Lisa Schmidt is an appellate attorney who focuses on preparing legal briefs and motions that advocate for clients in divorce and family law appeal. Lisa has over a decade of family law trial experience, and was one of the first attorneys in Michigan to take a Revocation of Paternity matter to court. She also represented a client in the first same-sex divorce in Oakland County. Now, Lisa focuses her work on researching, analyzing, and writing about the complex legal issues that come before the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Ms. Schmidt is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Lansing Michigan. While there, she was a Managing Editor for Law Review, and a participant in Moot Court. Her own article was also featured in Law Review before she took on her editing position. Lisa’s undergraduate degree is in creative writing from Michigan State University, where she graduated with honors and was regularly on the Dean’s List.
Since joining the Michigan State Bar in 2010, Lisa Schmidt’s primary focus has been on families. She opened and managed her own law firm from 2011 to 2019. Throughout that time, divorce, custody, and other family law matters were her primary focus. Lisa is an active member of the Michigan Bar Association’s Family Law Section, Appellate Practice Section, and LGBTQIA Section. She has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star from 2016 to 2021.
Michigan Family Law, Seventh Edition, January 17, 2020, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Subscription Required)
Establish Paternity for Alleged Father (Revocation of Paternity Act) (How-To Kit), January 17, 2020, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Subscription Required)
Introducing Evidence at Trial, December, Third Edition: Chapter 18 “Confrontation Clause”, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Subscription Required)
“The Trick About Wedlock: How Obergefell Changed LGBT Adoption”; Michigan Family Law Journal, Vol. 47, No. 6, June/July 2017
Michigan Courtroom Evidence Annotated, Fifth Edition: Chapter 8 “Hearsay”, November 2014 The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Subscription Required)
At the Schoolhouse Gate: Constitutional Rights of Students in Public Schools, 2nd Edition, Volumes 1 and 2 by Philip Prygoski, Notes and Questions, Student Assistant Editor
Seminars & Presentations:
Adoption Overview; Adoption ART, and Paternity On-Demand Seminar, April 16, 2019, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Subscription Required)
Proving Paternity; Michigan Family Law Institute, November 12, 2015, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education
United Methodist Women’s Anti-Bullying Workshop, March 8, 2014, Hope United Methodist Church
Coming Out as an Ally; National Coming Out Day Shabbat Service, October 11, 2013, Affirmations Faith Alliance
Closer to Married: Three Practical Ways for LGBT Families to Cut the Red Tape, June 24, 2013, Ferndale Public Library
Straight Talk on the Law, Ferndale Public Library 2012-201