About Us

Established in 1987 as a small “boutique” law firm, Levine & Levine focuses in the areas of criminal defense and related civil litigation, business and estate planning, and family law.  Read More

By limiting our practice to the areas in which we have developed expertise, we effectively serve the specific needs of our clients.

Our lawyers take pride in their work. We have an unsurpassed reputation in Southwest Michigan for thorough preparation and aggressive representation. These qualities have enabled us to obtain outstanding results.

At Levine & Levine, we are committed to serving the needs of our clients, whether they are thrust into the legal system and need to make difficult decisions, or when they are engaged in strategic planning in business, estate and family matters.

By being selective in the matters we undertake, we offer our clients flexible and accessible service.

For more than 30 years, we have successfully defended hundreds of criminal and related civil cases and achieved considerable notoriety. We are recognized as an AV rated law firm by Martindale-Hubbell, as members of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.

We guide businesses from their inception, through their daily operations, and in matters involving transition and succession. We have represented families and businesses for generations.

We are mindful of the need to maintain reasonable fees and costs. We structure fee agreements in a number of ways in order to accomodate our clients individual circumstances.

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    Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Attorneys

 

Randall S. Levine

 

Sharan L. Levine

 

Anastase Markou

 

Sarissa K. Montague

 

Saraphoena Koffron

Randall S. Levine is a Shareholder in Levine & Levine. For more than 30 years, Mr. Levine has defended persons accused of serious criminal offenses in state and federal courts in and outside of Michigan. Read more

Sharan Lee Levine is a Shareholder in Levine & Levine. Over the past 30 years, Mrs. Levine has dedicated her practice to the representation of closely held corporations and careful estate planning.  Read more

Anastase Markou has defended criminal cases as a member of Levine & Levine since 1996. Mr. Markou appears regularly in state and federal courts.  Read more

Sarissa K. Montague has been a member of Levine & Levine since 2008. Ms. Montague’s practice is focused in both criminal defense and family law.  Read more

Saraphoena B. Koffron has been a member of Levine & Levine since 2013. Ms. Koffron’s practice is focused in both family law and estate planning.  Read more

Randall S. Levine is a founding member of in Levine & Levine.  For more than 30 years, Mr. Levine has defended persons accused with the commission of serious criminal offenses in state and federal courts in and outside of Michigan.

Mr. Levine has been retained as an expert witness in civil cases to offer his expert opinion on issues relating to criminal law and criminal proceedure.

Mr. Levine has extensive experience in the defense of white collar crime including mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, tax evasion, health care fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement.   In addition, he has defended persons charged with narcotics trafficking, homicide, criminal sexual conduct, weapons offenses, and computer crimes including but not limited to those charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. 

Mr. Levine has also obtained large jury verdicts in cases where the civil rights of incarcerated persons were violated. 

Mr. Levine has earned notoriety in Michigan as the result of the successful defense of hundreds of criminal cases.  He has been named one of  “Michigan Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the American Trial Lawyers Association.  He has been selected as a Michigan “Super Lawyer” since 2006.  Super Lawyers, is a  designation reserved for only the top 5% of lawyers in the State of Michigan.  Mr. Levine is highly esteemed among his peers, consistently receiving the highest rating (AV) by Martindale Hubbell, the standard used for rating attorneys for many years.  Mr. Levine has also been named one of America’s Best Trial Lawyers for several years.

Committed to the importance of education, justice and fairness, Mr. Levine has been an instructor of Crime and the Law at Kalamazoo College, served on the Board of Directors for the Kalamazoo County Legal Aid Association , and served as a member of the Standing Committee on Character and Fitness for the State Bar of Michigan.

Mr. Levine graduated in 1976 from Michigan State University with honors and received his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating cum laude in 1979. He is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as a member of the Kalamazoo County Trial Lawyers Association, the Kalamazoo Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Federal Bar Association.

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Sharan Lee Levine is a Shareholder in Levine & Levine. For nearly 35 years, Mrs. Levine has dedicated her practice to the representation of closely held corporations and careful estate planning.

Ms. Levine is knowledgeable and experienced, and continuously strives to be creative in an effort to find cost effective and productive solutions to the myriad of business related issues encountered by her clients.  She has extensive experience in purchase, sale and leasing of businesses, property and liquor license transfers.  She focuses her practice on the drafting and negotiating of a wide array of contractual agreements, corporate operational and employment matters, dispute resolution to help guide business entities in day–to-day operation and overall strategies.

Mrs. Levine is also a skilled attorney in estate planning matters.  She is certified by the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She is a trusted counselor and advisor, frequently collaborating with couples and their families, together with their accountants and financial advisors to craft business succession plans and trusts designed to transfer family wealth.  Accessible and compassionate, Mrs. Levine helps people organize their affairs in their business and personal lives, ensuring that her clients’ needs are represented during their lives and after death.

Mrs. Levine is a certified Mediator and is frequently called upon to help resolve disputes in a confidential and impartial way.  Because litigation is expensive, both emotionally and financially, Mrs. Levine’s advanced skills as a mediator help to resolve difficult issues expeditiously and without undue expense.  She is certified as a Mediator through the State Bar of Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and she is frequently asked by the Courts and private parties to serve as a mediator in a wide array of cases.

Mrs. Levine is dedicated to the enrichment of the Kalamazoo Community.  She donates her time mediating for Gryphon Place’s Dispute Resolution Services.  She is the past president of the Board of Directors for the Crescendo Academy of Music, and a former Board of Director for The People’s Food Co-op of Kalamazoo. Mrs. Levine was the Legal Affairs correspondent for WMUK Public Radio in Kalamazoo.  In 1987 she was the recipient of the Wade H. McCree, Jr. Advancement of Justice Award. 

Mrs. Levine is a 1976 graduate of Florida Atlantic University and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1979. 

She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and the Labor Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Mrs. Levine served as Chair of the Ombudsman Committee for the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section of the American Bar Association for four years and served on that section’s council for four years thereafter.  Mrs. Levine has also served as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan as a Michigan Supreme Court appointee.

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Anastase Markou has defended criminal cases as a member of Levine & Levine since 1996. Mr. Markou appears regularly in state and federal courts.  He has successfully defended those charged with serious crimes at trial and on appeal.  He has established an outstanding reputation throughout the State of Michigan for excellence in appellate advocacy. 

Mr. Markou has won important appellate victories in several cases including, People v. Laferriere (2010), Leatherman v. Palmer (2010), and People v. Rutherford (2005), among many others.  With creativity, dedication and expertise Mr. Markou helps his clients avoid incarceration and/or reduce time ordered to be served in custody.

Mr. Markou is the defense liaison for the Kalamazoo County Drug Court program. Kalamazoo County pioneered the drug prosecution diversion program in the United States, and there are now over 600 drug courts nationwide. Motivated by the knowledge that recidivism is significantly reduced by rehabilitation and accountability rather than imprisonment, Mr. Markou volunteers his time to help drug addicted people overcome their addiction in  Kalamazoo County.

Mr. Markou graduated from University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1988 with high honors and University of Michigan Law School in 1991. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Federal Bar Association, the Kalamazoo County Bar Association and he has served as President and Treasurer of the Kalamazoo County Trial Lawyers Association.  He is also a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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Sarissa K. Montague has been a member of Levine & Levine since 2008 where she has successfully defended several criminal cases. She participated in the trial skills program at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.

She is particularly well suited for appearance in the courtroom for all types of matters, and has enjoyed success in contested hearings and at trial after achieving fabvorable outcomes for her clients. Ms. Montague brings unique experience to her legal practice having worked in employment and real estate prior to entering the legal field in 2007.

Ms. Montague graduated magna cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1997 and cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law in 2007. She is a member of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan,the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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Saraphoena B. Koffron earned her bachelor's degree cum laude from Eastern Michigan University in 2000. She received her Juris Doctorate Degree cum laude from the Michigan State University School of Law in 2004. She was awarded a Masters of Laws degree from Wayne State University Law School in 2009. Ms. Koffron was admitted to the bar in 2004 and is a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, the Appellate Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, the Kalamazoo County Family Law Bar Association, and the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Ms. Koffron began practicing law in the greater Detroit area where she gained experience in appellate practice, estate planning, family law, and employment law. In 2009 she moved to Southwest Michigan where she focused her practice on family law matters.

Ms. Koffron has experience with a wide range of complex family law matters and has successfully represented clients in all phases of domestic relations from early facilitative negotiations to the trial court and appellate levels. In 2009, Saraphoena represented the prevailing party in Hunter v Hunter, a Michigan Supreme Court case that changed the interpretation of statutes meant to protect the constitutional rights of parents in third party custody disputes.

Devoting her career to helping couples and families find their way through the legal maze of divorce, custody, and other issues, Ms. Koffron guides her clients toward collaborative solutions in most cases. With a practice area throughout Western Michigan, Ms. Koffron specializes in cases involving separate property, business and professional valuations, domicile, interstate and international UCCJEA disputes, spousal support, domestic violence, child custody, parenting time, enforcement, separate maintenance, and paternity matters. In addition to the family law practice, she is involved in trust and estate planning and practice and business planning.

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Criminal Defense

If you are under investigation by the government or have been charged with a crime it is critical that you obtain competent representation. If you are fortunate enough to learn in advance of being charged, that you have become the target of a government investigation, you must retain counsel immediately. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can often prevent state criminal changes or federal indictment; depending on the circumstances. If you have already been charged or indicted, retention of counsel should occur prior to the first court appearance.

At Levine & Levine, Randall Levine, Anastase Markou and Sarissa Montague are trial lawyers who defend serious criminal cases.Messrs. Levine and Markou appear throughout the state of Michigan and in Federal courts nationwide. Our firm has a reputation for professionalism, experience, and excellence among our peers. Levine & Levine is an AV rated firm by Martindale-Hubbell. Both Mr. Markou and Mr. Levine are among the top 100 Trial lawyers in the State of Michigan. Mr. Levine has been selected as a member of the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for several consecutive years, and We maintain membership in the National Association of Criminal Justice Lawyers, the Kalamazoo County Trial Lawyers Association, the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.

Levine & Levine has successfully defended persons in nearly all types of criminal matters in excess of thirty years. Our experience extends to the defense of white collar crime (including fraud and embezzlement), drug offenses, criminal sexual conduct and all violent offenses; including murder. We believe in the criminal justice system. We know that your future is at stake and we pride ourselves in our ability to assist you throughout every step of the process.

The attorneys at Levine & Levine regularly represent organizations and individuals referred by other law firms. With a reputation for success in handling the most complex matters we are often asked to appear on behalf of clients in administrative proceedings in Michigan and around the country and on a pro hac vice basis in all State and Federal Courts.

If you are facing criminal proceedings, you need to consult with an attorney immediately to discuss the matter. We are experienced, aggressive, intelligent, competent, and well respected. Levine & Levine has the tools needed to successfully resolve your criminal case.

Family Law

Levine & Levine recognizes that every family is unique, and a 'one size fits all' approach to family legal matters simply does not work. Attorney Koffron concentrates her practice in the area of family law, offering honest and realitic guidance to clients quickly and with as little economic impact as possible.

In recognition of the ever-changing landscape and definition of 'family' in Michigan, our firm offers a wide variety of family law services to suit a wide variety of families. In addition to helping those who need assistance reorganizing 'nuclear' family units, we help grandparents, same sex partners, unmarried parents, and anyone else who needs an advocate to protect their rights or the rights of children embroiled in conflict. Our services are as varied as the clients we represent. In the age of 'do it yourself' everything, we are able to provide complete representation or simply assist on an as-needed basis such as helping clients develop a proposal or converting a 'kitchen table' agreement into a binding legal document.

Experienced in traditional litigation, Attorney Koffron has the courtroom skills required if alternative forms of resolution cannot be achieved. The most favorable result for any client, however, is to avoid escalating attorney fees whenever possible. Regadless 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 negotiated and amicable resolution. Trained in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce, Attorney Koffron is able to avoid missteps which can lead cases away from mediated settlements. Even in the most emotionally heated matters, with patience and discretion Attorney Koffron is adept in redirecting cases back to the path of settlement when the other side has difficulty navigating the often murky waters of family law.

The simple yet elusive concept of having a divorce with dignity is what most people want, but few get. At Levine & Levine, this is a primary objective in our matrimonial cases. We encourage everyone who is anticipating, or in the middle of, restructuring their family unit to carefully choose an attorney who understands that divorce does not have to be fraught with pain and anxiety. Attorney Koffron offers a fresh 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.

Our firm's small size and multi-disciplinary focus allows us to provide you with thoughtful advice and services in domestic relations cases involving child custody, parenting time, premarital or separate property, business and professional valuations, domicile, interstate and international UCCJEA disputes, spousal support (alimony), domestic violence, enforcement, separate maintenance, and paternity matters. We routinely represent those whose casea are pending the the South West Michigan Counties of Allegan, Barry, Cass, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Kent, St. Joseph, and Van Buren. We are able to provide referrals to those who have matters in other parts of Michigan and other states when required.

Business and Real Estate

Small business owners and closely held corporations can benefit from legal advice on a myriad of issues that arise in the daily operation of their business. At Levine & Levine we can help guide and nurture your business throughout its lifetime. With the goals of furthering productivity, keeping legal fees at a minimum, and helping clients achieve their future aspirations; the attorneys at Levine & Levine have earned respect in southwest Michigan.

Sharan Levine is well known for her ability to craft creative solutions for unique business situations. At Levine & Levine, we pride ourselves on our flexibility as a small independent law firm to meet your business needs in a personalized way. We represent closely held corporations, family-owned companies, and small businesses. Our accessibility and availability to these groups is conducive to personal attention that often is required in these types of situations. Sharan Levine and Saraphoena Koffron can assist you with your business matters along the spectrum of activity

Levine & Levine also specializes in the area of complex real property transactions. In most cases, planning with a knowledgable, experienced attorney can avoid many potential problems in the future. If a dispute arises, our attorneys are capabile of providing competent, skillful and able representation with an eye toward successful resolution.

Estate & Succession Planning

It is important to plan today for unexpected events. Estate planning involves more than a simple plan for the distribution of assets after death. Making arrangements to maintain financial security for you, your family, and your business in the event of an accident or illness is just as critical. Regardless of the size for your estate or business, you need to preserve your estate during your lifetime, and after death, in its distribution to your heirs. As trusted counselors and advisors, we can help you organize and plan for the future to protect yourself and your loved ones.

At Levine & Levine, Sharan Levine has developed expertise in complex estate planning. With more than 30 years of experience in estate and business succession planning, Mrs. Levine, and associate Saraphoena B. Koffron assist families in pricing their estate values, providing for future generations including needs based and other familial needs.

Mrs. Levine is a trusted counselor and advisor, frequently collaborating with couples and their families, together with their accountants and financial advisors to craft business succession plans, and draft estate plans including complex family trusts and related family succession matters. Accessible and compassionate, Mrs. Levine and Mrs. Koffron help people organize their affairs in their business and personal lives, ensuring that her clients’ needs are represented during their lives and after death.

Mediation

Traditional litigation is costly and contentious. Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution mechanism that can often result in a favorable outcome at a fraction of the cost of litigation.

As a certified mediator, Sharan Levine is frequently called upon to resolve disputes in a confidential and impartial way. Mrs. Levine’s advanced skills as a mediator often help clients resolve difficult issues cost-effectively and productively. She is certified as a Mediator through the State Bar of Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education and is frequently called upon by the Courts to mediate civil disputes.

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