Anthea E. Papista

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Detroit, MI

Papista & Papista PLC
One Woodward Ave., Suite 2400
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-965-1688
Fax: 313-965-8150
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Family Law (60%), Estate & Trust Litigation (30%), Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Anthea E. Papista has a legal practice devoted to the areas of matrimonial law, divorce, trust and estate litigation, and estate planning. Ms. Papista represents a wide variety of clients in the metropolitan region of Detroit, Michigan, as well as throughout southeastern Michigan. She has extensive experience dealing with matters of asset division, business valuations, custody, parenting time issues and more.

Ms. Papista began her legal career after graduating magna cum laude from the Detroit College of Law now known as the Michigan State University College of Law.. She has been admitted to practice law in the state since 1993.  In 2005, she graduated from Wayne State University Law School with a Masters in Law in the area of corporate finance. 

Due to her continued passion and dedication, Ms. Papista has received recognition for her contributions to the legal field, including being annually listed as a “Top Lawyer” in the area of family law by DBusiness Magazine, a Michigan business journal and an acclaimed Super Lawyer for many years. 

Outside of her legal practice, Ms. Papista stays actively involved in her professional community by participating in a wide variety of groups and organizations in numerous roles. She is a member of the Macomb County Probate Bar Association and the Wayne County Probate Bar Association.

Also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Ms. Papista is an active elected council member of the State Bar's Family Law Section and liaison between the Family Law Section and Probate and Estate Sections.  She was elected a Fellow in both the Oakland County Bar Association and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.  She is the Co-Editor of the State Bar of Michigan’s Family Law Journal and Co-Editor of the Lexis Nexis Michigan Family Law Practice Guide. 

Practice Areas
  • 60%Family Law
  • 30%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Will Contests, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021

About Anthea E. Papista

Admitted: 1993, Michigan

Professional Webpage:


  • Voted as "Top Lawyer" in Family Law, "Dbusiness" magazine, 2012

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Editor, Family Law Journal, State Bar of Michigan Family Law Council

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Fellow, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section
  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member, Macomb County Probate Bar Association
  • Chair and Member, State Bar of Michigan Family Law Council
  • Member, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, Wayne County Probate Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Fellow, Oakland County Bar Association
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Office Location for Anthea E. Papista

One Woodward Ave.
Suite 2400
Detroit, MI 48226

Phone: 313-965-1688

Fax: 313-965-8150

Last Updated: 3/10/2021

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