DeBrincat, Padgett Kobliska & Zick
Attorney Mathew Kobliska received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan in 1988, and was awarded his Juris Doctorate in 1991 from Wayne State University Law School. He was admitted to practice law in Michigan in 1991. Mr. Kobliska has practiced at all levels of trial and appellate courts in the State of Michigan, including the Michigan Court of Appeals, an en banc panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Michigan Supreme Court, and has filed pleadings with the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Kobliska is a Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”). The AAML was founded in 1962 “to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.” Fellows across the United States are generally recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity. There are currently only 43 attorneys in the State of Michigan who meet the AAML standards.
Mr. Kobliska is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, a lawyer rating service which has been conducting peer review ratings since 1896. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from anonymous evaluations of the lawyer by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. The AV Preeminent® rating means that the lawyer has attained the highest level of professional excellence. Legal ability is based on performance in five key areas: (1) legal knowledge; (2) analytical capabilities; (3) judgment; (4) communication ability; and (5) legal experience. Mr. Kobliska was awarded the AV Preeminent® rating in 2013.
Mr. Kobliska was named as a Michigan Super Lawyer for 2012, in a statewide nomination process. Super Lawyers is an annual jurisdictional listing of outstanding American lawyers from more than 70 areas of private practice. Only five percent of the private practice lawyers from any state or region are included each year. Super Lawyers, as division of Thomson Reuters, uses a rigorous multiphase selection process, considering a wide range of objective indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Mr. Kobliska has been conferred with this honor for calendar years 2013 - 2019 as well. In addition, he was awarded the Top Attorneys in Michigan designation by The New York Times in September of 2012.
In addition to being a highly qualified and experienced lawyer, Mr. Kobliska is also a trained mediator and arbitrator. Mr. Kobliska has been approved as a mediator in six county circuit courts in the State of Michigan, and has fulfilled the requirements set forth in Michigan Court Rule 3.216 by completing SCAO approved course work and training under the instruction of internationally acclaimed mediator, lawyer and author, Forrest S. Mosten. Mr. Kobliska is also qualified for court appointment as an arbitrator pursuant to §5073 of the Revised Judicature Act.
As of April 2013, Mr. Kobliska completed his training as a collaborative law professional. Collaborative law provides a team approach to resolve disputes between two parties who would otherwise litigate their case in court. Collaborative law, as an alternative to court advocacy, is a new movement in the Family Law field, and very small percentage of attorneys in Michigan have the requisite training.
In September of 2011, Mr. Kobliska was elected by his peers to the 21-member State Bar of Michigan Family Law Council, for a three-year term. The Council performs a variety of functions, including the formulating and influencing of proposed legislation on matters pertaining to family law, the development and proposed amendments to the court rules and the professional ethics rules, the filing of amicus curiae briefs with the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court, and the publication of the Michigan Family Law Journal, among other activities. Mr. Kobliska was reelected to the Council in 2014.
Mr. Kobliska is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, United States Supreme Court Bar, Oakland County Bar Association, American Bar Association, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the Livonia Bar Association, The Family Mediation Council of Michigan, The Michigan Inter-Professional Association, the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan (CPIM), the International Academy of Collaborative Law Professionals, and the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. Mr. Kobliska is a Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation.
Sections/Committees: American Bar Association Family Law Section, State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section Court Rules & Ethics Committee, and the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section ADR Committee. Mr. Kobliska served as Chair of the Court Rules & Ethics Committee from 2012 through 2015.