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Liisa R. Speaker

Liisa R. Speaker

Speaker Law Firm
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Michigan, Texas
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Biography

Since graduating from The University of Texas School of Law, one of the nation’s top law schools, Liisa Speaker has become well known for her excellent written and oral advocacy. Her appellate skills have helped clients obtain victories in appeals ranging from custody disputes to no-fault automobile insurance litigation to real property case and to probate appeals.

Liisa Speaker is an attorney who practices exclusively in the field of appeals, she opened Speaker Law Firm in 2007. She has focused her appellate practice on family law, adoption, and child welfare cases. Liisa has represented clients in the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Liisa has drafted and submitted amicus briefs on behalf of organizations such as the Family Law Section for the State Bar of Michigan, the Appellate Practice Section for the State Bar of Michigan, and the Michigan Association for Justice.

Ms. Speaker is a council member and the current recording secretary for the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). She was a past chair of the Appellate Practice Section for the State Bar of Michigan. And was also previously appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to two four-year terms on the Court Reporter and Recorder Board of Review.

Practice Area
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Additional Practice Areas
  • Family Law Appeals
  • Child Welfare Appeals
  • Probate Appeals
Video Conferencing
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft Teams
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
ID Number: P65728
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Texas
State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 24013448
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Owner/Attorney
Speaker Law Firm
- Current
Senior Associate
Hicks, Mullett & Gregg PLLC
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Education
University of Texas - Austin
J.D. (1999) | Law
Activities: Litigation Review
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Trinity University
B.A. (1994) | Political Science and Spanish
Honors: Cum Laude
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Awards
Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award
Ingham County Bar Association
Respected Advocate Award
Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Top 30 Women in Law
Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Distinguished Brief Award
Cooley Law School Review
Amicus brief on behalf of coalition protecting auto no-fault in UFG&G v Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association
Outstanding Note Award
University of Texas School of Law
Ethical Considerations in Preparing Witnesses for Depositions and Trial, 18 Rev. Litig. 135 (1999).
Best Brief Award
Texas Supreme Court
While still attending law school
Professional Associations
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Member
- Current
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Family Defense Attorneys of Michigan
Board Member
- Current
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Family Defense Attorneys of Michigan
Member
- Current
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SBM- Childrens Law Section
Member
- Current
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SBM-Family Law Section
Amicus Committee Member
- Current
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SBM-Appellate Practice Section
- Current
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State Bar of Michigan
Member
- Current
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Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review
Attorney Representative
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Activities: Appointed by Michigan Supreme Court. Served two terms.
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Ingham County Bar Association
Officer and board member
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American Inns of Court- Mid Michigan Chapter
Execitive Board Member
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SBM-Appellate Practice Section
Former Secretary and Treasurer, Council Member
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Ingham County Bar Association
Past Chair
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SCAO Conference, Child Welfare Training
Preservation of issues for Appeal
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Activities: Presenter
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SBM-Appellate Practice Section
Past Chair
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Family Law Section Mid-Summer Seminar
To Appeal or Not to Appeal
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Activities: Presenter
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SBM- Family Law Section
Council Member
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Appellate Bench Bar Conference
Remands in Family Law Appeals
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Activities: Moderator
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Appellate Bench Bar Conference
Plenary Session on Appellate Emergencies
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Activities: Co-moderator
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Appellate Practice Section Webinar
Circuit Court Appeal Rules
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Activities: Presenter
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Ingham County Bench Bar Conference
Ethics and Attorney Client Privilege
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Activities: Panelist
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Appellate Bench Bar Conference
Briefing and Research
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Activities: Moderator, May 2007
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Michigan Association of Justice
Employment Cases You need to Know About
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Activities: Seminar Presenter. Novi. November 2007
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Ingham County Bar Association Family Law Section
Advising your Domestic Relations Clients of Their Appeal Rights
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Activities: Seminar Presenter
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Lorman
Witness Coaching and Ethical Implications
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Activities: Seminar Presenter
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Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
Appellate Research Tips for Trial Attorneys
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Activities: Seminar Presenter
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Appellate Practice Section
Seminar Presenter
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Activities: Technology and Economics of Appellate Practice-Novi June 2005
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Publications
Articles & Publications
What Qualifies as Binding and Persuasive Authority in Michigan Courts
Appellate Practice Journal - Fall 2021
Kids Caught In The Middle: How Families are Harmed When Judges Don’t Follow the Law
Advantage Publishing
Protecting Our Clients' Privacy During The "Zoom Era"
Family Law Journal
Zoom: Boldly Going Where No Lawyer Has Gone Before!
Michigan Association for Justice Journal, Fall 2020
Extraordinary Fees in Court-Appointed Appeals
The Michigan Bar Journal
The New Domestic Relations Final Order Rule
The Michigan Bar Journal
Appellate Procedure
Lexis Michigan Family Law
Comprehensive Survey of Appellate Attorney Fees in Michigan
Cooley Law Review
Court of Appeals Changes the Prenuptial Agreement Landscape
Michigan Association for Justice Journal
Whats the difference between "Reverse" and "Vacate"
Michigan Appellate Practice Journal. Family Law Journal
Ethics Pitfalls of Email Scams
The Mentor
Long-Awaited Probate Appeals Legislation Brings Uniformity and Efficiency
Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal
Family Law Appellate Trends
Family Law Journal
Intersection of Probate and Family Law Cases Results in Many Reversals in Recent Years
Probate and Estate Planning Journal
Supreme Court Decisions in Probate Appeals
Probate & Estate Planning Journal
Comparative Analysis for the Parent Seeking to Terminate the Parental Rights of the Other Parent
31 Cooley Law Review 351
Standards of Review for Common Probate Appeals
Probare & Estate Planning Journal
Top 10 Tips for Probate Appeals
Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal
How Do You Know When to File Your Probate Appeal in the COA or Circuit Court
Michigan Estate Plannig and Probate Journal
Recurring Issues in Family Law
Ingham County BRIEFS
Hot Topics in Family Law Appeals
Ingham County BRIEFS
To Limit the Evidence, Or not to Limit the Evidence (In a Best Interest of the Child Analysis)
Family Law Journal
The Trouble with Guardianship Appeals
Michigan Estate Plannig and Probate Journal
Bringing Your Case to the High Court
Michigan Bar Journal
Using Motions to Remand in Probate Appeals
Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal
Mysterious World of Stays Pending Appeal in Probate Matters
Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal
Communicating with Children in Custody Disputes
Family Advocate
There's No Race to the Courthouse for adoption and paternity actions, but timing matters
Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Questions, standards of parental fitness raised in third-party custody cases
Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Overview of Stays Pending Appeal
Appellate Practice Section Newsletter
What Happens to Custody of Child when Adoption falls Apart
Family Law Journal
Michigan Supreme Court's Citation to Wikipedia
Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Michigan Supreme Court's Citation to Wikipedia
Appellate Practive Section Newsletter
A Review of MCR 7.215-Execution and Enforcement of Court of Appeals' Orders
Appellate Practice Section Newsletter
Websites & Blogs
Website
Speaker Law Firm
Website
Liisa Speaker Website
Blog
Speaker Law Blog
Videos
In this episode we talk about invading separate property in a divorce action, snitches in the criminal justice system, and how to select a personal injury attorney. Join Speaker Law... Episode 12 - Reality

In this episode we talk about invading separate property in a divorce action, snitches in the criminal justice system, and how to select a personal injury attorney. Join Speaker Law...

In this episode we talk about the rights of grandparents to see their grandchildren, how federal and state criminal cases differ, and the rights of motorcycle accident victims and how... Episode 11 - Differences

In this episode we talk about the rights of grandparents to see their grandchildren, how federal and state criminal cases differ, and the rights of motorcycle accident victims and how...

Liisa Speaker finds out from Catherine Tucker of Sinas Dramis Law Firm which 3 coverage options are best recommended. And with the recent changes in the No-Fault Law, purchasing these... My Legal - Auto Insurance

Liisa Speaker finds out from Catherine Tucker of Sinas Dramis Law Firm which 3 coverage options are best recommended. And with the recent changes in the No-Fault Law, purchasing these...

Now that Michigan has legalized marijuana, what are the rules for people who want to partake? Liisa Speaker receives some great tips from cannabis attorney John Fraser of Grewal Law... My Legal - Marijuana

Now that Michigan has legalized marijuana, what are the rules for people who want to partake? Liisa Speaker receives some great tips from cannabis attorney John Fraser of Grewal Law...

In this episode we’re going to help you in picking auto insurance under the new no-fault law. We’ll also talk about juveniles in the criminal justice system and working with... Episode 10 - Resolutions

In this episode we’re going to help you in picking auto insurance under the new no-fault law. We’ll also talk about juveniles in the criminal justice system and working with...

In this episode we talk about with a husband-wife attorney team about how to handle conflicts during divorce cases. We also discuss race in the criminal justice system and learn... Episode 9 - Conflict

In this episode we talk about with a husband-wife attorney team about how to handle conflicts during divorce cases. We also discuss race in the criminal justice system and learn...

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law. This week’s episode explores how eye-witness testimony frequently misidentifies perpetrators in criminal cases. We also discuss why you should settle... Episode 8 - Settlement

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law. This week’s episode explores how eye-witness testimony frequently misidentifies perpetrators in criminal cases. We also discuss why you should settle...

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law. In this week’s episode we meet a family that was saved by the no fault system and learn about how... Episode 7 - Holidays

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law. In this week’s episode we meet a family that was saved by the no fault system and learn about how...

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law. Sometimes life is not fair. But sometimes it’s about moving on and accepting the unfairness. In this week’s episode we... Episode 6 - Life's Not Fair

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law. Sometimes life is not fair. But sometimes it’s about moving on and accepting the unfairness. In this week’s episode we...

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law. This week’s episode is about tragedy and how to navigate through life-altering situations. What happens to a child when the... Episode 5 - Tragedy

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law. This week’s episode is about tragedy and how to navigate through life-altering situations. What happens to a child when the...

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law. This week’s episode is about finding hope in difficult situations. Hear the amazing stories of hope from burn-survivors to exonerated... Episode 4 - Hope

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law. This week’s episode is about finding hope in difficult situations. Hear the amazing stories of hope from burn-survivors to exonerated...

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law. This week’s episode features a story of how 3 wrongfully accused dogs were saved from death row. We also talk... Episode 3 - Starting Over

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law. This week’s episode features a story of how 3 wrongfully accused dogs were saved from death row. We also talk...

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law is the show that informs and discusses everything from laws, settlements, conflicts, hope, tragedy, resolutions and inspiration. Join host Liisa... Episode 2 - Loss

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law is the show that informs and discusses everything from laws, settlements, conflicts, hope, tragedy, resolutions and inspiration. Join host Liisa...

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law is the show that informs and discusses everything from laws, settlements, conflicts, hope, tragedy, resolutions and inspiration. This week’s episode... Episode 1 - Changing Laws

Real stories, real cases. In the Name of the Law is the show that informs and discusses everything from laws, settlements, conflicts, hope, tragedy, resolutions and inspiration. This week’s episode...

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Speaker Law Firm
819 N. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 48906
Telephone: (517) 482-8933
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
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