Attorney Profile

Colleen M. Markou concentrates her practice helping South West Michigan families navigate separation, divorce and co-parenting.  Prior to opening her private practice, Colleen was an attorney at a boutique firm that specialized in domestic law and such has focused in the area of family law since 1997.  A highly-experienced and respected family law advocate and domestic mediator, she has assisted individuals during emotionally difficult times.  Colleen M. Markou combines her skill not only as a advocate for her clients, but also facilitates amicalble resolutions with an in-depth knowledge of and respect for the practice of law.

Professional Experience

Colleen M. Markou began her legal career in 1994.  Upon graduating from Valparaiso University school of Law, she was a law clerk for Honorable Philip D. Schaefer and the late Honorable John F. Foley.  For three years, Attorney Markou was in a position to assist in legal research and drafting of legal opinions.  She gained vast experience in the procedural process.

Upon leaving the position with the courts in 1997, Attorney Markou joined a highly respected domestic attorney and expanded her knowledge of family law and its nuances.  Her background and ability equips her to handle any type of domestic case, from divorce matters involving custody and visitation disputes to complex financial cases involving the division of marital property.  Colleen M. Markou is recognized as a vigorous advocate fighting for fair and just results for her clients.

Attorney Markou is also equipped to assist clients in less litigious matters such as uncontested divorces, step-parent adoptions, name changes, guardianships and simple estate planning.  Further, Attorney Markou is a certified mediator having fulfilled the requirements provided in Michigan Court Rule 3.216.  She is very successful in helping couples amicably settle their divorce and other domestic disputes.  She is not only requested by her peers to assist in resolving their pending cases, but she is apponted by the courts to mediate pending divorce cases.

Education

Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D. Valparaiso University, B.B.A (focus finance)

Community Service and Memberships

American Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Michigan State Bar Family Law Section
Kalamazoo County Bar Association
Kalamazoo County Family Law Bar Association - Chair
Volunteer for the Kalamazoo County Family Law Clinic
Kalamazoo County Trial Lawyers
City of Kalamazoo Zoning Board of Appeals
State Bar of Michigan Family Law Council
State Bar of Michigan Family Law Journal Committee
Kalamazoo County Family Law Pro Bono Committee
State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section - ADR Committee