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Richard A. Roane

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Richard A. Roane is a partner with the firm and for more than 30 years has concentrated his practice in domestic relations litigation and alternate dispute resolution, including divorce; child custody; pre- and postnuptial agreements; nonmarital domestic relationships; LGBT family, marriage, and dissolution issues; and complex business valuation and distribution including international family law matters. He is a mediator, an arbitrator certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and a trained collaborative attorney. He is an AAML Michigan chapter fellow (president 2012-2013) and past delegate to the National Board of Governors. Mr. Roane is the founding chair of the LGBT/Alternative Family Committee and past cochair of the Chapter Leader's Committee, and he serves on the Long Range Planning Committee. He is a member of the board of directors of the AAML Foundation and is currently on the National Executive Committee serving as its bylaws and policies chair. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section; the State Bar of Michigan's Family Law Section (two-term council member) and LGBTQA Section (2016-2017 chair); the Grand Rapids Bar Association Family Law Section (past chair); and Collaborative Divorce Professionals of West Michigan. Mr. Roane is also a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, serving on its LGBT committee. He was named a Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyer in 2010, Best Lawyers Grand Rapids Family Law Attorney of the Year in 2012, and a Leading Lawyer in Family Law from 2013 to 2016. Mr. Roane speaks regularly for ICLE and other organizations, edits a number of ICLE publications, and serves on several ICLE and other bar planning committees. Roane serves the west Michigan community as a trustee of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and on the board of the Grand Rapids Symphony.