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Jennifer Lamay Whitten

Divorce and separation Attorney at Traverse City, MI

4.7   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 12 years
    Ohio - OH 11 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2011
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2012
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Jennifer

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Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree from Alma College, where she graduated Suma Cum Laude. Jennifer graduated Suma Cum Laude, in the top ten percent of her class, from Michigan State University College of Law in May of 2011. While in law school Jennifer participated in the Moot Court Trial and Advocacy Board as well as the Trial Practice Institute Certificate Program. In addition, Jennifer earned recognition as the top oralist in the first year oral advocacy competition.

After law school, Jennifer gained significant experience at a large law firm as a litigator, practicing primarily in the areas of family law and workers compensation. Prior to making Traverse City her home, Jennifer worked as an Assistant Prosecutor in Ingham County, MI. As an Assistant Prosecutor, Jennifer advanced her trial skills by managing a busy district court docket, handling misdemeanor trials and felony preliminary examinations.

Jennifer’s current practice includes both civil and criminal work. Jennifer understands the foreign, stressful, and emotional nature of being embroiled in the legal process and provides a compassionate presence while passionately advocating for her client’s interests.

Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys practicing yoga, running, boating, and hiking with her family.


Alward Fisher Rice Rowe & Graf PLC
202 E State St Ste 100
Traverse City, MI, 49684-5732

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Posted by Colleen | July 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience - Highly Recommended
Curcio was an amazing firm and legal team and Jennifer was an amazing asset to have on our side. We knew she was always working hard on our behalf and she really made the experience as positive as it could be under the circumstances. We were always being supported in our interests and would definitely use this firm again for any of our future legal needs.
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Posted by Katy | July 5, 2021
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Highly Recommend
Jennifer Whitten was amazing when it came to working with her for our family estate planning needs. I highly recommend Jennifer and her firm. Very professional, knowledgable and personable.
Posted by David | July 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Work!!!!
Jennifer and her firm have performed legal services for me personally and for by business. Work has been very thorough and service is top notch. I've referred Jennifer several times and received excellent feed back.
Posted by Cindy | July 2, 2021
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Schaaf vs Forbes
I am beyond grateful to Jennifer for her endless hours of attention to our case. She is articulate, thorough, and very respectful. She returned my messages and answered all questions promptly. Her knowledge of the law and work ethic, took much stress off and her attention to detail is definitely beneficial. It's very much like having a friend in your corner! I would work with her again under any circumstance. I trust her!
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Posted by JC | August 12, 2019
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Professional, detailed and caring
Jennifer was incredibly helpful, courteous and professional. My divorce was a hot mess over little money but Jennifer helped navigate the challenges to a fair outcome, keeping me in step and up to speed all the way. She was diligent in keeping the overall goal and budget in mind, and I always had full visibility into the amount of effort being spent. Not all attorneys are like her in this regard I can assure you. She certainly kept my best interests at heart. Jennifer was also extremely helpful guiding me through mitigation and driving the process while handling a challenging defending attorney that would not communicate well and played games. She is responsive and timely in all communications as well. I never had to wait very long for any response. Hope this review helps someone else with regard to choosing Jennifer for their legal representation, as I frankly cannot recommend her enough. This woman will have your back, and not charge you an arm or a leg. :-)
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Posted by Jon | December 4, 2018
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Jennifer changed my life!!!
I cannot say enough about Jennifer Whitten!! She was indisposable in helping me win the battle for more time with my kids! She kept her composure, knew what she was talking about, and handled the objections effectively! I would HIGHLY recommend her!
Posted by Robert | January 5, 2017
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Great Attorney
Jennifer was a very compassionate and wise attorney. Her ability to stay on track with the facts and the law made a very stressful and emotionally troubling circumstance like divorce easier. She was always the kind, considerate, professional and most of all personable. Even though divorce can be very stressful and emotional Jennifer was always able to keep things on point. She was never forceful or unkind she always allowed me to express my opinions and desires. She would always explain the pros and cons of things and ask even if it wasn't maybe in my best interest especially financially what I wanted to do. She was completely not the stereo type divorce attorney. A attorney doesn't have to be mean or loud but they need to know the law and Jennifer does. I feel like Jennifer represented me very well and I feel like not only did I hire a great attorney but I met a very special person who is a credit to herself, her family and her profession.
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Posted by Jeff | November 10, 2016
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Attentive and thorough
Jennifer Whitten is very thorough in examining our needs and making the best recommendations. Her communication is excellent and prompt. I do not hesitate to recommend her if someone asks me for a good lawyer.
Posted by Bruce | July 1, 2021
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Not effective
Jennifer was my divorce attorney. She is supposed to play a leading role as she is supposed to know whats coming. She went thru the motions, put no effort in and had no concern over the eventual outcome. I got no good advice, no help along the way. It was a disaster. She does not care.
Response from Jennifer Whitten July 2, 2021
I'm sorry you had a negative experience. I strive for the utmost client satisfaction in every case. Please contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns.
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Alward Fisher Rice Rowe & Graf PLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Ingham County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Braun Kendrick
  • 2011 - 2013


  • Michigan State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Alma College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008


  • Women's Lawyers Association Grand Traverse County
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse Jennifer
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Jennifer is a dedicated and compassionate attorney."
Family Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Jennifer Whitten in the areas of family law and child abuse and neglect matters. Jennifer is professional, thoughtful, and a strong advocate for her clients."
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Traverse City Divorce and separation Lawyer Jennifer Lamay Whitten
Jennifer Lamay Whitten
Divorce and separation Attorney
Traverse City, MI
Licensed for 12 years
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