Richard A. Roane

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Grand Rapids, MI

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
 | 900 Fifth Third Center, 111 Lyon Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2487
Phone: 616-752-2367
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1988
Education: Whittier Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Richard A. Roane has more than three decades of experience in family law matters. From the firm's office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he provides advice and counsel to clients throughout the western portion of the state who are going through a divorce and who are dealing with issues such as property division, alimony, child custody and support, complex business valuations and other related matters. Mr. Roane also has experience with nonmarital domestic relationships, LGBT family issues, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. In addition to providing staunch advocacy in the courtroom, he handles many of these matters through mediation, arbitration and collaborative law. Mr. Roane's clients have included health care professionals, business executives, professional athletes and teachers.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Roane attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he majored in international business and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1982. He then enrolled at Whittier Law School in California and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1986. Mr. Roane is admitted to practice before all Michigan state courts.

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Roane has received many accolades from his fellow professionals. The holder of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, he has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2009. Mr. Roane has had several articles on family law topics appear in such publications as the Michigan Family Law Journal and the Michigan Bar Journal. A member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, he is also an active participant in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Active in his community as well, Mr. Roane is a member of the board of directors of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

*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 (80%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Marital Property

Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Marital Property


Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017

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About Richard Roane

Admitted: 1988, Michigan

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Honors and Awards:

  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2013
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Grand Rapids Family Law Lawyer of the year
  • Michael Barnes Pro-Bono Service Award, 1995 - Present
  • Named as one of the Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2009 - 2013
  • Michigan Super Lawyers list, 2007 - 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Michigan
  • Member, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member, ICLE Family Law Advisory Board, 2009 - Present
  • Member, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Family Law Advisory Board
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Michigan Chapter, President & Fellow, 2012-13
  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Michigan, 1988
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past Chairperson
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section, 2-term Council Member
  • Delegate to the National Board of Governors

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Legal Assistance Center, Board of Directors, 2008-2012
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Michigan, Collaborative Attorney and Member

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Negotiating and Drafting Property Settlement Agreements," ICLE, October 23, 2012 - Present
  • “My Impressions and Experience Attending the Oral Arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court,” a gathering of LGBT professionals and allied community members , Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 23, 2013 - Present
  • Lecturer, Michigan Family Law Institute
  • Lecturer, ICLE, Family Law issues
  • "Update on Michigan Family Law Cases, Court Rules and Administrative Orders," Michigan Judges Association, August 21, 2012 - Present
  • 11th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLE, Plymouth, Michigan, November 15, 2012 - November 16, 2012
  • “Prenuptial Agreements: The Elephant in the Room,” Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises 2013 Annual Conference, April 26, 2013 - Present
  • Lecturer, Michigan Family Forum, Organizing Committee
  • Lecturer, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • ICLE Family Law Insititute, Presenter on Initial Client Interview Techniques, Nov. 15, 2012
  • Speaker, Institute for Continuing Legal Education Drafting Property Settlement Agreements, Oct. 23, 2012
  • Speaker, Michigan Judge's Association Speaker on Michigan Family Law Update on Cases, Statutes, Court Rules, August 2012

Educational Background:

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Bachelors of Business Adminstration, International Business, 1982
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Office Location for Richard A. Roane

900 Fifth Third Center
111 Lyon Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2487

Phone: 616-752-2367


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Last Updated: 10/2/2017

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