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About Me

I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  I eventually moved to Toledo, Ohio to pursue my Law Degree at the University of Toledo, graduating three years later.   During Law School I was active in the Moot Court Association and worked for the Ohio 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  In November of 2008 I was sworn in by the Supreme Court of Ohio as a member of the Ohio Bar.  I was admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in May 2009.    


I am active in the Toledo Bar Association as a Member of the Young Lawyers Committee and the Bar Admissions Committee.  I have been appointed counsel by judges in the Lucas County Common Pleas Court for both original criminal cases as well as appeals, and in the Lucas County Juvenile Court. 


I am a board member of the Pat Miller Foundation for the Eleanor M. Kahle Senior Center in West Toledo.  I am a national member of the Order of Barristers and have received public service recognition from the Equal Justice Works/Pro Bono Legal Corps/AmeriCorps and Supreme Court of Louisiana & Louisiana State Bar Association. 


I take a hands-on approach to the practice of law.  I am enthusiastic about the law and enjoy solving problems.  I look for creative ways to best represent my clients and won’t shy away from a difficult case.  I understand that hiring an attorney is always done out of necessity, and compassion is a must in my business.  Therefore I try to be the type of attorney that I would want to hire.  I make every effort to return phone calls within a reasonable amount of time.  I am willing to explain in great detail the law and how it relates to your case.  I am honest with my clients 100% of the time.  I attempt to be reasonable with everyone that I come in contact with, whether they are clients, opposing parties or counsel, or court personnel.  However, I take every step to make sure that my clients get the representation they deserve and all the rights and defenses they are entitled to.    


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Practice Areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 25%
    7 years
  2. Juvenile: 25%
    7 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    7 years
  4. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 15%
    7 years
  5. General Practice: 10%
    7 years



Hourly ($150-200/hour), Contingent (30-33%), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Daniel James Sczesny

    I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Daniel Sczesny Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

1119 Adams Street
Second Floor
Toledo, OH, 43604



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100National Trial Lawyers2014
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Pro Bono RecognitionLouisiana Bar Association2007
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing AttorneyMichael E. Bryant, Attorney at Law2008 - Present
Adviser/Fundraising CoordinatorKenneth Phillips for Judge Campaign2013 - 2013
Adviser/Fundraising CoordinatorKenneth Phillips for Judge Campaign2012 - 2012
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Toledo Bar AssociationCo-Chairman - Domestic Relations Committee2013 - Present
Toledo Bar AssociationCommittee Member - Bankruptcy2011 - Present
Toledo Bar AssociationCommittee Member - Juvenile Law2011 - Present
Toledo Bar Association, Bar Admissions CommitteeCommittee Member2010 - Present
Toledo Bar AssociationCommittee Member - Young Lawyers Committee2010 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of ToledoLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Miami University of OhioHistoryBachelor of Arts2004
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Paralegal Association of Northwest OhioJuvenile Law Update2014
Family Law: Advanced IssuesChild Evaluations in Custody and Support Litigation2014
Family Law: Advanced IssuesNon-Traditional Family Structures and Paternity Disputes2014
Divorce Litigation from Start to FinishCommencing Divorce Action2013
Divorce Litigation from Start to FinishDiscovery Procedure2013