Litigation and Family Law Attorney
Sam is a member of the Litigation and Family Law practice teams and handles a wide range of commercial and domestic relations matters.
Sam represents individuals and entities in complex commercial litigation, including shareholder oppression claims, breach of contract actions, property disputes, trade secret claims, construction litigation, collection, and landlord/tenant matters. Sam’s expertise in handling intricate legal issues allows him to efficiently and effectively guide clients through the litigation process while protecting their interests and achieving their goals.
In his Family Law practice, Sam helps clients dealing with emotionally charged custody and parenting time issues, as well as complex marital and separate property matters. Sam works to place his clients in a position to succeed at trial, while remaining committed to finding efficient, cost-effective solutions without the need for expensive litigation. He has experience in all matters involving divorce, custody, parenting time, paternity, child support, property settlement, same-sex parenting time agreements, and personal protection orders.
Sam was recently named by Best Lawyers® as one of the 2021 "Ones to Watch," a designation given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers in recognition of their outstanding professional excellence in private practice.
For more information, please contact Sam Vitale at 248/567-7426 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Negotiated settlements of numerous high-conflict divorces, addressing issues of parenting time, custody, child support, property division, retirement benefits, protection of client-owned businesses.
Experience with dealing with child support and spousal support issues arising out of an individual’s cash income and income derived from a sole proprietorship.
Tried cases in Wayne and Oakland County regarding custody, support, parenting time, and asset division.
Handled matters with unique and challenging circumstances, including jurisdictional issues related to changes in a child’s residence, issues of domestic violence and emotional abuse.
Business and Commercial Litigation
Represented owners, contractors, and subcontractors in connection with commercial construction disputes.
Successfully obtained dismissal of former employer’s claim of violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Successfully defended and/or pursued numerous shareholder and partnership disputes relating to minority interests and shareholder oppression claims, and contract and business tort cases.
Successfully obtained judgment for full balance owed on claim for account stated and an award of attorney’s fees.
Honors & Recognitions
Best Lawyers in America®, Ones to Watch, Family Law, 2021
Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star since 2013
Oakland County Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Wayne County Bar Association
Birmingham Community House, Presidential Advisory Committee
News & Publications
- U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Secures Decisive Win for Varnum ClientJune 25, 2021
- September 22, 2020
- January 22, 2020
- January 6, 2020
- September 20, 2019
- September 10, 2018
- February 2, 2018
- September 6, 2017
- September 15, 2016
- September 12, 2016
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), "Divorce Cases with International Issues," program, presented December 12, 2017
Wayne State University Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, 2011
Order of the Coif
Wayne Law Review
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
- All Michigan state courts
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States Supreme Court