David C. Sarnacki

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Grand Rapids, MI

The Sarnacki Law Firm, PLC
 | 146 Monroe Center NW, Suite 800
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-965-6484
Fax: 616-988-9503
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney David C. Sarnacki is the founder of the Sarnacki Law Firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Focusing exclusively on family law, Mr. Sarnacki devotes his efforts to helping his clients achieve the best possible outcome for their divorces primarily through mediation and collaboration; however, he is also a tenacious and effective litigator who will advocate on behalf of his clients' rights and best interests in court when necessary.

During the course of his more than 32 years practicing law, Mr. Sarnacki has achieved notable success helping families through their most difficult and emotionally challenging situations. He has extensive experience handling a broad range of family law matters, including high-conflict child custody disputes and high-asset divorces, and he routinely conducts continuing legal education seminars across his region and throughout the country on topics related to effective trial advocacy, mediation and collaborative law.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1982 from Marquette University in Wisconsin, Mr. Sarnacki returned to his alma mater and attended Marquette University Law School. He obtained his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1985, and the State Bar of Wisconsin admitted him to practice that same year. In 1989, he received his license to practice from the State Bar of Michigan.

He is also admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th and 7th Circuits.

Recognized for his outstanding legal abilities and high ethical standards, Mr. Sarnacki holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel has named him among the Nation's Top One Percent. He is also a master of the American Inns of Court and a fellow with the Michigan State Bar Foundation.

A consummate professional, Mr. Sarnacki is active in numerous local, state and national bar associations, and he has held a number of leadership positions with both the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.

*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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (90%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Mediation

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property, Mediation


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018

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About David Sarnacki

Admitted: 1989, Michigan

Professional Webpage: sarnackilaw.com/index.php/biography-of-david-c-sarnacki-fami...


  • Trained as Mediator and Collaborative Divorce Attorney
  • Master, American Inns of Court
  • Awarded Inspector General’s Integrity Award by the U.S. Department of Health & Human ServicesCommended by the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism
  • Selected as a Member of the "Nation's Top One Percent" in the National Association of Distinguished CounselCited as an authority by United States Supreme Court
  • Accepted as Fellow in Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Designated Super Lawyer (top 5% in Michigan)Awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Rating
  • The Best Lawyers In America For Family Law

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Divorce Mediation; Collaborative Divorce

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section, 2003
  • United States District Court, Northern District, California, 1993
  • Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1989
  • Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1986
  • United States District Courts, Wisconsin, 1985
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • United States District Courts, Michigan, 1989-1990
  • Trustee, State Bar of Michigan Law Practice Management Section, 1997-2000
  • Chair, Grand Rapids Bar Association, 2000-2001
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Family Law Section, Secretary, 2005-2007
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Chair
  • State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, 2006-2007
  • State Courts of Wisconsin, 1985
  • State Courts of Michigan, 1989-1990
  • United States Supreme Court, 1994

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Citizens League Task Force on Affordable Housing
  • Task Force on Affordable HousingGrand Rapids Area Center for Ecumenism (GRACE)Grand Rapids Parent MagazineKennedy Center Imagination CelebrationWest Michigan Public Broadcasting
  • Pro Bono ProgramLegal Assistance CenterParish of St. StephenGrand Rapids Catholic CentralGrand Rapids Foundation Leadership Grand RapidsCitizens League
  • Legal Aid of Western Michigan

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Davenport University (Grand Rapids, 2001-2003)Frequent Faculty Member, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Ann Arbor, 1995-present)
  • United States Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute (Washington, D.C., 1988-1989)Trial Practice Instructor
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy/Hofstra University School of Law (New York, 2006)Trial Skills Instructor
  • ChairKent County Circuit Court Mediator/Case EvaluatorTrial and Mediation Skills Instructor, 1995-1996 
  • University Law School, Law Review, 1984-1985 Editor in ChiefU.S. Department of Justice Security Clearances (Secret)

Educational Background:

  • U of D Jesuit, cum laude, 1978
  • Marquette University, B.A., 1982
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Office Location for David C. Sarnacki

146 Monroe Center NW
Suite 800
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-965-6484

Fax: 616-988-9503

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Last Updated: 5/30/2018

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