John J. Schrot, Jr.

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Birmingham, MI

Berry Moorman P.C.
 | 255 East Brown Street, Suite 320
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: 248-645-9680
Fax: 248-644-1537
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    John J. Schrot, Jr., is an attorney at Berry Moorman P.C. in Birmingham, Michigan. Mr. Schrot has more than 40 years of experience and focuses his practice on business, corporate and family law, serving clients throughout the metropolitan Detroit region.

    Mr. Schrot successfully represents individuals in various civil litigation matters. He has experience with a wide range of domestic legal issues involving divorce, annulment, business valuations, change of domicile, child support, custody, enforcement, Friend of the Court matters, grandparenting time, guardianships, parenting time, personal protection orders, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, post-judgment issues, separation, spousal support, stepparent adoptions.

    Recognized for his many accomplishments and dedication toward his clients, Mr. Schrot is regularly featured in dBusiness magazine as a “top lawyer” and is a repeated recipient of the “top 10 attorneys award” from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. He holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

    Mr. Schrot is also a trained professional in collaborative divorce practice and is able to explain the different options for divorce. He is a member of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan, as well as the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. During 2019, 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. 

    Over the course of his career, Mr. Schrot served in numerous leadership roles in professional and community organizations. He maintains active membership in several organizations, including the Oakland County Bar Association, the Detroit Bar Association, Michigan Inter-Professional Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association. He also is a member of the City of Birmingham Board of Ethics and President of the Rotary Club of Birmingham.

    Mr. Schrot received a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and earned his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. He holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Toronto and obtained his Michigan law license in 1977.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Family Law
    • 10%General Litigation
    • 10%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Custody & Visitation, Prenuptial Agreements, Litigation


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  • Judicial Disqualification In Michigan - A Slippery Slope (2011) - This article discusses the change in the Michigan Court Rule regarding the potential disqualification of a jurist, and concerns in relation thereto.

  • Legal Marijuana and Family Law (2018) - The Michigan family law courts have and will continue to consider marijuana use seriously when deciding divorce and custody/parenting time matters.  

  • Business Emergency Legal Preparedness (2014) - This article discusses the legal risks associated with a business not being prepared for an emergency or disaster of various types, and how to remedy same.

  • Marital Agreements in Michigan - Useful Tools In A World Of Until Divorce Or Debt Do Us Part (2011) - The article discusses the importance of formal agreements in the planning stages and during marriage.

  • Protecting Your Client's Business In Divorce (2010) - This article discusses the importance of pre-planning with counsel for a potential divorce in the event that one owns or may during the marriage own a business interest.

  • Cohabitation (2017) - The pros and cons of unmarried cohabitation relationships.

  • About John Schrot, Jr.

    Admitted: 1977, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top Lawyer, Global Who's Who
    • Leaders in the Law, Class of 2016, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
    • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell for past 28 years (1989-2018); 2010-2018 Top Lawyer in Family Law and Litigation. The AV Preeminent Rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of the bar and judiciary. To become a Leading Lawyer Family Law one must be recommended by Family Law peers, and approved by the Leading Lawyers Michigan Advisory Board in the area of Family Law. This is a distinction held by fewer than five percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Michigan. I have a "Superb" rating with AVVO. Also, I received the Shamrock Bar Association's Distinguished Lawyer Award for 2013. The Shamrock Bar Association consists of lawyers and judges affiliated with Detroit/Novi Catholic Central High School. In 2014 through 2018 I was selected by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as a recipient of the TOP 10 Attorney Award, recognizing me as one of the top 10 family law attorneys in Michigan, Distinguished Lawyer Award
    • Just 30 lawyers in the State of Michigan were selected for this prestigious award. These lawyers are recognized for their accomplishments, and viewed as those setting the standards for other lawyers., Leader in the Law, The Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2014
    • Editor-in-Chief of DCL (now MSU) Law Review 
    • The Nation's Top Lawyers, based upon a survey of their peers, Leading Lawyers, 2018
    • for academic achievement, Edward Rakow Scholarship Award, Federal Bar Foundation, 1976
    • In 2014 through 2018 I was awarded one of the "10 Best" Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Michigan, by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Michigan Inter-Professional Association
    • Co-Chair, State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section’s Ad Hoc Committee
    • Oakland County Bar Association – Fellow and Member of the Family Court Committee
    • U.S. Tax Court
    • American Bar Association – Arbitrator; Family Law, Litigation, and Business Law sections; Senior Lawyers Divison
    • State Bar of Michigan – Family Law and Business Law sections
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • State of Michigan
    • -Past Member of Mediation Tribunal Association and Association of Defense Trial Counsel,-Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association and National Association of Securities Dealers-American Bar Association (Litigation and Family Law Sections)-Michigan Bar Association ( Family Law, and Business Law sections)-Oakland County Bar Association (Circuit Court Committee (Chair 1999-2000); Business Law, Family Law and Continuing Legal Education Committees)-Who's Who Registry of Business Leaders
    • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Member of the Federal Law Clerk Alumni Group
    • Member of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metro Detroit

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • 2003-Present - Member (Past Chairman) City of Birmingham Ethics Board; 2007 to present; Speaker at Oakland University School of Business on the legal aspects of emergency preparedness;  2006-Present - Member/Grand Knight, Holy Name Knights of Columbus; 1999-2016 - Participant, Catholic Central High School Law Day; 1991-2016 - Member (Past Chairman), Board of Directors, Birmingham YMCA; 2000-2003 - Chairman, Leadership Committee, Birmingham YMCA; 1989-2003 - Member (Past Chairman), City of Birmingham Advisory Parking Committee; 1998-1999 - Member, Board of Directors, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit; 1996-1998 - Holy Name Church Parish Council; 1989-1997 - Federation Chief of YMCA Indian Program, Recipient of Golden Feather Award; 1990-1994 - Coach with Birmingham/Bloomfield Soccer Club and/or Holy Name Varsity Soccer Team; 1986 - Member, Ad Hoc Advisory Transportation Committee, Birmingham Board of Education; Member/Director, Birmingham Rotary 2011-present and current President-Elect; Volunteer, The Birmingham Community House 1994-2011, Member, Board of Directors, Independent Transportation Network of Detroit 2012-2014, a non-profit organization benefitting the visually impaired and the elderly.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Legal ramifications of emergency preparedness upon business.
    • Arbitration in the real estate industry
    • This article addresses both pre- and post- divorce filing legal methodologies for the protection of an individual's interest in a business enterprise. This can include such things as shareholder agreements, pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements.  Then, in the event of divorce, it discusses the importance of the need for and selection of preeminent professionals to assist in the protection efforts., Protecting Your Client's Business in Divorce, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2010
    • This article addresses the issues of marital agreements facing family law practitioners. It discusses both pre-marital and post-marital agreements. The benefits and requirements of such contracts are laid out. Also discussed is the increased use of such agreements and the risks to practitioner preparers., Marital Agreements: Useful Tools in a World of Until Divorce or Debt Do Us Part, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2011
    • On September 24, 2015 John Schrot presented at the City of Birmingham Board of Ethics informational seminar for city officials and employees on the topic of ethics in government.  Mr. Schrot discussed ethical principles, rules, and procedures, providing advice on good governmental practices so as to avoid ethical problems and create and/or maintain a good ethical environment.  Mr. Schrot has been a member and/or past Chair of the City's Board of Ethics for the past 14 years. 
    • This article discusses the legal risks associated with a business not being prepared for emergencies or disasters of various types, and how to remedy same, Business Emergency Legal Preparedness, 2014
    • The significant changes include two Social Security claiming strategies. The articles discusses the serious and immediate impact on divorcing and former spouses., Social Security Changes and Divorce, 2016


    • Resolution as counsel for a party in a $100 million divorce., 2012

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • AVVO legal ability rating of "Superb", 2018
    • Approved as a Leading Lawyer in Michigan in the area of Family Law. Rated as "Superb" in Family Law by Avvo. Also, a "Top Lawyer" in Family Law. Received the Shamrock Bar Association's Distinguished Lawyer Award, all for 2013. In 2014 through 2018, I was chosen to receive the prestigious TOP 10 Attorney Award from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, as a top 10 family law attorney in Michigan. I was also awarded one of the "10 Best" Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Michigan, by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.


    • This cable television interview of me focused on my discussing the benefits of marital agreements, Marital Agreements, Michigan Divorce Matters, 2011
    • This cable television interview focused on my suggestions for couples to avoid divorce, Tips to Avoid Divorce, Michigan Divorce Matters, 2010


    • Articles in the area of Family Law, Law Notes, Berry Moorman P.C.

    Educational Background:

    • Detroit College of Law, Detroit, Michigan n/k/a Michigan State University College of Law,1977; Editor-in-Chief, Detroit College of Law Review, 1976-1977; Law Review Member and Associate Editor. 1974-1976; Recipient of the Federal Bar Foundation Edward Rakow Scholarship Award. 1976; Legal Research Teaching Assistant. 1975 University of Toronto, Faculty of Management Studies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Master of Business Administration, 1974; Faculty Research Assistant.Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, Bachelor of Science, Business Management, 1972; Student-Faculty Council

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    255 East Brown Street
    Suite 320
    Birmingham, MI 48009

    Phone: 248-645-9680

    Fax: 248-644-1537

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