Meet the Team 2018-10-29T13:24:30+00:00

ATTORNEY PROFILE

Lori B. Schmeltzer

  • 2011: JD – University of Detroit Mercy

  • 2005: BBA – Walsh College of Business

  • Licensed in Michigan and Indiana

  • Admitted to Practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and District Courts of Northern and Southern Indiana

​​​Drawing upon life and work experiences, Lori B. Schmeltzer serves clients by providing practical legal solutions to life’s complex problems.  She works with each client to understand needs and goals and to determine the best plan of action to help them succeed.

Lori does not take a cookie-cutter approach to any case, but listens to her clients’ needs to tailor a legal approach to fit budget, family needs and legal goals.  She will work hard to tip the scales of justice in your favor.

Lori Schmeltzer PLLC - Traverse City Attorney

Meet the Team

Lori B. Schmeltzer

  • 2011: JD – University of Detroit Mercy

  • 2005: BBA – Walsh College of Business

  • Licensed in Michigan and Indiana

  • Admitted to Practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and District Courts of Northern and Southern Indiana

​​​Drawing upon life and work experiences, Lori B. Schmeltzer serves clients by providing practical legal solutions to life’s complex problems.  She works with each client to understand needs and goals and to determine the best plan of action to help them succeed.

Lori does not take a cookie-cutter approach to any case, but listens to her clients’ needs to tailor a legal approach to fit budget, family needs and legal goals.  She will work hard to tip the scales of justice in your favor.

Lori Schmeltzer PLLC - Traverse City Attorney

As a long time resident of Michigan, Lori has made Traverse City and Northern Michigan her forever-home.  She grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan and graduated from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business in Troy, MI in 2005 with a BBA, majoring in Business Management.  While at Walsh College, she earned the annual Golf Outing Scholarship for excellent academic performance.

In 2011, Lori graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law. During law school, she interned with Wayne County Family Court Judge Cholack and participated in the Criminal Law clinic where she appeared in local courts providing pro bono defense representation to clients with misdemeanor charges. Following graduation, she interned at the Michigan Supreme Court under former Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly.

Lori focused her internships on judges that had a strong background in family law, where she learned the practical procedures and issues that arise in divorce, child custody and parenting time cases, as well as learned how trial courts and appellate courts balance and weigh the facts to render decisions on important legal issues.  This experience allows her insight in how to properly present your case before a court, whether at the trial or appellate level, to give you the best chance of succeeding in reaching your legal goals.

In 2012, Lori relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana, sojourning into private practice with the law firm of Ciyou & Dixon. While practicing in Indiana, she focused primarily on Family Law and Appellate practice, winning reversals in Divorce cases, Adoption Matters, and Child Custody Modification cases.

In 2014, she argued before the Indiana Supreme Court, prevailing on an important adoption/third party child custody issue in the State of Indiana, setting precedence for all future adoption cases in Indiana.  Additionally, she has briefed well over 30 cases to the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court.  Her appellate and family law trial experience allows her to understand your case top to bottom and work with you to ensure that you and your family’s needs are met now and into the future.

Lori continues her practice here in Northern Michigan in all matters involving the family, including adult and minor child guardianships, divorce, child custody, child support, estate planning, probate administration, and small business matters.

In her spare time, Lori likes to remodel and renovate her home and office space, using her one semester of interior design school experience.  Lori had a variety of interests outside of her law practice, like skiing, kayaking, hiking, sewing, and baking… you might find a fresh batch of cookies or cupcakes at the office from time to time.

LAW CLERK/BUSINESS CONSULTANT PROFILE

Benjamin Bryant

Benjamin Bryant, proud father of two wonderful girls, joined Schmeltzer Law in October of 2018 as a law clerk and business consultant. Born in Lansing, Michigan, and raised in Pennsylvania, Benjamin first arrived in Northern Michigan in 1999, although he had led a fairly nomadic life until his first visit to Traverse City, he has extended what was intended as a summer long excursion into 19 happy years in Michigan.

Benjamin earned his juris doctorate, with honors, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2012. Although he is a Wolverine through and through, he completed his first year of law school at Michigan State, where he finished first in his class of 281 students. His success in his first year led to the transfer to the University of Michigan, which is consistently ranked as one of the top ten law schools in the nation. Prior to law school, Benjamin earned a bachelor’s of business administration, summa cum laude, from Northwood University.

Benjamin’s experience is diverse, including judicial clerkship, public interest positions, and private practice.  He has worked in a large Manhattan law firm, securitizing commercial mortgage assets; in and also has worked as a judicial law clerk to the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians chief judge, helping craft one of the country’s first tribal administered child support system. After experiencing a wide range of legal pursuits, Benjamin found that private practice in beautiful Northern Michigan is the perfect career. Traverse City offers a dynamic and challenging legal market, while at the same time providing a rich cultural and natural backdrop. In short, living and working in Traverse City allows for the perfect work/life balance.

Benjamin has experience in a wide range of legal subjects, but he is presently focused on the following areas:

  1. Estate planning;
  2. Estate administration and probate management, including inheritance disputes;
  3. Consulting for businesses of all sizes, including: entity formation, initial capitalization strategies and continuing securities law compliance, identification and management of operational/legal concerns, contract negotiation/review, human resource management, and legal compliance;
  4. Residential and commercial real estate transactions, including sales and leasing;;
  5. Real property law, including title work, easements, and boundaries, as well disputes arising out of the same;
  6. Cottage law; and
  7. Commercial and residential real estate development, including condominium formation, municipal compliance, and zoning issues.

Benjamin is also an active member of the community; presently sitting on the board of directors of Northern Michigan Supportive Housing. He has performed pro bono work for the Father Fred Foundation, Traverse City Film Festival, and TC Retreat, all Traverse City based nonprofit organizations. Benjamin gravitates towards nonprofits that serve the most vulnerable segments of the population: homeless, elderly, and ill. While living in New York City, he did pro bono work for Sanctuary for Women, which provided legal service to victims of domestic violence. Benjamin believes firmly in giving back, as his journey through life has been made possible only by the generosity of others.

As a new team member at Schmeltzer Law, Benjamin is eager to get to work handling your legal needs. Working closely with Schmeltzer Law’s principal attorney, Lori B. Schmeltzer, Benjamin will work tirelessly to help you reach your goals and avoid unnecessary setbacks.