Richard A. Roane

Top rated Family Law attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
Richard A. Roane
Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, International; view more

Licensed in Michigan since: 1988

Education: Whittier Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

150 Ottawa Ave NW
Suite 1500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2487 Visit website


With over three decades of experience, Ric Roane specializes in family law and domestic relations litigation. His practice encompasses divorce, complex business valuation and asset distribution, non-marital domestic relationships, domestic relations mediation, arbitration and collaborative law, spousal support, child custody and support, pre-nuptial agreements, LGBTQ+ family issues and more. His international family law expertise extends to various countries, including Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, England, Canada, Mexico and matriarchal Palau in Oceania – the South Pacific among other locales.

Ric wholeheartedly embraces “alternative dispute resolution” techniques – especially mediation – as methods of resolving family conflict. While he is a litigator, the majority of his cases are resolved through careful preparation and skilled negotiation. And Ric remains keenly aware of changes in tax laws or policies that could impact clients, ensuring that tax benefits and liabilities are properly assigned to the appropriate parent.

Clients appreciate Ric’s reasoned approach to problem solving, which balances being a tough negotiator when he needs to be, with being kind and fair whenever he can be. “My work involves entire families,” he says. “My goal is to find a resolution to the problems facing the family I’m serving. It’s a less contentious approach.”

Ric attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa for undergrad, 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. Ric is admitted to practice before all Michigan state courts.

Throughout his distinguished career, Ric 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. Ric 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, Ric is a member of the board of directors of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Ric is a partner with Warner Norcross + Judd LLP and former chair of Warner’s Family Law Practice Group.

Practice areas

Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, International

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Arbitration, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property, Mediation, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 80% Family Law
  • 10% Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10% International

First Admitted: 1988, Michigan

Professional Webpage:

  • Michigan Super Lawyers list, 2007 - 2016
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2009 - 2013
  • Michael Barnes Pro-Bono Service Award, 1995 - Present
  • Named as one of the Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers 2010
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Grand Rapids Family Law Lawyer of the year
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Michigan, Collaborative Attorney and Member
  • Legal Assistance Center, Board of Directors, 2008-2012
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker, Michigan Judge's Association Speaker on Michigan Family Law Update on Cases, Statutes, Court Rules, August 2012
  • Speaker, Institute for Continuing Legal Education Drafting Property Settlement Agreements, Oct. 23, 2012
  • ICLE Family Law Insititute, Presenter on Initial Client Interview Techniques, Nov. 15, 2012
  • Lecturer, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Lecturer, Michigan Family Forum, Organizing Committee
  • “Prenuptial Agreements: The Elephant in the Room,” Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises 2013 Annual Conference, April 26, 2013 - Present
  • 11th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLE, Plymouth, Michigan, November 15, 2012 - November 16, 2012
  • "Update on Michigan Family Law Cases, Court Rules and Administrative Orders," Michigan Judges Association, August 21, 2012 - Present
  • Lecturer, ICLE, Family Law issues
  • Lecturer, Michigan Family Law Institute
  • “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
  • "Negotiating and Drafting Property Settlement Agreements," ICLE, October 23, 2012 - Present
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Delegate to the National Board of Governors
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section, 2-term Council Member
  • Member, ICLE Family Law Advisory Board, 2009 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Michigan Chapter, President & Fellow, 2012-13
  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Michigan, 1988
  • Member, Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Michigan
  • Member, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Family Law Advisory Board
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past Chairperson
  • Member, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Educational Background:
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Bachelors of Business Adminstration, International Business, 1982
Industry Groups:
  • LGBTQIA+ Individuals

Office location for Richard A. Roane

150 Ottawa Ave NW
Suite 1500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2487

Phone: 616-426-8174


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024

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Top 100: Michigan Super Lawyers: 2010

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