David Sarnacki

800 McKay Tower
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
United States
Office Phone: 616.988.9500
Member since 2008
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Mediator
Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
License(s): * United States Supreme Court, 1994 ~ * United States District Court, Northern District, California, 1993 ~ * Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1989 ~ * United States District Courts, Michigan, 1989-1990 ~ * State Courts of Michigan, 1989 ~ * Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1986 ~ * United States District Courts, Wisconsin, 1985 ~ * State Courts of Wisconsin, 1985

Professional Activities

* State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, 2006-2007 Chair ~ * Grand Rapids Bar Association, 2005-2007 Secretary ~ * Grand Rapids Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2003 Chair ~ * State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section, 2000-2001 Chair ~ * Grand Rapids Bar Association, 1997-2000 Trustee ~ * State Bar of Michigan Law Practice Management Section, 1995-1996 Chair

Undergraduate Education

* Marquette University, B.A., 1982

Professional Education

* Marquette University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1985


David C. Sarnacki is an attorney-mediator in Grand Rapids. He is the only person to have served as the leader of three of the State Bar's largest specialty groups: Litigation Section, Law Practice Management Section and Family Law Section. Mr. Sarnacki has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America (top 2.4% in country), designated a Michigan Super Lawyer (top 5%), accepted as a Fellow in Michigan State Bar Foundation (limited to 5% of Michigan attorneys), awarded Martindale-Hubbell's AV Rating (top 11% in nation) and cited as an authority by United States Supreme Court. Trained as a trial attorney, mediator and collaborative divorce attorney, Mr. Sarnacki has served on the faculties of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy/Hofstra University School of Law, United States Attorney General's Advocacy Institute, Davenport University, and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.