Domestic Diversions

Persuasion/Advocacy

Criticizing, blaming and shaming backfire and reinforce beliefs: instead, to promote change, try empathy and curiosity

CNN Opinion reveals one method of persuasion that promotes change: the use of empathy and curiosity. So much more effective than criticizing, blaming and shaming. Those backfire and reinforce the existing beliefs. Peter Bregman and Howard Jacobson write (excerpt): In…

Ratings & Reviews: 2022 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law Mediation in Grand Rapids

Best Lawyers in America announced that David C. Sarnacki has been recognized through its peer-review process as the 2022 Lawyer of the Year award in Family Law Mediation in Grand Rapids. Best Lawyers reported “extremely high voter feedback” for his…

Super Lawyers Review: Excellence for clients experiencing separation and divorce

Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers has selected David C. Sarnacki to the 2021 Michigan Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for lawyers exhibit top-5% excellence. His Grand Rapids practices helps clients transition through separation and divorce, family law, mediation, and collaborative…

A forgiveness formula: powerfully perfect apologies

CNN Health helps us understand how to apologize. Jessica DuLong writes (excerpt): In her new book, “The Forgiveness Tour: How to Find the Perfect Apology,” Susan Shapiro explains that a full apology includes four essential elements: acknowledgment of the offense,…

Alternatives to traditional divorce litigation

Peggy Drexler writes about the amicable Amazon divorce for Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos: “A Google search for ‘amicable divorce’ returns more than 6 million results, with everyone from the American Psychological Association to divorce attorneys weighing in.” Unlike other articles,…

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…

2019 Best Lawyers in America – Professional Review and Rating of David C. Sarnacki

Best Lawyers in America selected David C. Sarnacki for its The Best Lawyers in America (25th edition). Mr. Sarnacki was recognized again for his work in: (1) Collaborative Law: Family Law; (2) Family Law; and (3) Family Law Mediation. The…

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…

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…

Beyond extracting forgiveness: How to apologize and restore your personal integrity

The Harvard Business Review reverses the focus of apologies, from persuading to restoring integrity. Rising out of our failures, we can consider the gap between failed performance and aspiration. Joseph Grenny writes (excerpt): Issue the apology—for the right reason. The…

Professional Rating and Review of David Sarnacki, Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers in America announced that once again, David Sarnacki of The Sarnacki Law Firm PLC has been selected by its peer-review process (confidential surveys of judges and lawyers) as one of The Best Lawyers in America. He was honored…