DAWN’s Family Lawyers & Staff
Each divorce lawyer and the attorneys are members of the State Bar of Michigan and the Family Law Section. Attorney practice background includes real estate, probate and estate planning, business matters. Understanding and experience in these areas is beneficial in negotiating and drafting property settlements and related documents, especially in cases with substantial assets or cases involving business interests where valuations are necessary.
David M. Caplan
David Caplan attended Tulane University and Wayne State University to receive his undergraduate degree, received his law degree from Detroit College of Law in 1974 and was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in the same year. He has 45 years of practice experience in family law matters with more than half of those years dedicated solely to the representation of women. He has practiced as a divorce lawyer under the DAWN banner since founding the firm in 1992, filling a niche that would finally help level the playing field between women and men in all family law areas. While it is flattering to have spawned imitators, they have only copied the notion but not the spirit of what was originally set out to be done: protecting women’s rights with professionalism and integrity. David enjoys cooking, motorcycles and cars. He has been happily married for 50 years and has two children and four grandchildren.
Matthew A. Caplan
Matthew Caplan is a divorce lawyer who has been practicing in the family law field exclusively for the past 22 years. Matthew’s expertise lies in the areas of divorce, same-sex divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, paternity, post-judgment modifications, high conflict cases, and litigation of large asset estates and complex financial matters. Matthew attended and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1992, Wayne State University Law School in 1997, and was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1997. Matthew takes pride in the work he has done bringing justice to the lives of many clients who suffered at the hands of abusive spouses. Matthew enjoys assisting those who need help and relishes the opportunity to help the underdogs of the world stand up for themselves. Matthew is an avid runner, golfer, and cook, who enjoys spending time outside with his wife of 20 years and 16-year-old son.
Matt volunteers at the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic and is on the Board of Trustees of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Kelsey Marie Minor
Kelsey Marie Minor grew up in Traverse City, Michigan. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Legal Studies from Grand Valley State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Western Michigan Cooley Law School. She worked in a law office throughout undergraduate and law school. While living in Grand Rapids, she volunteered at the Legal Assistance Center where she helped pro se litigants file for divorce. She has a passion for advocating for the rights of her clients and understands the emotional impact that divorce can have on families. In her free time, she volunteers at the Michigan Humane Society and enjoys hiking, soccer, and pilates.
Rachel Frawley graduated from Michigan State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Art. She returned to school in Washington D.C. a few years later and received her Master of Business Administration from American University in 1999. She has been with DAWN since 2001. As the office manager, it is Rachel’s mission to assist the attorneys in their dedication to helping women protect their rights and ease the stress of their situation. Rachel enjoys entertaining, travel and being with family and friends. She has been happily married for 20 years and has three children, two dogs, 2 lizards and a fish.