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Tom Saxe

"I learned that everyone has problems that are unique to them, even though some issues may occur with great frequency. So, everyone deserves intense individual attention, as there are no uniform or "cookie cutter" answers to their questions."

Tom Saxe


Key Service Areas

  • Construction Law
  • Family Law and Divorce


legal assistant - Julie Manier

About Tom

What legal issues do your clients typically face?

Legal issues for people with family law problems, including parenting time, financial support, real estate, and taxes often have overlapping factors that should be considered. In addition, this is often an emotional time and my clients are frequently under a great deal of stress. My understanding of the complex legal issues, as well as the more personal side, is a result of over 30 years of experience practicing law.

How have your skills evolved in your career?

I began my career as a much more aggressive litigator but, over time, I have learned that divorce and family law requires a combination of strength and sensitivity. Although I have tried cases to conclusion in courtrooms throughout the state of Michigan, it has become clear to me that good lawyers find a way to keep their cases out of court because, in most cases, individuals should be making the decisions, not judges.

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

For over 30 years, I have been an active leader in the Grand Rapids Bar Association. Martindale Hubbell, a peer rating review process completed by other judges and lawyers, has recognized my engagement in the professional community and work with other lawyers. My ethics and negotiation skills, as well as ability to work with other attorneys, all benefit my client's and help us address and resolve his/her legal matter efficiently.


University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1981

Michigan State University, B.A., 1978


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Q: What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?


I enjoy helping people with difficult problems. I benefit from the satisfaction of helping people find their way through the legal system during an emotionally and challenging time.


Grand Rapids Bar Association, Chair Alternative Dispute Resolution and Former Trustee

State Bar of Michigan, Character and Fitness Commttee

State Bar of Michigan Foundation, Fellow

Justice Foundation of West Michigan, Fellow and Life Member

Justice Foundation of West Michigan, Celebrity Lip Sync Committee Member and Volunteer

Justice Foundation of West Michigan, Former Co-Chair

Bar Admission


Awards and Recognition

AVVO Superb Rating

Best Lawyers of America®, Family Law

Martindale Hubbell Highest AV® Preeminent Rating