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Marie R. Deveney Member

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1991

Education

University of Michigan, J.D., summa cum laude

  • first in class
  • Order of the Coif

University of Michigan, M.A.

University of Missouri at Kansas City

  • with distinction

Marie R. Deveney's principal areas of practice include gift, estate and generation skipping transfer tax planning, probate and trust administration, wills and trust agreements, and retirement distribution planning.

She is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the Washtenaw County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Michigan. She is also a member of the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Probate & Estate Planning Advisory Board.

Ms. Deveney is past president of the Washtenaw County Estate Planning Council and formerly chaired the Washtenaw County Bar's Estate Planning Section. She is a former member of the State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Section Council. She writes articles and frequently lectures on estate and retirement distribution planning.

Before joining Dykema, Ms. Deveney taught at the University of Michigan School of Law. Prior to that, she clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. (United States Supreme Court) and for Judge Harry T. Edwards (United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia). While in law school, Ms. Deveney was the managing editor of the Michigan Law Review.

Experience

  • University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Assistant Professor
  • United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., Judicial Clerk for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., Judicial Clerk for Judge Harry T. Edwards

Memberships & Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Washtenaw Estate Planning Council
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools Education Foundation, August 2009-2012; Attorney; Member, Board of Directors 
  • Leslie Science and Nature Center, Attorney; Member, Board of Directors, September 2006 through 2013; Chair, Board of Directors, January 2011 through December 2012
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Member, Elected 2003
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Publications Advisory Board for Estate Planning and Probate, Member October 1995-present; Special Advisor for Estate Planning and Probate Certificate Program
  • Washtenaw Community College Foundation's Planned Giving Committee, September 2004-present
  • Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Professional Advisors Committee, October 2005-present
  • Washtenaw County Jewish Community Foundation, Member of Board of Directors, Fall 1999-Spring 2004
  • Michigan State Bar Association Probate and Estate Planning Council: Member, Fall 1998-Spring 2001; Chair of Amicus Curiae Committee 1998-Spring 2001; Assistant Editor of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal 1998-Spring 2001
  • Washtenaw County Estate Planning Council, President, Fall 1997-Summer 1998; Vice President, Fall 1997; Member Board of Directors May 1995-Fall 1998
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association's Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section, Chair, August 1993-August 1995
  • Board of Governors of Lawyers Club, Governor University of Michigan Law School, January 1994-2004
  • University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Member of Board of Advisors, January 1998-2001
  • Ann Arbor Art Center, Board Member, January 1996-February 1998

Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Trusts and Estates by Best Lawyers® 2011, 2016 and 2018

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts and Estates, 2007-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Trusts and Estates, 2011-2013, 2015-2017

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Estate Planning & Probate, and Tax 2007-Present

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Named one of Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Michigan 2009-2012

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company