To gain the trust, respect, and gratitude of our clients with superior representation.

Our Team

Attorney: Derek Jacques

As a Metro-Detroit and Michigan native, attorney Derek Jacques has witnessed the everlastings effects that poor legal representation can have on those dealing with the judicial system. From a young age, he knew that he wanted to pursue a legal career, with hopes of helping those in need. After Graduating from Madonna University with a bachelor’s degree in Business, Mr. Jacques continued his education by attending The University of Toledo College of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor.

During undergrad and law school, he interned at various law firms in order to obtain real life experience in the areas of divorce, custody, and bankruptcy. Throughout this time Mr. Jacques regularly attended hearings with senior staff attorneys, drafted documents, reviewed documents, and participated in the day to day operations of a thriving boutique law firm. These experiences were invaluable and helped to solidify his goal of specializing as a family law and bankruptcy attorney, dealing with divorce, custody, and chapter 7 bankruptcy cases.

His recent legal victories in the areas of bankruptcy and family law have been featured on Fox News, Michigan Lawyers weekly, and lead to him being named by Super Lawyers as a Michigan Rising Star for 2020; which less than 5% of Michigan attorneys are awarded.

Outside of the office, Mr. Jacques enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and two dogs. Some of his favorite hobbies include outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, and going up north.

Mr. Jacques zealously advocates for each and every one of his clients and strives to maintain a strong working relationship with them. His hands-on approach and desire to keep his clients informed every step of the way is refreshing in the fast-paced legal world of today.

The Mitten Law Firm and Mr. Jacques have the experience, dedication, and drive to provide unparalleled representation to our clients. Whether your case involves chapter 7 bankruptcy, divorce, or any number of custody issues, we are here for you every step of the way, with one goal in mind: providing the best legal representation available.

Office Manager: Katelynn 

Katelynn is a goal oriented and highly motivated individual, who prides herself on exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills. She attended Schoolcraft College where she received an associate’s degree in fine arts and liberal arts. Katelynn then continued her education at the University of Michigan where she obtained her bachelors of arts in elementary education.

She worked as an early elementary school teacher for 10 years before transitioning to the legal field and joining her husband at The Mitten Law Firm. Nominated as a teacher of the year, receiving numerous teachings awards and recognitions, Katelynn brings the same dedication and passion to our office as she did to the children of our communities.

When not helping out with at the office, Katelynn enjoys reading, her pets, and spending time with family and friends. When you reach out to The Mitten Law Firm, your first interaction will likely be with Katelynn, we know you will be impressed with her professionalism and attention to detail with regard to all aspects of your case.


The Mitten Law Firm was founded on the principles of providing effective, efficient, and affordable legal representation to those in need. We love our great State of Michigan, and especially the City of Detroit, Metro-Detroit and our local Downriver communities, which is why we based our office out of a central location in Southgate. We strive to provide the best legal services possible with personalized, empathetic, and affordable representation to all those in need of divorce, custody, and bankruptcy help in Southeastern Michigan.