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Marie R. Deveney Member

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1991


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.

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 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.


  • 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

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Member, Elected 2003
  • 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
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Publications Advisory Board for Estate Planning and Probate, Former Member and Special Advisor for Estate Planning and Probate Certificate Program
  • 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

Recognized in Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Michigan, Private Wealth Law, 2018 and 2020

Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Trusts and Estates by Best Lawyers® 2011, 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020

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: Consumer, 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