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About Mathew Kobliska

With over 30 years of experience practicing family law, Attorney Mathew Kobliska is the person you want to defend your interests in your domestic conflict.

 

Besides being a highly qualified and experienced lawyer, Mr. Kobliska is also a trained mediator and arbitrator. He has been approved as a mediator in six county circuit courts in the State of Michigan, and has fulfilled the requirements in Michigan Court Rule 3.216 by completing SCAO-approved coursework and training under the instruction of internationally acclaimed mediator, lawyer, and author, Forrest S. Mosten. Mr. Kobliska is also qualified for court appointment as an arbitrator under §5073 of the Revised Judicature Act.

 

As of April 2013, Mr. Kobliska completed his training as a collaborative law professional. Collaborative law provides a team approach to resolving disputes between two parties who would otherwise litigate their case in court. Collaborative law, as an alternative to court advocacy, is a new movement in the Family Law field. A small percentage of attorneys in Michigan have the requisite training.

 

In September 2011, Mr. Kobliska was elected by his peers to the 21-member State Bar of Michigan Family Law Council for a three-year term. The Council performs a variety of functions, including the formulating and influencing of proposed legislation on matters pertaining to family law, the development and proposed amendments to the court rules and the professional ethics rules, filing amicus curiae briefs with the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court, and the publication of the Michigan Family Law Journal. Mr. Kobliska was reelected to the Council in 2014 and 2017, serving the maximum number of terms allowed by the section’s bylaws. Mr. Kobliska was again re-elected to the council in 2022.

 

Mr. Kobliska continues to serve the community and the profession. In 2019, he was elected as a Sixth Circuit Delegate for the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly and was appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee. In 2022, he was appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Special Governance Committee.

Education

Mr. Kobliska received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan in 1988 and was awarded his Juris Doctorate in 1991 from Wayne State University Law School.

 

Background

Mr. Kobliska was admitted to practice law in Michigan in 1991. He has practiced at all levels of trial and appellate courts in the State of Michigan, including the Michigan Court of Appeals, an en banc panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Michigan Supreme Court. He has filed pleadings with the Supreme Court of the United States and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States Supreme Court.

 

Fellowships

As of November 2022, Mr. Kobliska was one of only 35 attorneys in the State of Michigan to have the distinction of being a Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”). The AAML was founded in 1962 “to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.” Fellows across the U.S. are generally recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill, and integrity.

 

Certifications & Commendations

Mr. Kobliska is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, a lawyer rating service conducting peer review ratings since 1896. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from anonymous evaluations of the lawyer by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. The AV Preeminent® rating means that the lawyer has attained the highest level of professional excellence. Legal ability is based on performance in five key areas: (1) legal knowledge; (2) analytical capabilities; (3) judgment; (4) communication ability; and (5) legal experience. Mr. Kobliska was first awarded the AV Preeminent® rating in 2013.

 

Mr. Kobliska has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer since 2012. Super Lawyers is an annual jurisdictional listing of outstanding American lawyers from over 70 areas of private practice. Just 5 percent of private practice lawyers from any state or region are included each year. Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters, uses a rigorous multiphase selection process that considers a wide range of objective indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. He was also awarded the Top Attorneys in Michigan designation by The New York Times.

Professional Involvement & Publications

Admitted to Practice:

  • All Michigan State Circuit and District Courts (1991)

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (1991) 

  • United States Supreme Court (2000)

Member:

  • State Bar of Michigan

  • Oakland County Bar Association

  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

  • Wayne County Family Law Bar Association

  • State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section

  • State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section

  • Family Mediation Council of Michigan

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

  • Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan

  • The Michigan Inter-Professional Association

  • United States Supreme Court Bar

  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity

  • Oakland County Family Court Committee

  

Fellowship:

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ("AAML")

  • Oakland County Bar Foundation

Awards:

  • Michigan Super Lawyer (2012-2022)

  • AV Preeminent Rating 

  • New York Times Top Attorneys in Michigan

Posts:

  • Committee Member: State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee (2020-present)

  • Delegate:  Sixth Circuit Delegate to the State Bar of Michigan Represntative Assembly (2019-present)

  • State Bar of Michigan Governance Committee (2022)

  • Council Member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2011-2020, 2022-present)

  • CouncilMember of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2022-present)

  • Chair, Court Rules and Ethics Committee for the Family Law Section (2012-2015)

  • Committee Member: Court Rules and Ethics Committee for the Family Law Section (2011-present)

  • Committee Member: Legislative Committee for the Family Law Section (2015-present)

  • Committee Member: Family Court Forum (2017-present)

  • Committee Member: State Bar of Michigan Civil Discovery Court Rule Review Special Committee (2016-2019)

  • Committee Member: State Court Administrative Office Collaborative Law Rules Committee (2016-2018)

  • Committee Member: Seminar Committee of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2017-present)

  • Board Member: Board of Managers for the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2018-2019, 2020-2022)

  • Committee Member: Mediator Disclosure Rules Committee (2019-present)

  • Faculty: The Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2018-2021)

Publications:

  • Traversing the Chasm: Representing the Claimant in a Meretricious Relationship Case, Michigan Family Law Journal  (November, 2013)

  • Moving from Evocative Pleading Captioning, Michigan Family Law Journal (February, 2018)

  • To Lien or Not to Lien, Michigan Family Law Journal (August 2019)

  • Discovery Reform and the Family Law Practice, Michigan Bar Journal (October 2019)

Presentations:

  • The Modifiability of Agreements to Deviate from the Michigan Child Support Formula: from Burba to Holmes and Beyond,  American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Michigan Chapter 2016 Advanced Level Seminar        

  • Handling the Change of Domicile (Move-Away) Case, The Institute for Continuing Legal Education (May 2018)

  • Safety and Security in Attorney-Client Lien Matters, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Michigan Chapter 2017 Advanced Level Seminar

  • Discovery: The New Architecture, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Michigan Chapter 2019 Advanced Level Seminar

  • The New Discovery Rules & the Family Law Practice, Wayne County Family Law Bar Association (December 2019)

  • Paternity Update, 2015 State Bar of Michigan Mid-Summer Seminar (Panel Moderator)

  • Webinar: Advising Family Law Clients During the COVID-19 Crisis, March 2020 (Panelist)

  • Making the Case for a Fee Award and Securing Your Payment, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Family Law Institute (2020) (Co-presenter with Hon. Kathleen A. Feeney)

  • Confusing Confidentiality: Confidential Records, Sealed Records, and Protected Records, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Family Law Institute (2021) (Co-presenter with Hon. John Van Allsburg)

  • Training for the Big Game – Advanced Mediation Training, by Anne Bachle Fifer, Dale Ann Iverson and Robert E.L. Wright, January 26, 2022. (Panelist) 

  • The Cohabitation Trap, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Michigan Chapter 2022 Advanced Level Seminar (May 2022)

  • Mediator Relationships: To Disclose Or Not to Disclose, That Is The Question (Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Webinar), Co-Presenter with Robert E.L. Wright, Martin Weisman, Anne Bachle Fifer, and Lisa Taylor (June 2022)   

 

Contributor:

  • Effectively Tackle Tough Custody Issues through Postjudgment-No Matter How Many Cases You’ve Handled, The Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2019)

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