Levine & Levine, a Kalamazoo-based law firm specializing in criminal defense, family law, business law, appeals, and estate planning, has hired Rachel Gruetzner, an attorney focused on family law matters, including divorce, child custody and support, spousal support, paternity, adoption, and family law appeals. Her practice will also include general civil and criminal litigation and criminal appeals.
Gruetzner earned a Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law in 2014 and a bachelor’s degree cum laude with a double major in theatre and communications from Western Michigan University in 2009. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan as well as the family law, appellate practice, criminal law, and young lawyers sections of the state bar. Gruetzner also served as a research attorney with the Michigan Court of Appeals and a clerk at the Speaker Law Firm in Lansing.
“Rachel is a talented and effective attorney whose areas of practice with family law, divorce, custody, and adoption make her a perfect fit with our firm,” said Sharan Levine, partner at Levine & Levine.
As the daughter of one deaf and one hearing parent, Gruetzner learned at a young age how to navigate complex family dynamics and can communicate in sign language. Prior to coming to Levine & Levine, she served as a research attorney at the State of Michigan Court of Appeals, a law clerk at Speaker Law Firm, PLLC, and a legal intern at the National Labor Relations Board and State of Michigan Supreme Court.
“I am passionate about people, justice, and lending a sympathetic ear and hardworking mind to craft creative solutions to complex problems,” Gruetzner said. “These passions guide me in achieving favorable outcomes for clients facing the difficult life changes that accompany a change in a family structure.”