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Michelle Louise Steffen

Family Attorney at Traverse City, MI

4.9   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2007
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Family
    I help clients understand the Michigan child support system. You can use my calculator at

    16 years, 300 cases

I help parents understand and navigate Michigan's child support system. I also write legal blog articles for other attorneys.


All law schools are not created equal, and I graduated from top-tier Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law, with honors and a member of the SMU International Law Review. I scored at the 99th percentile on the ACT, the 90th percentile on the LSAT and about the 94th percentile on the bar exam. In high school, I won awards for achievement in math, and I'm proud to be in the minority of attorneys who enjoy number crunching. I can help you understand Michigan's child support system, or help you write a fun and informative article for your legal blog.


Michelle Louise Steffen
1004 E Eighth St
Traverse City, MI, 49686-2626

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Posted by Charlie | March 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She has been a delight to work and consult with. She is more than fair, knows her stuff, and is very sympathetic and understanding. I have spoken with many attorneys over the years and she has made me feel the most comfortable in the quickest amount of time, and you know it's actually genuine. I also love how quick she responds to emails and how she backs everything up with sources. I highly recommend her for consultations, reviews, and full representation. Godspeed!
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Posted by Mary Orr | November 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Guardian Angel!
My husband and I have been through hell with the family court system regarding support, custody, and a biological mother that just wants to exploit the system her children and my husband for financial gain. Just like everyone else's reviews Michelle responded in less than 24 hrs. She was kind sincere and most importantly HONEST. Her prices were accurate on her website and her knowledge of the law exemplary. She not only volunteered information freely, she helped me come up with ways to cut costs by doing the paperwork myself while guiding me through it. She is integrity and grace personified and when our other lawyer had abandoned us and ignored us, she became our guardian angel. She never made any dishonest guarantees and was forthright the entire way through and has also helped us manage expectations while giving us the tools we need to fight the Family Court. She works TIRELESSLY, literally around the clock. I am still amazed such an incredible person exists and grateful she was there for us.
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Posted by Alberto Reyes | May 4, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Free advise in family matter issue(child support)
I found Michelle in the web and I left a message. She email right back the same day and guide me on what to do and the choices that I have about my situation. I know she is a lawyer that cares about people issues, very professional. I would recommend her to anyone who have family issues. Thank you Michelle for spending your time in responding back to my concerns about my situation and thanks to you, I am in a better situation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A brilliant 5 star attorney
My husband and I repeatedly consulted with Attorney Steffen. She is a bit of a hero to me creating real value-add in a flawed system, providing a much-needed service that most attorneys won't do - educate the clients. I appreciate that she validated but didn't pander to my husband and I as clients. Most importantly, she is competent relative to knowledge and skills. She provided us with excellent financial advice as well as emotional support. I highly recommend her services and am so grateful for her.
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Posted by Cathy P | October 7, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Faced with a Dramatic Michigan Child Support Increase and Living in New Jersey…………..
Desperate to find someone that knew the child support laws in the State of Michigan and living in New Jersey and facing a deadline within a few days to respond to the Friend of the Court, I searched the internet trying to find someone or something that could help my son-in-law resolve an issue in which he was notified of a dramatic increase in the amount of child support for his daughter living in Michigan. During that research I came across a website that read, “Michigan Child Support Calculator. Complete and correct. Always free. A legal advocacy project of Michelle Steffen, Attorney.” It was an answer to our prayers. With the information I had, I immediately tried to use the calculator on her site. Not really knowing if the information I was providing was correct, I did attempt to complete the calculator form and found that the amount I was calculating was much lower than the Friend of the Court calculated. I immediately emailed Michelle asking for some advice on the matter. She responded within hours that evening. The next morning I emailed all the documents to her and within 24 hours, she had recalculated the case and found numerous deductions that the Friend of the Court failed to take into consideration in doing their calculations and also found errors the Friend of the Court paperwork contained. Her calculations suggested that the child support increase appeared to be approximately $150 a month more than it should have been once all the deductions allowed were included. For minimal cost, she prepared all the documents that needed to be submitted and my son-in-law was able to meet the deadline for submission. Although all of our conversations and transactions occurred through email, I found Michelle to be the most knowledgeable, dedicated and compassionate attorney you could ever work with. From the minute we made contact until every last detail was finalized, she never once hesitated to answer questions and find the exact parts of the law that pertained to this case. Michelle, we cannot thank you enough for everything that you have done for us. You are truly an exceptional attorney, and we would highly recommend you to anyone who needs assistance dealing with child support matters involving a child/children living in the State of Michigan.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful, hardworking, and knowledgeable
Excellent attorney. Incredibly knowledgeable in her field and extrodinarily helpful through our time as her client. I would recondmend her for anyone who needs assistance with their legal issues.
Posted by Lisa | August 27, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great experience, knowledge and professional
Michelle got our family through the absolute toughest times both emotionally & financially. Her knowledge never ceases to amaze me and her heart is bigger than you will ever imagine.
Posted by Aaron | July 17, 2015
So kind and helpful!
I had a few questions regarding a child support case of mine, and needed to seek outside advice. I looked to Michelle for advice, and received the help I needed, much more quickly than I expected! She is knowledgeable with the laws and materials and would recommend her to anyone in need of advice or a review of their child support case.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
Great Experience
I want to thank Michelle for her help. I contacted her yesterday and have all my answers today. She helped me think of additional questions and did so very quickly. It is great to have answers immediately. I feel very well informed now and my support payments were not accurate and we expect them to be reduced. Very good experience. .
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Posted by Steve | May 8, 2015
Michelle Steffen delivered at a rough time in my life.
In my dealings with Mrs. Steffen, I found her to be very informative and compassionate concerning my needs. I highly recommend her for custody cases and family law. Thank you Michelle!
Posted by Dawn | March 4, 2015
A breath of fresh air!
I am an attorney who needed an attorney! I was referred to Michelle, and, in our first communication , I knew I was at the right place. She was thorough, cost effective, and extremely responsive! I can't say enough about how helpful she was to me.
Posted by Terry | January 29, 2015
An Attorney You Would Want On Your Side
I don't know where my gratitude should begin. I will simply say Michelle Steffen is an amazing attorney. She help me gain a better understanding of my case and what was to be expected to happen in the process. She answered all my questions and gave me really great answers on how to handle my situation. I would recommend Michelle Steffen to anyone dealing needs help with Family Law Situations!!!!
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Posted by Tim | January 5, 2015
Excellent knowledge
I interfaced with Michelle regarding child support issues. She was extremely responsive and knowledgeable about many complex issues. I would definitely recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2014
Still carrying on..
Michelle is absolutely awesome!! I've been going through a divorce for a year now (because the other lawyer is dragging this out) and she speaks with me almost on a daily basis. She's very trust worth and knowledgeable. If she doesn't know, she'll find the answer. The opposing lawyer has made this divorce so unreasonable that most lawyers would have given up or have charged their clients astronomical fees. Michelle has kept her fees low and is very understanding to my situation. I can't give a high recommendation for a layer.
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Posted by Greg | December 12, 2014
Michigan child support prognosticator help
I was very surprised at the attention and detail Michelle provided for my questions regarding the Michigan child support formula and how the prognosticators calculate child support as well as where I stood when it came time for an income review. She was able to answer all of my questions and eased my anxiety about the process of child support income reviews. The report Michelle generated for my case was extremely helpful . In addition, she was available for any additional questions or concerns I had regarding my circumstances. I would highly recommend Michelle Steffan if you are in need of questions regarding the Michigan child support formula.
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Posted by Kimberly | October 19, 2014
I can be a family again
Michelle you have helped me in very way possible if it wasn't for you my children would still be in foster care it's been a long year but you helped me pull through in hard times. Your professional advice was amazing you are the smartest attorney I know I would recommend you to everyone
Posted by Scott | October 8, 2014
Breath of Fresh Air
Michelle was very helpful helping me understand the FoC operations. She was very responsive and personable with all my correspondence. I felt I got more than my moneys worth considering how much time she spent with my situation.
Posted by Jason | February 20, 2014
Polite, Professional & Prompt!
Upon contacting Michelle with a few questions concerning child support calculations, she quickly took care of me and at a fair price. Thank you, Michelle
Posted by Danielle | March 9, 2015
Professional and Personable
I had zero experience with the child support system of Michigan or what to expect from working with an attorney to determine the rights of my child’s father and myself. Michelle went above and beyond to answer all of my questions in detail. She was efficient and professional, and personable enough to put me at ease. I had been worried that any feedback from an attorney would be couched in confusing terms intending to lead to excessive appointments and fees. Instead, all of our issues were addressed and completed with minimal time and in a manner that was understandable, but not condescending. I completed our business feeling relieved and greatly satisfied with my service!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-250 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Razavi Law, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Benzie County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Ordinance Prosecutor
  • City of Holland
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Intern - Legal Department
  • City of Grand Rapids
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • Cummings McClorey Davis & Acho
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • Southern Methodist University
  • J.D., cum laude
  • 2007
  • Hillsdale College
  • B.A., magna cum laude
  • 2004
  • Grand Rapids Baptist High School
  • High School Diploma, summa cum laude
  • 2000
  • Georgetown University
  • n/a
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Vanderberg
  • Court found in our favor, reversing the lower court's decision


  • CPR, AED and First Aid Certified
  • American Heart Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • Traverse City Area Public Schools
  • East Middle School - Cheerleading Coach
  • 2016 - Present
  • Traverse City Area Public Schools
  • Piano Accompanist - Central High School, East Middle School
  • 2016 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 1% of Attorneys Nationwide
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • The Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Under 40 - Family Law - Nominated
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Inc.
  • 2015
  • Criminal Law "10 Best" Attorneys - Nominated
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Local News
  • Defamation and Social Media
  • 2015
  • WTCM Radio
  • Media and the Law
  • 2014
  • Paternity and Child Support Conference
  • Michigan Child Support Calculations
  • 2013
  • Council on Aging
  • Consumer Fraud and Elder Care
  • 2012
  • Benzie County Law Day
  • Criminal Prosecution
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (10)
Endorse Michelle
Family Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I have any questions regarding child support and family law, I always talk to Michelle first. Her knowledge of child support law is superb. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"If you are looking for a determined, experienced and knowledgeable attorney to defend you in a criminal matter, please call Michelle."
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Traverse City Family Lawyer Michelle Louise Steffen
Michelle Louise Steffen
Family Attorney
Traverse City, MI
Licensed for 16 years
Free Consultation