Sean Cleland

Meet Attorney/Mediator Sean Cleland

When I passed the bar exam in 1996, I immediately focused my practice upon developing my courtroom skills as a litigator. Having experienced divorce in my family as a child, I decided that my calling was to help people and families dealing with divorce. I also realized that truly helping people deal with divorce required that I expand my skills beyond the courtroom. In 2008 I became mediator, which changed my perspective about how I could best help people dealing with divorce and family law issues. This change in perspective led me to become a collaborative family lawyer shortly thereafter. My passion for mediation as a way to resolve family conflicts led me to expand my mediation practice into helping families dealing with the conflict caused by the death or care of elderly parents and loved ones.

Professional Experience

  • Cleland Collaborative Divorce

Founder 2015 - Present

  • Crimando & Cleland, P.C.
    Founding Partner, 2007 - Present
  • Martin, Bacon & Martin, PC
    Shareholder, 2003 – 2006
    Associate, 1996 – 2003
  • State Senator John F. Kelley
    Assistant, 1992 – 1993

Education and Training

  • Elder Law Mediation Training, 2015
  • Domestic Relations Mediation Training, 2008
  • Collaborative Practice Training, 2008
  • University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1996
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan


  • State Bar of Michigan, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law Section
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Vice-President – Family Center of Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe
  • Board Member – Grosse Pointe Farms City Little League (2013-1015)