Rachel L. Gruetzner

Rachel L. Gruetzner

Associate
Location:
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Phone:
800-214-1213
Fax:
269-382-0464
Email:

Attorney Rachel Gruetzner is passionate about helping families through difficult life transitions that accompany a change in family structure. This passion enables her to cut through conflict quickly and efficiently to create an individualized and practical solution to your family law matter. Ms. Gruetzner understands that a break-up can cause emotional and economic upheaval. With great compassion, Ms. Gruetzner will work with you as your ally in finding a solution that minimizes conflict and financial burdens so often associated with divorce. As the daughter of one deaf and one hearing parent, Rachel understands complex family dynamics involving blended families and can communicate in sign language. Her personal background lends a unique perspective to cases, especially those which require a more particularized approach to parenting time and custodial issues.

Ms. Gruetzner is trained in conflict management, educated in trial practice, and has an extensive background in legal research and writing. These specialties allow her clients the benefit of a litigator who effectively articulates complex legal concepts with the unique approach of seeing every matter first through a conflict resolution lens. Ms. Gruetzner's practice focuses on family law matters involving child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, division of property, adoption, and paternity, at the trial level and in the Court of Appeals.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Family Law Appeals
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Paternity and Revocation of Paternity
  • Adoption
  • Criminal Law Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2014

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. summa cum laude - 2014
    • Honors: Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute Litigation Certification
  • Western Michigan University
    • B.A. cum laude - 2009
    • Major: Theatre Studies: Stage Management and Communications: Film, Video, & Media Studies
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education - 2017
    • Honors: Family Law Certificate Program Certificate of Completion

Honors and Awards

  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Mid-Michigan Chapter, Carolyn Stell Scholarship Recipient 2013
  • Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts and Constitutional Law I/The Regulatory State
  • Quarterfinalist in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition – 2013 & 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Member, 2014 - Present
  • Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Member, 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member, 2015 - Present
  • Kalamazoo Bar Association, Member, 2015 - Present
  • Kalamazoo Family Law Bar Association, Member, 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 2015 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Levine & Levine, 2015-Present, Attorney
  • State of Michigan Court of Appeals, Research Attorney, 2014 - 2015
  • Speaker Law Firm, PLLC, Law Clerk, 2012 - 2014
  • National Labor Relations Board, Special Litigation Division, Legal Intern, 2013
  • State of Michigan Supreme Court, Chief Justice Young’s Office, Legal Intern, 2012