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B.S., Wayne State University, 1972
M.B.A., University of Toronto, 1974
J.D., Detroit College of Law, 1976
Editor-in-Chief, Detroit College of Law Review
State Bar of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
With 40 years of experience, John J. Schrot, Jr.’s legal career has predominantly focused on family law and other complex civil litigation matters. He also has extensive experience in contract negotiations, commercial transactions/litigation, employment law, real estate, insurance, construction, securities, corporate law, arbitration, and other intricate personal and contractual relationships. For the past 40 years, Mr. Schrot has been helping business people and their spouses through complex divorces. He is known for handling high-stakes divorce, and for keeping clients’ cases private. He helps families achieve amicable divorces while ensuring clients receive their fair share and/or protection of their children. With experience in all areas of family and domestic relations law, Mr. Schrot skillfully guides his clients through the legal process, always mindful of the fact that he is dealing with emotional and stressful situations. His broad range of services includes divorce, complex property settlement, business valuation issues; child and spousal support matters; prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; annulment and separation matters; custody, parenting time and grand parenting time issues; guardianships; step parent adoption; change of domicile, personal protection orders; Friend of the Court matters; enforcement and post judgment issues. When disputes end up in the courtroom, Mr. Schrot is also a seasoned litigator.
Mr. Schrot received this year’s prestigious Top 10 Attorney Award from both the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA) and American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA), recognizing him as one of the top 10 family law attorneys in Michigan. NAFLA was established with the primary goal of discovering and recognizing the top 10 family law attorneys in each state for their hard work, knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success in their practice of family law. AIOFLA is similar, as well as having an emphasis on “client satisfaction.” The attorneys who make the NAFLA and AIOFLA Top 10 must first be nominated.
He has been repeatedly recognized in DBusiness Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Metropolitan Detroit in the practice areas of family law and litigation; again this year selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in family law in Michigan; and annually selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer and awarded Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating. Michigan Lawyers Weekly selected him as one of the “Leaders in the Law” Class of 2016. This year Global Who’s Who selected him as a Top Lawyer. He is presently Co-Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section’s Ad Hoc Committee for a Twenty Year Review of the Family Court System in Michigan.
He has served by court appointment as a special master of discovery, facilitator, mediator, umpire, arbitrator and receiver. He has consistently (since 1989) achieved an “AV Preeminent” (5.0 out of 5) rating, the highest peer rating by Martindale Hubbell, a nationally recognized directory of attorneys, for his legal ability and ethical standards. He received the 2013 Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Shamrock Bar Association. He has appeared in state and federal courts throughout Michigan and has argued in the Michigan Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Professional memberships include the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Oakland County Bar Foundation (Fellow), Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, ABA section memberships include litigation, family law and business law. Section memberships in the State Bar of Michigan include family law and business law. He is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Schrot is a past chairman of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Circuit Court Committee. He is also a member of the City of Birmingham Board of Ethics, past Grand Knight of the Birmingham Knights of Columbus, and a Director of the Birmingham Rotary Club, among other volunteer positions. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, and has been past chair of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham YMCA and the City of Birmingham Ethics Board and Advisory Parking Committee.
He was the recipient of the Federal Bar Foundation Edward Rakow Scholarship Award at the Detroit College of Law in 1976, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Detroit College of Law Review. He also served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold H. Bobier, Judge of the U.S. District Court in Bankruptcy for the Eastern District of Michigan.
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