Hanley M. Gurwin

Of Counsel

Education & Credentials


University of Michigan

B.A., 1955

University of Michigan Law School

J.D., 1958

Bar Admission

  • Michigan1959


  • Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Family Law Section of State Bar of Michigan
  • Recipient of Roberts P. Hudson Award, the highest award given by the State Bar of Michigan for service to the profession
  • Named in all editions of Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 1983 to present
  • Named in Super Lawyers, Law & Politics 2006 to present

Prominent Assignments

Founder and Acting Chairman of Family Law Section of State Bar of Michigan during its formation, 1973-74; Section Chairman, 1975-76

Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; President, Michigan Chapter, 1983-84; Member of National Board of Governors, 2007-2010; Chairman, Arbitration Committee, 1999-2002; Faculty member, matrimonial arbitration training course, 1994-2009

Diplomat, The American College of Family Trial Lawyers, elected in 1995

Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1996-2009

Visiting Associate Professor of Family Law, University of Detroit School of Law, 1977-80

First court-appointed mediator for divorce cases in Michigan, 1978. Appointed mediator or arbitrator in more than 1100 cases.

Chairman of Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of Family Law Section of American Bar Association, 1993-96; Chairman of Divorce Arbitration Institute, 1995 and 1996

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Attorney Discipline Board, adjudicative arm of Michigan Supreme Court, 1985-91; Chairman, 1988-89, 1990-91
  • President, Oakland County Bar Association, 1982-83; President, Southfield Bar Association, 1970-71
  • Co-Chairman, Public Advisory Committee on Judicial Candidates, Oakland County Bar Association, 1989-94
  • Recipient of Distinguished Service Award, 1996, and Professionalism Award, 2002, Oakland County Bar Association
  • Life Member, American Bar Foundation; Michigan State Bar Foundation

Community Involvement

  • Civil Service Commission for Police and Fire, City of Southfield, 1962-1974; Chairman 1968-1974
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