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Victor, Richard S.

1760 South Telegraph RoadSuite 300Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302- 0183

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Updated: 08/16/2017

Overview

Richard S. Victor was elected as one of only 100 attorneys in the United States to be a Diplomat of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. His law firm has consistently been recognized by US News and World Report as a "Tier One" law firm in Family Law as well as one of the number one family law firms in Metropolitan Detroit, MI. He has also repeatedly been recognized as one of the leading family law attorneys in the state of...

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Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Family Law

Representative Clients

  • The Law Offices of Richard S. Victor, PLLC represents executives of Fortune 500 companies, owners of closely held corporations, as well as other high level executives (or their spouses). In addition, we have represented professional athletes, judges, lawyers, doctors or their significant others, and other highly paid professionals, who require attorneys with special training in large asset or highly paid compensation cases. We pride ourselves in providing 24/7 attention to all of our clients' needs

Representative Cases

  • Atkinson v. Atkinson, 408 N.W.2d 516 (Mich.App. 1986)
  • Jessica DeBoer in the interstate and nationally known custody case regarding
  • Tallman v Milton, 192 Mich App 606; 482 NW2d 187, 1992
  • DeRose v DeRose, Michigan Supreme Court, April, 2002
  • Counsel for Jessica DeBoer in the interstate and nationally known custody case regarding

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1975
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1975

Specialties and Certifications

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member State Bar of Michigan, 1975

Other Affiliations

  • Chair CLE, Family Law Section State of Michigan, 1985-1995 and Co-Chair CLE for AAML, State of MI 1995-2010
  • State Bar of Michigan (Family Law Section, Past President)
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section, Treasurer
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section, Corresponding Secretary
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section, Chairperson of Continuing Legal Education, 1985
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Lawyers Admission Committee, Past Chairperson
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Past Chairperson
  • American Bar Association, Custody Section, Executive Member, 1988
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Member, 1988
  • Elected to be one of only 100 Attorneys in the United States to be a Diplomat of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers
  • Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Past President)
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2005-2008). National CLE Chair for AAML 2005-2007
  • State Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation (Life Fellow)

Honors

  • One of only 100 attorneys in the United States, American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomat
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law
  • Leading Family Law Attorneys, Michigan, DBusiness Magazine, 2014 - Present
  • Leading Family Law Attorneys, Michigan, Leading Lawyers in Michigan
  • Top Ten Family Lawyers, Leading Lawyers in Michigan, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 1999
  • Recipient Family Law Section, State Bar of Michigan's "Lifetime Achievement Award", 1999, 1999 - Present
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Marquis Who’s Who, 2017 - Present
  • National Fellow of the Year, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2006 - Present
  • First Annual National Professionalism Award, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2016 - Present
  • Top Ten Lawyers in Michigan, Michigan Family Law and Practice
  • Champion of Justice Award, State Bar of Michigan, 2004
  • Super Lawyers, 2006 - Present
  • Top 50, Consumer Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2017
  • Top 100, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2008
  • Top Lawyer, DBusiness Magazine, 2014 - Present
  • National Alumni of the Year, Michigan State College of Law, 2000
  • Featured cover story Super Lawyers Magazine, 2008. iParenting Award, 2008 - Present
  • Hermes Platinum Creative Award, 2008 - Present
  • Next Generation Indie Book Award, 2008 - Present
  • Tier One Law Firm in Family Law, US News and World Report
  • Award of Appreciation, State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section, 1986 - 1988
  • Boss of the Year, Oakland County Legal Secretary Association, 1985 - 1987
  • Certificate of Outstanding Service, American Bar Association, 1988 - Present
  • Award of Appreciation, Stepfamily Association of America, Inc., 1985 - 1988
  • Diplomat of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers
  • Named a Leading Lawyer as well as to Advisory Board for Leading Lawyers Magazine for the state of MI. in Family Law

Classes and Seminars

  • Try Using The Other Side of Your Brain, Michigan Family Law Journal, May 2014, Family Law
  • Co-author of the children's book "You and Me Make Three", published by Edco Publishing Co., which is a book for parents of children of divorce. This book has received several national book awards, including, the 2008 iParenting Media award; and the 2008 Hermes book award
  • Author and General Editor, 3 volume "Michigan Practitioners Series: Family Law and Practice", West Group Publications, 1997
  • Editor Grandparents Rights Organization (GRO) Newsletter 1989 through present
  • "Legally Speaking", a national legal column for the "Stepfamily Bulletin" (1984 through 1989)
  • "The Extended and Psychological Family of Children in the 1980's and Beyond" (1985, Michigan Family Law Journal)
  • "The Right to Visit" (1986, Michigan State Bar Journal)
  • "Rights of Third Parties in Child Custody Disputes" (1988, Michigan Bar Journal)
  • "Grandparent and Stepparent Rights" (1989 Trial Magazine)
  • "The Changing American Family - Grandparent/Stepparent Rights" (1989, Michigan Family Law Journal)
  • "Grandparents Law" (Legal Secretaries Association Magazine)
  • "Common Sense Doctrine for the Changing American Family" (1989 Oakland County Bar Association Magazine - Laches)
  • "Family Law Needs Considerate Language, Divorce Training" (1989 Michigan Lawyers Weekly newspaper)
  • "When Third Parties Come First" (1989 American Bar Association Magazine Family Advocate)
  • "Some Common Sense Custody and Visitation Doctrines" (Fairshare Magazine 1989)
  • "Third Party Custody - A Conflict in Laws" (Michigan Family Law Journal 1990)
  • "Divorce in Michigan" (1990)
  • "Psychological Evaluations - Waiver of Confidentiality" (Michigan Family Law Journal 1991)
  • "Statutory Review of Third-Party Rights Regarding Custody, Visitation and Support" - American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly, Volume XXV, No. 1, Spring 1991
  • "History of Grandparent Visitation in Michigan" (Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 71, No. 3, 1992)
  • "The Rights of Children in Child Custody Disputes" (Michigan Family Law Journal, 1993)
  • "Update on History of Grandparent Visitation in Michigan" (Michigan Family Law Journal 1993)
  • "Grandparents Rights to Visitation" - American Bar Association Family Advocate Magazine, Volume 16, No. 1 (1993)
  • Guest Columnist Detroit Free Press Advisory Board relating to family law issues (1990 through 1995)
  • "Biology, Destiny and Children's Rights" - The Nation Law Journal, Volume 16, No. 30, (March 28, 1994)
  • "Did the Candidates Really Understand Family Values?" Grandparents Rights Organization Newsletter, Volume 4, No. 1 (1992)
  • "Grandparents and Other Third Party Rights to Visitation" Grandparents Rights Organization Newsletter, Volume 5, No. 1 (1992)
  • "What Happens if You Find Yourself in a Dispute Requiring an Evidentiary Hearing or Trial?" Grandparents Rights Organization Newsletter, Volume 6, No 1 (1993)
  • "Protecting the Rights of Children in Child Custody Disputes" Grandparents Rights Organization Newsletter, Volume 7, No. 1 (1993)
  • "Fighting Over Jessica" The Brandeis Brief Vol. 2, No. 1 Winter (1994-95)
  • "What is a Family?" Grandparents Rights Organization Newsletter, Volume 8, No. 1 (1994)
  • "Georgia Takes a Giant Step Backward" Grandparents Rights Organization Newsletter, Volume 9, No. 1 (1995)
  • "Examining the Proposed Divorce Bill" Eccentric/Observer Newspapers (June 15, 1995)
  • "Making Divorce Harder" Oakland County Bar Association #360 (January 1996)
  • "Are Grandparents Rights Laws Unconstitutional?" GRO Newsletter, Vol. 12, No. 1, January 1998
  • "Good News/Bad News For Grandparents and Grandchildren", GRO Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 1, April, 1999
  • "Protecting the Children of Divorce Via Parent Education", 13 Michigan Lawyers Weekly 1352, July 19, 1999
  • "Grandparent Visitation Laws Are Constitutional According to Justices", Oakland County Legal News, June 30, 2000
  • "Grandparent Visitation Rights in the Twenty-First Century", 2000 Law Review Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law
  • "Grandparents Have Rights", Michigan Bar Journal, February 2001
  • "How to Find an Attorney", GRO Newsletter, Vol.14, No.1, March 2001
  • "Third Party Custody Rights Examined By Appellate Court" Detroit Legal News and Oakland County Legal News, November 9, 2001
  • "Third Party Custody Rights Examined By Michigan Court Of Appeals", Michigan Family Law Journal, Volume 30, No. 9, December, 2001
  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution in Child Custody Cases", Michigan Family Law Journal Special Edition, February, 2002
  • "Recent Court Rule Changes That Impact Family Law Practice", Michigan Bar Journal, June, 2002
  • "Court Examines Grandparent Visitation Law's Validity", Oakland County Legal News, Volume 75, Number 42,October 18, 2002
  • "MSC To Consider Whether Grandparent Visitation Law Is Unconstitutional", Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Vol.16, No.51,October 28, 2002
  • "Visitation Should Be Allowed If It's In The Child's Best Interest", Oakland County Legal News, Vol. 75, No.52,December 27, 2002
  • "Parents Working Together Serve Children's Best Interests", Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Volume 17, No. 10,January 13, 2003
  • "DeRose v DeRose-What The Supreme Court Did Regarding Grandparent Visitation", Michigan Family Law Journal, Vol. 33, No.8, October, 2003
  • "DeRose v DeRose. What the Supreme Court Did Regarding Grandparent Visitation and Why They Did It", Michigan Bar Journal, January, 2004
  • "How to Resolve Third Party Disputes Before They Get Out of Control", Michigan Family Law Journal-A Guide Book for the Newly Divorced Person, 2004 Special Edition
  • "Neither Harm Nor Clear And Convincing Evidence Are Required To Meet Constitutional Requirements, Says U.S.Supreme Court Regarding Grandparent Visitation", Michigan Family Law Journal, Volume 36, Number 6, June/July 2006
  • Is the Presumption of Joint and Equal Custody/Parenting Time Best for Children?, Michigan Bar Journal, February 2014
  • Have Our Changing Economic Times Impacted The Professionalism Within The Practice Of Family Law?, Family Law Section Journal, April, 2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, Michigan Chapter, President
  • National Board of Governors
  • Victor Smile Foundation, Founder
  • Victor SMILE Foundation, Co-Founder
  • Grandparents Rights Organization, Founder
  • Grandparents Rights Organization, Executive Director
  • Continuing Legal Education, Chair
  • Stepfamily Association of America, Incorporated, 1982 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • National American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Professionalism and Collegiality Committee, Chair, 2014 - Present
  • National American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Governors, Member, 2005 - 2008
  • National American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National CLE, Chair, 2005 - 2007

Education

  • Detroit College of Law, Detroit, Michigan, 1975
    Juris Doctor
    Honors: Recipient of Ida and Benjamin Alpert Scholarships
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1971
    B.S., Bachelor of Science
    Honors: Student Faculty Council; Student Legislative Dialogue, Director
    Major: Education

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Sigma Alpha Mu

References

References

  • Standard Federal Savings Bank
  • Midwest Guarantee Bank

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Articles

Published Works

  • The Changing American Family - Grandparent-Stepparent Rights, Michigan Family Law Journal, March, 1989
  • Grandparent and Stepparent Rights (Assuring Visitation to the Child's Extended Family), Trial Magazine, April, 1989
  • A Common Sense Doctrine for the 'Changing American Family,' Laches, Oakland County Bar Association Magazine, February, 1989
  • Michigan Family Law and Practice, Editor
  • Michigan Family Law and Practice, Author
  • The Grand Plan to Richard Victor, nothing can take the place of a grandparent
  • Equitable Parent Doctrine, Author, Creator
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine, Michigan, Advisory Board
  • Try Using The Other Side of Your Brain, Michigan Family Law Journal, May 2014, Family Law
  • You and Me Make Three, Edco Publishing Co., Co-Author
  • 3 volume Michigan Practitioners Series: Family Law and Practice, West Group Publications, 1997, Author and General Editor
  • Grandparents Rights Organization (GRO) Newsletter, Editor, 1989-Present
  • Legally Speaking, Stepfamily Bulletin, 1984-1989
  • The Extended and Psychological Family of Children in the 1980's and Beyond, Michigan Family Law Journal, 1985
  • The Right to Visit, Michigan State Bar Journal, 1986
  • Rights of Third Parties in Child Custody Disputes, Michigan Bar Journal, 1988
  • Grandparent and Stepparent Rights, Trial Magazine, 1989
  • The Changing American Family - Grandparent/Stepparent Rights, Michigan Family Law Journal, 1989
  • Grandparents Law, Legal Secretaries Association Magazine
  • Common Sense Doctrine for the Changing American Family, Oakland County Bar Association Magazine – Laches, 1989
  • Family Law Needs Considerate Language, Divorce Training, Michigan Lawyers Weekly newspaper, 1989
  • When Third Parties Come First, American Bar Association Magazine Family Advocate, 1989
  • Some Common Sense Custody and Visitation Doctrines, Fairshare Magazine, 1989
  • Third Party Custody - A Conflict in Laws, Michigan Family Law Journal, 1990
  • Divorce in Michigan, 1990
  • Psychological Evaluations - Waiver of Confidentiality, Michigan Family Law Journal, 1991
  • Statutory Review of Third-Party Rights Regarding Custody, Visitation and Support - American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly, Volume XXV, No. 1, Spring 1991
  • History of Grandparent Visitation in Michigan, Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 71, No. 3, 1992
  • The Rights of Children in Child Custody Disputes, Michigan Family Law Journal, 1993
  • Update on History of Grandparent Visitation in Michigan, Michigan Family Law Journal, 1993
  • Grandparents Rights to Visitation - American Bar Association Family Advocate Magazine, Volume 16, No. 1, 1993
  • Guest Columnist Detroit Free Press Advisory Board relating to Family Law Issues, 1990-1995
  • Biology, Destiny and Children's Rights - The Nation Law Journal, Volume 16, No. 30, March 28, 1994
  • Did the Candidates Really Understand Family Values? Grandparents Rights Organization Newsletter, Volume 4, No. 1, 1992
  • Grandparents and Other Third Party Rights to Visitation Grandparents Rights Organization Newsletter, Volume 5, No. 1, 1992
  • What Happens if You Find Yourself in a Dispute Requiring an Evidentiary Hearing or Trial? Grandparents Rights Organization Newsletter, Volume 6, No 1, 1993
  • Protecting the Rights of Children in Child Custody Disputes Grandparents Rights Organization Newsletter, Volume 7, No. 1, 1993
  • Fighting Over Jessica The Brandeis Brief Vol. 2, No. 1 Winter, 1994-1995
  • What is a Family? Grandparents Rights Organization Newsletter, Volume 8, No. 1, 1994
  • Georgia Takes a Giant Step Backward Grandparents Rights Organization Newsletter, Volume 9, No. 1, 1995
  • Examining the Proposed Divorce Bill Eccentric/Observer Newspapers, June 15, 1995
  • Making Divorce Harder Oakland County Bar Association #360, January 1996
  • Are Grandparents Rights Laws Unconstitutional? GRO Newsletter, Vol. 12, No. 1, January 1998
  • Good News/Bad News For Grandparents and Grandchildren, GRO Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 1, April, 1999
  • Protecting the Children of Divorce Via Parent Education, 13 Michigan Lawyers Weekly 1352, July 19, 1999
  • Grandparent Visitation Laws Are Constitutional According to Justices, Oakland County Legal News, June 30, 2000
  • Grandparents Have Rights, Michigan Bar Journal, February 2001
  • How to Find an Attorney, GRO Newsletter, Vol.14, No.1, March 2001
  • Third Party Custody Rights Examined By Appellate Court Detroit Legal News and Oakland County Legal News, November 9, 2001
  • Third Party Custody Rights Examined By Michigan Court Of Appeals, Michigan Family Law Journal, Volume 30, No. 9, December, 2001
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in Child Custody Cases, Michigan Family Law Journal Special Edition, February, 2002
  • Recent Court Rule Changes That Impact Family Law Practice, Michigan Bar Journal, June, 2002
  • Court Examines Grandparent Visitation Law's Validity, Oakland County Legal News, Volume 75, Number 42, October 18, 2002
  • MSC To Consider Whether Grandparent Visitation Law Is Unconstitutional, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Vol.16, No.51, October 28, 2002
  • Visitation Should Be Allowed If It's In The Child's Best Interest, Oakland County Legal News, Vol. 75, No.52, December 27, 2002
  • Parents Working Together Serve Children's Best Interests, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Volume 17, No. 10, January 13, 2003
  • DeRose v DeRose-What The Supreme Court Did Regarding Grandparent Visitation, Michigan Family Law Journal, Vol. 33, No.8, October, 2003
  • DeRose v DeRose. What the Supreme Court Did Regarding Grandparent Visitation and Why They Did It, Michigan Bar Journal, January, 2004
  • How to Resolve Third Party Disputes Before They Get Out of Control, Michigan Family Law Journal-A Guide Book for the Newly Divorced Person, 2004 Special Edition
  • Neither Harm Nor Clear And Convincing Evidence Are Required To Meet Constitutional Requirements, Says U.S.Supreme Court Regarding Grandparent Visitation, Michigan Family Law Journal, Volume 36, Number 6, June/July 2006
  • Is the Presumption of Joint and Equal Custody/Parenting Time Best for Children?, Michigan Bar Journal, February 2014
  • Have Our Changing Economic Times Impacted The Professionalism Within The Practice Of Family Law?, Family Law Section Journal, April, 2014
  • Grandparent Visitation Rights in the Twenty-First Century, Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law, Law Review, 2000

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