Lana Panagoulia

Lana Panagoulia

Ann Arbor, MI Divorce Attorney Serving Lenawee, Washtenaw, Oakland, Livingston,
  • Divorce, Family Law, Arbitration & Mediation ...
  • Michigan
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Ann Arbor divorce attorney Lana Panagoulia serves several counties in Michigan including: Washtenaw, Lenawee, Oakland, Monroe, Livingston, Jackson, Genesee, Ingham and Macomb Counties. Working in the courts and schools, Lana is an experienced divorce and family lawyer and is dedicated to providing top divorce and family law representation. Lana Panagoulia serves individuals, families, and children in all family law matters, including divorce, child custody, alimony, child support, guardianship, same-gender legal matters, and property division. Although she has a full-service law firm, she concentrates her practice in the area of domestic relations matters. Lana has a teaching background with a Masters of Art in Teaching, an Early Childhood Endorsement and French teaching major. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctorate Degree Cum Laude. She is a mom and understands personally the dynamics of children and divorce. Lana speaks and understands French and Spanish and has been awarded numerous awards and scholarships. By focusing her energy in family law, built upon the foundation of her background in education and communication, Lana has experience in the intricacies of families and she strives to provide the best possible legal service tailored to each client's specific needs.

Practice Areas
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Arbitration & Mediation
Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
Education Law
Entertainment & Sports Law
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Federal Circuit
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  • French
  • Greek
  • Spanish
Professional Experience
Judicial Intern
Michigan Supreme Court
Judicial Intern
Washtenaw County Circuit Court
Assistant Founding Director and COO, Institute for the Study of the African American Child (ISAAC)
Wayne State University College of Education
Intern in the Child Abuse and Neglect Division
Wayne County Prosecutor's Office
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
J.D. Cum Laude (2005) | Law
Honors: Cum Laude graduate, Member of Law Review and the Moot Court Board of Directors, Vice-President of the Executive Student Bar Association, Student Chair, Voice for Justice Public Fellowship Auction Committee
Activities: Law Review, Moot Court Board, National Trial Competition, Appellate Competition in Criminal Procedure, Ethics and First Amendment Law
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Wayne State University
M.A.T in Elementary Education (2001) | Early Childhood Education, French Teaching
Honors: National Dean's List, Golden Key Honor Society, Who's Who Among College Students
Activities: Student teaching in kindergarten, preschool and elementary school
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. (1993) | Communications and Foreign Languages
Activities: Poetry, Spanish Club, French Club, Hellenic Student Association, writing, directing and producing for B Side
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Université Laval
Intensive study in French language (1990) | French language and literature
Activities: theater club
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Ford Motor Company Leadership Award, 2004
Ford Motor Company
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Award, 2003
Womena Lawyes Association of Michigan
SBA Executive Board Vice President's Scholarship
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
National Dean's List
Wayne State University
Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities
Wayne State University
Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Up and Coming Lawyer
Michigan Lawyer's Weekly
Professional Associations
Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan
President, Past Secretary
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Family Section of the Washtenaw County Bar Association
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State Bar of Michigan
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Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) New Lawyers Advisory Board
New Lawyers Board Member
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Michigan Association for Justice
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Washtenaw Association for Justice
Vice President, Past Treasurer, Past Secretary
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Women Lawyers Assocation of Michigan
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Washtenaw Association for Justice
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Articles & Publications
Divorce and Bankruptcy
Washtenaw County Bar Association Family Law and Bankruptcy Committees
Educating the Client
Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)
Plaintiff’s Own Creation of ‘Unavoidability’ Avoids Summary Dismissal
Secrest Wardle, “Boundaries, A Guide for Property Owners and Insurers in a Litigious Society.”
Same Gender Issues in Family Law
Washtenaw County Bar Association, Family Law, Friend of the Court, and Same Gender Committees
The Initial Client Meeting: Attorney as Counselor and Managing Client Expectations
Michigan Association for Justice Family Law Seminar
Speaking Engagements
Educating the Client, Handling Child Custody, Child Support & Parenting Time, The Inn at St. Johns, Plymouth, Michigan
Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)
An educator as well as an attorney, Lana shared her experience in family law with other family law practitioners at this seminar. Topics included effective client communication, case information gathering, determining client goals and expectations, discussing client goals and expectations, managing client expectations, discussing positive and negative aspects of the case, discussing the law with clients, applying the client's facts to the relevant law, discussing potential outcomes with a client, assisting clients in creating and contributing towards win-win methods of dispute resolution, alternative dispute resolution, and mediation.
Early Childhood Education and French Teaching Endorsements and Provisional Teaching Certification
Michigan Department of Education
Websites & Blogs
Lana Panagoulia Law, PLLC
Contact & Map
The Goodyear Building
122 S. Main Street
Suite 370
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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