Committed. Compassionate. Respected. Responsive.

Committed. Compassionate. Respected. Responsive.

Vivian A. Howell

Senior Attorney
West Bloomfield, Michigan
(231) 922-6800
Vivian A. Howell

Practice Area

Family Law

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

All Michigan State Courts

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


University of San Diego (Bachelor’s) – 1995

University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law (Juris Doctor) – 1998

Family Law Certificate Program, ICLE 2024

Honors & Recognitions

Oakland County Bar Association Member

Women’s Lawyer Association Member

Former President of Chaldean American Bar Association 2005

OCBA Family Law Committee Member

OCBA Circuit Court Committee Member

*Joining Wilson Kester the Empowered Divorce Source in January 2024*

Vivian is a seasoned attorney with an illustrious career spanning back to 1998. With a diverse legal and claims background, Vivian has emerged as a stalwart family law attorney, recognized for her tenacity both in and out of the courtroom.

As a zealous advocate, Vivian brings a wealth of experience to each case, ensuring her clients receive dedicated and comprehensive legal representation. Not easily intimidated by others and easily approachable by clients, colleagues and confidants, Vivian has been an integral part of defense trial teams and has a proven track-record of no-cause verdicts, summary dispositions/judgements and obtained voluntary dismissals. Additionally, she has successfully negotiated and settled complex litigation matters; seized and liquidated assets for the payment of judgments and/or child support and obtained fair divorce settlements for her clients.

Beyond the legal arena, Vivian is a proud mother of two boys. During her downtime, she finds solace and joy in the great outdoors, indulging in activities such as hiking and biking whenever the sun is shining.

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