Get to Know Laura Polizzi

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Laura E. Polizzi is a managing partner of Polizzi & Medley Law, PLLC in Mount Clemens. She focuses her practice primarily on complex domestic litigation, including divorce, custody, paternity, child support, and parenting time, but also offers expertise in business, real estate, probate and criminal matters, and other litigation.  She represents several local businesses with contractual and litigation needs.
Polizzi was honored by Super Lawyers as a 2018, 2019 and 2020 Michigan Rising Star.

In 2015, Polizzi graduated from Cooley Law School and while there, served as a clerk for Judge Mark Switalski (16th Circuit Court). She then worked for the Oakland County based Family Law Assistance Project.

By Jo Mathis
Legal News

How are you handling things during this  shutdown? We are conducting consultations and meetings via Zoom. We are working remotely, appearing in person when absolutely necessary.

Have you learned anything about yourself recently? I have learned I am very adaptable. Our office didn’t skip a beat in the transition to online services. I have also learned how much I truly value social interactions with my legal peers. 

What is your proudest moment as a lawyer? Winning a 5-day trial. I won my client sole legal and sole physical custody of his child. It was a great feeling. 

What was always written on your grade school report card? Remarks typically included, “social butterfly” and that even at a young age I was able to stand up for my opinions even if they were different from everyone else.

When you were considering law school, what was Plan B? I was trying to get interviews with the CIA and FBI; I wanted to be a clandestine agent. I also was looking into a master’s degree in diplomacy. I am happy life led me to law school. I really enjoy the legal profession.

What would surprise people about your job? How much I care about my clients’ lives and the outcome of their cases. They say not to take work home with you, but I don’t take my job lightly. In family law people leave the future of their family in your hands and are counting on you. 

What do you wish someone would invent? An automated device to wash and blow dry your hair.

Who do you miss most from the past? My brother. We grew up very close and he passed away three years ago. He was the funniest person I have ever met. I am so thankful to have had him in my life. 

What is your most treasured material possession? My grandmother was a brilliant artist and I have one of her sculptures.

What historical event would you like to have witnessed? The building of the Great Pyramids of Giza. It is still a mystery, and it would be fascinating to witness ancient engineering.
 
What were you doing in your last selfie? Waiting to go on a Zoom Court hearing.
 
What is the best advice you received?
In my first semester of law school I was feeling overwhelmed. A professor said, “How do you eat an elephant? One tiny bite at a time.” I have never forgotten this advice, even as a vegetarian.

Who would you trade places with for a day? Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

What’s the most awe-inspiring place you’ve ever been? I trekked the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina. It was incredible.

What is one thing you would like to learn to do? I would like to learn to drive a manual transmission. I also love languages and would love to learn another.

What is something most people don’t know about you? I am very good at accents and impressions.




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