DeBrincat, Padgett, Kobliska & Zick

Mathew Kobliska


DeBrincat, Padgett, Kobliska & Zick

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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 - 2016 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 2017.


Admitted to Practice:

All Michigan State Circuit and District Courts (1991)
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (1991)
United States Supreme Court (2000)


State Bar of Michigan
Oakland County Bar Association
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section
State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section
Family Mediation Council of Michigan
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
The Michigan Inter-Professional Association
United States Supreme Court Bar
Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
Oakland County Family Court Committee

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Oakland County Bar Foundation

Michigan Super Lawyer (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019)
AV Preeminent Rating
Top Attorneys in Michigan

Council Member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2011-present)
Chair, Court Rules and Ethics Committee for the Family Law Section (2012-2015)
Committee Member: Court Rules and Ethics Committee for the Family Law Section (2011-present)
Committee Member: Legislative Committee for the Family Law Section (2015-present)
Committee Member: Family Court Forum (2017-present)
Committee Member: State Bar of Michigan Civil Discovery Court Rule Review Special Committee (2016-present)
Committee Member: State Court Administrative Office Collaborative Law Rules Committee (2016-2018)
Committee Member: Seminar Committee of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2017-present)
Board Member: Board of Managers for the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2018-2019)


Traversing the Chasm: Representing the Claimant in a Meretricious Relationship Case, Michigan Family Law Journal (November, 2013)

Moving from Evocative Pleading Captioning, Michigan Family Law Journal (February, 2018)

To Lien or Not to Lien, Michigan Family Law Journal (August 2019)


The Modifiability of Agreements to Deviate from the Michigan Child Support Formula: from Burba to Holmes and Beyond, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Michigan Chapter 2016 Advanced Level Seminar

Handling the Change of Domicile (Move-Away) Case, The Institute for Continuing Legal Education (May 2018)

Safety and Security in Attorney-Client Lien Matters, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Michigan Chapter 2017 Advanced Level Seminar

Discovery: The New Architecture, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Michigan Chapter 2019 Advanced Level Seminar

Paternity Update, 2015 State Bar of Michigan Mid-Summer Seminar (Panel Moderator)


Effectively Tackle Tough Custody Issues through Postjudgment-No Matter How Many Cases You’ve Handled, The Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2019)

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Alternative Dispute Resolution Arbitration, Collaborative Law, International Arbitration, International Dispute Resolution, International Mediation, Mediation
Family Law Alimony, Annulment, Child Abduction, Child Advocacy, Child Care, Child Custody, Child Custody Mediation, Child Dependency, Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Support, Child Welfare, Childrens Rights, Civil Unions, Cohabitation Agreements, Collaborative Family Law, Community Property Law, Day Care, Divorce, Divorce Arbitration, Divorce Mediation, Divorce Taxation, Domestic Partnerships, Domestic Relations, Domestic Torts, Domestic Violence, Equitable Distribution, Family Arbitration, Family Mediation, Fathers Rights, Gay and Lesbian Family Law, Grandparents Custody, Grandparents Visitation Rights, International Child Abduction, International Child Custody, International Family Law, Interstate Adoptions, Interstate Child Custody, Interstate Support, Juvenile Criminal Law, Legal Separation, Marital Agreements, Marital Property Distribution, Marital Property Law, Marital Property Settlements, Matrimonial Bankruptcy Law, Matrimonial Law, Military Divorce, Name Changes, No Fault Divorce, Non-Traditional Family Law, Palimony, Parental Kidnapping, Parental Rights, Parenting Time, Paternity, Post Divorce Modification, Postnuptial Agreements, Premarital Agreements, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, (QDROs), Restraining Orders, Same Sex Marriage, Spousal Support, Step Parent Adoptons, Third Party Custody, Uncontested Divorce, Visitation Rights


  • Federal
  • Michigan

Employment History

  • Partner | DeBrincat, Padgett, Kobliska & Zick

    2008 - 2019


  • Bachelor of Science | University of Michigan

    1986 - 1988

  • Juris Doctorate | Wayne State University Law School

    1988 - 1991

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  • Farmington, Michigan, Oakland County

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