Joelle Gurnoe-Adams

Joelle Gurnoe-Adams

Attorney Special Needs Planning Attorney
(734) 352-6950
Ann Arbor Office

4420 Jackson Rd., Suite 102
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103


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About Joelle

Joelle Gurnoe-Adams has dedicated her life to helping others and to advocating for those who are disadvantaged or have special needs. She began her career helping persons with disabilities almost thirty years ago when she was a youth coach for Washtenaw County Special Olympics. As a young woman, Joelle worked for Washtenaw County Community Mental Health as a Program Manager for persons with developmental disabilities and as a Client Services Manager for persons with mental illness.

Joelle went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Michigan in 1999, concentrating in the areas of child development and race relations. In 2005, Joelle graduated near the top of her class from Wayne State University Law School. She was admitted to the State Bar of Indiana in 2005 and the State Bar of Michigan in 2007.

Joelle is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Indiana State Bar Association and the Washtenaw County Bar Association. She has served on the Steering Committee of the Intentional Communities of Washtenaw, a group dedicated to creating stable community living arrangements for persons with developmental disabilities. Joelle has received several honors for her work, including the Washtenaw County Human ServicesCommunication Skills Award (1995), the Mark Weiss Endowment for Public Interest Achievement (2004) and theBergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship (2004).


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