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Michael J. Harrison

Federal crime Attorney at Troy, MI

4.7   12 reviews

also known as Michael Harrison, HARRISON LAW PLC

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All serious matters. As experienced in violent crime defense as any attorney you will meet.

  2. Federal crime
    Complex federal criminal defense including conspiracy, racketeering, drug crimes, health care fraud, etc. with many years experience in large, multi-defendant cases. Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney. National practice.

  3. Litigation
    Commercial litigation, divorce and family law, select personal injury and civil rights litigation.

A former Special Assignment Prosecutor, Michael has tried well in excess of 100 jury trials including complex and high profile cases involving multiple parties and juries and has practiced law in numerous Michigan Courts, local federal courts and in Alexandria, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and worked internationally with clients in London, England, Frankfurt, Germany and Barcelona and Bilbao Spain. A former senior Assistant Prosecutor in Wayne County, Michigan, he was specially assigned to numerous high profile units and cases He worked in Homicide Unit, he was assigned to a United State Department of Justice (federal) anti-gang and organized crime task force (CAGI) and Special Operations Community Prosecutions. Michael has extensive experience in complex local, national and international commercial litigation including breach of contract, fraud, civil racketeering, unsolicited commercial email (UCE) as well as criminal defense, white collar criminal defense, complex and high net worth divorce, employment discrimination, civil rights and personal injury law.  Incredibly, Michael has never had a client convicted as charged since leaving government service.  

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Licensed for 27 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 1995
Updated 02/23/2023

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3001 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 200
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3001 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 200
Troy, MI, 48084
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4.7 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You, Michael!
I was extremely satisfied with Michael and his services. I found him to be professional, caring, responsive to my concerns and questions, and a very experienced and adept practitioner. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs to win a case. I cannot thank Mike enough for his support and kindness to me and my family.
Posted by Megan | September 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Michael Harrison is Overkill
It started with my divorce, he represented me like a boss- I also had an unfortunate probation violation during the proceedings. The whole thing was done with $500- probation was terminated! When I told my P.O. who my lawyer was she legit said “umm a bit overkill isn’t it?” Worth every dime!!!
Posted by Kyle | August 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best around hands down
Mr. Harrison is by far the best around town. I was referred to him from a good friend and gave him a call. We spoke about my case and he was honest and open about it I later I am set up a meeting with Mr. Harrison and the way he handled the situation and the way we talked about things to work it out on my behalf was excellent. He always kept me updated . If you’re looking to win or get the best deal for your situation I would highly recommend Mr. Harrison .
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Posted by Pete J. | August 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney hands down!
Mike was referred to me by my brother in law. Caring and passionate about you as a person not just a client. he gave me an honest opinion, told me he would fight til his last breath. i was facing a lot of time and he won and i was acquitted. best trial attorney , he shredded the prosecution team's case. He always kept me informed of status, strategy and how was going to represent my case in court. He treated me with the utmost respect and never let me feel that i was a bad person. i would highly recommend him to anyone!
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Posted by Anthony | September 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Really terrific attorney.
I don't know what this one reviewer is talking about. Mike isn't cheap, but he tells you what the fee will be, in writing, before he starts the case. My family has retained him to handle several matters and each time, the outcome was better than we could have dreamed. The man knows what he is doing. My guess is the reviewer is some scumbag competitor.
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Posted by Alex | June 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Michael Harrison with his experience and knowledge help me with my civil lawsuit against an agency he's not only an amazing attorney but a good hearted person that really cares about his clients unlike some of the other slimy Attorneys
Posted by Stephanie | June 14, 2015
He saved my life on more than one occasion! He is heaven sent! He does it all! Compassionate!
Michael Harrison is a legend among those who have had issues with the law before. I've been in prison for 6 years and his name kept coming up when people wanted to appeal or when people discussed who the best lawyers were and who got them the best deal or totally off free. Well needless to say when I got out, I was on 5 year probation and 1 year in I was facing violation. I contacted several lawyers off this site and they were rude or just didn't make me feel like they cared about my dilemma. Then a friend referred me to Michael and I remembered hearing his name. So I set up a free consultation and he was very personable, respectful and gave good advice. He even worked with me on the retainer fee where he allowed me to make 3 payments because I didn't have enough. Then the police came knocking on my door so I called him, this was before I made my last payment and he told me not to worry about it. That he will get me out of jail and to just open the door. Well he ended up meeting me at the federal building to speak with my p.o and he was a shark in that room, he made my p.o second guess everything and kept me from being violated by suggesting I go to counseling. This is just a summary of some of the things he did for me but He is great and takes his time to deal with my case. he is creative and thinks of the best way to represent you. He will be my lawyer for big and small issues from now on.
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Posted by Blaize | April 22, 2015
Best lawyer I've ever seen
Michael Harrison is the best lawyer I've ever seen in action. I hired him to represent my fiance in a domestic assult case in which I was the victim. When my fiance was arrested I told the police he did not lay a hand on me and I didn't want to press charges. Well they did it anyway. We are an interracial couple, I am white and he is black so we were battling discrimination as well as criminal charges. During the trail at Bloomfield hills he showed incredible confidence, much passion for what he believes, and was not afraid the call the police officer out for misrepresentation of my own words in his report. Mike helped us achieve a great victory and a not guilty verdict from an all white jury. I would recommend him to any person with any kind of situation with confidence that he will win. If ever I need a lawyer again he will be who I hire.
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Posted by Alejandro | April 22, 2015
Phenomenal attorney
Mike was an excellent lawyer, he was with me every step of the way and his knowledge and connections made me feel hopeful. He is extremely adept at creating a stunning legal defense and I would not have choesen anyone else. Also he got me off so there's that too. His overall competence and attitude made me feel like everything was going to be ok and demeanor was never judgmental, always helpful and willing to do whatever it takes to help his client.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2015
THE BEST criminal lawyer
This guy was worth every penny. I was looking at a very large prison sentence for something I didn't do. He took the lying witness apart. She was lying and when he was done everyone new it. I am incredibly thankful. I highly recommend Mr. Harrison.
Posted by Stefanie | April 17, 2014
Fabulous Attorney!
Michael represented me in my divorce that involved my two young children. Michael was absolutely fabulous, and I would recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney. He has a reputation of being the best in trial and negotiations, which enables him to achieve results for his clients. He cared about my case as if it was his own, and spent time preparing for meetings and hearings. My oldest child has special needs, and he thoroughly researched until he knew everything there was to know about her disability, and daily life. I was able to confidently rely on his advice, because Michael knows the law better than any other attorney, and wanted the best for my family.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very bad lawyer and bad experience!
Attorney Harrison was never interested in our case. He was only interested in what money he could get out of us. I told him all the facts of the case. He showed us that he was not paying attention nor did he write anything down in our face to face meeting. He over charged us and never contacted us again. He was very late to court and demanded more money. We were the heavy victims of ineffective council and we were ignored.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • Wayne County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2005 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Associate Attorney
  • Robert Harrison & Associates
  • 1994 - 1999


  • DCL/Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD Magna Cum Laude
  • 1994
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BGS
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • State of Michigan v. Peter Jimenez
  • United States v. Hansberry
  • NOT GUILTY 9 charges, guilty one charge
  • People v. Jamaris Hogan
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  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2015 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • member
  • 1996 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • N/A
  • Wayne County Bar Association
  • member
  • N/A
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • 2019 Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys - Criminal Law
  • American Association of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Prosecution Service Award
  • Prosecuting Attorney's Association
  • 2011
  • Certificate Of Appreciation, Police Week Eastern District
  • Wayne County Commission
  • 2007
  • Wall of Tolerance Recipient, Roas Parks, Morris Dees
  • National Campaign for Tolerance
  • 2005
  • Defender of the Second Amendment
  • National Rifle Association
  • 1997
  • American Jurisprudence Award Civ. Pro
  • 1993
  • Abraham J. Thomas Academic Excellence
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • Gangs In America
  • Gangs In America
  • 2011
  • Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Citizen's Academy
  • Gangs In America
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

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Given (13)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am an attorney but not a criminal attorney. I have known Mike professionally for over 20 years and he is the only criminal lawyer that I would ever refer my clients to. Mike takes the matter to heart, is extremely thorough and I have never had a client say anything less that "fantastic" after working with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known personally and worked with Michael professionally for over 20 years. He is one of the best criminal trial lawyers in the State of Michigan. He is especially skilled in violent crimes. I am often amazed at the great work that he does. I highly recommend and endorse Michael Harrison"
Litigation Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a tenacious, experienced and highly skilled litigator who works tirelessly on behalf of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Vast experience as prosecutor and private practitioner and excels in all areas of the practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is an upstanding and diligent attorney who is committed to his clients. I have worked with Mike on a variety of cases and cannot recommend him highly enough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an exceptional criminal defense attorney and litigator, he is a tireless and extremely effective lawyer. It would be hard to be in better hands in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an experienced and outstanding criminal defense attorney. He is tenacious in pursuing and obtaining results in criminal defense matters; and operates with the utmost integrity and compassion for his clients. I highly endorse this attorney."
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