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Shawn Patrick Smith

Criminal defense Attorney at Birmingham, MI

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Shawnthelaw

  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 29 years
    Indiana - IN Licensed
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1994
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed
    State IN
    Acquired N/A
    Temporary Admission Expired No misconduct found

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Shawn Patrick Smith, nicknamed “ShawnTheLaw”, is considered to be one of the most dedicated trial attorneys in the country. Shawn is a prolific storyteller, weaving the art of story into every aspect of the jury trial. Considered one of the best when it comes to selecting a passionate interconnected jury. The well-respected 6th District Federal Court has recognized his cross-examination skills as “Sterling”. Shawn is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College, a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. Shawn has trained at Gerry Spence seminars around the country and is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College. Shawn teaches at the CDAM Trial Practice College and Shawn has been a nationally spotlighted speaker. Shawn represents the wrongfully accused and tragically injured in state and federal courts around the country, appearing in complex drug cases in Nevada, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois to name a few. Detroit Business Magazine has listed him in The Best Lawyers of Metropolitan Detroit for white-collar and criminal defense, and the American Trial Lawyer’s Association has recently named him one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Michigan. In addition, Shawn has appeared on national television to discuss legal matters; contributing on “Nancy Grace”, "The Larry King Show", "On The Record, Greta Van Susteren", “MSNBC”; “The Abrams Report", "Inside Edition", "CNN", and "Fox News". Fighting for the falsely accused and the tragically injured through the use of first person story telling is his true gift and his deep relationship and connection with his clients fuel his passionate story based defense of the wrongfully accused.


Shawn Patrick Smith & Associates
261 E. Maple Rd.
P.O. Box: 825
Birmingham, MI, 48012

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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Incredible Investigative Resource
Incredible investigative resource. Razor sharp wit, this genius finds flaws in defense and leaves them with nothing. Shawn Leaves no stone unturned and hiring him will result in a win.
Posted by Cody | October 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Dedicated!
I was charged with two misdemeanors that both carried jail time for climbing onto rooftops to take photos, and I truly didn’t think anything could be done about it. I contacted Shawn with very short notice and he met with me that same night and listened to everything I had to say and answered all of my questions. He was extremely genuine and caring about every detail, he treated me as if I was his only client, he was available to talk at any time of the day or night, and immediately began to put me at ease. Shawn didn’t settle for anything less than leaving me with a clean record, he got both of my charges completely dropped, and worked to make the whole process very easy for me along the way! He is extremely intelligent, creative, quick on his feet, and is a natural in the courtroom. I would highly recommend Shawn “The Law” to everyone going through something like this, thank you Shawn!
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2017
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Thank you Shawn Smith
I hired Shawn Smith to help our family and he treated us as if we were family. Shawn listens and will do all he can to make sure justice is served. He is very professional,personable and is very direct about on dealing with questions and concerns. Shawn also took time out to speak with my family and answer questions or concerns (day or night & he did not have to do that. I would recommend him to anyone who feels they need an attorney who truly cares.
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Posted by Ctynthia | December 28, 2016
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God sent me a Blessing
My daughter Christina was killed while on our way home from celebrating her 21st birthday. While stopped at a red light a speeding drunk driver hit us, wrapping my side around a huge metal pole. I didn't realize she was dead until I seen her in her casket 3 weeks later. Shawn showed compassion and set meetings every night. He stepped up in on a case I don't think he knew very much about. He was a great attorney and I'd highly recommend him. Thanks so much Shawn. Great job.
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Posted by Bashar mansour | May 13, 2015
I was charged with first degree murder life in prison if convinced, shawn patrick smith was the man that showed the law that they falsely accused me with a crime I didn't commit, because I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Shawn was the guy I always pray and thanks in my prayers and church because if it was another attorney I would of been in prison for a crime I didn't committed. If you ask me there is no one better then shawn patrick smith hire him and you will see what I'm talking about. If you believe me then try him. My name is bashar mansour look me up and you see what this great amazing attorney did for me. God bless you shawn patrick smith always love you my brother.
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Posted by Charlie | May 5, 2015
I was LOCKED UP and charged with multiple FELONIES, including one that carried a LIFE SENTENCE! Shawn got my bond reduced from HALF A MILLION DOLLARS CASH ($500,000) down to $5,000 (50K/10%) to get me out of jail! AFTER winning a 99% Bond reduction for me, SHAWN won my life back! In a case that MOST Attorneys couldn’t even begin to handle effectively - SHAWN HANDLED EVERYTHING! Shawn stopped the slaughter and slander of me that was happening in the media! Shawn made the media take a second look at the lies that they had been fed, and that were being used to slander me and make it impossible for me to get a fair trial! Shawn exposed the lunacy and the ridiculousness of testimony offered by the Prosecutor’s Expert Witness. Shawn made the Prosecutor admit IN COURT, ON THE RECORD that she had previously made FALSE statements to the Court in my case! Shawn forced a PROSECUTION WITNESS TO STATE TO THE COURT UNDER OATH (a veteran Detective Sargent with 26 YEARS of experience) that there is NO WAY, the story that his colleagues on the Joint Federal/State/Local Crime Taskforces were telling the court could possibly have happened with him working the case! The ONLY reason that I’m free and living life, instead of doing a LIFE SENTENCE is because Shawn “THE LAW” Patrick Smith made THE LAW WORK FOR ME!
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Work Experience

  • Trial Lawyer
  • 1994 - Present


  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2003 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2003 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers Michigan
  • Legal Network
  • 2014
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers
  • dbusiness
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer Michigan
  • Legal Network
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers
  • dbusiness
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Opening Statement
  • 2014
  • NACDL: Defending the Unthinkable: Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault and Child Victim Statements
  • Never Too Young:Understanding Adolescent Sexuality and Communication
  • 2013

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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shawn is unique. He is courageous. His creativity is off the charts. He cares deeply for his clients. And, he never runs out of energy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn Patrick Smith is the best of the best - period. You should never hire another criminal defense attorney unless and until you at least contact Shawn. He's the criminal trial lawyer that other criminal trial lawyers go to for mentoring on tough cases. Shawn can do in 5 minutes what it takes his competitors hours to prepare and practice. He's what you call a "natural." Add all of his hard work on top of that, and you've got yourself a proven winner. He's not cheap, but that's for a good reason. Only if there's no possible way you could afford Shawn should you ever even think about hiring someone else when your freedom, future, and good name are at stake."
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Birmingham Criminal defense Lawyer Shawn Patrick Smith
Shawn Patrick Smith
Criminal defense Attorney
Birmingham, MI
Licensed for 29 years