B. Andrew Rifkin

Top rated family law attorney in Birmingham, Michigan

Bank | Rifkin
B. Andrew Rifkin
Bank | Rifkin

Practice Areas: Family law, Estate planning & probate

Licensed in Michigan since: 1992

Education: The University of Michigan Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023

Bank | Rifkin

401 South Old Woodward Ave.
Suite 410
Birmingham, MI 48009 Phone: 248-480-8333 Email: B. Andrew Rifkin Visit website

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As a family law attorney with 30 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 15 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, 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.

First Admitted: 1992, Michigan

Professional Webpage: https://www.bankrifkinlaw.com/michigan-divorce-attorneys/b-a...

Educational Background:
  • University of Michigan Law School - University of Michigan.  Honors:  Winner of the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, 1990-91 Outstanding Legal Writing Instructor Award, 1991 Book Award: Legal Research and Writing, 1990., 1991
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.  B.A. Economics.  Honors:  Bachelor of Arts with Distinction and Honors in Economics, May 1987 Honors Thesis: Medical Malpractice Insurance Prices: A Study of Rate Variance Diploma with Distinction, 1987 Honors in Economics, 1987 College Honors Program in Economics, 1986 University of Michigan Class Honors, 1985, 1987
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • State Bar of Michigan, 1992
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • State Bar of Colorado, 1993
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Rifkin, Rifkin and Cooper, Liability of the Physician in Charge MICH. BAR J., Dec. 1994, Volume 73 No. 12 at 1296 [also in MICHIGAN TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION QUARTERLY, Spring 1994, at 25], Liability of the Physician in Charge, MICH. BAR J., 1994
  • Rifkin and Rifkin, When Doctors Go Bare: Compensation Beyond the Underinsured Physician, MICH. BAR J., Oct. 1994, Volume 73 No. 10 at 1080 [also MICHIGAN TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION QUARTERLY, Winter 1994, at 26; and in PODIATRIC PROFILES, February/March 1995, at 8], When Doctors Go Bare: Compensation Beyond the Underinsured Physician, MICH. BAR J., 1994
  • Making a Spousal Support Claim Based on Net Cash Flow Analysis, AAML Annual Michigan Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2013
  • Successfully Offering Real Evidence at Trial, AAML Annual Michigan Family Law Seminar, 2012
  • Fundamentals of Divorce Practice & Procedure, Discovery in Divorce Cases, ICLE, 2013
  • Double Dipping: What is the Right Approach? Family Law Institute, 12th Annual, 2013
  • From Vodvarka to Shade and Everything In Between, American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Michigan Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2014
  • The Ultimate Evidence Refresher, ICLE Family Law Institute, 2014
  • Prenupital and Postnuptial Marital Agreements at the University of Michigan Law School, Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning, Guest Lecturer, 2015
  • Divorce Discovery, Fundamentals of Divorce Practice & Procedure, 2015
  • Michigan Property Division Statutes, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Michigan Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2015
  • Running Your Family Law Practice, Institute of Continuing Legal Education Webinar, 2015
  • Tax Aspects of Divorce, Institute of Continuing Legal Education Webinar, 2015
  • Technology, Social Media, and Family Law, Oakland County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, 2015
  • Rifkin, ICLE Michigan Family Law Practice, Chapter 1 Update, Family Law Practice Issues, 2002 Supplement, § 1.35, Author, Chapter 1 Update, Family Law Practice Issues, ICLE Michigan Family Law Practice, 2002
  • Schaefer, Bank, and Rifkin, Beyond Rinvelt, Where Do Prenuptial Agreements Go from Here?, Beyond Rinvelt: Where Do Prenuptial Agreements Go from Here?, LACHES, 2001
  • Rifkin, Full Protection for the Injured Ward: Ensuring That Guardian and Conservator Fees Are Paid by the PIP Insurance Carrier, MICH. BAR J., July 2000, Volume 79 No. 7 at ____ [also in LACHES, September 1999, No. 404 at 16], Full Protection for the Injured Ward: Ensuring That Guardian and Conservator Fees Are Paid by the PIP Insurance Carrier, MICH. BAR J., July 2000, Volume 79 No.7, 2000
  • Rifkin and Rifkin, Shop with Care: Choosing a Forum in Recreational Accident Cases, LACHES, January 1999, No. 396 at 8 [also in EMMET-CHARLEVOIX BAR ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER, Vol. 2, No. 4, at 1], Shop with Care: Choosing a Forum in Recreational Accident Cases, LACHES, 1999
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Court-Appointed Mediator in Oakland and Wayne County Circuit Courts, 1999
  • Oakland County Bench-Bar Conference Family Law Committee:  Served as committee member organizing meeting, preparing issues for discussion and written materials, and moderating annual family law conference between Oakland County attorneys and judges., 2007
  • Invited Judge - Detroit College of Law.  Freshman Moot Court Oral Argument Competition, 1994
  • Invited Judge - University of Michigan Law School.  First Year Moot Court Oral Argument Competitions Annual Client Counseling Competitions, 1996
Honors/Awards:
  • Michigan Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013
  • , 2022 Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Peer Review Rating AV Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Top Lawyers, Crain’s Detroit Business, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Top Lawyers, dbusiness, 2016
  • Outstanding Legal Writing Instructor Award, University of Michigan, 1991
  • Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2008
  • Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2010
  • Michigan Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Top Lawyers, dBusiness, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Super Lawyer, SuperLawyers, 2016
  • Book Award:  Legal Research and Writing, University of Michigan, 1990
  • Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2009
  • Super Lawyer, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2011
  • Peer Review Rating AV Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Top Lawyers 2013, dBusiness, 2013
  • Super Lawyer, SuperLawyers, 2014
  • Top Lawyers, dBusiness, 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • Winner of the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, University of Michigan, 1990
  • Honors:  Bachelor of Arts with Distinction and Honors in Economics, May 1987 Honors Thesis: Medical Malpractice Insurance Prices: A Study of Rate Variance Diploma with Distinction, 1987 Honors in Economics, 1987 College Honors Program in Economics, 1986 University of Michigan Class Honors, 1985., University of Michigan, 1987
  • Top Lawyers 2010, DBusiness, 2009
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2011

Office location for B. Andrew Rifkin

401 South Old Woodward Ave.
Suite 410
Birmingham, MI 48009

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