Thomas L. Saxe

Family Law


Direct: 616.233.5219
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Julie Manier


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Since he began working in private practice in 1983, Tom has concentrated his practice in family law and construction litigation. Practice Chair of the Family Law Practice Group, Tom enjoys a statewide reputation for his practice in all areas of family law and construction law.  He is a former Chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

A mediator and arbitrator, he has extensive experience navigating individuals through complex family law issues.

Nominated by the opinions of other lawyers and judges, he has earned the highest Martindale Hubbell Preeminent AV Rating.  This is the top rating that a lawyer can achieve through a peer review process recognizing ethics, outstanding skills and ability.


Detroit School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1981
Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts, 1978

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Awards and Recognition

  • AVVO Superb Rating
  • Best Lawyers of America®, Family Law
  • Martindale Hubbell Highest AV® Preeminent Rating


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  • ICLE Family Law Institute – Modification of Spousal Support
  • ICLE Family Law Institute – Local Practice Tips from Kent & Ottawa County
  • ICLE Family Law Institute – Gender Differences in Pre- and Post-Divorce Children
  • ICLE Family Law Institute – Client Management in the 21st Century
  • ICLE Family Law Institute – Achieving Success in a Down Economy:Killer Survival Tips Learned the Hard Way
  • ICLE Family Law Institute – Tax Tips for the Practitioner
  • ICLE Family Law Institute – Moderator,  Core Concepts Track  and Tax Tips for Practitioners
  • ICLE Family Law Institute – Building the Client Relationship
  • ICLE Family Law Institute – Moderator, Litigation Procedural Track
  • ICLE Family Law Institute – You Can’t Take our Child on a Motorcycle Ride and other Joint Legal Custody Issues
  • ICLE Family Law Institute – Managing the Client Relationship

Professional Activities

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Chair Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and Former Trustee
  • State Bar of Michigan, Character and Fitness Committee
  • Grand Rapids Bar Foundation, Fellow and Life Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Foundation, Celebrity Lip Sync Committee Member and Volunteer
  • Justice Foundation of West Michigan, Former Co-Chair
  • Michigan Bar Foundation Fellow

Community Activities

  • Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, Pastoral Nominating Committee
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Constitution Day


Direct: 616.233.5219
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Legal Assistant

Julie Manier

Areas of Practice

Family Law

Construction Law