Breaking: 130 Lawyers Pack Courtroom to Support Judge Gorcyca

July 7, 2016

From the Detroit Free Press

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Judge Lisa Gorcyca has lawyers’ support despite misconduct ruling

More than 130 family law attorneys packed an Oakland County courtroom to capacity Wednesday morning in a defiant show of support for an Oakland County Circuit judge who could face suspension or expulsion for her conduct in a contentious custody hearing last summer.

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Oakland County Michigan Attorneys Support Judge Lisa Gorcya

January 7, 2016



BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Family law is one of the most difficult areas of practice. Judges and attorneys have to deal with sensitive and often contentious issues. These include child custody, child support, parenting time, spousal support, and the division of assets and debts. These issues are compounded by the emotional turmoil of unhappy people who may be worried or resentful of the fact that they are going through a divorce in the first place. Domestic violence, parental alienation, difficult personalities, or a combination of all three, only further complicate these cases. Too often, judges see good people on their worst behavior.

We are all attorneys who regularly practice family law in Michigan’s Oakland County and appear before the Honorable Lisa Gorcyca. We can attest to her compassion for families and her desire to zealously uphold the law. She considers all arguments before making a decision and she does not rush to judgment. Her greatest concern is the best interest of the children involved in divorce, custody, and parenting time disputes.

Judge Gorcyca has served on the Family Court bench for nearly eight years and has gained a reputation as being a conscientious and even-handed judge. She treats litigants and attorneys with courtesy and respect.

Recently, we believe that there has been a rush to judgment concerning a particularly public case. As practitioners who have dedicated our careers to family law, we are offering our support to Lisa Gorcyca, both as a jurist and as an individual.

Members of Family Law Attorneys in Support of Judge Lisa Gorcyca include:

Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC
Norman L. Lippitt
Henry S. Gornbein
Lise M. Spresser
Gilbert Gugni
Keela P. Gracey
Mark S. Papazian
Matthew S. Weaver
LeRoy H. Wulfmeier, III
John F. Schaefer
Mark A. Bank
B. Andrew Rifkin
Irika N. Mellin
Kristen L. Robinson
Harriet B. Rotter
Nancy K. Stone
Lorne B. Gold
Edward D. Gold
Randi P. Glanz
Ada Kerwin
Timothy T. Fryhoff
William O. Lynch
Robert Z. Feldstein
Daniel B. Bates
C. Lynn Gates
Daniel Findling
Susan E. Cohen
Michael A. Robbins
Kurt E. Schnelz
Robert E. Kostin
Donald E. McGinnis, Jr.
Lynn Capp Sirich
Leslie Neil Greenwald
Albert L. Holtz
Susan E. Paletz
Renee K. Gucciardo
Ronald W. Tolbert, II
James P. Cunningham
James J. Harrington, III
Mathew Kobliska
Sheldon G. Larky
Douglas A. Hyman
Lowell S. Friedman
James D. Moriarty
Gerald A. Gordinier
Kari B. Schlaff
Andrea Badalucco
Sabrina S. Cronin
Eden J. Allyn
Kristin M. Smith
Nazli G. Sater

About Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC

Headquartered in Birmingham, Mich., Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC, is a full service law firm that offers experienced legal professionals delivering client-focused counsel within the areas of general commercial litigation and commercial transactional law, including commercial litigation, real estate law, business law, employment law, estate planning and taxation, family and probate law, appellate practice, and intellectual property law. Additional information about the firm is available at

Breaking: Judge Lisa Gorcya Withdraws from Tshimoni Case but Children Now With Custodial Dad

December 30, 2015

Judge Lisa Gorcya (Photo: Pool photo)

In a four-page opinion, Family Court Judge Lisa Gorcya said she has done nothing wrong in the Tshimoni family custody case but she is withdrawing on her own volition because the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission accused her of misconduct and she wanted to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

The mother Maya Eibschitz-Tsimoni and her attorney have made repeated attempts to get the judge to recuse herself from the case. The children spent two weeks in juvenile detention, are currently with their father under Gorcya’s orders.


Judge withdrawas from custody battle, denies bias by Steven Pepple (The Detroit Free Press, 12-29-15)

Editor’s Note: In teenager custody cases, what if a teenager intentionally violates a custody order by refusing their custody time with one of their parents. What power should judges have to enforce that custody time and to admonish any teenagers that do not respect the court and the court’s custody order? And does this change if one of the parents might be alienating that child or children against the other spouse?

We respect what Judge Lisa Gorcya did by sending the disrespectful children to Juvenile Detention. We hope the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission would not punish Judge Gorcya for doing so. We believe what she did was the right thing to do in this case. As far as the mom and her attorney, they reported the Judge to the Commission to get a different forum on judge. If that tactic works, that certainly is a tactic that will be used again and again. Good luck with that.


Judge Lisa Gorcya on Parental Alienation

December 18, 2015

Judge Lisa Gorcya spoke out about Parental Alienation in the case of Omer and Maya Tsimhoni and their three children. The mother is accused of alienating the kids against their father. This case made national news when Judge Gorcya sent the kids to a Juvenile Detention Facility. The mother lost custody of the children and her visitation suspended. The judge also ordered gag orders in the case.

The mom and her supporters have tried to get the judge to recuse herself from the case and have filed complaints against her.

Editor’s Note: If you view the video, these children and their mother clearly have a disrespect for both the Judge and the Court System (like the Rucki Girls and Sandra Rucki). If you read the complaint, the children refused to have lunch with their father at the courthouse lunch room. Most kids today would have done that. The mother and her attorney would clearly like the judge removed from the case. That said, the mother has not seen the kids in over 2 months while the father is in reunification therapy with the children. Despite the negative press the judge is getting, we believe that Judge Lisa Gorcya cares about these kids and genuinely did everything possible to reunify the children with their father.

We respect what Judge Lisa Gorcya did and applaud her efforts in the Tsimhoni case. She may have engaged in some judicial puffery in her court room speak, but in our opinion, these kids deserved it. These kids should should have respected the judge and her court order. We hope that the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission will not take any action against Judge Lisa Gorcya. Our Judicial System needs more judges like her.

Finally, this case started in 2008 when Maya Tsimhoni, now a pediatric eye doctor and glaucoma researcher at the University of Michigan fled Israel in an International Family Abduction. The family had previously lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The father returned home in Israel and found that his wife had kidnapped the children to the United States. The judge ruled to not return the father to Israel in the case. The father is a traffic safety researcher and General Motors engineer.


Gorcya: Parental alienation is issue in Bloomfields Hills divorce case (Oakland Press, 07-10-15)

Plane flies banner over Tsimhoni children’s school (Fox 2, 10-14-15)

Complaint filed against judge who sent kids to ‘jail’ (Detroit Free Press, 12-15-15)

Family in Crisis – Judge’s decision to send kids to detention center sparks controversy (Detroit Jewish News, 07-15-15)