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Karen S. Sendelbach, American lawyer. Bar: Michigan 1994, United States District Court (eastern district) Michi. 1994. Recipient Outstanding Woman Law Student Syracuse University, National Association Women Lawyer, Justinian Honor Society, American Jurisprudence award, Outstanding Senior award., Moscow State University.


Sendelbach, Karen S. was born on October 9, 1969 in Flint, Michigan, United States. Daughter of Douglas Ralph and Susan Kay Sendelbach.


Michigan State University, James Madison College (Bachelor of Arts, 1991). Syracuse University College of Law (Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1994).


Worked at Katherine L. Barnhart, P.C. (Royal Oak, Michigan) specializing in Family and Domestic Relations Law in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. Divorce Mediation and Arbitration. Appellate Practice.

Admitted to the bar, 1994, Michigan.

Associated Editor, Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, 1992-1993. Teaching Assistant, Syracuse University College of Law Legal Writing Program, 1993-1994. Recipient: Justinian Honor Society, National Association of Women Lawyer's Outstanding Woman Law Student of Syracuse University College of Law Award, 1994.

American Jurisprudence Award in Jurisprudence of Criminal Justice, 1994. Outstanding Senior Award Michigan State University, 1991. Member, Board of Directors, Great Lakes Invitational Conference Association, 1991-1995.

Legal Aid Attorney, Oakland Livingston Legal Aid, 1994-1995. Presenter, Royal Oak, Beaumont Hospital and Walled Lake Teen Parenting Programs. Member: Oakland County and American (Member, Family Law Section, 1991-1993) Bar Associations.

State Bar of Michigan (Member, Family Law Section). National Women Lawyer's Association. Michigan Women's Lawyer's Association.

Oakland County Domestic Violence Prevention Council. The firm of Katherine L. Barnhart P.C., limits its cases to the area of family law and handles cases in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and surrounding county courts. The practice handles mediation and arbitration.

Ms. Barnhart is active in, and is a past chair of the Michigan Family Law Section, a member of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The firm has exclusively handled matters of family law for over 20 years.


  • Bar: Michigan 1994, United States District Court (eastern district) Michi.


Board directors, chair personnel committee Women's Justice Center, Detroit, 1997-1998. Board advisors Great Lakes Invitational Conference Association, Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 1990, Washtenaw County (chair, family law secretary, 2000-2001), State Bar Michi. ( family law secretary, family law council, 1997-2000, chairman Amicus Curiae committee), Academy Family Mediators, Collaborative Law Institute Michigan, International Association Collaborative Professionals.

Member Women's Bar Association of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan (chair amicus curiae and domestic violence committees), National Women Lawyer's Association (Outstanding Woman Law Grad 1994, Outstanding Senior 1991), past president Washtenaw County Bar Association, Michi. Bar Associations Attorney (discipline board), board directors Womens Justice Center Detroit, Michigan, attorney Oakland Livingston Legal Aid, State Bar Michi. Family Law Council board advisors Great Lakes Invitational Conference Association, Model United Nations Domestic Issues Conference.


Douglas Ralph

Susan Kay Sendelbach