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How does someone choose the "right attorney"? I believe that the client must feel comfortable with the attorney, along with having confidence in the attorney's abilities in dealing with the issues at hand.

I  specialize in criminal and bankruptcy law. I also handle divorce, license restoration, and debt settlement. I offer personal service and have been very successful in keeping my clients out of jail. In practicing bankruptcy law, in addition to guiding my client through the bankruptcy process, I offer advice to my clients on how to avoid various debt traps and how to live within a budget , but only if they want the advise. I respect my client's right to make their own decisions regarding their lives.

Come on in for a free consultation. I may not be the right fit for every person, but you will not get any high pressure tactics, and you can decide if me representing you and your family is the right decision for you.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 30%
    16 years, 300 cases
  3. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 10%
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
    20 years, 100 cases
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Paul C. Youngs

    Tom is sharp. I roomed with him at trial college, and I am on a few list serves with him. He always "direct lines" any legal scenario right to the controlling issues, and is able to formulate the arguments for both sides, and of course, why his side should win!... Highest recommendation.


    Paul Youngs Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Thomas. 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

1430 Michigan NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


MIActive And In Good Standing199511/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Trial College, Advanced TrackCriminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan2010
Trial CollegeCriminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan2007
Wall of ToleranceNational Campaign for Tolerance2005
American Jurisprudence Award-Criminal ProcedureLCP BW1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Thomas Baynton1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Debtors Bar of West MichiganMember2010 - Present
Better Business Bureau of West Michiganmember A+ rated2009 - 2014
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysN/A2008 - 2010
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganN/A1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Domestic Violence CaseBoth domestic violence case and PPO were dismissed.
Criminal casecase dismissed
Chapter 13 caseHusband lost job and case was converted to Chapter 7. Client's had almost paid off the vehicles, the arrears on the mortgages were caught up, and all unsecured debt will be discharged.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of DetroitLawJD - Juris Doctor1991