Kurt E. Schnelz

  • Principal Shareholder


Birmingham, MI




True personal attention combined with solid legal representation has been the hallmark of Kurt Schnelz’s law practice since 1985.  Kurt is involved in every aspect of a client’s representation, from the initial meeting until the case is fully resolved.

Kurt’s dedication to providing personal service means that he works with his clients to develop realistic goals backed by expert legal advice.  He focuses on moving a case forward timely and effectively, while ensuring his client’s rights and concerns are protected through strong solid legal advocacy.  

Kurt is highly respected by both judges and fellow attorneys for his professionalism and his knowledge and skill in representing clients’ interests. He is recognized as a leading trial attorney in the field of domestic relations law throughout Michigan and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Past President of the Michigan Chapter.

Kurt’s focus on personal involvement, in every part of a case, means that he provides skilled legal representation that is tailored to the needs of each individual client.  Kurt has dedicated his practice to ensuring that each person he represents is protected through expert legal representation, compassion, sound advice, and hard work.

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law 100%

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan


  • Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Alma College, Alma, Michigan
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Trustees Honors Scholarship
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: History


  • AAML Advanced Seminar, AAML, 2004 to 2020
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education- ICLE, ICLE, 2000 to 2020

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Merit, The University of Strasbourg; Strasbourg, France
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Past President, Michigan Chapter)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, Family Law
  • The Best Lawyers in Metro Detroit (Family Law), by Detroit Business
  • State Bar of Michigan- Robert P. Hudson Award
  • Super Lawyers, 2012 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association- Civility Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Board of Commissioners, Member, 2001 to 2010
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Member, Past President, 2009 to 2010
  • State Bar of Michigan, Judicial Qualifications Committee Member
  • Attorney Discipline Board, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan Character & Fitness, Member
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Presenter
  • State Bar of Michigan – Family Law Section, Presenter
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Advanced Level Continuing Legal Education, Lecturer, Present
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Michigan Interprofessional Association on Divorce, Marriage and the Family (MIPA), Past Trustee
  • Statewide Mediator and Arbitrator
  • State Bar of Michigan, Commissioner, 1993 to 2020
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers- AAML, Past President, 2016 to 2017
  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomat
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow

Pro Bono Activities

  • Lakeshore Legal Aid, 1995 to 2020


  • Delta Gamma Tau
  • Phi Alpha Theta