Michael A. Richey is a native of Alpena, Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University in 1999, and his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in 2002.
He is admitted to practice in Michigan and Florida, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Very few attorneys in Michigan are also members of The Florida Bar.
Along with his own practice, Mr. Richey is also considered “of counsel” to one of the most prestigious construction law firms in Michigan, Deneweth, Dugan & Parfitt, P.C. With this designation, Mr. Richey works with the firm in a variety of matters throughout all of Northern Michigan.
In 2008, Mr. Richey was named to the “Rising Stars” list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine, an honor that recognizes the top 2.5% of all attorneys under the age of 40 in Michigan.
Avvo, an online attorney rating system, currently rates Mr. Richey as “excellent”, and one of the highest rated attorneys in Traverse City.
Mr. Richey was named to the “40 Under 40″ list by the Traverse City Business News in its 2008, 2009, and 2010 editions. The list annually identifies the 40 most influential people under the age of 40 in the Grand Traverse region.
One of Mr. Richey’s primary areas of practice is Divorce and Family Law, and in October 2008, and again in November 2010, he received a Certificate in Family Law from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. At the time he first received the Certificate, less than 100 attorneys in Michigan had attained this distinction.
In addition, Mr. Richey is a trained Collaborative Divorce Attorney, and was a founding member of the Up North Collaborative Divorce Professionals, a group of attorneys, child specialists, divorce coaches, and financial advisors in the Traverse City area who are dedicated to providing a Collaborative Divorce option in Northern Michigan.
Mr. Richey previously served as a Case Evaluator for the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, and also was a Governor for the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association’s Board of Directors, as well as its Law Day Chairman.
When he’s not practicing law, Mr. Richey teaches Business Law at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.
A civic-minded individual, Mr. Richey was a Planning Commissioner for Leelanau County’s Elmwood Township from 2007 to 2010. In that regard, he was also one of five individuals selected by the Elmwood Township Board to serve on the Greilickville Harbor Park Task Force, a group charged with the job of soliciting and incorporating public opinion into the final design of the Park’s capital improvement project, which was completed in 2010.
He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan, the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, and Business Network International.
He is a volunteer attorney for the Third Level Crisis Center’s Legal Aid Night. He is a former Big Brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan. He has made numerous appearances on Ron Jolly’s “Ask the Attorney” radio talk show on WTCM-AM in Traverse City, and has also appeared on “Mary in the Morning” radio talk show on WSRT 106.7 FM.