Richard A. Roane

Partner | rroane@wnj.com | V-Card | Profile PDF Grand RapidsT +1.616.752.2367F +1.616.222.2367 Ric Roane, past chair of the Family Law Practice Group, has practiced family law and domestic relations litigation for 26 years. “My work involves entire families,” he says. “My goal is to find a resolution to the problems facing the family I’m serving. It’s a less contentious approach.” He specializes in divorce, nonmarital domestic relationships, domestic relations mediation and arbitration, spousal support, child custody and... Read More
Ric Roane, past chair of the Family Law Practice Group, has practiced family law and domestic relations litigation for 26 years. “My work involves entire families,” he says. “My goal is to find a resolution to the problems facing the family I’m serving. It’s a less contentious approach.” He specializes in divorce, nonmarital domestic relationships, domestic relations mediation and arbitration, spousal support, child custody and support, complex business valuation distribution and pre- and post-nuptial agreements.
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Experience

  • Represents executives, health care professionals, homemakers, family business owners, professional athletes, teachers and others in contested divorce matters
  • Experienced in handling complex asset division, including the valuation of closely held businesses, investment portfolios and real estate valuation and distribution
  • Successfully resolved international divorce, custody and child abduction/return matters
  • Skilled in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration or mediation of complex property valuation and division issues and matters of custody and support
  • Counsels clients on the pitfalls of social media use and electronic discovery

Industries

Practices

Education

  • Whittier Law School J.D. 1986
  • University of Hawaii B.B.A. 1982

Admitted

  • 1988, Michigan

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2009-Present
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Grand Rapids Family Law Lawyer of the Year
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named as one of the Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers 2010
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2007-Present
  • Michael Barnes Pro-Bono Service Award, 1995

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Family Law Section, 2-term Council Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Family Law Section, Past Chairperson

Publications

  • Chapter author and Coeditor, Michigan Family Law, 7th Edition, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2002-Present

Blog Posts

Professional Affiliations

  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    Michigan Chapter, Past President; Fellow; Chair LGBT/Alternative Family Committee (2012-2013); National Board of Govenors' Delegate
  • ICLE Family Law Advisory Board (2009-Present)
  • Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Michigan

Community Affiliations

  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
    Grand Garden Planning Committee (2013-Present)
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation
    Scholarship Grant Committee (2012-Present)
  • Legal Assistance Center
    Board of Directors (2008-2013)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Marriage Equality Legal Update" and "Family Court Motion Practice: Do's and Don'ts From Seasoned Practitioners," 13th Annual ICLE Family Law Institute, Novi, Michigan, November 13-14, 2014
  • "Marriage Equality Legal Update," American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, November 5, 2014
  • ICLE Advanced Day-Long Property Settlement Drafting Seminar, St. John's, Michigan, October 23, 2014
  • "Marriage Equality Legal Update," Michigan Judicial Institute Annual Referee's conference, Lansing, Michigan, October 16, 2014
  • "Marriage Equality Legal Update," Davenport University paralegal students, September 22, 2014
  • “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Considerations for Michigan,” Family Court Forum, June 6, 2014
  • “Hague Convention International Child Custody Disputes: The Meaning of Continuing Exclusive Jurisdiction,” AAML, May 1, 2014
  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: New Rights, New Solutions in a Post-DOMA World,” AICPA/AAML Conference on Divorce, April 23 and 25, 2014, Las Vegas
  • “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Considerations for Michigan,” Bloomfield Hills MIPA Roundtable, April 3, 2014
  • “The Marriage Equality Movement Update after US v Windsor and Subsequent State and Federal Rulings and Actions,” Michigan State Bar Family Law Section Winter Conference, February 3, 2014, Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
  • “Preparing a Client for Negotiation or Mediation in a Family Law Matter,” ICLE Family Law Institute, November 15, 2013
  • “Marriage Equality Considerations After Repeal of DOMA,” ICLE Family Law Institute, November 14, 2013
  • “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Marriage Equality vs Prohibition States,” AAML National Meeting, November 9, 2013, Chicago
  • “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Considerations for Michigan,” Oakland County Family Court, October 24, 2013
  • “Marriage Equality after 2013 US Supreme Court Decisions,” AAML Webinar, September 11, 2013
  • “Prenuptial Agreements: The Elephant in the Room,” Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises 2013 Annual Conference, April 26, 2013, Chicago
  • “My Impressions and Experience Attending the Oral Arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court,” a gathering of LGBT professionals and allied community members, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 23, 2013
  • 11th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLE, Plymouth, Michigan, November 15-16, 2012,
  • “Negotiating and Drafting Property Settlement Agreements,” ICLE, October 23, 2012
  • “Update on Michigan Family Law Cases, Court Rules and Administrative Orders,” Michigan Judges Association, August 21, 2012

Frequently lectures for:

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Family Law Institute (organizing committee)
  • Michigan Family Court Forum (organizing committee)

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