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Family Law Attorney

Bruce chaired the Family Law Team until 2000, when he went from partnership status to Of Counsel. He has over 60 years of experience with hundreds of clients in all aspects of family law. These include divorce, property settlement, spousal support, child support, child custody, parenting time, tax issues, qualified domestic relations orders and prenuptial agreements.

For more information, please contact Bruce Barnhart at 616/336-6713 or


Honors & Recognitions

International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, fellow, prior to retirement

Justice Foundation of West Michigan, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2019

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, fellow; past president of the Michigan chapter, 1997 - 1998

Grand Rapids Bar Association: Senior Section, chairman, 2007 - 2012; Young Lawyers Section, president, 1969; Board of Trustees, 1970 - 1972, 1993 - 1996

State Bar of Michigan: Family Law Section, elected and served in State Bar Representative Assembly, 1972 - 1978

Community Involvement

Family Service Association, Board of Directors, 1971 - 1978

Gerontology Network Services, Inc., Board of Trustees, 1987 - 2009

Kiwanis Club of Grand Rapids/Wyoming, past president, 1965

Meals at Home, Inc., Grand Rapids: co-founder, secretary and Board of Directors, 1968 - 1974

Porter Hills Retirement Community, Governing Board member, 2009 - 2012

Porter Hills Foundation, 2012 - present

Reeling and Healing of Midwest, Inc. (a nonprofit organization helping women breast cancer survivors): co-founder; past CEO

Trinity Lutheran Church Council, secretary, 1962 - 1971

News & Publications


University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
L.L.B., 1961

Wittenberg University
Springfield, Ohio
B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 1956

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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