I have had past experiences with lawyers, they were too busy to answer phone calls but quick to bill. Chris Nesi was different. He was amazing. He was kind, knowing our case very well, and really cared about our family. Chris Nesi was so wonderful, that i can not find the words to express what a great job he did for us.

Summer T, Child Custody client

This is my first experience with an attorney. I had seen Mr. Nesi in court representing another client. The representation was so great that I left the court room to get his business card, I called him the same day. Chris Nesi is currently representing me and I am thrilled. Chris Nesi is tremendous at what he does.

Nicholas S, Child Custody client

Mr. Nesi was able to achieve everything I asked of him. He was professional and an outstanding lawyer. I recommend Mr. Nesi to anyone in need of a divorce lawyer.

Lisa, Divorce client

I have been through many lawyers in my quest for custody of my children. Chris Nesi is the first lawyer that gave me his cell phone number and actually called me back on the weekends - regardless of the time. Usually, I would wait days for a lawyer to call me back. That's not all, when we got to court, Chris mopped the floor with my ex's attorney!!! I now have sole custody of my children and I am receiving more child support than I expected! I would recommend Chris Nesi to anyone who wants a lawyer who will fight for them and your kids!!! Thanks a million Chris.

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One memorable case involved severe fault allegations, including drug abuse and an extra-marital affair involving a miscarriage. German represented the father, who adopted his stepson, and the parties also shared a daughter together.
"It was particularly rewarding to witness both mother and father set aside their immense personal differences and share their continued strong belief that the role of the father is very important to the development of the stepson," she says. "They worked together to maintain the family unit by a joint custody arrangement, which allowed both parents to play an active role in the children's lives, despite their marriage ending."
Another divorce involved a couple with significant real property including rental and commercial land, as well as financial accounts in two other countries. The parties had entered into two, separate, foreign post-nuptial agreements concerning these properties and assets.
"It was particularly challenging evaluating the property together with potential income production overseas as well as interpreting and determining the effect of the foreign post-nuptial agreements on the property and spousal support issues," German says.
According to German, who joined the firm in 2008, the practice of family law has become a more congenial practice, overall.
"Given the downturn in the economy, I find clients are opting to participate in early mediation and choosing to use joint experts to avoid the cost of extensive discovery and litigation," she says.
She also notes that the ever-changing climate of domestic partnerships and same-sex marriage has resulted in some interesting challenges, and the new health care laws have been an issue in some of her cases.
Earning an undergrad degree in communications from the University of Michigan, German followed in the Wolverine footsteps of her father, Harry Aretakis, M.D. and her older sister, Kari.
"Kari was only one year ahead, so it eased my transition into college and I was able to enjoy campus life in Ann Arbor with her, including going to football games, dining at local restaurants and bars and strolling the Ann Arbor Art Fair," German says.
German went on to earn her law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where she was invited to participate in the American Inns of Court, and enjoyed the campus location in the heart of downtown Detroit, with opportunities for students to provide legal aid to the community through clinics and externships.
"I was drawn to the study of law by the idea of being a strong advocate and fighting for someone who is in need of help during a difficult time it's a very rewarding profession," she says.
German brings to her work a valuable understanding of family dynamics and childhood development, in part gained by previous work as a legal intern representing the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services in the Cook County Juvenile Court under a supervising attorney.
"It was often a challenging position to ensure that vulnerable children were receiving the appropriate services to provide them safe homes, therapeutic programs and educational resources to aid in brighter futures," she says.
During college, she volunteered at Camp Detroit, an after-school program for children ages 4 to 15, where she developed an after-school art and reading program, using limited resources.
"It was a very fulfilling opportunity to have a part in shaping children's futures and encouraging them to achieve success," she says.
A native of Troy where her parents Harry and Karen Aretakis still live German now lives in Birmingham with Micah, her husband of four years. Her older sister Kari, now a urologist, lives down the street, while her younger sister Mary lives in Fort Collins, Colo., and plans to study veterinary medicine. Mary was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in infancy, and German often participates in fund-raising run/walks for the Arthritis Foundation.
German relaxes from her legal work by swimming laps; walking in the park with her dog, Olive; searching for seashells at her family's vacation home in Sanibel Island, Fla.; and with trips overseas including to St. Lucia, Australia, and her family's homeland, Greece.
"I love to travel because it allows me to spend quality time with family and friends, and explore different cultures," she says.

 

 

Family Advocate, February 18, 2015, LegalNews.com

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