5144 Gull Road

Kalamazoo, MI 49048

269-888-2513

Rachel Gruetzner

Owner and Managing Attorney

Rachel Gruetzner is the owner and managing attorney of Your Path Family Law.  Rachel dedicates 100% of her practice to family law matters. Family law is not only her job, it is her passion. 

Unique Experience Provides Individualized & Compassionate Service

Rachel is a Western Michigan University Alumnus who took a very nontraditional path toward law.  Rachel studied theatre at WMU. In her senior year, she took a conflict management course.  The ideas of alternative ways to resolve problems intrigued her.  After a brief career as a stage manager, Rachel made the decision to go to law school, so that she could help families resolve their own difficult conversations. 

Once at law school, Rachel was fortunate to secure employment as a law clerk for Speaker Law Firm, where she worked almost exclusively on family law appeals. This experience gave her a solid foundation in legal research, writing, and the legal concepts that underpin family law matters.  At the same time, Rachel participated in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute where she learned that she had the heart of a litigator.  Rachel’s unique background permits her to see every case first and foremost through the lens of conflict resolution, with an eye to litigation strategy firmly rooted in legal theory. 

Rachel also had a unique upbringing and understands complex family dynamics. She is the daughter of a Deaf person, and sister to two Deaf siblings (aka, she is a CODA and a SODA). Although not a certified interpreter, she can communicate proficiently in sign language.  Several Deaf parents seek Rachel’s representation, as she is intimately familiar with Deaf culture. Rachel has had success assisting courts to see beyond the outdated thinking that deafness is a disability and has achieved favorable outcomes for Deaf clients.   If you are Deaf and would like to consult with Rachel, please contact us here. 

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law, Summa Cum Laude – 2014
    Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute Litigation Certification Law Review
    Williams Institute Moot Court Competition two-time quarterfinalist
    Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts and Constitutional Law I
  • Western Michigan University, cum laude – 2009
    Majors in Communications and Theatre: Stage Management
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education – 2017
    Family Law Certificate Program Certificate of Completion

Work Experience

  • Family Law Associate Attorney, Levine & Levine, 2015-2019
  • Research Attorney, State of Michigan Court of Appeals, 2014-2015
  • Law Clerk, Speaker Law firm, 2012-2014
  • Legal Intern, National Labor Relations Board, Special Litigation Division, 2013
  • Legal Intern, State of Michigan Supreme Court, Chief Justice Young’s Office, 2012

Representative Trial Practice Outcomes

  • Achieved sole legal and sole physical custody at trial for the father of a 16-month old child where the parents were never in a formal relationship
  • Achieved sole legal and sole physical custody at trial for the mother of a 3-year-old leaving an emotionally abusive relationship, relying heavily on text message evidence
  • At trial, achieved primary parenting time for a Deaf father of a hearing child
  • Successfully defended at evidentiary hearing a post-judgment motion to change custody and parenting time after the court suspended parenting time to a custodial parent ex-parte
  • Successfully defended at evidentiary hearing a post-judgment motion to change custody and parenting time based upon allegations against mother’s new romantic partner
  • Successfully secured personal protection orders due to threats via text message
  • Successfully enforced court orders and secured attorney’s fees for clients of up to $9,000, when the opposing party failed to comply with court orders

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Providing fixed-fee legal services for divorce and child custody disputes.

 

5144 Gull Road

Kalamazoo, MI 49048

269-888-2513

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