Noted family law attorney is honored by MSU College of Law

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Richard S. Victor, senior and founding partner at the Law Offices of Richard S. Victor, PLLC, in Bloomfield Hills, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Michigan State University Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award.

This award is presented annually to an alumnus for their “Sustained and Extraordinary Professional Achievement,” which is recognized by the law school over the course of the recipient’s career.

Victor, who has practiced family law for 45 years, was the recipient of the law school’s National Alumni of the Year Award in 2000, his 25th anniversary of his MSU?Law gradution; and also has received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Family Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, and the Champion of Justice Award for his work on behalf of families and children, from the State Bar.

In addition, Victor has served as the president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and has been honored as the AAML national Fellow of the Year and was the first recipient of the national AAML Professionalism Award.

Victor has practiced law since 1975. He has authored many nationally published articles on Family Law, as well as co-authoring two books: Michigan Family Law and Practice, a three volume treatise on family law; and You and Me Make Three, a children’s book regarding divorce, which was the recipient of several national book awards.

He has been a faculty member or guest lecturer at Colleges, Universities, Symposiums, Law Schools, and Bar Associations around the United States and Canada.

Victor is listed as a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers and listed in Best Lawyers in America; and has been named a Super Lawyer by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine every year, since its inception and was featured on the cover of Super Lawyers publication with a special feature story in 2008.

 He was named as one of the top ten lawyers in Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and was awarded the Meritorious Service to the Children of America Award by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Victor is the national founder and has served, pro bono as the Executive Director of the national nonprofit Grandparents Rights Organization, since 1982.

He also founded the national nonprofit Victor Smile Foundation, providing benefits to children of divorce. He, along with Judge Edward Sosnick of the Oakland County Family Court, created the SMILE (Start Making It Livable for Everyone) program (an educational program for divorcing parents) for both the state of Michigan and around the United States, as well as for Australia.

Victor and the work he has done have been featured on numerous state and national television and radio programs throughout the country, as well as three movies during his career.



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