Birmingham Family Law Lawyer
Mr. Schrot has repeatedly received the prestigious Top 10 Attorney Award from both the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA) and American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA), recognizing him as one of the top 10 family law attorneys in Michigan. NAFLA was established with the primary goal of discovering and recognizing the top 10 family law attorneys in each state for their hard work, knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success in their practice of family law. AIOFLA is similar, as well as having an emphasis on “client satisfaction.” The attorneys who make the NAFLA and AIOFLA Top 10 must first be nominated.
He has been repeatedly recognized in dBusiness Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Metropolitan Detroit in the practice areas of family law and litigation; again this year selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in family law in Michigan; and annually selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer and awarded Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating. Michigan Lawyers Weekly selected him as one of the “Leaders in the Law” Class of 2016. Global Who’s Who has selected him as a Top Lawyer. He was Co-Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section’s Ad Hoc Committee for a Twenty Year Review of the Family Court System in Michigan.
He has served by court appointment as a special master of discovery, facilitator, mediator, umpire, arbitrator and receiver. He has consistently (since 1989) achieved an “AV Preeminent” (5.0 out of 5) rating, the highest peer rating by Martindale Hubbell, a nationally recognized directory of attorneys, for his legal ability and ethical standards. He received the 2013 Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Shamrock Bar Association. He has appeared in state and federal courts throughout Michigan and has argued in the Michigan Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.Professional memberships include the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Oakland County Bar Foundation (Fellow), Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, ABA section memberships include litigation, family law and business law. Section memberships in the State Bar of Michigan include family law and business law. He is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Schrot is a past chairman of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Circuit Court Committee. He is also a member of the City of Birmingham Board of Ethics, past Grand Knight of the Birmingham Knights of Columbus, and President Elect of the Birmingham Rotary Club, among other volunteer positions. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, and has been past chair of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham YMCA and the City of Birmingham Ethics Board and Advisory Parking Committee.
He was the recipient of the Federal Bar Foundation Edward Rakow Scholarship Award at the Detroit College of Law in 1976, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Detroit College of Law Review. He also served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold H. Bobier, Judge of the U.S. District Court in Bankruptcy for the Eastern District of Michigan.
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