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Laura E. Volkman

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Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration

Biography

Attorney Laura E. Volkmann is a skilled and detail-oriented member of Herbert Machnik Law Firm's Estate Planning and Administration practice. Laura attended University of Michigan Law School, graduating with honors in 2007. After graduation, she served as Law Clerk to the Hon. J. Richardson Johnson of Kalamazoo County's 9th Circuit. Laura managed her own law practice for several years before joining Herbert Machnik Law Firm in 2020. Her experience includes estate planning, estate administration, real estate, business formation, and litigation, among other areas of the law. She believes strongly in the value of mediation for resolving disputes efficiently and cost-effectively for clients.

In addition to practicing law, Laura runs a small farm with her husband, Rick. They have been raising beautiful Icelandic sheep for over fifteen years. They also have pigs, geese, chickens, and a beloved llama, Ryder. Laura and Rick participate in several local farmers markets, and sell meat, handmade soap, and wool products. Laura dabbles in the fiber arts (including spinning, felting, and other crafts) when she has the time.

Laura has served as court-appointed attorney or guardian ad litem for clients in Calhoun and Kalamazoo Counties, and as a judge for several student moot court competitions.

Attorney Laura E. Volkmann is a member of the LGBTQA, Agriculture, and ADR sections of the State Bar of Michigan.

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • 2007
  • University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Psychology

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Professional Associations

  • Michigan Bar Association, Member, 2008 to Present
  • Calhoun County Bar Association, 2016 to Present
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association, Member, 2020 to Present

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Probate and Estate Planning Certificate from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)