Roane recognized as a 'Leading Family Lawyer' by Lawdragon


Richard A. Roane and Nazli G. Sater, partners with Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, have been recognized in Lawdragon’s 2024 list of 500 Leading U.S. Family Lawyers.

Roane is based in Warner’s Grand Rapids office and has more than 35 years of experience in divorce and family law matters, complex business valuation and asset distribution, non-marital domestic relationships, domestic relations mediation, arbitration and collaborative law, spousal support, child custody and support, prenuptial agreements and LGBTQIA+ family issues. He is recognized as a trusted advisor on family law matters who is sought for his insight and problem-solving abilities by his peers, opponents, judges and clients.

Roane has held numerous leadership roles with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, International Academy of Family Lawyers and Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Grand Rapids Bar Association and State Bar of Michigan, where he serves as chair of the LGBTQA Section. Roane was selected by his peers as a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, the top 100 among family law attorneys in the country. 

He has received numerous awards throughout his legal career, including recognition by Best Lawyers in America® since 2009 and Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine since 2007 for his work in family law. Best Lawyers also named him Grand Rapids Family Law Lawyer of the Year two times. Grand Rapids Magazine named him a Top Lawyer in Family Law three times. Roane has also been recognized by Leading Lawyers for the past five years and honored as a distinguished practitioner in family law by Chambers High Net Worth since 2021.

 Roane’s volunteer legal work has been recognized with the Michael Barnes Pro Bono Service Award, Senior Neighbors’ 16 Over 60 honor and inclusion on the State Bar of Michigan’s Pro Bono Honor Roll. He teaches and lectures on a wide variety of family law issues at the local, state, national and international levels.

 Sater is executive partner in Warner’s Bloomfield Hills office.

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