Lori A. Buiteweg
Lori Buiteweg concentrates her practice in family law, with a commitment to peace, justice, and integrity while resolving legal disputes. Her clients respect her competent, practical legal advice—and appreciate her positive attitude, empathy, reassuring demeanor, and sense of humor. She strives to be transparent and provides her clients the practical, honest advice they need to navigate a difficult time in their lives.
Lori began her legal career in 1990 and has become widely respected for her ability to litigate complex family law matters, including those involving challenging custody disputes or family-owned businesses. However, Lori is increasingly sought out for her mediation services and alternative dispute resolution skills. She enjoys working with clients to facilitate resolutions designed for their families’ unique needs; Lori finds that mediation often leads to a better experience, more durable solutions, and less stress for clients than litigation.
Attorney Lori Buiteweg has been with Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach Buiteweg & Solomon, P.C. for over 20 years and has dedicated her time to active leadership at the firm and in the community. Inspired by her predecessors at NSSS&B, she has served as President of the State Bar of Michigan, President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Michigan Chapter), and President of the Washtenaw County Bar Association, continuing the firm’s proud tradition of leadership in the legal community. She is also a frequent speaker at bar association events across Michigan, and has published numerous articles on legal topics.
In 2017, Lori was named a “Leader in the Law'' by Michigan Lawyers Weekly for her exemplary work to improve the justice system and legal community in Michigan. She has also received the Thomas More Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild, the Phillip F. Greco Award from the Italian American Bar Association of Michigan and the Evelyn Forrest Distinguished Advocate Award for 2018 from the Oakland Women's Lawyers Association.
A graduate with honors from the University of Michigan’s Honors Program and Wayne State University Law School, Lori is well known as a staunch advocate for children’s rights. She actively volunteers for community outreach projects and was named Citizen of the Year by the Michigan Council for the Social Studies in recognition of her work on Constitution Day, which brings attorneys and law students to every middle school class in the Ann Arbor School district once each year.
When not practicing law, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband, who is also an attorney, and her two adult sons. She also loves gardening and spending time outdoors; traveling with family, especially to her ancestral village in Italy; and making scrapbooks of family travels with her sister.
- Mediated Divorce
- Collaborative Practice
- Child Custody
- International Child Custody
- Child Support
- Property Settlement
- Spousal Support
- Separate Maintenance
- LGBTQ Family Law
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Estate Planning
- Probate & Trust Administration
- Elder Mediation
- Step-Parent Adoption
- Wayne State University Law School, J.D. (1990)
- University of Michigan, B.A. with Distinction and Honors in Spanish (1986)
Admissions to Practice
- Michigan (1990)
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (1990)
Honors and Awards
- Women’s Bar Association of Oakland County Distinguished Advocate Award
- Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law
- Italian American Bar Association Bar Service Award
- Washtenaw County/Eastern Michigan University Legal Resource Center Outstanding Service Award
- Michigan Council for the Social Studies Citizen of the Year Award
- Washtenaw County Bar Association Patriot Award
- Grand Blanc High School Alumni of the Year
- Catholic Lawyers Guild St. Thomas More Award
- Selected to Super Lawyers 2010-2022
Professional Memberships and Associations
- State Bar of Michigan (President, 2015-2016)
- Washtenaw County Bar Association
- Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Michigan Chapter (President, 2020-2021)
- International Association of Family Lawyers
- Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society (current Board Member)
- State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, Past Chairperson
- Washtenaw County Bar Association, Past President
- Attorney Character and Fitness Committee, Past Member
- Attorney Discipline Board, Current Member
- Michigan Bar Journal, November 2015: Improve Our Profession with Unconscious Bias Awareness and Correction
- Michigan Bar Journal, December 2015: Year-End Survival Guide
- Michigan Bar Journal, January 2016: New Year’s Resolutions for the Practice of Law
- Michigan Bar Journal, February 2016: In the Matter of the George and Jane Jetson Family, Case No,. 20??-0000-DM
- Michigan Bar Journal, March 2016: The Intersection of Drive and the Legal Profession
- Michigan Bar Journal, May 2016: Big News: The 21st Century Practice Task Force Report is Out!
- Michigan Bar Journal, June 2016: Practicing Law in the Information Age
- Michigan Bar Journal, July 2016: Bridging the Gap
- Michigan Bar Journal, August 2016: Limited Scope Representation
- Michigan Bar Journal, September 2016: Navigating Hostile Waters