Biography of David C. Sarnacki – Family Lawyer

Biography

DAVID C. SARNACKI

The Sarnacki Law Firm PLC
Email:
dcs@sarnackilaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • United States Supreme Court, 1994
  • United States District Court, Northern District, California, 1993
  • Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1989
  • United States District Courts, Michigan, 1989-1990
  • State Courts of Michigan, 1989
  • Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1986
  • United States District Courts, Wisconsin, 1985
  • State Courts of Wisconsin, 1985

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, 2006-2007 Chair
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, 2005-2007 Secretary
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2003 Chair
  • State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section, 2000-2001 Chair
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, 1997-2000 Trustee
  • State Bar of Michigan Law Practice Management Section, 1995-1996 Chair
  • Kent County Circuit Court Mediator/Case Evaluator
  • Trial and Mediation Skills Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy/Hofstra University School of Law (New York, 2006)
  • Trial Skills Instructor, United States Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute (Washington, D.C., 1988-1989)
  • Trial Practice Instructor, Davenport University (Grand Rapids, 2001-2003)
  • Frequent Faculty Member, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Ann Arbor, 1995-present)

PAST EMPLOYMENT

  • Member, Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey, PLC, 1989-2001
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Western District, Wisconsin, 1985-1989

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Selected As One Of The Best Lawyers In America For Family Law (Top
    2.4% in Country)
  • Designated Super Lawyer (top 5% in Michigan)
  • Awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Rating (top 11% in nation, very high ethics, very high to preeminent legal ability)
  • Master, American Inns of Court
  • Accepted as Fellow in Michigan State Bar Foundation (limited to 5% of
    Michigan attorneys)
  • Cited as an authority by United States Supreme Court (law review comment)
  • Awarded Inspector General’s Integrity Award by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Commended by the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism for his writing on legal topics
  • Trained as Mediator and Collaborative Divorce Attorney
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. John L. Coffey, Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Marquette University Law School, Law Review, 1984-1985 Editor in Chief
  • U.S. Department of Justice Security Clearances (Secret)

EDUCATION

  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1985
  • Marquette University, B.A., 1982
  • U of D Jesuit, cum laude, 1978

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Collaborative Divorce Professionals of West Michigan
  • Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Legal Aid of Western Michigan, Pro Bono Program
  • Legal Assistance Center
  • Parish of St. Stephen
  • Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • Grand Rapids Foundation
  • Leadership Grand Rapids
  • Citizens League Task Force on Affordable Housing
  • Grand Rapids Area Center for Ecumenism (GRACE)
  • Grand Rapids Parent Magazine
  • Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration
  • West Michigan Public Broadcasting

updated August 2007

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