Alisa Peskin-Shepherd was attracted to family law after spending the formative years of her life witnessing family dysfunction, relationships that came and went, and yearning for a sense of completion through strong family dynamics. “It taught me empathy and an easy connection to people experiencing family struggles,” she says.
A strong leader with impactful perspectives, Alisa teaches others that they can cultivate the strength to get through difficult times. Determination, perseverance and self-discipline are core traits that she teaches her clients, with a healthy respect for family.
An approved Michigan mediator, Alisa Peskin-Shepherd has more than 30 years of experience practicing law in the state of Michigan, in Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties. She is specially trained as a family, divorce and custody mediator as well as a collaborative family law attorney. She also has experience in school and employment law and acts as a guardian-ad-litem, protecting the interests of children within the legal system.
Alisa has completed special training in domestic violence through the State Bar of Michigan Open Justice Commission. She has led workshops for Wayne State University and the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers on topics related to divorce, counseling and mediation. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, serving on its Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association, and the Michigan Bar Association.
Alisa’s memberships also include the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan and the Michigan Interprofessional Association on Marriage, Divorce and Family. She was a Board Member for the Women’s Divorce Resource Center from 2015-2018, and served as Board President for One Earth Writing from 2016-2019.
“I appreciate the hard work and satisfaction that comes from a good outcome at the end of a case,” Alisa says. “I strive to be a strong advocate for my clients while pairing that with compassion and cooperation. It serves no one to be needlessly aggressive. I do what it takes to achieve the outcomes my clients deserve and desire. And at the same time, I view this whole process as a powerful transition for people seeking change and second chances.”
“I want my clients, when they think back on that time in their lives, to be grateful and thankful that together, we got them through a difficult transition to a brighter next place,” she says.
A graduate of the University of Michigan and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Alisa has been named a 2020 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a Super Lawyer every year since 2015, a Top Family Lawyer from dBusiness Magazine since 2011 and a Best of Michigan by the Jewish News for three years.
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