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Joseph P. Buttiglieri

Phone: 248 740 5696
Practice Areas - Alternative Dispute Resolution, Elder Law, Estate and Trust Litigation, Family and Matrimonial Law, Litigation, Probate Law and Trust Administration

Joseph Buttiglieri is a shareholder concentrating his practice in the areas of probate litigation and administration, conservatorships, guardianships, wrongful death distributions, family law, and mediation.

Mr. Buttiglieri is a popular speaker and writer on topics in his focus areas. He is able to hold the attention of attorneys and non-attorneys. For years, he has often been a featured presenter at the annual ICLE Probate and Estate Planning Seminar and at other ICLE seminars. Recently he was the speaker at the Wayne County Probate Court Guardian Ad Litem seminar on the topic of probate litigations and spoke to the Macomb County Probate Bar Association on Creditors’ Claims in Estate Administration.

Mr. Buttiglieri has served as mediator on many cases over the years. In 2012, he became a certified mediator. For a number of years he served as a member of the Supreme Court Subcommittee on Standard Jury Instructions for Probate Court. In addition, Mr. Buttiglieri maintains an “AV” peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest peer review rating for attorneys. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2008-2020 issues of Michigan Super Lawyers magazine featuring the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan, published annually by Law & Politics. Mr. Buttiglieri has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the field of Litigation – Trusts and Estates (Copyright 2021 by Woodward/White, Inc., of SC). He has been included in the Best Lawyers listing since 2009. Mr. Buttiglieri was also recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Trusts and Estates. Additionally, he was selected by a vote of his peers to be included in DBusiness magazine’s list of Top Lawyers in 2013 and 2017 in the practice area of Trusts and Estates. He has also been designated a “Leading Lawyer” in Family Law and Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law for the years 2013 to the present (a distinction granted to the top 1% of attorneys in Michigan).

J.D., Detroit College of Law, 1976
B.A., Utica College of Syracuse, 1971

Bar and Court Admissions

State Bar of Michigan, 1976
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals


State Bar of Michigan
Detroit Bar Association
Italian-American Bar Association
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association


The Funeral Representative Act; Commentator, Summer 2016
Guardianship and Conservatorship: Contested Proceedings; Michigan Bar Journal, January 2016
Reaching for the Sky: The Ascendency of Mediation; Commentator, Summer 2014
Unexpected reasons to make or change your estate plan; Commentator, Fall 2011
Families conflicted over medical and financial decisions; Commentator, Summer 2010