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Anthony P. Gauthier Counsel

Grand Rapids
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Patricia L. Watters, 616/336-6252

Family Law Experience

Tony is a senior member of the firm's Family Law Practice. His principal focus is representing clients in contested divorce and custody matters; and a substantial element of his practice is helping parties resolve disputes by providing mediation and arbitration services to them and their counsel. He also serves as the guardian ad litem (GAL) for children suffering under the stress of divorce. Clients maintain high levels of confidence in and respect for Tony because of his vast experience, affable disposition, and ability to remain objective when emotions are running high. He is painstakingly honest with his clients and gives them advice they need to hear, even if it is not what they want to hear.

Clients appreciate Tony because of his capacity to listen before speaking and to step into the shoes of everyone involved in the process before making recommendations or decisions. These skills ensure the best dispute resolution available for the affected family members. He has earned a strong reputation among his peers and area judges for being trustworthy, responsive, and efficient.

Tony is a former trustee of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and former chair of the Association’s Family Law Section. He is also a former clerk for the Honorable Douglas W. Hillman of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.


  • University of Kansas Law School
    Lawrence, Kansas
    J.D., 1982
    Staff, Kansas Law Review
  • University of Kansas
    Lawrence, Kansas
    B.S., 1970
  • University of Kansas
    Lawrence, Kansas
    B.A., 1969

Professional Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section


  • Martindale Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Representative Matters

  • Tony has mediated, arbitrated, and represented clients in Michigan trial and appellate courts in a wide range of contested matters involving complex, privately-held business interests.
  • Tony’s experience in diverse, high-conflict custody disputes has given him the insights and skills essential to the creation of practical and durable outcomes.
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