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I knew I wanted to be a criminal lawyer since I was an undergrad.  I've worked in criminal law firms since the 1980s and clerked under some of Michigan's best lawyers. For my entire career, I've done 90%+ criminal appeals.  My philosophy is deep research.  I subscribe to one of the broadest Westlaw plans available and do not confine my research to my own state. 

I am active on many national  listservs dealing with Criminal Appellate issues so that I can stay on top of trends in other states and I routlinely blog about cases on review to the Michigan Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.  This is tremendously important because of criminal retroactivity rules.  If I have an issue in the system when the United States Supreme Court or Michigan Supreme Court hands down new law, my clients generally get the benefit of the new rule.  If I don't, then the "ship has often sailed" when the ruling is announced.  Being on the cutting edge has given many of my clients the benefit of favorable decisions that otherwise would not have applied to them.  


While Michigan does not require continuing legal credits, I take far more than is required by the states that do require it.  Law is constantly changing and staying on top of these changes is paramount to my philosophy.  


Contact info

Friedman Appellate Law

26777 Central Park Boulevard
Suite 300
Southfield, MI, 48076

Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 90%
    24 years, 800 cases
  2. Unspecified: 10%



Hourly ($275/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sara Nicole Tower

    I have never known another attorney who is as knowledgeable about the law as Stuart. His expertise and ability to think outside the box has provided his clients with excellent representation and many successful outcomes. If you need an appeals or immigration attorney, he is the attorney to hire! I endorse this lawyer.


    Sara Tower Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Laurie S. Longo

    Look no further for a top-notch criminal appeals attorney - Stuart Friedman is tough, thorough, and ethical. In twenty years of appellate practice, I have yet to meet any other criminal appellate attorney who can match his skills and knowledge. He is regarded as one of the pre-eminent criminal appellate specialists in Michigan state and federal courts and rightfully so.


    Laurie Longo Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


MIActive And In Good Standing199205/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Attorney of the YearFamilies Against Mandatory Minimum2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyStuart G. Friedman, LPA1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Michigan, Appellate Practice SectionBoard Member2007 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganBoard Member2004 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1991 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of MichiganStu's Tech Talk: Microsoft's Return to the Stage2012
Thomas M. Cooley Law ReviewHurdling the 6.500 Barrier: A Guide to Michigan Post-Conviction Remedies1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law School/Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganTrial CollegeCertificate2007
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Wayne State University Law SchoolCriminal Justice/HistoryB.S.1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Technology and LawPracticing in the Clouds2012
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganMedical Marijuana2012
Appellate Law and TechnologyPracticing in the Clouds2012
Economics of Appellate PracticePanel Discussion: Setting Fees in Appellate Cases2011
Criminal Appellate TrainingThe Integrated Law Office2011
CAPPs TrainingThe Michigan Department of Corrections in a Nutshell2007