Meet the Team

Alisa Peskin-Shepherd

Alisa Peskin-Shepherd, Divorce Attorney, Transitions Legal, Birmingham, Michigan

An approved Michigan mediator, Alisa Peskin-Shepherd has nearly 30 years of experience practicing law in the state of Michigan, focusing mostly on Oakland, Wayne, Macomb and surrounding 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.

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Alisa has 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.

In law school and in early career positions, with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and with Tucker & Rolf, P.C., Alisa was mentored by talented business and legal professionals.

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Emily Hollenberg

Transitions Legal is a full-service family law firm that embraces a mediative philosophy to guiding clients through a dignified divorce process. Led by Alisa Peskin-Shepherd, a divorce expert with more than 20 years of experience in practice, we approach every client case with integrity, understanding and razor-sharp perspective for optimal outcomes.

Emily Hollenberg brings a wealth of diverse legal experience to her position as Associate Attorney at Transitions Legal. “I went into the legal field so I could advocate for people who need a voice,” said the graduate of Boston University and Suffolk University Law School.

Emily’s expansive background includes working for the international law firm Dechert in London, England; a stint at the U.S. Department of Justice’s SMART (Sex Offenders Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking) Office; and handling international legal issues with DOJ’s Foreign Claims Settlement Commission. While at Lakeshore Legal Aid, advocating on behalf of seniors and individuals living in poverty, Emily discovered her love of family law. Most recently, she immersed in the intricacies of family law cases as a staff attorney at the Wayne County Friend of the Court.

“Family law is demanding, but rewarding,” says Emily, who is a member of the Bar in Michigan and Washington, D.C. “At its core, family law is all about achieving resolution. I like being a part of the solution, helping people fix problems and accomplish goals.”

When she’s not practicing law, Emily teaches teenagers about prayer, ethics and the Hebrew language at Jewish institutions throughout metro Detroit including Temple Israel, Temple Kol Ami and Adat Shalom Synagogue.

Before settling in Detroit, Emily lived in Boston, London, Jerusalem, New York and Washington, D.C. When asked whom she models her legal career after, she mentions Winston Churchill, who exemplified the art of maintaining a level-headed sense of reason. “I admire his eloquence, wit and thoughtfulness. An advocate must remain level-headed and reasonable if we want to achieve success,” she says.