About Tracy

Born and raised in Commack, New York, Tracy has resided in the Ann Arbor area with her husband Larry since 2001. She and her husband of 25 years have made their home on a small farm in Scio Township with their daughter, Isabelle. As a senior litigator for the Michigan Attorney General’s office, Tracy handles complex litigation on behalf of the Department of Health Education and Family Services, addressing a range of issues for particularly vulnerable individuals and groups. Prior to joining the AG’s office, she followed a unique career path, initially practicing as a clinical social worker, and later applying this expertise in the practice of law.

Unparalleled Experience

After earning both a B.S and M.S.W. from New York University, Tracy worked for several non-profit treatment facilities as part of an interdisciplinary team. In her practice, she applied a range of clinical services, including diagnosis, treatment planning, individual, group, and family therapy. Her work included serving as the Mental Health Director of an adolescent treatment facility where she supported youth in alternative to incarceration programming. She also worked as a psychotherapist in a dual diagnosis day treatment facility providing individual and group therapy. In these roles, Tracy developed special expertise in treating individuals and families in crisis.

Tracy began her law career as a legal extern in the Felony Trial Division of the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s office. After graduating in the top 5% of her class at the Michigan State College of Law, she joined the law firm of Bodman LLP, serving both private and pro bono clients in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice group.

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Community Engagement

In her spare time, she volunteers for several non-profit rescue organizations by regularly fostering and transporting dogs to new homes. She has previously served on the boards of the Washtenaw County Chapter of the National Alliance for Mentally Ill, the Jim Toy Community Center, and Summer Knolls School. While at LSSCM, she served as the Vice Chair of the UAW Local 2320, as Co-chair of the Washtenaw County Bar Association’s Public Service Committee, and on the Steering Committee of the Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative. 

 

Tracy’s diverse clinical and legal background gives her the technical expertise necessary to make sound legal decisions and the compassion that will allow everyone a voice in her courtroom.

Motivated by a passion to serve, Tracy joined Legal Services of South Central Michigan in 2008 where she served as supervising attorney and provided comprehensive civil legal services to over 1,000 disadvantaged residents of Washtenaw County. For eight years, Tracy represented residents in the district, probate, circuit, and appellate courts, specializing in family law and high-conflict litigation. To offer clients more holistic representation, she also served as a Field Instructor for Eastern Michigan University’s School of Social Work, supervising social work students who provided practical, non-legal services to LSSCM clients with special needs.

 

In 2015, Tracy transitioned to the law office of Roberts and Freatman in Ypsilanti, Michigan where she served as a Senior Litigation Associate. Though her primary practice area was family law, her general civil practice included representation of small businesses, property law, probate, and appellate law. Tracy also served as a certified domestic mediator on family law cases, and performed case evaluations on the Washtenaw County Trial Court’s employment and commercial panel.

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