Family Law, Estate Planning, Collaborative Attorney
My focus when advocating as an attorney or acting as a neutral facilitative mediator is to assist with a range of creative solutions to achieve settlement of each issue. My experience as a former financial analyst serves in resolving monetary disputes, analysis of the marital estate (assets and liabilities) and estate planning. My goal is to resolve each case as amicably as possible and minimize family conflict. Many clients have remained friends with their ex-partner, or established effective co-parenting relationships after my assistance resolving their disputes. I strongly encourage early stage mediation as a cost effective alternative to traditional litigation because it promotes understanding in a more private and respectful setting. My services include estate planning, representation, mediation, collaborative divorce practice and limited scope consultations. I work with cases in Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw and Livingston Counties.
I was born in Florida, near the base where my dad proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. After moving to Michigan, I attended school in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Livonia. Following a family tradition, I became a lawyer after graduating from Wayne State Law School. My grandparents met in law school in the 1930’s in Washington D.C. My great-grandfather was also an attorney and accountant along with my uncles; so I am a fourth generation lawyer and accountant. My passion for helping others navigate through the legal system started with my own personal experience of the family law courts. This inspired me to focus on family law and estate planning classes at WSU. I was privileged to work for Marie A. Pulte, P.C. starting in 2005 as a law clerk and then as an attorney in 2007. Prior to law school, I worked as a financial analyst after earning my accounting degree in 2000.
On the weekends, I love spending time with my family outdoors. We enjoy kayaking, hiking and golfing. My husband and I started kayaking annually in the winter to celebrate New Year's Day. In 2012, our goal was to kayak all 12 months. We continued kayaking for 36 consecutive months. I also enjoy cooking and collecting recipes. My son is a graduate of Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. My daughter is an avid reader and enjoys volleyball, and playing with our two dogs and cat.
- Domestic Relations Mediator Training with Zena Zumeta
- Domestic Violence Screening Protocol Training
- Collaborative Practice Training with the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
- The Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) seminars including the Annual Family Law Institute, Fundamentals of Divorce Practice & Procedure, Handling Child Custody, Child Support & Parenting Time, Handling Property Division & Spousal Support Issues
- Annual Advanced Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Institute
- General Civil Mediation Training with Susan Butterwick
- Alternative Dispute Resolution WSU class with Barry Goldman
Professional Associations & Memberships:
- State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
- Michigan Inter-Professional Association on Divorce, Marriage and the Family, Inc.
- ICLE Family Law Advisory Board Member
- ICLE New Lawyers Advisory Past Board Member
- Oakland County Bar Association and Oakland Family Court Committee
- Wayne County Family Law Bar Association
- Washtenaw Lawyer/Mediator Group
- Collaborative Practice Institute of MI and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals 2013 - 2016
- Family Mediation Council Board of Directors 2014 - 2015
Alternative Dispute Resolution: You Have Choices in the Process You Use to Resolve Your Family Law Disputes Written by Marie A. Pulte & Rebecca Tooman, MI Family Law Section - Special Edition 2007.
Affordable Care Act & What it Means for Mediators, Attorneys and Divorcing Clients by Rebecca Tooman, Family Mediation Council Newsletter 2014
Areas of Practice:
- Family Law & Domestic Relations Mediation
- Estate Planning
- Civil Mediation
- Collaborative Law
- Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, J.D. 2007
- Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, B.B.A. Accounting 2000
Legal Assistant & Scheduling Coordinator
After graduating from Madonna College with a degree in History and Political Science, I obtained my teaching certificate in 1989. After many years of employment, I have the outstanding skill set needed to manage the business aspects of our firm. My superb communication skills and my ability to multi-task provide excellent service to our clients. I understand the importance of effectively helping our clients as they maneuver changes in their lives.
In addition to my career, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my four daughters who range in age from 21 to 9 years old. As a very active family, my free time revolves around my daughters' basketball and soccer games as well as running half-marathons, swimming and biking with my husband. I also enjoy taking photographs of nature and animals. Being a native of Florida, I enjoy living in Michigan and love the change of seasons.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Environmental Science, I worked for years in the automotive industry. I have transitioned my experience of purchase negotiations, document preparation, customer relations and administrative support to aid Rebecca and Jen in their day to day operations.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family attending my daughter’s volleyball & softball games, scrapbooking, going paddle boarding and kayaking up north on Lake Charlevoix, and hiking with my 2 dogs.