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Mark A. Satawa

Criminal defense Attorney at Southfield, MI

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1992
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    32 years, 4,500 cases

  2. Federal crime

    25 years, 200 cases

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26777 Central Park Blvd Suite 325
Southfield, MI, 48076

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Posted by Mary | May 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and Compassionate
There are times when the legal system can be frustrating and complex, and it takes an expert to intricately navigate its corridors and achieve success. That expert was attorney Mark A. Satawa. My relative was caught up in a low risk misconduct and was serving time. With the outbreak of COVID-19 and its rapid spread through the prisons, we feared he would not survive the virus because of chronic health issues. Mark’s extensive expertise, compassion, and understanding of the law contributed to my relative’s release within a very short period. Mark was in constant communication with me and kept me abreast of matters every step of the way. He’s extremely savvy, well connected, kind, and considerate. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Travis | May 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful client
Mr. Satawa is an outstanding attorney that is prepared to go full steam ahead to get to the truth (good and bad) using all legal avenues to accomplish this. His knowledge and willingness is what separates himself from other attorneys ! I can honestly say I'm not sure where I would be had I not hired Mark to represent me during the scariest time of my life! I would recommend Satawa law firm to anyone and everyone facing legal charges ( big or small ). Mr. Satawa you truly saved me, my son/daughter and family from the horrific situation I ended up in based on a vile human being and her selfish needs. Thank you and God bless you sir!
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Posted by Michelle | March 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Attorney Mark Satawa
I would 100% recommend Attorney Mark Satawa to anyone in need of a knowledgeable, competent, and dedicated attorney! I retained Mr. Satawa for appeal after my husband’s conviction. If I could turn back the hands of time, or knew all the things I know now, I would have retained Mr. Satawa prior to my husband’s conviction. Attorney Mark Satawa upholds the highest standards of professionalism in and outside the court room. He displays confidence and does not back down. The knowledge he possess in criminal sexual conduct law is top notch. His association to other experts and valuable resources are a force to be reckoned with. Mr. Satawa has earned my trust and has maintained honesty with me throughout this process. We have been to the Michigan Supreme Court. We have been to the United States District Court. He has stood by my side, through all my tears, fighting for my husband’s freedom tirelessly. He has made what seemed like the impossible, possible. Attorney Mark Satawa succeeded and my husband will be coming home!
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Posted by Ursula | January 7, 2010
Client input on the service of Attorney Mark A. Satawa
We are presently engaged with Attorney Mark A. Satawa to represent our son Daniel, who has been wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit. When we met and after talking and observing Mark I was convinced that Mark is a true innovator in terms of his approach to defending our son. I feel that he uses his superior people skills and legal prowess to either convince the Michigan State Supreme Court, and at the same time the Parole Board, and also the prosecutor to do what he wants for a client and that is: that justice will be served. I noticed Mark's focused approach in my son's case, his solid integrity, and his zealous approach in our son's case, have earned my highest respect and therefore I believe Mark will also have the highest respect of the judges before whom he practice. With confidence, I therefore state that in my opinion Mark is an outstanding attorney and counselor and we along with our son Dan put our trust and hope into his hand, to demonstrate and will proof that an innocent man was wrongfully convicted, imprisoned due to a false allegation by a women, and with the hope that our son's name will be cleared and that he will regain his Freedom again. A family that is bounded by love and caring.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Wayne County Prosecutors Office
  • 1993 - 1999
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Michigan Attorney General's Office
  • 1992 - 1993


  • Notre Dame Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 1999 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM)
  • Board of Directors
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Top Lawyers
  • DBusiness
  • 2009
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Forensic Science Seminar
  • Shaken Baby Defense
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
Endorse Mark
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is a phenomenal trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am an appellate lawyer. I work with Mark on many of his appeals. He is passionate, organize, committed, and has an excellent command of facts and stays on top of legal developments. I've also read several of his transcripts. At the trial level he is very thorough. I would rather have a root canal than be in the witness box being cross examined by him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very sharp attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mark Satawa is an excellent experienced criminal defense trial attorney who specializes in representing clients accused of felony and misdemeanor offense in State and Federal courts. If you, or someone you know, needs aggressive, dedicated and expert criminal defense attorneys in Michigan do not hesitate to contact Mr. Satawa and his law firm."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a tireless fighter who has earned a stellar reputation over the years, building that reputation one case at a time. I have known him for many years, and he is easily one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Michigan."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Mark for 6 years and he is one of the leaders in the field of criminal defense in Michigan. He worked with me at the criminal defense attorneys of Michigan trial practice college to help me develop valuable trial skills and techniques. You will be in good hands if you hire Mark for your criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is an incredible lawyer. We worked together on a particular homicide case and I have never seen a more dedicated hard working lawyer. He will stop at nothing to try to gain advantage for his client while always acting ethically and respectfully. If He takes your case it will be for one reason — he wants to win! Because of this attitude and dedication, Mark has earned a reputation as one of Michigan’s top trial lawyers. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Southfield Criminal defense Lawyer Mark A. Satawa
Mark A. Satawa
Criminal defense Attorney
Southfield, MI
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation