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James Warren Amberg

James Warren Amberg

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Violent Crime

About Me

Jim Amberg of Amberg & Amberg, PLLC, is a prominent criminal defense attorney who takes winning cases very seriously.  Rather than back down to the prosecution, jim is known for taking the most difficult cases to trial and employing cutting edge legal strategy and defenses.  Further, Jim consistently creates havoc with prosecutors by filing complex motions which have a high success rate of winning.  In fact, there are many criminal defense lawyers in Michigan who use Jim's motions to win their cases.  Bottom line, if you want at attorney who will actually fight for you rather than just tell you they fight right before they plead you guilty to a winnable case, call Jim.


Unlike many criminal defense attorneys who found their way into the profession through the prosecutor's office, Jim was born to practice criminal defense.  As a young person, Jim would hear war stories from his father about his high-profile cases, including the Young Boys, Home Invaders, and the Oakland County Jail Suit.  Growing up, Jim would work hand in hand with his father, learning the importance of having the courage to fight for what's right, no matter what the consequences are.


A good example of how Jim operates is to view his work fighting District Courts throughout Oakland County Michigan for sending Minors to jail in mip cases.  Rather than allow his clients to be illegally incarcerated, Jim fought back and sued the judges to stop this illegal practice.  Many lawyers and defendants alike have expressed their thanks to Jim that somebody finally had the courage to stand up for what is right.  Although the case is still pending, a marked change throughout the county regarding these types of cases has already occurred.


A major component of Jim's success in criminal defense is his ablility to passionately advocate for his clients, no matter how difficult a charge may be.  Unlike many attorneys who take cases because they like the money, Jim takes takes cases because he cares about his clients and believs in his cases.  In fact, Judges have complemented on Jim being not just an attorney, but a counselor as well.  To get a better idea of Jim's courtroom abilities, watch these YouTube videos below of Jim performing an opening and closing argument in a recent trial.


Opening Statement

Closing Statement Part One

Closing Statement Part Two


Jim has been named a Rising Star by Superlawyers magazine numerous times and recently successfully argued the published case of United States vs. Presley in the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is a frequent speaker at his former law school and was recently named a Great Grad.  Jim was also a graduate of the introductory class of the Oakland County branch of Cooley Law School.


Jim practices throughout Michigan, including a full service office location in Traverse City and is in the process of obtaining space for a location in Grand Rapids.  Needless to say, Jim has the ability and experience to handle your case in any court in Michigan.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. Violent Crime: 20%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

27 total 

  • Patrick Thomas Barone

    Jim is a talented young lawyer who will do whatever he can to win your case. He employs creative and thoughtful arguments in court, and works hard to get results. Jim’s energy and dedication are infectious. He is an excellent attorney and earned a well deserved award as a Superlawyer’s rising star!


    Patrick Barone DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    James is very aggressive and witty. He has argued and won cases with his creative and innovative charisma. He is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the law and persuasive in his legal arguments. James is a top candidate when I refer a client for a criminal defense matter.


    Jason Henry Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Amberg & Amberg, PLLC

104 W. 4th St.
Suite 305
Royal Oak, MI, 48067

Amberg & Amberg North, PLLC

125 S Park St Ste 100
Traverse City, MI, 49684



MIActive And In Good Standing200503/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2012
Top Lawyers in MichiganDBusiness2011
Rising StarSuperLawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Trial College GraduateCriminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan2009
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Great GradThomas M. Cooley Law School2008

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberAmberg & Amberg, PLLC2005 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Michigan Association For JusticeN/A2009 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Michigan Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM)N/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Michigan State Appellate Defender OfficeN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Michigan chapter)N/AN/A
Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
United States vs PresleyResented from 30-life to 10 years
Rochester Hills v WadeClient's criminal OWI charge dismissed
People v K......Not Guilty

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Publication NameTitleDate
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan publicationCircuit Court Opinion of the Month2010
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan publicationTrial Court Successes2010
Michigan State Appellate Defender OfficeSentencing Law, the Year in Review2009
Michigan State Appellate Defender OfficeTrial Court Successes - Late Winter 20092009
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan publicationTrial Court Successes - Spring 20092009
6th Circuit Court of AppealsUnited States vs PresleyN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Eastern Michigan UniversityPolitical ScienceBachelorsN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Cooley Law SchoolHow to be a LawyerN/A