Co-Owner & Partner | Divorce Lawyer in Wayne, Macomb & Oakland Counties
Jon Midtgard has always been fascinated with the rule of law and how it is supposed to protect good people going through difficult times. Jon grew up in Pontiac and Clarkston, Michigan, the son of a special education/history teacher and a direct care worker for developmentally disabled adults. Jon’s childhood household valued education and discussion about history, government and current events.
Jon is particularly grateful for his close relationship with his father. His father worked as many as 3 jobs but still found time to co-parent his four children. He taught Jon the value of combining a strong work ethic with justice, equality, and civic responsibility. This relationship cemented Jon’s belief that children require both parents in their lives and laid the groundwork for his career protecting fathers’ rights in divorce and custody.
Jon’s Education and Experience
Jon studied at James Madison College at Michigan State University, graduating with honors in political theory and international relations. Here, Jon was taught the foundations of American politics and equal protection under the law. After considering a career in international diplomacy, Jon decided to attend law school.
Jon was fortunate to be hired as a full-time law clerk by one of Michigan’s pre-eminent divorce and family law attorneys. This experience introduced Jon to the value of practicing family law and the positive difference a good lawyer could make for people in their time of need. This firm was involved in many of the important decisions by the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court still followed today. Jon found working with clients going through divorce challenging but rewarding, and he realized his skillset lent itself to providing good advice and effective advocacy for his clients.
Jon graduated from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University and was licensed to practice in Michigan in 1996. He parlayed his working experience in law school into an associate position at a well-respected firm for several years until he found his true calling at the American Divorce Association for Men. For nearly two decades he has been proud to represent countless men as they navigate this difficult time in their lives. He’s been an active participant in professional associations and has been honored to teach other family law lawyers at seminars and speak on current family law topics in the media.
Jon’s Life Outside of Work
Jon turned a corner in his family law career when he became a father. This experience has truly taught Jon what is at stake for his clients. It has given him a true appreciation for the rewards and responsibilities of parenting and has made it easier to relate to men going through a divorce.
In addition to spending time with his wife and son, Jon is a dedicated sports fan and enjoys working in around the house. After watching his son train in the martial art Choi Kwang Do for a year, Jon followed in his footsteps and advanced to the rank of second-degree black belt. Jon is now a head instructor at the Rochester Hills Academy of Mixed Martial Arts. Here, he enjoys training children and adults in self-defense, discipline, and respect. Though Jon is an instructor, his son never lets him forget that he still outranks him! Jon could not be prouder.
Contact our Metro Detroit divorce attorneys today at (248) 327-0050. A member of our team is ready to help you take the next steps during this difficult time.