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Roquia K. Draper

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Biography

Roquia Draper advocates on behalf of her clients in both family law and in business contract disputes. Roquia also has unique experience in representing professional clients in complex family law matters involving executive compensation packages, business valuations and complex asset division. Her primary focus on domestic relations allows her to impact her clients’ lives during a very difficult time by being their strongest advocate while providing reasonably aggressive but measured advice. Case in point: Roquia successfully tried a case of first impression in the state of Michigan involving the enforcement of a religious marriage contract in a divorce proceeding. After winning in the trial court, Roquia likewise successfully argued at the Michigan Court of Appeals and won. Her tenacity and success resulted in establishing precedent in the state of Michigan upholding religious marriage contracts as enforceable contracts under Michigan law.
 
In addition to her strong advocacy skills, Roquia is also skilled in successfully negotiating and resolving matters through alternative dispute resolution. “Divorce is one of the most stressful, life-altering events in a person’s life,” she says. “I am solution-oriented, and I work with clients to find creative, reasonable solutions tailored to their individual life and needs. My goal in any case is to be your advocate, provide you with thoughtful guidance and direction to the next stage of your life.”
 
In addition to her family law practice, Roquia solves business dilemmas concerning contractual disputes with the same measured aggressiveness she pursues for her family law clients. Roquia won summary disposition for a business client on the issues of liability and damages on a breach of contract claim, and successfully collected judgment for the business client. “It saves my clients from spending any more valuable time and money on litigation and instead allows them to focus on growing their business.”

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Education

  • Wayne State University Law School J.D. 2011 magna cum laude
  • Wayne State University B.S. 2007 magna cum laude-with honors

Admitted

  • 2011, Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 2011

Clerk Experience

  • Michigan Court of Appeals, Honorable Henry W. Saad 2011

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Wayne County Family Law Bar Association
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

Experience

  • Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements
  • Divorce
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Spousal Support
  • Property Division
  • Business Valuation
  • Custody
  • Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Paternity
  • Personal Protection Orders
  • Guardianship
 

State Appeals

Seifeddine v. Jaber, 327 Mich App, 514, 934 NW2d 64 (Mich. Ct. App. 2019): Persuaded the court to uphold the enforcement of a religious contract as part of the lower court’s divorce decree requiring monetary payment, establishing binding precedent for Michigan state trial courts in favor of enforcing religious contracts under Michigan law.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" for 2020 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers Women's Edition, 2018-Present
  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2015-Present
  • Named a Top Lawyer in Family Law by DBusiness, 2019-Present
  • Recognized as 2019 Litigation of the Year (Family Law) by the American Institute of Trial Lawyers
  • Recognized as 2019 Top 40 Family Law Attorneys under 40 by the American Institute of Trial Lawyers
  • Completed Certification from the ICLE Family Law Certificate Program, 2015
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Senior Articles Editor (2010-11), Assistant Editor (2009-10), The Wayne Law Review

 

Publications

  • Author of the Chapter titled “Child Custody” for the Michigan Family Law Book by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Author, State Bar of Michigan Family Law Journal, Weaver-Giffels v. Giffels:  No Support for Post-Majority Child Support (March 2017)

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Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Graduate of Leadership Detroit Class XXIX
  • Oakland County Inns of Court, Barrister
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) (2020-21), President

Community Affiliations

  • Volunteer Judge, Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament, 2017-20

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter on various topics for the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education such as:
    • Requesting Attorney Fees in a Divorce Case, 2017
    • Family Law Update 2017
    • Discovery in the Electronic Age, 2019
  •  Presenter on Remand-Proofing Your Attorney Fee Award at the Michigan Supreme Court Judicial Conference, 2019

Testimonials


"I just want to give you a sincere thank you for all you have done for me. The process was completely foreign to me. You helped me be comfortable with what was going on, but most of all you are extremely talented, compassionate and hard working individuals. Thanks again." - Derrin

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"Thanks for everything you did to ensure this divorce progressed smoothly and swiftly. You were very thorough and informative. I'm really happy I had you on my side in this process. Thank you again!" - Karen S.
 
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“This difficult ordeal was made much easier because of you. From the very beginning you demonstrated a genuine concern for my well-being—this made me comfortable and confident being in your care. And the end result was just what I wished for! I'll be sure to call you and your firm for any future legal needs.” - Courtney H.
 
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“I'm very happy and thankful for your devoted, aggressive when needed and responsive representation. I definitely made the right choice in selecting Warner Norcross & Judd and am extremely happy with the representation I received from Roquia and Nazli.” - Matt W.
 
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“Roquia & Nazli, thank you for the amazing support, advice and direction you gave me yesterday. You both conducted yourselves at a very high level in your industry and I could tell the Judge respected the delivery from you both.” – Jessica K.

 
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Thank you very much, Roquia. I really appreciate your follow-thru and diligence! – Kerri B.

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