Lori A. Buiteweg
Secretary - State Bar of Michigan
Past Chair, State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly
AV rated by Martindale Hubbell for ethical standards and legal ability; Designated as a "Super Lawyer"
Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Founder of the Washtenaw County/EMU Legal Resource Center
“I believe in representing my clients assertively and fairly, never taking advantage of anyone or allowing anyone to take advantage of my clients.”
Lori A. Buiteweg brings 21 years of legal experience and a strong commitment to peace, justice and integrity to her family law practice. During her 21 years as a lawyer and 15 years as a mother of two, she has become a staunch advocate for children’s rights and, as such, works hard to help parents keep their focus on the welfare of their children.
One of Lori’s primary areas of expertise is parenting time and legal custody. She also has vast expertise in handling complex financial estates and is painstakingly careful to insure that all financial issues are thoroughly and competently addressed. She has worked with over 400 clients in her practice and is experienced in separation and divorce, prenuptial agreements, basic estate plans, and other important family law matters.
Her clients appreciate her positive attitude, empathy, reassuring demeanor and sense of humor as well as her competent and practical legal advice and conscientious dedication and initiative. A member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Lori uses her legal knowledge and skills as a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer to resolve all issues of the divorce out of court whenever possible, yet is also fully capable of using the Court when necessary to advocate for her clients.
A graduate with honors from the University of Michigan’s Honors Program and Wayne State University Law School, Lori actively volunteers for local judicial projects involving law related education, family law, mediation, community outreach, and pro bono legal services.
"To be an over-60 mother of two coping with divorce after almost 40 years of marriage has been incredibly challenging. Lori's exceptional legal and people skills were so important in resolving impasses and turning a seemingly endless conflict into a fair, even-handed solution. Thank you for transforming this challenging time into a meaningful learning and growing experience." — Single woman, Ann Arbor
"Lori and the staff were great, and I felt I received sound legal representation. I think so highly of the firm and Lori that I've referred several other people to them." — Father of 3, Ann Arbor
"All my experiences with this law firm were superb. Everyone acted like a genuine, caring person, way beyond the typical attorney/client relationship. Lori's counsel prevented me from making a decision on the timing of my family that could have jeopardized my case." — Single woman, Ann Arbor
"Lori was very professional and helpful, never intimidating. I always felt I was in good hands." — Mother of 1, Ann Arbor
"Lori did a great job in mediating my case. I felt the charges were reasonable and fully explained to me." — Single woman, West Bloomfield
"Lori is fantastic. I felt she spent about the right amount of time on my case, and provided me with sound legal representation." — Single man, Milan
"From the first meeting through the last detail, I received personal service. You knew who I was and cared." — Father of 1, Saline
“Lori was very upfront and open, and the consistent honesty, courtesy and professionalism of each member of the firm impressed us. Considering our unusual circumstances, there were no surprises. You helped us understand the legalities of our situation very well.” — Mother of 1, Ypsilanti
“As a therapist, let me add my thanks for the fabulous job you did for my client. You showed such understanding and concern for all the emotional, economic and legal factors. Her future is on a much more solid path now.” — Therapist of a domestic violence survivor
“You worked for and achieved a win-win solution.” — Father of 1, Connecticut
“Lori showed compassion for my situation and acted quickly when she needed to, always looking out for my best interests.” — Husband, South Lyon
“How can I ever thank you enough for getting my daughter back to me? Such a priceless gift. You’ll never know how much your attentiveness, skill and knowledge of the law gave me security with the outcome. Thank your staff as well. They were always prompt, helpful and professional.” — Mother of 2, Connecticut
“From the minute I stepped into your lobby, everyone was courteous and professional. I was confident that Lori was dedicated to my case, and I knew I could call her anytime. It was so nice to have her in my corner.” — Mother of 3, Ann Arbor
"Lori was so professional. She relieved a lot of my stress in managing the divorce process, which I was trying to do on my own. Her fee was fair and appropriate to my case. I'm exceedingly happy with the entire experience." — Wife, Ann Arbor
"I felt Lori's real concern and caring for my kids, and depended on her support of me. Everything Lori did for us was excellent." — Mother, Ann Arbor
Our Family Mediation & Collaborative Practice Center in now operating in Ann Arbor. Click to learn more about the mediation and collaborative divorce services being offered.
"That was some pretty breathtaking lawyering. I can't think of too many others who could have negotiated a win/win situation under these circumstances, especially in that short amount of time." Mother of 3, Ann Arbor
“Thanks again for all your hard work. I know I’ve said this before, but I want you to know I’m glad you are my attorney.” Husband, Ypsilanti
“Among your many great services, what won me over was the fact that my attorney knew when to take off her legal hat and be a compassionate, caring friend.” Mother of 3, Ypsilanti