Austin+Koffron was established by Saraphoena (Austin) Koffron and Mike Koffron, with a vision of a law practice dedicated to helping families in transition.

Family Law Attorney Saraphoena B. Koffron

Saraphoena B. (Austin) Koffron, Attorney

Kalamazoo, Michigan
phone: 269-459-9500
fax: 269.585.5995
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Experienced in traditional litigation, Attorney Saraphoena B. Koffron is willing and able to take any matter to trial if alternative forms of resolution cannot achieve favorable results for her clients.

Regardless of the size of the marital estate, everyone benefits when income and assets are saved for college educations, future investments, or retirement. With this in mind, the first step in every case is towards a peaceful, out-of-court resolution and the avoidance of escalating attorney fees whenever possible.

Trained in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce, Attorney Koffron is able to avoid missteps, which can lead cases away from mediated settlements. She offers a birds-eye perspective to guide her clients towards the next chapter of their lives, without letting the unavoidable emotional conflict between spouses and parents become the focus of the legal conflict.

Saraphoena B. Koffron’s Education and Experience

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2004

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    LL.M, 2009
  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    J.D. cum laude, 2004
  • Eastern Michigan University
    B.S. cum laude,English, Literature, and the American Language, 2000

Representative Cases

  • Hunter v Hunter, 484 Mich 247 (Michigan Supreme Court 2009)
  • Langan v Richardson, WL 4628898 (2014)
  • Myland v Myland (II), WL 1698374 (2012)

Honors and Awards

  • State Bar of Michigan 2010 John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award, Nominee
  • International Women’s League of Conservative Judaism, recipient of two International Ba’alat Mitzvah awards

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • Kalamazoo County Family Law Bar Association, Member
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association, Member
  • Amicus Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Levine & Levine, Attorney, 2013-2016
  • Miller Johnson, Associate, 2009-2013
  • Austin & Koffron, PLLC, Attorney, 2005-2009
  • Hafeli, Staran, Hallahan, Christ, & Dudek, PC, Independent Contractor (Attorney), 2006-2007
  • Unemployment Insurance Agency Advocacy Program, Advocate, 2005-2006
  • University of California Hastings College of Law, Research Assistant, 2002
  • Los Angeles Unified School District, Special Education Substitute Teacher, 2001

Pro Bono Activities

  • Kalamazoo County Family Law Assistance Clinic, 2012-2015
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association, Legal Aid Clinic, 2014-Present
  • Legal Aid & Defender Organization, 2005-2006

Mike Koffron, Attorney
Attorney Mike Koffron, Austin+Koffron
Kalamazoo, Michigan
phone: 269-459-9500
fax: 269.585.5995
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Attorney Mike Koffron focuses his practice on transactional matters within divorce actions, such as the restructuring of family-owned businesses following a divorce, the preparation of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, effectuating the efficient transfer of real estate, coordination of appraisals and valuations, and conducting third party discovery.

Mike Koffron’s Education and Experience

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2004

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    J.D., 2003
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan:
    Bachelor of Science, Psychology, 2000

Certification

  • Mosten Mediation Training, Los Angeles, CA
    Certified Mediator (California), 2002
  • Zumeta Mediation Training, Ann Arbor, MI
    Certified Mediator (Michigan), 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association, Member

Alesha Burnash, Attorney

Attorney Alesha Burnash, Austin+Koffron Family Law

Kalamazoo, Michigan
phone: 269-459-9500
fax: 269.585.5995
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The quality of legal representation can have a lasting impact on a person’s life for many years and not all attorneys are equally equipped to address the complexities of the breakdown of a relationship, or the impact of such a breakdown on children. Attorney Burnash has focused her career on working with families, most often with minor children, in resolving disputes while minimizing the lasting effects of litigation on the family unit.

As a litigator and advocate, Attorney Burnash is able to recognize and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of cases and develop affirmative plans of actions towards achieving the best results attainable. As a mother and negotiator, Attorney Burnash is able to troubleshoot the real-life effects of litigation on parent-child and co-parent relationships to guide cases towards creative resolutions, which uphold the best interests of children without sacrificing parental rights.

Alesha Burnash’s Education and Experience

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2014
  • Tennessee, 2009

Education

  • Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Michigan – J.D. 2009
  • Michigan State University – B.A., Business Administrations & Pre-Law 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Kalamazoo County Family Law Bar Association
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Willis Law, Associate Attorney, 2014-2018
  • Law Office of Alesha Burnash, Attorney, 2010-2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association, Family Law Clinic, 2014-present
  • Boys & Girls Club of Kalamazoo, Board of Directors, 2017-present
  • Kalamazoo Christian Legal Aid Clinic, 2014-2018
  • Parent 2 Parent, Board of Directors, 2016-2017
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Jen Robinson, Legal Assistant
Assistant Jen Robinson, Austin+Koffron Family Law
Kalamazoo, Michigan
269-459-9500
269.585.5995
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Jen is an integral part of Austin+Koffron’s team of legal professionals, with over 17 years of experience reducing the stress of clientele in a wide variety of settings.  As the first person you will speak with when contacting us, you can trust Jen to preserve and protect your confidential information during our intake process and throughout your case.

Education

  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Bachelor of Arts – 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • NALS of Greater Kalamazoo, Member