About Christine Yared
Christine A. Yared, Attorney and
Counselor at Law, is an attorney who specializes in employment
law, civil rights, family law and criminal law.
Christine has practiced law in Michigan for over 25 years, litigating cases in both
the state and federal courts.
Christine A. Yared has worked as an attorney in Michigan for over 25 years. She received a B.A. in business administration from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Stetson University in Florida. Her experience includes working for the Public Defender's Office as a Special Assistant Public Defender in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida, a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office in the Western District of Michigan and as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Grand Rapids. She has practiced law as a sole practitioner for over 20 years.
Christine specializes in employment law, family law, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal issues, civil rights, civil litigation, and criminal law. Christine also advises and represents new and small business owners. She has litigated civil and criminal cases in counties located in southern, western and central Michigan and federal courts, including the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has obtained favorable verdicts for her clients by litigating jury trials in state and federal courts, negotiating successful pretrial financial settlements, obtaining criminal "not guilty" verdicts and helping clients who were being investigated avoid criminal charges. In October 2014, she had a significant victory when a family law judge declared her client to be an equitable parent for her non-biological child who she was raising with her former partner.
In the 1990s Christine developed a course at Grand Valley State University, “Sexual Orientation, Law & Policy," which she continues to teach as an adjunct professor. Other courses at GVSU she has taught include Constitutional Law & Civil Liberties, Legal Research & Writing, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Criminal Law and Procedure at GVSU's Police Academy. She has articles published in the American Bar Association's journal, Human Rights, the Michigan Bar Association's Family Law Journal, and in the book Gay Histories and Cultures, George E. Haggerty (ed), Garland Publishing Inc., 2000, as well as other publications.
Christine has presented professional papers at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ annual conferences and at the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender College conference. Christine has had extensive public speaking and training experience on topics including free speech, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, child custody, domestic partnership benefits, same-sex marriage, hate crimes, criminal sodomy laws, parenting issues for same-sex couples, the coming out process and diversity issues. She has conducted LGBT training sessions for governmental and university employees. She has been interviewed by the print, radio and television media about her cases and legal and policy issues.
Christine has served on numerous nonprofit and professional boards and committees. She currently serves as a founding board member for Healing Children of Conflict, the Refugee Resource Center, and the West Michigan LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Her past community and professional service includes the following:
Michigan Bar Association, Character and Fitness Committee;
Grand Rapids Bar Association, served on numerous committees;
West Michigan Chapter, American Civil Liberties Union, Lawyers' Committee;
Grand Rapids Civilian Appeal Board, hearing and deciding citizen appeals from the police department’s Internal Affairs Unit;
Lesbian & Gay Community Network of Western Michigan, Inc., Board of Directors and past President;
West Michigan Chapter of Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network ("GLSEN”), Board of Directors & past Co-Chair;
Grand Valley State University, Gay and Lesbian Task Force (1994-1995), President's Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues (1996-1999), faculty advisor to student gay and lesbian organization (1995-1998); and
Riverside Elementary School PTA President.
Christine A. Yared, PLC
Attorney & Counselor at Law
2503 Mason Ridge Court NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525