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Tanya A. Grillo

Criminal defense Attorney at Mount Clemens, MI

5.0   17 reviews

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About Tanya

Learn Tanya’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All arrests including drug and alcohol related offenses, traffic citations, DNR violations, Driver's License Restoration, Secretary of State matters. Extensive experience with sobriety and drug court programs.

  2. DUI and DWI
    Both alcohol and drug related offenses

  3. Licensing
    All Secretary of State matters including driver's license restoration.

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    All traffic and civil infractions

I have been a practitioner since October 2011 with significant ties within the legal and professional communities in Macomb, Oakland, Lapeer, and St. Clair counties. My practice focuses in the areas of criminal defense, drunk driving and drug cases, and all traffic matters. From 2017-2019, I worked as a Regional Manager for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission. My role was to assist 22 indigent defense systems work toward complaince with the Michigan Indigent Defense statute (PA 93, 2013) and develop startegy to enhance indigent defense delivery in Macomb, Oakland, Lapeer, and St. Clair counties.  

Specialties: Criminal Defense. Drug and Alcohol Cases. Domestic Violence. Traffic Infraction. License Restoration. DNR violation. MIDC complaince consulting.

Professional Affiliations: CDAM, WLAM - Macomb Region, National Conference of Womens Bar Associations (NCWBA), Macomb County Bar Association, Central Macomb Optimist Club, Former Mock Trial Coach for Warren Cousino and De La Salle Collegiate. Former member of the 39th District Court's Sobriety Court. Former Co-Chair Macomb County Bar Association's Criminal Law Committee.

Free Consulations.  Evening and weekend appointments available.

Licensed for 11 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2011
Updated 12/25/2022

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

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Grillo Law PLLC
134 Market Street
Mount Clemens, MI, 48043


5.0 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Michael | October 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Retired School Principal
Tanya did an excellent job in assisting me with my driver's license restoration case. She's very detailed orientated, and provided me with a list of possible questions that could be asked during the review, suggested a substance abuse evaluator, and thoroughly reviewed my application. She was an excellent attorney for me and her fee was reasonable. Wouldn't hesitate to hire her again.
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Posted by Kim | October 22, 2020
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Tanya Grillo
Tanya is the best. She took my sons case on and was so wonderful, she was there for us through everything. I would recommend her to anyone needing a great lawyer.
Posted by Toyia | October 21, 2020
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Excellent lawyer
Tanya is a extremely excellent lawyer. She’s my go to attorney whenever I need one, I will not go to anyone else but her. She goes above and beyond for you. She’s not scared to go up against anything or anyone. She’s been my attorney since 2011 for a incident and she worked to get me the best outcome in that situation.Than again just recently I needed her again so I made a appointment told her the problem she was on it right away. She got my case dropped a few months ago. Tanya is a well known respected attorney inside the courts and outside the courts. With Tanya you’ll feel calm she will take care of everything. I highly recommend her. Next time you need a attorney hire Tanya, thank me later she’s honestly the best you will NOT find another attorney like her.
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Posted by Jon H. | October 20, 2020
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License Appeal Hearing
Tanya Grillo has helped me a couple times. She is good at this. She maintains a winning record and wont take your money if you don't have a chance. I had a DUI related, revoked License needing reinstated. Tanya made me do the work to be ready. The hearing had a couple small hiccups but she covered them and I was able to get the go ahead letter from the State, which is no easy task in Michigan. I highly recommend Tanya Grillo for anyone stuck in the system but willing to make the steps toward something better. This has been a huge blessing for me.
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Response from Tanya Grillo October 21, 2020
Thank you Jon. I am so proud of what you have accomplished!
Posted by Eric | October 20, 2020
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My story in regards to secratary of state michigan
I tried on my own to obtain license was denied I believe the sec of state wants you to spend money through my AA meetings I was referred to Tanya Grillo what I learned through this whole process is to over prepare yourself sign in sheets for AA letters from people who see you and know your life style are most important take this very seriously .so far I got my machine on my truck insurance plates have to take road test . And then go back to sec of state to receive my restricted license right now i have permit.make sure you have birth certificate with ma and pas name on it that is what held me up for two more weeks.this took me since Aug 10th to get this far once again prepare yourself very good and Tanya is ready to go sec of state right now is a nightmare. but don't give up patients and perseverance is the key once again tanya Grillo is a awesome attorney we made a good team im almost there it takes time to resolve these types of problems GOD HELPS.
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Posted by Scott | July 17, 2020
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License restoration client
In my opinion Tanya is an extremely detailed oriented lawyer she handled all aspects of my case to the to the highest level of expertise with an outstanding ability to prep her clients for their hearings it is very thorough with all her documentations
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2020
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Best lawyer ever
She was fantastic! I was a bit of a pain and messed some things up but she was still able to get a really good deal. 10/10
Posted by Mark | August 15, 2018
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License Restoration
During my period of my license restriction and breathalyzer, connected to my auto, I called the breathalyzer company to let them know I would be disconnecting my car's battery, to work on the car. They sent the info to the Sec. of State, who promptly revoked my restricted license! We filed an appeal. During that time of the appeal, Ms Grillo, not only got my restricted license back, but my full driving privileges were reinstated, at the same time!!!! I can't say enough to promote Tanya and her professional services.
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Posted by Gabrielle | August 2, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer
Tanya has helped my family and myself on multiple occasions. She helped me win a very hard case, in which no one thought it was possible. She’s amazing whether it be a small or big violation!
Posted by Catherine | July 16, 2018
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Counselor Z
Tanya is a no nonsense hard working attorney. She works hard for her clients and fights to get them justice. I am very happy with her services and recommend her highly.
Posted by Angelina | July 11, 2018
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Excellent Attorney that goes above and beyond!
Tanya has helped me out on multiple occasions, she’s my Go To for all things Law related, and I know I can always count on her to point me in the best direction. She has always demonstrated going above and beyond and has very good communication skills. Tanya has exceeded my expectations and she is always a pleasure to work with!!
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Posted by Robert | July 11, 2018
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Hunter needed legal
Ms. Grillo defended me when the Michigan DNR had me in their sights. She saved me a ton of time/hassle/money. She also kept my record clean. Very satisfied.
Posted by Najette | December 4, 2015
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Goes the Extra Mile!
I've worked with Tanya twice to assist me in resolving disputes with money that was owed to me, once by an apartment complex I used to live in, and once by a client. This is outside of what she normally does, but she didn't hesitate to help me and went above and beyond to get in touch with the right people and send the right documentation to make sure I received what was owed to me. She eased my mind and made sure I wasn't stressed about each situation, always reminding me "I've got this!" Tanya genuinely cares about her clients and truly just wants to help people. She has been a lifesaver to me and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone. Thank you for all you've done for me!
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2015
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I feel Tanya Grillo did an excellent job representing my son, He had a DUI among other charges and helped him use the system to be fair for his charges and helped him use the tools available thru the courts to seek recovery. He is doing very well right now and I believe her direction helped him greatly. Although it has been a painful lesson for him to learn there was always hope and her desire to see him focus on his recovery was so important. Thank you very much. It took over a year, but he is clean and sober. Alcoholism is a disease and family members need to educate themselves as well.
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Posted by Jason | November 25, 2015
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Thorough and confident
Tanya is professional and a pleasure to have in your corner when facing those difficult legal matters. She's not afraid to go up against the charges and leave no stone unturned. She cares about the client and can communicate with the prosecution and judge like a pro.
Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2015
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Tough lady with Big heart
She truly cares about the well-being of her clients & does everything she can to make sure that they get justice. She is very helpful & selfless & was always available whenever I needed her.
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2015
Great Lawyer for young adults with substance abuse problems
Tanya Grillo is a very knowledgeable lawyer and understands the problems of substance abuse issues. I would highly recommend her for issues involving young adults who need a good recovery base to help them truly accomplish their goals.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Grillo Law, P.L.L.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Regional Manager
  • Michigan Indigent Defense Commission
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Clerk
  • The Law Offices of Stephen T. Rabaut
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Operations Communications Trainer
  • Quicken Loans, Inc.
  • 2004 - 2008
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  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003


  • National Conference of Women's Bar Associations
  • Director
  • 2020 - Present
  • Women's Lawyer Association of Michigan - state
  • Director at Large
  • 2018 - Present
  • Macomb County Bar Association, Criminal Committee
  • Co-Chair
  • 2014 - Present
  • Women's Lawyer Association of Michigan (Macomb Region)
  • Past President
  • 2013 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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  • Past President Award
  • Women's Lawyers Association of Michigan - Macomb
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Michigan Indigent Defense
  • 2017
  • Alumni Group - Sobriety Today Our Purpose
  • Dealing with the Secretary of State and License Restoration
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tanya does outstanding work for her clients and is very well-respected by her peers and colleagues. She's a great advocate and I highly endorse her and her practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tanya is one of the best, most passionate, and hardest working attorneys I know. I highly recommend her for any criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tanya is well known and respected in the legal community. She truly cares about her clients and is a zealous advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tanya is an experienced and tenacious attorney. She is a zealous advocate for all her clients, and spends significant time getting to know each client and their story. Tanya takes a special interest in individuals with substance use disorders, and fights hard for fair treatment by the criminal justice system. You are in good hands with Tanya Grillo."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tanya is an excellent attorney and very well known in her community."
Domestic violence Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Grillo is well known in the legal community for her hard work and trial skills. I have personally known her to successfully win Domestic Violence trials for her clients."
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Mount Clemens Criminal defense Lawyer Tanya A. Grillo
Tanya A. Grillo
Criminal defense Attorney
Mount Clemens, MI
Licensed for 11 years