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Robert L. Puckett Jr.

Divorce and separation Attorney at Saint Joseph, MI

4.7   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1982
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Custody Parenting Time Support/Alimony Property Division Modifications Change of Domicile/School

    42 years

  2. Probate
    Contested Estates Informal Probate Wills Living Wills Power Of Attorney Guardianship Conservatorship

    42 years

I have practiced law for 40 years, starting in Grand Rapids, and then returning to my home area in Southwest Michigan.  Known primarily as a litigator in high conflict matters, I now exclusively handle contested divorce and probate disputes.  My clients have been recognized as being very prepared at trial.  It is the intensive preparation that enables my clients to settle their disputes in a satisfactory manner or to receive a favorable ruling from the Court. 

With a background in education/coaching, entertainment/theater, and law enforcement, I feel I have unique qualities that make me a very successful trial attorney and effective legal counselor.  Helping people fight back against manipulation and abuse by their spouse or other family members has been my passion and practice.


Robert L. Puckett Jr.
2620 S Cleveland Ave Ste 202
Saint Joseph, MI, 49085

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  23 customer reviews
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Posted by Lucy | February 15, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very effective in his communication
The only person who answered my question and in the most concise and expeditious way! I'd really appreciate Mr. Puckett getting back to me with his advice and with the guidance that I've received from him without selling my kidney )) Thank you! At least I know what I can request from my very inefficient attorney.
Posted by Kevin | February 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
“The Best”
Bob was kind enough to give me a massive amount of information within a 30 minute free phone call. I’ve talked to several attorneys and no one comes close to Bob’s knowledge and expertise. If you want the best lawyer to represent you and walk you through rough waters Bob is the man.
Posted by Robert | January 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I am very satisfied with the legal help provided by Mr. Puckett. I hired him to help with my divorce when things had started to become messy. He is very knowledgeable and experienced, has a very good sense of how situations are going to play out, and also keeps the human side of things in mind. I came to the initial consultation terrified. I was being falsely accused of abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. I had no idea how any of this worked. As far as I knew, I was going to end up destitute and broken after the divorce. After explaining my situation to Mr. Puckett, he gave me what he thought a likely outcome would be. And he was right. Instead of the nightmare that I thought would play out, I ended up with a fair and equitable settlement with my ex wife. I would recommend Mr. Puckett in a heart beat!
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Posted by Karen | June 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive: Professionalism Absolutely stellar representation and service! A ‘no nonsense’, ‘get down to business’ professional attorney. I noticed that Attorney Puckett is a well respected lawyer within the court, etc., system. Thorough and prompt! Always aware. Always concise. I never left his office with unanswered questions. Attorney Puckett is 10 Star! Thank you so very much for all your work to help us!
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Puckett thoroughly explained the process for my divorce. He was very efficient in getting everything from my now exhusband that was needed. Thank you Mr. Puckett for your time and patience with my divorce.
Posted by Mo | November 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Attorney Robert Puckett
Mr. Puckett is real professional attorney, He is experienced family law & Landlord & Tenant practitioner, straight forward and very knowledgeable. He represented me in a case couple of years ago with great success. I referred to him again for consultation, He gave me all the time to explain and ask questions. He cleared all my doubts and give me great advice.
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Posted by Dennis | October 17, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Information
I called to ask a very important question. He not only answered the question but gave me detailed information and advice. I got more than I asked for. He is great.
Posted by Michael | October 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Robert Puckett is a great attorney!!!
Mr. Puckett is an experienced attorney who did a terrific job for me. Mr. Puckett is one the most knowledgeable and well-informed attorneys in Berrien County. I highly recommend this attorney.
Posted by Laurie | May 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Battle Ready Tells it Like It Is! Generous with His Time & Reasonably Priced
As a woman who was in a very vulnerable position I was fortunate to have Attorney Mr. Puckett in my corner fiercely protecting my interests! He handled the legalities and battles of my divorce. Attorney Pucket was generous with his time and was very reasonable in his fees! He is a straight shooter with no fluffy talk!! I liked that about him! He is a well seasoned warrior of an attorney who is ready to go to war with you! I highly recommend him!!
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Posted by Karla | May 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Puckett is a incredible attorney!
Mr. Puckett had helped me immensely with my two divorces. The first involved custody of my daughter, she was only 3 months old during the time of separation. He made a very tough situation much better. I can’t thank him enough for how he was able to help me get the custody and child support worked out. He also helped me with buisness and property divisions that made it possible for us to have our own home to live in. My second divorce involved me having to get a personal protection order. Mr. Puckett once again made a very hard time much better. He helped my daughter and I to be able to stay in our home (we were being kicked out of it before that). He also made it possible for me to be able to keep the home With equity and my buisness. Mr. Puckett is a incredible attorney! He has made impossible situations turn out better than expected. I confidently recommend him!
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Posted by Jeff | April 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Robert Puckett is an attorney's attorney
In 2019/2020, Robert represented me in a Michigan guardianship case that was filed by another party. The other party to the case was represented by 2 attorneys and neither attorney had any clue as to the law concerning Michigan guardianship jurisdiction. Robert researched the Michigan and Federal statutes concerning guardianship law and was able to reference the exact statutes that were instrumental in the lawsuit being dismissed. He is very straight-forward, honest, and can be counted on to represent his clients in a caring and timely manner. He always did what he said he would do, and he never gave me any reason to doubt his word. In the future, I will DEFINITELY use him again. Robert is the best of the best as an attorney. I know because in January 2019, I hired a different attorney on a Monday and fired that attorney on the next Saturday because he failed to take the action he promised, and he would not even answer my phone and email messages. You will not have any of those problems with Robert.
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Posted by Laurie | April 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Attorney Robert L Puckett Jr.
Bob has represented me for several years and I would use him again if I needed an attorney. He always made himself available when I had questions and needed advice. He was wise, honest, and sincerely looked out for my interests. He told me the truth and never "sugar-coated" anything. He was absolutely able to fight hard all the while remaining cool and calm and represent me well. I believe that he is esteemed by his peers and sincerely enjoys helping people.
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Posted by Ashley | May 2, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Smart, sharp and is a man of his word.
I had a meeting with Bob today regarding a landlord tenant lease. He allowed me to voice my concerns and problems, and then proceeded to advise me on what the required things on the document were. He was patient with me asking probably far too many questions. He is intelligent and held true to his word of the free consultation. I highly recommend him to anyone I know.
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Posted by Joe | April 29, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Puckett is honest and straight forward. He lets you know the potential outcome of you legal case. He won’t sugarcoat it. Mr. Puckett is a highly respected attorney and has been providing excellent legal service in Southwest Michigan for many years. I highly recommend Mr. Puckett for your legal needs.
Posted by Eric | April 3, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great information
He gave me a lot of information when I called his office. I am not going to be able to use him in my specific situation but he was very knowledgeable and I appreciate all of the great advice he provided
Posted by Jamie | May 13, 2015
great for divorce
I went through a nasty divorce, my ex husband was a complete psycho taking our case to trial. lots of stress, but Bob reassured me how it would turn out and no surprises the court date turned out just like he said. He is very good at what he does, and doesn't feed into the hype like other lawyers. Highly highly recommend
Posted by Char | July 12, 2012
Great Attorney!
Bob has been my attorney for several years now handling evictions, lawsuits, and overall legal advice. I trust his perspective and advice. He's been an excellent resource and I am lucky to have been able to find someone with his expertise.
Posted by Carie and Amie | January 3, 2012
Great Attorney Love to work with him
My company has used Bob Puckett numerous times for Landlord tenant he has been extremely trustworthy and knowledgeable. I would recommend and have recommended him to numerous people.
Posted by Tom | April 13, 2011
Best divorce lawyer in town.
Mr. Puckett kept me on the right path. By taking the high road, the Court awarded me full custody and the house. It was hard to keep my cool at times, but Mr. Puckett continued to assure me of how things would turn out if I followed his advice. He was right every time.
Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2010
Have went through a very rough time with the divorce. Mr Puckett did a awesome job even to this day. By doing what was best. If you take him on as your Attn. Listen to him!!! HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • Robert Puckett Law Office
  • 1983 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Sprik and Anderson PC
  • 1982 - 1983


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Western Michigan University
  • MA - Masters with honors
  • 1978
  • Grand Valley State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science with distinction
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Divorce, Property Settlement
  • Favorable property settlement for client.
  • Criminal Defense - Assault and Battery
  • Modification of Custody, Parenting Time, and Support
  • Order in favor of client after contested hearing. Defendant denied joint custody and Defendant's child child support obligation increased.
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  • Berrien County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • US District Court - Western District of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Kent County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - 1983
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2021
  • Top 10% of American's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2020
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Contributor - Divorce
  • AVVO
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Van Buren County Landlord Association Training
  • Debt Collection
  • 2002
  • Van Buren County Landlord Association Training
  • Landlord Tenant Relations
  • 2001
  • Van Buren County Landlord Association Training
  • Landlord Tenant Relations
  • 2000
  • Watervliet Community Education Program
  • Landlord Tenant Relations
  • 1999
  • Legal Assistants Berrien & Cass County
  • Garnishment
  • 1996
  • Career Guidance
  • Careers in Law
  • 1986
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (8)
Endorse Robert
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Puckett is always prepared and professional in our cases against each other, and represents an extremely competent and knowledgeable colleague in multiple practice areas. I highly endorse his legal services to any litigant."
Family Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Puckett is an experienced family law practitioner who does a great job for his clients. Mr. Puckett is one the most knowledgeable and well-informed attorneys in Berrien County. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr Puckett appears to have established a life long practice in St, Joseph, MI. His practice is serving those in need of competent legal advice. He has been able to sustain his practice , by dispensing quality advice to his clients. After reading his reviews, one can be assured, of his commitment to the best interests of his clients. I would endorse this lawyer, and should the opportunity arise, to have a matter on the west side of the state, refer to him without reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert is highly experience in several areas of civil and criminal law. As reflected by his client reviews his tenacious yet respectful handling of legal matters helps make him a very successful attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Puckett is well respected in the legal community as being knowledgeable and zealously representing his clients. Those in need of assistance with divorce, custody or other family law issues should certainly speak with Mr. Puckett."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He exemplifies all positive characteristics of a competent attorney."
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