- J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1977, with distinction
- B.S., Central Michigan University, 1971
Mike Quinn is a member of the firm and has been practicing law since 1977. A member of Miller Johnson’s litigation group, Mr. Quinn focuses his practice exclusively on family law and related matters and is Chair of the Family Law Group at Miller Johnson.
Mr. Quinn is classically trained in litigation and has over 36 years of trial court experience. He has successfully litigated complex property division cases, business and professional valuation cases, and difficult child custody matters, and the enforcement of pre- and post-nuptial agreements throughout West Michigan.
While litigation experience is important, Mr. Quinn believes it is not always the best way to achieve maximum wealth preservation and privacy for his clients. Consequently, he has developed a strong belief in the benefits of negotiated private divorce settlements and the use of alternative dispute resolution procedures. He has broad experience and training in alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, arbitration, and collaborative practice. He is certified by the State Court Administrator’s Office as a facilitative mediator and also certified as a collaborative practice attorney. He has successfully mediated and arbitrated numerous and complex family law issues over his career.
Professional Affiliations and Activities
Mr. Quinn has earned and enjoys the respect of lawyers and judges throughout West Michigan. He has actively been involved in numerous bar affiliations on both the state and local level. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and chaired the Lawyer Referral Service Committee. Mr. Quinn was formerly elected as the chairperson for the Grand Rapids Bar Association Family Law Section. He is also the immediate past president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Articles and Presentations
Mr. Quinn regularly lectures at seminars for family law attorneys and judges throughout the State of Michigan for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Judicial Institute List, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Some recent presentations include:
- Pretrial Practice and Procedure – In Family Law Journal, 2010 – 2013
- Hidden Tax Issues – American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Seminar, Spring, 2013
- The Critical Analysis of a Business Valuation Report, presented Fall 2007, Institute of Continuing Legal Education
- The Closely Held Business Case, presented November 2006, Institute of Continuing Legal Education
- Valuing and Dividing Marital Property, presented Fall 2006, Institute of Continuing Legal Education
- Privileged, Confidential and Protected Information and Data, presented May 2006, Michigan Family Court Forum
- Change of Domicile Issues, presented May 6, 2004 to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Michigan Chapter
Mr. Quinn was interviewed for and quoted in the article “Tiger Woods prenup what does it take to void?” which ran in The Grand Rapids Press on December 14, 2009.
In 2003, Mr. Quinn was admitted as a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers was founded in 1962 by domestic relations attorneys to encourage the study of, and improve the practice of, family law. There are currently only 1,600 fellows in the United States. To be accepted as a fellow, an applicant must pass a rigorous ethical screening and display expertise in the area of divorce, property settlement, post-nuptial agreements, child custody, parenting time, alimony, child support and related tax issues. Qualifications for membership requires that the fellow be recognized by the bench and bar in his or her jurisdiction as an expert practitioner in matrimonial law. In order to become a fellow, the practitioner must pass a stringent written examination on a wide range of issues pertaining to family law, both at the state and national level. Interviews by State Board of Examiners must be successfully completed as well as being passed upon by other prominent matrimonial lawyers in the state. Mr. Quinn successfully achieved those goals and has become recognized as a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In 2010, he was named a Michigan State Bar Foundation Fellow.
Mr. Quinn is listed in “Best Lawyers in America®” in the area of collaborative law: family law, family law and family law-mediation, the only attorney in the United States to be recognized in all three areas. He was named as Best Lawyers 2018 Grand Rapids Family Law Lawyer of the Year and Best Lawyers 2017 Grand Rapids Collaborative Law: Family Law Lawyer of the Year. Mr. Quinn was also selected and named one of Michigan’s “Super Lawyers” in the area of family law. Super Lawyers identifies the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.).
He is also recognized in “Leading Lawyers” for Family Law.
Mr. Quinn has an AV® rating by Martindale-Hubbell1 (The Legal Ability Ratings of A indicates Very High to Preeminent and a General Ethical Standards Rating of V indicates Very High).
As chairman of the Miller Johnson Family Law Practice Group, Mr. Quinn works with a team of highly qualified family law attorneys. They operate similar to a small boutique law firm, with all of the large firm advantages. Miller Johnson is a full-service law firm with offices located in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. As a consequence, Mr. Quinn has significant resources at his fingertips in areas of the law which support his family law practice. Those areas of law include corporate, corporations, employment, real estate, estate planning and taxes, just to name a few.
Mr. Quinn is a member of St. Robert’s of Newminister Parish in Ada, Michigan. He is a current member of the Kent County Conservation League.
Mr. Quinn received his law degree in 1977 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and his undergraduate degree in 1971 from Central Michigan University. He is admitted to practice in Michigan and regularly has cases in West Michigan counties including Kent, Ottawa, Ionia, Montcalm, Allegan, Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, and Mecosta.
1CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.