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Who We Are

SARAH RYAN SCHAIRBAUM is an attorney licensed in Michigan who focuses on planning for families with special needs children.

Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she hails from a long line of lawyers, including her father and grandfather, who was a Circuit Court judge for Calhoun County. Sarah graduated from University of Michigan, and received her law degree from University of Detroit Mercy.

After completing two judicial clerkships at the circuit court level—one in Kalamazoo County and one in Cook County, Illinois—Sarah began her law career focused on the legal aspects of insurance coverage. Although the work was challenging, it was impersonal. Sarah realized it didn’t fulfill her desire to help people, which is what sent her to law school in the first place.

She decided to refocus her work to help families with the legal and financial planning often required for special needs children—especially as those children approach adulthood. The client-centered, compassionate approach of Elizabeth Warren, PLLC, appealed to Sarah, and she joined the practice in 2016.

Sarah lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, three children and a dog. She serves on the boards of several local organizations, and is president of the Parent-Teacher Organization of the school where two of her children attend.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Estate Planning & Probate Certificate Recipient, Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Notary Public
Admitted to State Bar of Michigan – 1996
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law – 1996
University of Michigan – 1993

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
State Bar of Michigan (Sections of Elder and Disability Rights, Probate and Estate Planning, Social Security Lawyers)
Washtenaw County Bar Association (Sections of Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law)
ACLU

BRIDGETTE B. SKAFF is an attorney licensed in Michigan who focuses on Elder Law and Social Security Disability law.

Born and raised in the Cleveland, OH, area, Bridgette has lived in Ann Arbor most of her adult life. Bridgette graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and earned her law degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Bridgette worked in a variety of interesting and challenging settings – including for a state appointed special counsel, in a large firm with international reach, in a mid-sized regional firm and in a small local firm – in areas of the law including illegal solicitation of campaign contributions, corporate litigation and worker’s compensation. She enjoys working with clients to find solutions to the issues we all face as we strive to take care of ourselves and our families. The client-centered, compassionate approach of Warren & Schairbaum, PLLC, appealed to Bridgette and she joined the practice in 2019. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Elder Law & Disability Rights Section and the Social Security Lawyers Section.

Bridgette lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and two children.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

ICLE Elder Law Certificate Program certificate recipient Admitted to State Bar of Michigan – 1996
Admitted to State Bar of Ohio – 1993
George Washington University’s National Law Center – 1993
Lafayette College – 1990

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIPS

State Bar of Michigan
– Elder Law and Disability Rights section* Elder Law and Disability Rights section
– Social Security Lawyers section

 National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Member

 

ELIZABETH WARREN (retired) is an attorney and court-approved mediator licensed in Michigan and Ohio. She has been practicing law since 1993, focusing on Social Security Disability law since 1998.

Clients say that Elizabeth brings knowledge, compassion, clarity, and balance to her work. They appreciate her ability to resolve matters under what can be stressful and emotional circumstances, and that she recognizes and honors the spectrum of domestic and financial arrangements.

Elizabeth received her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Before pursuing a legal career, she trained as a classical musician, earning a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. After graduation, Elizabeth served as a campus minister. Her unusual background as minister and musician provides her with a broad palette of experience, understanding, and creativity.

Elizabeth lives in rural Portage County with her wife, dog, and chickens.

EDUCATION & TRAINING
Mediation and Domestic Violence Screening training completed at the Mediation Training & Consultation Institute
Court-approved Mediator
Notary Public
Admitted to State Bar of Michigan – 1999
Admitted to Ohio Supreme Court – 1993
Case Western Reserve University School of Law – 1993
Oberlin College – 1978
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIPS
AMY MORRIS
Amy Morris is a paralegal with extensive experience in social security disability and special needs planning. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Michigan State University and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies from the University of Toledo. Amy lives with her husband Randy and daughter Cassie. She enjoys swimming, podcasts and audiobooks.