell. Gwen is a dynamic speaker, great writer and extremely knowledgeable about substantive and procedural law. She is well respected by the appellate courts for her ability to make clear and succinct arguments."
Appeals Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. She is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of appellate practice, including brief-writing, legal research, and substantive areas of the law. Her experience speaks for itself."
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