Véronique Liem is a well-regarded attorney and trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience representing individuals, professionals, families, and businesses. Her law practice includes family law and divorce, commercial litigation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. She has successfully litigated, tried, or settled numerous cases in Washtenaw County and in the Detroit tri-county area.
Véronique is a Fellow of the renowned American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). She received the highest “AV/Preeminent” peer-review rating for legal skills and for highest ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell. She is a trained, court-approved mediator for family law and commercial disputes, an arbitrator and a certified collaborative divorce attorney. Notably, she was nominated in 2016 as a “Best Lawyers- Family Law” and selected as a “2013 Woman in the Law” honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She is a former President and Treasurer of the Board of the Washtenaw County Bar Association and is the former President and current Board Member of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan (CPIM).
Veronique is committed to pro-bono and community service. In 2016, she received the Washtenaw County Bar Association Public Service/Pro-Bono Award. Since 2011, She has been a Member of Avalon Housing Board of Trustees and is now a Vice President on its Executive Committee.
Born in Dunkerque, France, Veronique became a U.S. resident in 1974 and later a U.S. citizen. She speaks English and French. Véronique is married and has two adult children.
Family Law and Divorce
On a daily basis, Véronique helps her clients resolve issues related to divorce by focusing on family-friendly resolutions that recognize the needs of children, the client’s interests and equitable financial outcomes. She is a mediator and a collaborative divorce specialist and resolves many divorces using the collaborative process or mediation. Those methods promote sound co-parenting post-divorce, protect privacy and encourage civility.
- Divorce Resolution through settlement, mediation, arbitration or collaborative divorces;
- Litigated solutions if appropriate;
- Child custody, child support, spousal support, property and debt division, premarital and inherited assets, valuation of practices or businesses, and separate property issues;
- Post-divorce issues including support modification, change of domicile, change of schools, parenting issues and enforcement;
- Paternity and related issues;
- Same gender couple divorces or dissolution; and
- Prenuptial agreements.
Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Véronique has successfully mediated or resolved with mediation many divorces and several commercial and business disputes. She uses mediation and settlement negotiations to creatively overcome problems or barriers that often seem insurmountable.
In divorce mediation, Véronique acts as a neutral facilitator, working directly with the parties, with or without counsel present. She facilitates the process of disclosing information and negotiating a divorce settlement. When children are involved, mediation or a collaborative divorce process are often a first positive step to a new co-parenting relationship. Frequently, they are cost-effective means of divorce resolution.
- Contract negotiations, disputes and litigation;
- Commercial litigation or mediation;
- Partnership dissolutions;
- Majority and minority shareholders disputes;
- Breach of fiduciary duty; and
- Fraud and misrepresentation.
AWARDS & CREDENTIALS
- “AV/Preeminent” with Highest Ethical Standards ratings by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
- Listed in Best Lawyers- Family Law (2017)
- 2016 Public Service/ProBono Award, Washtenaw County Bar
- Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Women in the Law Award (2013).
EDUCATION & ADMISSION TO PRACTICE
- University of Michigan (MBA with Honors, 1976
- Juris Doctor cum laude, 1986
- State Bar of Michigan License , 1986
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan Admission, 1986
- State Bar of Michigan Family Law Certificate (2008)
- Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
- Board of Directors and 2015-2016 President, Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan (CPIM)
- Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and CPIM
- Member, State Bar of Michigan (Past Member, Representative Assembly)
- Vice President and Board of Trustees Member, Avalon Housing Inc. (2011- Present)
- Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
- Member, Washtenaw County Bar Association (Former President, Board of Directors; Member and Past Chair, Public Service Committee; Past Chair, Family Law Section; Past Chair, Friend of the Court Liaison Committee)
- Member, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
- Member, Washtenaw County Circuit Court Case Evaluation Committee (2010 – 2013)
- Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
- Mediator, Washtenaw County Circuit Court, family law and civil litigation
- Case Evaluator, civil and commercial cases, Washtenaw County Circuit Court
- Mediation coach, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Divorce & Civil Case Mediation Training (2010, 2011)
SEMINARS & PUBLICATIONS
- Seminar Instructor on “ Agreements Reached in Mediation,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2016
- Seminar Instructor on “ Objections to Referee Hearing and De Novo Judicial Hearings,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2015
- Seminar Instructor on “Can The MMPI II and Rorschach Really Be Utilized or Relied Upon in a Custody Evaluation?” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2014
- Seminar Instructor on “Preparing Clients for Depositions or Hearings,” Family Law Institute (ICLE), 2012
- Seminar Instructor on “The Relocation Puzzle,” Family Law Institute (ICLE), 2011
- Author, “Jurisdiction Over Custody When Parents Live in Different States,” Michigan Family Law Journal, August/September 2011.
- Seminar Instructor on “Collaborative Approaches to Divorce,” Weber’s Inn, October 2010
- Co-author of “Collaborative Practice-Divorce without Litigation,” Michigan Bar Journal, 2006
- Seminar instructor on “Intro to Collaborative Family Law,” ICLE, 2008
- Author, “Proving Cohabitation: The Challenges,” Michigan Family Law Journal, 1995