150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

B. Andrew Rifkin

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Contact Information

Bank | Rifkin
401 South Old Woodward Avenue, Suite 410
Birmingham MI 48009
Work (248) 480-8333


Practice State

Michigan

Introduction

As a family law attorney with more than 24 years of experience, I have helped many clients make life-altering decisions and have guided them through the most challenging periods of their lives. My goal always is to serve as a problem-solver for my clients, who routinely come to me with difficult issues surrounding divorce, property valuation and division, child custody, financial support, and many other family law concerns. I offer all of my clients a place where they can be heard, receive practical advice based on their goals and objectives, and develop a sound plan for moving through their divorces and forward with the next phases of their lives. 

I realize that every family and every case is unique, and I tailor my approach accordingly. My overarching belief is that busy family court judges do not have time to fully understand and creatively solve complex problems, making public courtroom litigation often a poor choice for resolving difficult issues.  Since litigation also is acrimonious and expensive, it rarely leads to a lasting peace or a thorough, cost-effective result.  For that reason, I frequently work with my clients (and often one or more other specialists from our team of carefully-selected professionals) to resolve their disputes privately and confidentially, outside of the courtroom.  Sometimes, for example, I am able to work with an experienced counselor to put a couple on a path to reconciliation; other times, I use private negotiation or mediation to help resolve difficult issues.  In those cases where courtroom litigation is unavoidable, I use my experience and expertise to advocate zealously on behalf of my clients. I have tried cases to judges and juries in federal and state courts throughout Michigan, and I successfully have represented clients in proceedings in Michigan, Illinois, California, and Colorado.

My approach has won the trust and confidence of my clients as well as my peers.  I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and for each of the last 10 years, I have received the highest possible rating of legal ability and ethical standards, the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating AV Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.  I also have been recognized as one of the premier family law attorneys in Michigan:  I again was named to Best Lawyers in America for 2016, as a Top Lawyer by dBusiness Magazine, and as a Michigan Super Lawyer

I graduated with Distinction from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and as a member of the Honors College. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School for a year, I went on to the University of Michigan Law School, where I won the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition and taught legal research and writing.  I am also an adjunct professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law, and I previously taught at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. 

My additional credentials are available at www.bankrifkinlaw.com.

Emphasis

Family Law Lawyer

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Counties

  • Bay, Michigan
  • Charlevoix, Michigan
  • Crawford, Michigan
  • Emmet, Michigan
  • Genesee, Michigan
  • Gladwin, Michigan
  • Grand Traverse, Michigan
  • Ingham, Michigan
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Kalkaska, Michigan
  • Lapeer, Michigan
  • Livingston, Michigan
  • Macomb, Michigan
  • Midland, Michigan
  • Oakland, Michigan
  • Ogemaw, Michigan
  • Otsego, Michigan
  • Roscommon, Michigan
  • Saginaw, Michigan
  • Van Buren, Michigan
  • Washtenaw, Michigan
  • Wayne, Michigan

Education

University of Michigan Law School, JD - Juris Doctor, 1991

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A. with Distinction and Honors in Economics, 1987

Legal Organizations

Colorado Bar Association

Michigan Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association

Fellow, Oakland County Bar Foundation, 2011-present

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2011-present

Awards

Top Lawyers, dBusiness, 2016

Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016

Super Lawyer, SuperLawyers, 2016

Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America , 2016

Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell. 2015

Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2015

Top Lawyers, dbusiness, 2015

Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers in America , 2015

Peer Review Rating AV Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014.

Super Lawyer, SuperLawyers, 2014.

Top Lawyers 2014, dBusiness.

Best Lawyers in America, 2014.

Top Lawyers 2013, dBusiness.

Best Lawyers in America, 2013.

Michigan Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013.

Peer Review Rating AV Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013.

Michigan Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2012.

Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2011.

Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2011.

Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2010.

Top Lawyers 2010, DBusiness, 2009.

Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2009.

Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2008.

Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition Winner, University of Michigan Law School, 1991. 

CLE Presentations

Institute of Continuing Legal Education Webinar, Tax Aspects of Divorce, 2015

Institute of Continuing Legal Education Webinar, Running Your Family Law Practice, 2015

The Ultimate Evidence Refresher. Family Law Institute, 2014 (ICLE).

Double Dipping: What is the Right Approach? Family Law Institute, 12th Annual, November 14-15, 2013 (ICLE)

Fundamentals of Divorce Practice & Procedure, Discovery in Divorce Cases, Sept. 10, 2013 (ICLE).

Fundamentals of Divorce Practice & Procedure, Divorce Discovery, Sept. 8, 2011 (ICLE).

Author

Matrimonial Attorney Took a Different Route. Oakland Legal News, 2012.

Chapter 1 Update, Family Law Practice Issues. ICLE Michigan Family Law Practice, 2002.

Beyond Rimvelt: Where Do Pre-Nuptial Agreements Go From Here?, Laches (OCBA), 2001.

Full Protection for the Injured Ward: Ensuring That Guardian and Conservator Fees Are Paid by the PIP Insurance Carrier. Michigan Bar Journal, 2000

Shop with Care: Choosing a Forum in Recreational Accidenet Cases. Laches (OCBA), 1999.

Liability of the Physician in Charge. Michigan Bar Journal, 1994.

When Doctors Go Bare: Compensation Beyond the Underinsured Physician. Michigan Bar Journal, 1994.

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