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2019 Best Law Firms – Professional Review and Rating of The Sarnacki Law Firm

Best Lawyers in America selected The Sarnacki Law Firm for its 2019 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” The Best Lawyers in America is one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal…

Disappointment’s greatest gift: treating yourself with compassion

Psychology Today gives us Do’s and Don’ts for “What to Do When You Feel Let Down by Someone.” Toni Bernhard’s list of Helpful Responses includes (excerpt): 1. Recognizing that all relationships change 2. Feeling happy for others 3. Questioning the…

Professional Review and Rating: David C. Sarnacki, Super Lawyers 2018

Super Lawyers selected David C. Sarnacki to its 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, uses “a patented, multi-phase process that includes peer nominations, evaluations and independent research” to select the top 5% of attorneys in…

Best Lawyers in America recognizes David C. Sarnacki as 2019 Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers in America recognized David C. Sarnacki as one of the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” award recipients for his work in Collaborative Law: Family Law in Grand Rapids. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community…

Intelligence, energy, integrity?: The one trait that matters

Inc quotes Warren Buffett on another secret to his success–find people with integrity to work with. Buffet said: “You’re looking for three things, generally, in a person: intelligence, energy, and integrity. And if they don’t have the last one, don’t…

Professional Review and Rating: David C. Sarnacki, Super Lawyers 2017

Super Lawyers selected David C. Sarnacki to its 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, uses “a patented, multi-phase process that includes peer nominations, evaluations and independent research” to select the top 5% of attorneys in…

How to handle difficult people? Simple strategies starting with listening and understanding

The ABA’s Law Practice Today offers advice on dealing with difficult people. Matt Potempa explains his top six tips (excerpt): 1. Listen. . . . Try to understand the source of their frustration while avoiding the temptation to interrupt and…

Counseling for serious relationship issues: communication and commitment

Dear Abby responds to a reader’s letter inquiring about the marriage counseling (excerpt): With a troubled marriage, a counselor can often facilitate broader communication than couples can achieve on their own. However, like most relationships, marriages can be “saved” only…

The inner life of teen boys: loyalty, friendship, protecting those they love

The Washington Post offers us ways to stay connected with teenage sons. The ideas flow from Kenneth Ginsburg, author of “Raising Kids to Thrive.” Phyllis Fagell explores these six ideas (excerpt): Focus on loving, high-yield interactions Tackle stereotypes about masculinity…

Staying happy: 5 tips for no matter what happens

CNN’s Health section highlights five coping strategies from the Dalai Lama, including being gentle with yourself, making time to reflect, keeping compassion at hand, helping, and being playful. Jen Christensen writes (excerpt): First step, work on compassion and start by…

If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter? The way to improving your life and your relationships

Psychology Today shows a method for improving relationships and marriages with its “The Tao of Improv: 5 Rules for Improvising Your Life.” Giving up control in favor of adopting with a more generous, supportive and organic mindset leads to a…

Who will take care of you and your kids?: Helping young children through divorce

Mister Rogers lives on through his words of wisdom. His advice for parents, “The Mister Rogers Parenting Book,” addresses divorce and separation, and includes (excerpt): [Y]oung children . . . want to know, “Who will take care of me?” .…

Professional Rating and Review of The Sarnacki Law Firm, 2017 Best Law Firms, Tier 1 ranking

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in America announced that once again, The Sarnacki Law Firm PLC has been selected by its peer-review process for its top “Tier 1” ranking in the 2017 Edition of “Best Law Firms.”…

“The kids are the project and their well-being is the goal”: Helping children of divorce

CNN spotlights how to help children adjust to their parents’ divorce without unnecessary anxiety, depression and other emotional distress. Kelly Wallace writes (excerpt): “No. 1 would be teamwork, teamwork, teamwork,” said [Dr. Michelle] Rozen, who also works as a parenting…