As the Firm’s paralegal at Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein PLLC John has 30 years of continuous career experience in the legal field. Prior to joining Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein PLLC in January 2014, John’s distinguished paralegal career has included working at an internationally prominent Washington, D.C. law firm, and subsequently at several local prominent law firms in the areas of civil litigation and family law.
John received his education at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He also served as a staff intern for U.S Senator Carl Levin in Washington D.C., and worked as a constituent liaison on Senator Levin’s staff in Detroit, MI.
Over the course of his several decade career in the legal field, John was employed as the chief paralegal of a prominent medium sized law firm in Birmingham, Michigan, where he worked closely with Norman L. Lippitt and Brian D. O’Keefe, founding partners of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, and continued the focus of his paralegal practice in litigation and family law. During this time prior to joining Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, John also had the distinct honor and privilege of working closely and mentoring with several renowned and well-recognized attorneys in the practice areas of family law and litigation, and whose shared and imparted knowledge and experience is acknowledged and deeply appreciated.
In his paralegal career, John has directly assisted with and participated in hundreds of cases in many areas of the law, including development of discovery matters, client interviews and preparation of clients for deposition and trial testimony, witness interviews and development, and intensive preparation of cases for mediation, arbitration and trial. His many years of intensive training and experience, and his strong sense of discipline, preparedness and dedication to clients, are an integral asset to the firm’s team approach to providing strong, effective client representation while working to resolve and bring legal issues and matters to a successful conclusion for their clients.
At Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, utilizing his many years of experience John works closely with clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce, child custody and support, spousal support and post-judgment matters. Understanding that each client and each case brings a unique set of circumstances, he is sensitive, compassionate and attuned to the concerns of clients in these difficult matters, always taking the time to listen and getting to know them and their situation thoroughly so that the Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein family law team can be best prepared to help achieve the client’s objectives – regardless of the situation.