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Danielle Schoonmaker


Family Law.

In the area of family law, Michelle represents clients regarding divorce, contested custody, parenting time disputes, child support review, spousal support, fair and equitable division of the marital estate, grandparent visitation, adoption, paternity, and conservatorships/guardianships. She also represents parents in abuse and neglect proceedings including removal, termination and foster placement. She worked previously as a private custody evaluator for the Kent County Friend of the Court.

Equine law.

Michelle's great love of horses enticed her to become involved in the area of equine law, which is the practice of law related to all aspects of horses, horse-related activities, horse businesses, horse organizations, and horse facilities. Examples of her work include preparing or reviewing equine-related contracts (sales and transfer agreements), disputes and litigation related to horse transactions and injuries, and animal rights matters.

Real Estate.

Prior to practicing law, Michelle worked for a national mortgage lender and has over fifteen years experience in this capacity. She worked as an underwriter, collector, manager, and finally as an account executive. By combining her vast experience in the mortgage lending and real estate industries with the practice of law, Michelle offers her clients a unique perspective as their advocate.

General Litigation.

Michelle has extensive experience in litigation having tried numerous cases at both the state and federal levels. She is dedicated to finding solutions that are in the best interest of her clients, whether that be settlement or trial. She keeps her clients informed every step of the way in what is sometimes a confusing experience.

Consumer Law.

Michelle has extensive knowledge in mortgage lending law and handles matters involving foreclosure rescue scams, mortgage lending abuses, mortgage fraud, mortgage modifications, and understands relevant mortgage banking laws. In addition, Michelle has handled many other consumer law issues from deceptive and fraudulent trade practices, lemon laws, breach of warranty issues, consumer debt collection violations, fair credit reporting issues, and student loan law issues. Michelle also handles landlord tenant cases involving breach of lease, default, eviction, etc.

Criminal Law.

Michelle handles a wide variety of criminal matters including domestic violence, drunk driving, larceny, retail fraud, embezzlement, and criminal sexual conduct. She has successfully defended clients in both federal court and state courts.


Juris Doctor from Michigan State University, Cum Laude - 2007

  • Inns of Court, Extern for17th Circuit Judicial Court

Bachelor of Science from Cornerstone University - 2002


  • All Michigan State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Michigan Bar Association - Chairperson, Membership Committee (2011-2012)
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Lawyer Referral and Information Services Panel Member (2008-current)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


Michelle serves on the Board of Karin's Horse Connection, a nonprofit organization located in Caledonia, MI, and on the board of Daddy Daughter Time, another nonprofit organization. She is an active parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. When she's not at work, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her two dogs, playing with horses at Karin's Horse Connection, running/exercising, practicing hot yoga, traveling, gardening, and just trying new things in general.