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Matthew R. Abel

Matthew R. Abel

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Business, State, Local And Municipal Law, Real Estate, DUI & DWI

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Business: 25%
    29 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    29 years
  3. State, Local And Municipal Law: 20%
    0 years
  4. DUI & DWI: 15%
    0 years
  5. Real Estate: 15%
    29 years



Hourly ($300-420/hour), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Joshua Marlin Covert

    I endorse Matt. Matt is an amazing attorney and someone I would send my friends and family to without hesitation.


    Joshua Covert Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Matthew. 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

CannabisCounsel, P.L.C.

2930 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI, 48207-5029



MIActive And In Good Standing198608/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of AmericaN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PresidentCannabis Counsel2000 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
MILegalizeBoard of Directors2015 - Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsLegal Counsel - Michigan2007 - Present
State Bar of Michigan Representative AssemblyElected Representative1992 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
People v. Richmond, Michigan Supreme CourtDismissal is reinstated - We win!
People v. King (and Kolanek)Case dismissed and marijuana plants returned

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Publication NameTitleDate
Michigan Bar JournalThe Michigan Information Network - Will West Go South?N/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Central Michigan UniversityPublic AdministrationMaster of Science in Administration1980
Central Michigan UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Castleton State CollegeCriminal JusticeAssociate in Science1975

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Oaksterdam University Law ProfessorCannabis Law2009