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Suanne Watt Stay

Key Service Areas

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Family Law and Divorce

616.233.5176

legal assistant - Annette Burleson

About Suanne

What legal issues do your clients typically face?

My clients are West Michigan families that are looking to navigate separation, divorce and co-parenting. I represent and mediate all matters relating to divorce including custody, complex business assets, support, parenting time, adoption, guardianship, paternity and prenuptial agreements.

What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?

Formerly a litigator and public sector attorney, I advocate for my clients by providing patient negotiation techniques and a through understanding of how domestic law is interpreted in the West Michigan Courts. A certified mediator, my negotiation skills and practice philosophy is well respected in the legal community among judges and other attorneys. I utilize all my skills and resources to empower my clients and move them beyond the stressful and emotionally charged situation.

How do any of your community interests or activities facilitate how you represent your client?

I am a former board member and continued supporter of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Kent County. This organization advocates for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. My commitment to serve and assist West Michigan families in difficult circumstances directly correlates to how I work with my clients. I address each child's unique circumstance with sensitivity and serve to identify the best possible outcome in a very complicated and emotional situation.

Education

Mediation Training and Consultation Institute, Certified Mediator, 2008

Indiana University - Bloomington, Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2000

James Madison College at Michigan State University, B.A., 1995

Q: What would a client say about you?

A:

“When I needed help, she came alongside me and provided wisdom, insight and clarity. When I couldn’t see the way, she was my navigator. Thanks to her, my children and I are safe and enjoying a fresh start. Suanne has a remarkable knowledge of the legal system, an outstanding ability to understand my specific situation, and the ability to design careful, realistic, and positive solutions. She is creative, compassionate and courageous.” – Becky

Associations

State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section

State Bar of Michigan, Character & Fitness District Committee

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member and Mentor in Family Law Section

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Past Trustee

Justice Foundation of West Michigan, Past Co-Chair

Womens Lawyers Association, Past Board Member

Young Lawyers Association, Past Board Member

Bar Admission

Michigan

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan