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Michael Ryan Working

Michael Ryan Working

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Divorce & Separation

About Me

 I am passionate about seeing people treated fairly.  I earned my stripes on some of the toughest cases in Memphis. There is almost no new situation to me in a criminal case in Memphis.  Criminal Defense attorneys work more in court than almost any other types of lawyers under impossible circumstances.  What is truly important to get results in this business is treating your peers - including opponents and prosecutors - with respect.  I know that my behavior reflects on my clients, and I never forget that.


Transitioning to a civil courtroom gives an experienced criminal defense litigator a whole set of extra tools at his disposal. Family law requires a sense of what is important outside the courtroom. How does a broken family move forward? By getting it right the first time so that everyone can move on to start their new lives.
 Call (901) 507-4200 today to find out more about what an experienced lawyer can do to help you.



Languages Spoken: Arabic, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    10 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    10 years, 200 cases
  3. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    10 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($150-250/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • Andre Courtney Wharton

    Michael Working is truly a five-star lawyer. When you think of an true advocate, you want a lawyer who knows the law, argues the law and believes in the law. Michael does all three for his clients. His abilities are superb and he is a shining star working for justice everyday throughout Shelby County and beyond. I fully endorse Mike for his superior abilities, his legal acumen and his commitment to fighting injustice in any form.


    Andre Wharton Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jesse Pratt Lords

    Michael is a highly skilled and respected attorney.


    Jesse Lords Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Lawyer of the MonthTennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2013
Workhorse AwardTennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2013
CALI Award Juvenile LawCALI Award2005
Dean's Award of Excellence - Religion and the LawUniversity of Memphis2005
CALI Award Torts IICALI Award2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneySmall Business Administration2006 - 2006
AttorneyThe Working Law Firm2006 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyer's GuildPresident2014 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Publications CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, CLE CommitteeMember2012 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Memphis Blues SocietyBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Membership CommitteeCommittee Member2011 - Present
St. Thomas More GuildBoard of Directors2010 - 2013
Memphis Bar AssociationMember2009 - 2014
Memphis Bar Association, Criminal Law Sectionmember2009 - Present
Blues FoundationMember2006 - Present
Knights of ColumbusKnight of the Fourth Degree2001 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Tennessee vs. Sherman Gatersnot guilty
State of Tennessee vs. Pietro DanieleNot Guilty
State of Tennessee vs. George Cowansmisdemeanor

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Publication NameTitleDate
For The Defense (TACDL)ID Suppression: Endangered Constitutional Species, or Extinct?2014
For The Defense (TACDL)Ray Fraley Interview2014
For The Defense (TACDL)An Interview with Rob McKinney2014
For The Defense (TACDL)An Interview with Sam Perkins2013
For The Defense (TACDL)An Interview with Mike Whalen2013
For The Defense (TACDL)An Interview With Ann Short2013

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeCapital DefenseCapital Defense College2014
Tennessee Capital Defense CollegeCapital DefenseCapital Defense Certification2013
Tennessee Capital Mitigation CLECapital DefenseCapital Defense Certification2012
Tennessee Criminal Defense CollegeN/AUnknown2010
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor cum laude2005

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawRestoration of Citizenship Rights2014
Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawReentry and Recidivism2014
2014 Catholic Voter's ForumVoter's Forum2014
Traditions of the WorldItalian Culture at Christmas2013
The Memphis ItalinFestItalian Food Chef Demonstration2013
Practical Law ClassThe Jury Trial2013
2013 DUI CollegeLegal Issue Spotting2013
The Memphis ItalianFestItalian Food Chef Demonstration2012
The International Blues ChallengeCampaign to Raise the Roof2012
Memphis Round TableAttacking the Tennessee Firearm Statutes2012
The Memphis ItalianFestItalian Food Chef Demonstration2011
The Memphis ItalianFestItalian Food Chef Demonstration2010
Wooddale High SchoolTraffic Stops - What You Need to Know2009