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Michael Ryan Working

Criminal defense Attorney at Memphis, TN

5.0   19 reviews

also known as The Working Law Firm


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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Mike Working is certified to handled any criminal case in Tennessee state court including capital murder cases. Though he handles many simple misdemeanors, like DUI, Mike often defends jury trials that last several days.

    18 years, 3,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    DUI is one of the most harsh laws in TN. The paperwork is more complicated than a first-degree murder, and a conviction can have devastating consequences. Mike Working teaches legal education class for lawyers across the state of Tennessee to become better DUI lawyers. The law of DUI changes so often, that it takes true expertise to advise a client what to do. Mike Working has that expertise.

    18 years, 200 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Nothing is worse than the loss of family, the loss of stability, and the loss of one's home and children. Divorce lawyers often see good people at their worst. We guide you through a difficult process as well as possible. Divorces must be done right, or they never end. Custody disputes, alimony, and visitation rights can be re-litigated for years. Our goal is to do it right the first time, so that it is the only time.

    18 years, 200 cases

 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 today to find out more about what an experienced lawyer can do to help you.

 

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Licensed for 17 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/19/2022

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

Contact Michael

Michael Ryan Working
917 South Cooper
Memphis, TN, 38104

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Relentless and outstanding results
Mr. Working took over my case in 2017 and immediately gave me viable options to resolve my DUI case. Even after there was a slim chance to convince the State to dismiss my case he continued to be persistent and got them to dismiss all charges!! I highly recommend him for any type case you are trying to resolve!!
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Committed and Helpful Attorney
I was in a tough spot in which I did not not see a way out. I was destitute while lacking social and emotional support. However, Mike Working stepped in and he showed compassion for me and offered expert knowledge with a pragmatic approach that helped me regain confidence and ultimately allowed my name to be cleared of wrong doing. If you want someone who will not quit and will be on your side to give you hope, I recommend you hire Mike Working.
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Posted by Coynick | June 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
#1 Attorney
After I loss my case with a different attorney and I was given a life sentence, I hired Mr. Michael Working. That was the best decision that I have made in my life. After he agreed to do my appeal, he kept me informed on my case while it was in the appeal status. In one year after my conviction, Mr. Working won my appeal and I was granted a new trial. It was a blessing from God that led me to Mr. Working. Of course I retained him for my trial. He hired a private investigator and personally took pictures of scene where the incident happened. He was absolutely amazing the way he defended me and listened to me. The way he defended me during trial was breathtaking at the least. He really defended me with everything he had. We won! My charges were reduce and I walked out of jail that day with time served. I went from being carried out of jail in a wooden box (life sentence) to walking out free. Words can never express how much gratitude I have for Mr. Working, but I thank him with all my heart and soul. Because of him, I am free to watch my daughter grow up (she was born while I was incarcerated). I served almost 6 years in prison (most of it waiting on my initial trial), and now I am free. I would recommend Mr. Michael Working to anybody in search of a good attorney. He is definitely the best in Memphis.
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Posted by Stephanie | May 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
best lawyer in memphis !
Michael Working was recommended by a friend who has worked with may lawyers in town and said hands down he is the man to get the job done. I met with Mr Working and agree 100%. - he is brilliant, capable, sympathetic, knowledgable, and able to cut to the chase, distill the facts of your case, and tell you what needs to be done. Thank you Michael!
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Posted by Darryle | November 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Working Gets Results
Attorney Working is the type of attorney that get's the job Done! The definition of that to me means he is your attorney if you want someone to represent you that can see your side of things and give you the best legal advice that pursues the best "Outcome" positive in your favor. He brings a host of expertise to the table that gives you the optimum result for your case. No case is too complex'ed for this superb attorney-at-law, a well deserved title for this man. The ultimate feeling is to be confident that you have an attorney you know is looking at every avenue he can get in your favor too include a "Dismissal" of your charges. I can truly testify in honesty of this because after 3 years of a very complex' ed case, my outcome was "All Charges Dismissed" and charges " Expunged" that was the order by the Judge. I can only rate an outcome like this with the "Highest" regard anything else would be unacceptable. Go! "Working Law Firm"
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Posted by Lara | February 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
direct and helpful
I took a contract to him to review and get recommendations on the next step before signing. He was knowledgeable and took time to educate me on the different parts of the contract and areas that needed to be more detailed. He was fair and thorough but did not use complicated legal speak. He reviewed the parts of the contract that are to protect me and the parts that protect the other party and was proactive and recommended getting mediation added before there is a need for it. He was honest and listened carefully to my questions and concerns.
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Posted by Cheryl | July 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most Personable Lawyer I Have Ever Met
We went to see Mr. Working on the recommendation of one of his current clients, and were very impressed! He is extremely intelligent and genuine. Mr. Working is an all around great guy! He is very knowledgeable about the law and the people involved in legal proceedings. We went to see him, because my mother-in-law had been arrested in Memphis on a fugitive of justice warrant out of MO during a routine traffic stop. We were able to get her out of jail, but she had to be back in court a week later with a lawyer and proof that she turned herself in on the warrant in MO. Mr. Working knew exactly what needed to be done. He took on the case and handled it all with smooth professionalism. I only wish he was licensed in MO, because I am confident that he would be the best person to help my mother-in-law prove her innocence. If you want a great lawyer who will be patient and kind while advocating for you, look no further!
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Posted by Tony | October 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tough, smart attorney
I retained Mike immediately after a recent arrest. He was thorough, supportive, and totally on point. Knows his stuff front and back when it comes not only to the law, but to the people in Shelby County who administer "justice." He knows the system. He has worked in the area for a long time. He is unafraid. He is also straight shooter with this clients. Mike will look you in the eye and tell you what he thinks, straight up. My case turned out really well, and I would absolutely call him if I ever need to again. His staff - in particular Erica - are extremely cordial and responsive. At this point, I call him "my attorney." And that's cause he's earned my trust.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's the Michael Jordan of attorneys
My incident was broadcasts on every local news outlet, and went viral through out the southeast. Because I had a pending case against me at the time, I wasn't sure if he would even consider defending me. After one phone call, he met me at the deposition, and asked what results I wanted in the case. He created results in an unbelievable circumstance. His team has great relationships with judges, and is well respected by prosecutors. Their aggressive and succinct approach in case proceedings secured my sanity, freedom, and future. Integrity, communication, and soul sets Working apart.
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Posted by Christopher | September 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
integrity, honest, charismatic!
Always on top of his game, extremely professional, very friendly! His colleagues as well as Mr. Working were more knowledgeable of the process than I was which made me feel comfortable knowing I was in good hands. When I had questions or concerns I could call his office someone was always there to answer them. A really standup individual you can count on.
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Posted by Brennan | August 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in town!
Cant say enough to thank him. He has had 3 different charges dropped for me, that could have had a significant penalty. Highly respected an know man. Will refer him to everyone! Thanks Mike
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2015
DUI
I found Mr. Working from looking on the internet for an attorney to handle a DUI. I needed an attorney the next day to appear in court with my son. He was able to handle the case the next day and followed it through to the end. We got a very positive conclusion. I highly recommend Mr. Working and his staff, very efficient and professional.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2015
Did the Impossible!
My first meeting with Mr. Working was on a Sunday afternoon, this man never sleeps! Anyway, I was arrested for a misdemeanor charge, and wasn't sure he would even take my case. He treated my case with seriousness and concern, as much as he would for a murder or robbery case. He was able to get my case expunged completely, which is unheard of historically with this particular company that was prosecuting. He charged me less than other attorneys in the area quoted me, but delivered two to three times the level of service. He called when he said he would call, he showed up when he said he would show up, and he came through for me when he said he would. He's got the know-how, he's got the drive, he's got the willingness and he's got the contacts. In this business, it's about experience in the Memphis courts and Mr. Working knows the right people. If he can't win your case, no one can. Call him first and don't waste your time with the others. Oh, and he wears hats. I love an attorney in a hat, makes me think I'm in a John Grisham novel.
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Posted by Julie | April 22, 2015
Highly Recommend
Everybody has advice during a divorce. He was the third attorney i consulted, in an effort to walk the shortest bed of coals possible; was not disappointed. Mike is calm, patient, very knowledgeable in this area and just plain smart. He couldn't return my initial call until the evening, but, even at the end of a long day, listened patiently and was very engaged. He made the whole process much less contentious and exhausting than it should have been. I was glad to have him in my corner.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2014
Competent and Supportive!
When a friend was arrested for attempted second-degree murder, my first call was to Mike Working. Over the phone, he talked me through the process, told me what to expect and exactly what I needed to do. The next morning he met me in court and was there every step of the way until all charges were dropped. I can't thank Mike enough for his support and his competence as an attorney.
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Posted by George Cowan | January 21, 2014
Great Lawyer!!!! Excellent Lawyer!! Words cannot explain!
I was mistaken for a person who shot a man. Mike Working stop what he was doing on New Year's Eve walked out a party and came down to the police station. He talked to the police officers and I was out of jail that NIGHT!! 2 YEARS later, I was blamed for shooting a man. I took it all the way to a jury trial, and the jury voted 10-2 that I was NOT GUILTY. This man saved my life twice. I'm able to see my family everyday. I really appreciate what he's done for me and for WORKING hard for me. MIKE WORKING. Thank you!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!
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Posted by Valerie | January 21, 2014
If you need legal help or advice, hire this man.
Michael Working is the reason I am not imprisoned for the next six months with a DUI charge. He is intelligent, trustworthy, and a skilled experienced lawyer. I would recommend him to anyone. He answered all my questions and treated me like family.
Posted by Jack | January 16, 2014
Excellent Criminal Defense Attorney
I recently retained Mike Working to handle a case that not only presented the prospect of significant penalty if convicted but also severe damage to my reputation. Mr. Working handled my matter discreetly and found a resolution which not only saved me money and embarrassment, it saved my freedom. Mr. Working was knowledgeable about the law and also about how to get optimal results. He kept me informed about what was happening with my case. He also seemed to genuinely care about my situation and how it affected me and my family. He is a great lawyer that I would recommend to my friends but hopefully I will not need his services in the future. Thank you Mr. Working for your excellent work.
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2014
Most perseverance as a Criminal Defense attorney
Prosecutor's shake in their shoes when Mr. Working walks into the courtroom to defend his clients. Witnessing Mr. Working in action during my case in the courtroom was an art form. He will defend your rights, and have a case dismissed or lesser charges.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Working Law Firm
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Small Business Administration
  • 2006 - 2006

Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Capital Defense College
  • 2014
  • Tennessee Capital Defense College
  • Capital Defense Certification
  • 2013
  • Tennessee Capital Mitigation CLE
  • Capital Defense Certification
  • 2012
  • Tennessee Criminal Defense College
  • 2010
  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor cum laude
  • 2005
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Legal Cases

  • State vs LD
  • Not Guilty
  • State of TN vs. T.A.
  • not guilty
  • State of TN vs. R.C.
  • Concurrent sentence
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Associations

  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Executive Treasurer
  • 2018 - Present
  • St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyer's Guild
  • President
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Publications Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, CLE Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Membership Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Memphis Blues Society
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Memphis Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Blues Foundation
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Knight of the Fourth Degree
  • 2001 - Present
  • TN Assoc. Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Executive Secretary
  • 2017 - 2018
  • St. Thomas More Guild
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2018
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Awards

  • Robert Ritchie Award
  • TN Assoc. Crim. Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Workhorse Award
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Lawyer of the Month
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013
  • CALI Award Juvenile Law
  • CALI Award
  • 2005
  • Dean's Award of Excellence - Religion and the Law
  • University of Memphis
  • 2005
  • CALI Award Torts II
  • CALI Award
  • 2003
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Publications

  • For The Defense (TACDL)
  • ID Suppression: Endangered Constitutional Species, or Extinct?
  • 2014
  • For The Defense (TACDL)
  • Ray Fraley Interview
  • 2014
  • For The Defense (TACDL)
  • An Interview with Rob McKinney
  • 2014
  • For The Defense (TACDL)
  • An Interview with Sam Perkins
  • 2013
  • For The Defense (TACDL)
  • An Interview with Mike Whalen
  • 2013
  • For The Defense (TACDL)
  • An Interview With Ann Short
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • TACDL Annual Meeting
  • Disqualification of Judges and Prosecutors
  • 2017
  • Memphis Bar Association Year End CLE
  • The Ethics of "Better Call Saul"
  • 2016
  • University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Restoration of Citizenship Rights
  • 2014
  • 2014 Catholic Voter's Forum
  • Voter's Forum
  • 2014
  • TACDL DUI College
  • Framing Issues for Juries
  • 2014
  • Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Reentry and Recidivism
  • 2014
  • 2013 DUI College
  • Legal Issue Spotting
  • 2013
  • Practical Law Class
  • The Jury Trial
  • 2013
  • Traditions of the World
  • Italian Culture at Christmas
  • 2013
  • The Memphis ItalinFest
  • Italian Food Chef Demonstration
  • 2013
  • The International Blues Challenge
  • Campaign to Raise the Roof
  • 2012
  • Memphis Round Table
  • Attacking the Tennessee Firearm Statutes
  • 2012
  • The Memphis ItalianFest
  • Italian Food Chef Demonstration
  • 2012
  • The Memphis ItalianFest
  • Italian Food Chef Demonstration
  • 2011
  • The Memphis ItalianFest
  • Italian Food Chef Demonstration
  • 2010
  • Wooddale High School
  • Traffic Stops - What You Need to Know
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael has an unmatched passion for his clients who stand accused in our often unfair criminal justice system. He represents the poor and the wealthy with equal enthusiasm. Is he a good lawyer, yes but even more importantly he deeply cares for those who stands accused of crimes. A real, talented, caring attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Working since law school. He works hard at everything he does, and takes his responsibilities to his clients' interests very seriously."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a highly skilled and respected attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Workign is one of the finest attorneys in his state, I highly recommend his legal services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tough, talented and thorough litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a top-notch attorney. He fights for the rights of his clients, both in and out of court. He can handle the toughest cases and get the best results possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I don't know Mr. Working personally, however, from a professional standpoint, I've seen the quality of his work and the professionalism he exudes. During my stint as a Public Defender, I was able to view the legal services being provided by many Private Attorneys and Mr. Working was among the few that stood head and shoulders among the rest. Mr. Working is extremely knowledgeable about the law and its application!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I meet Mr. Working several years ago . We are both active in the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers . He is a true warrior for the accused ."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent DUI attorney. I recommend him highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike's courtroom demeanor, intelligence, creativity, and charisma make him a force to be reckoned with. He is without a doubt one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Memphis. Mike is a fighter, a true champion for justice, but he always treats people with respect and dignity. As a result, Mike has earned and deserves the admiration of his adversaries, colleagues, and even judges."
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