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William M. Barnwell

Criminal defense Attorney at Warren, MI

5.0   351 reviews

also known as Bill Barnwell

  • State Years
    Florida - FL 2 years
    Michigan - MI 9 years
  • Licensed for 2 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2021
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    55%
    Federal, state, and local offenses. Drug offenses, alleged sex offenses, internet offenses, retail fraud, domestic violence, white-collar crime, conspiracy, embezzlement, assault, battery. Litigation, jury trials.

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Handle all defenses related to drinking and driving offenses, including successful challenges to DataMaster evidence. Also experience in license restoration hearings as well as Implied Consent Hearings.

  3. Sex crime
    20%

Looking for a winning attorney with a successful record of multiple "Not Guilty" jury trials, as well as helping many other clients who have made mistakes get the best outcomes possible given their situation? An attorney who sees you as more than just a paycheck, but as a person for whom he wants to fight and achieve your goals? Look no further than Bill Barnwell of Barnwell Law, PLLC. If you are seeing this ad, Bill is experienced with your legal need and the courtroom where your case is pending, including counties such as Macomb, Washtenaw, Oakland, Wayne, St. Clair, and many other counties throughout Michigan, as well as large cities such as Warren, Ann Arbor, Sterling Heights, Royal Oak, Port Huron, Detroit and many others. Barnwell Law delivers results across Michigan. 

Bill is also one of the only lawyers in the state of Michigan who is also an experienced leader in the non-profit community for over 20 years, with extensive counseling and public relations experience.  His years of experience outside the courtroom and results inside of the courtroom give him respect and a skill set that many other defense attorneys do not possess. Furthermore, it makes him more relatable to clients, better at negotiating with prosecutors and city attorneys, and skilled in making an argument to a judge or jury. Bill is also a former academic, which translates to excellent written skills when drafting motions, arguments, and appeals.

As a highly experienced public speaker, Bill has spoken in front of groups of thousands, hundreds, and small groups. Bill's background in social science, counseling and public relations give him skills to ensure fair juros are selected for your trial. His persuasion skills in front of a judge or jury are top-notch and come with proven results for both bench and jury trials. 

Bill handles cases large and small. Serious felonies to low-level misdemeanors, in courts all throughout the State of Michigan. Bill has practiced in nearly every part of the state, including in the Eastern Federal District handling federal criminal law cases. He handles everything from the most serious homicide cases down to common misdemeanors.

Bill is passionate about criminal defense and he has produced not-guilty verdicts, dismissals, and highly favorable resolutions for clients throughout Metro-Detroit and all throughout the state of Michigan. 

Contact Bill TODAY at to begin addressing your legal need. 

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Location

Barnwell Law, PLLC
28225 Mound Rd.
Warren, MI, 48092

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Reviews

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Posted by Christopher | June 14, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped with my dui case
I hired Mr. Barnwell to represent me in my case. Sent all the information he needed and is quick with responses. He advocated that I needed to be proactive in taking certain classes, do certain assignments to help with the outcome of my case. Even when I was in stress of the whole court process, he calmed my nerves and did everything he could to fight my case.
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Posted by Amber | June 13, 2024
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Great work, very consistent
Definitely will recommend! Gets the work done very fast and will get you the best outcomes! Worth every penny!
Posted by Ronald | May 22, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
I hired Mr. Barnwell for a DUI I was arrested for. He was very proactive, and responsive when communicating. Giving my specific circumstances, I think he was able to negotiate the best deal possible. Definitely worth the expense. I would highly recommend him to anyone in a similar situation.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI case
Lawyer mr barnwell is the best at what he does. A case I would’ve had to probably do time for he made go away. I had a really high bac and was involved in a minor accident. Caught a dui and hit and run he had the hit and run dropped completely and for the dui I got 6 month probation. Pretty great outcome, he’s very knowledgeable and is well known in the courts. Nothing less than five stars for my guy!
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Posted by David | May 16, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart, Thoughtful, Great Communicator, Winner
Never imagined I would need an attorney to defend me until my then wife conjured up a plan to have me arrested with the intent to utilize the arrest as part of a divorce. As you would imagine, this was an incredibly difficult time for me. Bill was consistently there for me. Consulting in person, over the phone and always with quick responses via text. He always answered the phone with a friendly "hey buddy" which was great during this difficult time for me. I had a lot of time on my hands to re-live the night that my ex made up a story to have me arrested. I would remember details and send them to Bill. I would take statements from the divorce proceeding and get that to Bill. He helped sort through what was not relevant, possibly helpful, definitely important, etc. Before each pre-trial, we chatted on what to expect. I never felt surprised in this process with Bill helping me through it. Finally we got past pre-trials to a jury trial: As we approached the date, Bill coached me on what to expect. He coached me on the technical aspects of the law specific to my case and identified an additional specific special law that bolstered my defense (I'll get to this later). He told me the prosecutor would likely try and trick me and to just be aware that was a tactic prosecutors use. He took all of my thoughts and feedback and bundled them into his defense plan for representing me. Then in court, the day of, Bill performed incredibly. My ex lied on the stand a number of times. Bill caught her in a few of those lies and some questions he had her saying "I don't know" a lot - it's hard to remember the details of a story you made up. She wasn't credible to begin with but Bill showed the courtroom who she truly was. I wanted to take the stand to tell my story. Bill had prepared me well, so I felt comfortable while answering questions. I think the prosecutor gave up eventually because I was prepared enough that I saw the traps as he was trying to to set them. Bill's closing argument was impressive. I watched jurors nod as he spoke. The last thing before the jury went to deliberate was the judge reading to the jury the specific special law that Bill had identified to me earlier. If there was any uncertainty I think the reading of this law by the judge sealed the deal. The jury deliberated quickly and came back not guilty. I don't expect to need Bill's services again and frankly I don't know many people in need of defense attorneys, but if you're reading this review because you're looking for an attorney please contact Bill. You'll be happy you did.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
A master of his profession
The man is a master of his profession he was able to get both of my very bad mistakes charges dismissed. He cares about his clients really takes care of them. He asks you for some work to be done to help yourself and in return he does alot of great work help and great advice to make your situation better. Anything worth having that you want or need is worth working for and in return Bill Barnwell will go above and beyond for you to become better. A++++++ very highly recommended. Thank you Mr. Barnwell!!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Legal Representation!
I recently hired Attorney Barnwell to handle my OWI case. From the initial consultation to the final resolution, the experience was nothing short of great. William demonstrated profound expertise in alternative sentencing options, negotiation skills, and client counseling, providing me with invaluable guidance and support throughout the entire process. His attention to detail and commitment to my case were evident from day one. What truly sets William apart is his unwavering dedication to achieving the best possible outcome for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly understand my situation, addressing all of my concerns with patience and professionalism. Throughout the legal proceedings, He kept me informed at every step, ensuring that I was well-prepared and confident in our strategy. His communication skills are exemplary, always prompt and clear in their explanations. Thanks to William’s hard work and expertise, we were able to achieve a favorable outcome in my case. I cannot express enough gratitude for his tireless efforts and steadfast advocacy on my behalf. If you're in need of legal representation, I highly recommend him. William’s passion for justice and commitment to his clients make him the perfect choice for a Defense Attorney handling OWI cases. Thank you, Attorney Barnwell, for your great service!
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Posted by Kevin | April 16, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing representative
I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Great communication and great at what he does.
Posted by Josh | April 11, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience
Mr. Barnwell was amazing! Informative on things I didn’t know and kept me up to speed on anything I asked for or needed to know. Handled my case with professionalism, which made me feel at ease navigating the court system.
Posted by Andrew | April 1, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Was everything he promised.
Mr. Barnwell told me if I did as he recommended, the outcome should be pretty good for my case. I did exactly as instructed, taking proactive measures in order to minimize my judgement. The outcome was much better and less costly than I ever anticipated. If you are willing to trust your attorney and follow his instructions, I would highly recommend you use William as your attorney. I am very impressed with his legal understanding, abilities and mannerisms with the judicial process and court system.
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Posted by Elios | March 30, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Great outcome!
The outcome of my case was a relief! Bill was there to help with any questions i had and his recommendations helped me get the best possible outcome! He was on top of the case and started working almost immediately after we spoke. Very friendly, understanding, and very knowledgeable. I would 100% recommend him to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
1st time DUI offender
I made a great decision by choosing Bill to represent me. He was very knowledgeable, informative, and had my back throughout the entire process. He also made some key recommendations that positively impacted the outcome of my case, and fought hard to defend me when it came time to speak on my behalf. I would highly recommended Bill’s services to anyone looking for legal representation!
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Posted by Elia | March 18, 2024
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Knows his stuff
He was very professional and responsive. Gave him very short notice of trial date and he was able to get prepared. He was very good at interviewing all witnesses and making sure the truth came out. He was very knowledgeable of the judges in St Clair County. Would definitely use again and highly recommend. Was found not guilty on all charges because of him.
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Posted by Chris | March 18, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great defense attorney
I contacted William Barnwell to be my Defensive attorney he has given me the best outcome I believe possible
Posted by Rhonda | March 13, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely pleased.
I am thoroughly pleased with Mr. Barnwell and his services. He took on my case last minute and was extremely professional, prompt and was able to have everything work in my favor. I couldn’t be more happier with the outcome. I am truly grateful and appreciative to have had representation from someone so thorough, caring, knowledgeable and professional. Definitely recommend! 10/10! Thank you so much again Mr. Barnwell for your services.
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Posted by Valentino | February 23, 2024
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Excellent
Mr. Barnwell ACTUALLY cares that you get better/happier! He really helped motivate me to get on the right track, and to get the best outcome on my case!
Posted by Cheryl | February 7, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
He was extremely helpful, very patient & gave me very good advise. He helped me through the whole court & zoom process. Highly Recommend!
Posted by Jeffrey | January 17, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable
I found Mr. Barnwell to be very helpful. Not just because he was successful in my case, but because he was able to keep my mind at ease throughout the case. If I ever need a lawyer again, he will be my first choice.
Posted by Angela | January 11, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
This man is a real life superhero
Words cannot explain how grateful I am to of had Bill as my lawyer. From the moment he met with me, he started working on how to fight my case. He was VERY good and prompt when it came to communication or explaining things to me. This man single-handedly saved my life and I could not be more thankful for him. I HIGHLY suggest you hire Bill as your lawyer when/if you ever need one because he puts in 110% of his effort into every case and it SHOWS.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2024
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Perfect attorney
Outstanding attorney. William was consistent and informative. William is very well known through the courts and beat my case.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney-at-Law
  • Barnwell Law, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Director/Non-Profit
  • ROC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Professor
  • CMI
  • 2006 - 2014

Education

  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • Bethel College
  • MA - Masters
  • 2006
  • Bethel College
  • MA - Masters
  • 2005
  • Bethel College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v Dean
  • Dismissed
  • People v. Higgs
  • Trial Victory, Not Guilty
  • People v. Fran
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Macomb County Bar Foundation
  • Trustee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Young Lawyer Section Director
  • 2018 - Present
  • State Appellate Defenders Office
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Macomb County Indigent Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Macomb County Criminal Defense Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2021
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2019
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Outstanding Community Recognition
  • City of Warren
  • 2015
  • Outstanding Community Recognition
  • City of Warren
  • 2014
  • Moot Court Finalist
  • Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2013
  • Moot Court Finalist
  • Moot Court
  • 2013
  • Trial Participant
  • National Mock Trial
  • 2013
  • Outstanding Community Recognition
  • City of Warrren
  • 2013
  • Trial Participant
  • National Mock Trial
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Bar Briefs (MCBA)
  • I Have My P Number, Now What?
  • 2019
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Presumed Guilty
  • 2018
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Recent Criminal Procedure Changes Offer Litigation Opportunities
  • 2015
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • "Expungement Reforms Await Action by House."
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • So I Have My P Number, Now What?
  • Starting a Successful Legal Practice
  • 2019
  • Macomb County Bar Foundation
  • Illegal Steroid Use Mock Trial
  • 2018
  • Senior Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2017
  • "Police Stops, Searches, and Protecting Your Rights"
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2017
  • Senior Safety Strategies.
  • Criminal Safety
  • 2016
  • Protecting our Children
  • Opiate Awareness
  • 2016
  • Keeping Our Kids Safe
  • Drug Awareness
  • 2016
  • Brown City Camp
  • Young Adult Issues
  • 2014
  • Mancelona Family Camp
  • Teenagers and Families
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (30)
Given (42)
Endorse William
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Previously I knew Bill Barnwell from around the court circuit, but was unaware of his actual court "prowess". That is, until I received a call from Bill asking if I would like to work on a huge case with him. I obliged and needless to say, it was hard work but we were able to get the felony charges dismissed and Bill really showed me that he belongs in the elite set of Michigan Attorneys. I would work with him again in a heartbeat."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow member of the bar practicing criminal defense, I have witnessed firsthand the strong advocacy and zealous representation that Mr. Barnwell provides to his clients. He has a passion and knowledge for the law that you simply cannot fake."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is a great trial lawyer and experienced winner. He will fight for your rights!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Attorney Barnwell, he is a knowledgeable, ethical and aggressive criminal lawyer. He is a fighter for the people and always fights for the best possible outcome for his clients. If you have a criminal matter, do not hesitate to call Mr. Barnwell."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is an excellent attorney with deep knowledge of criminal law. He zealously advocates for each of his clients. Bill is active within his legal community and lends his time to numerous leadership roles. I endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney provides excellent advice to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Barnwell is an excellent advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is a strong advocate who is respected by judges and prosecutors for his legal acumen. His personal touch and respect for his clients is unique. You would be well served to have Bill Barnwell as your lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney in the legal community. He is energetic and willing to fight for his clients. He is not afraid to file motions or try cases. He will not back down from a fight."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William has insight into his client's needs, which makes him an excellent presence in the Courtroom. I endorse William."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Barnwell is a passionate advocate on behalf of his clients who gets results. He has an impeccable reputation in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is an outstanding attorney that treats his clients right and is always prepared. Bill is never hesitant to take on any case getting the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is an excellent orator and in my mind holds one of the most important characteristics of a great attorney in that he has faith in the law and his skill set and understands that is very important that the legal system remain balanced, which includes every persons right to a credible defense. He is a hard worker and ethical. I endorse him and trust him to handle criminal and other matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill Barnwell is an extremely talented and well respected attorney and for obvious reasons. Bill always understands his case and knows how to fight. Very hardworking and diligent. He consistently achieves superior results. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Barnwell. I required last-minute assistance for coverage in a felony matter and Mr. Barnwell came through without hesitation. He handled the matter very professionally, informed the client as to the circumstances, and kept me updated the entire time."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill always goes above and beyond for his clients. He is thorough, professional and prepared. It's a pleasure to endorse him, and I recommend him to anyone in need of zealous and effective representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I refer all of my criminal cases to Bill. Bill provides exceptional service to his clients and is a superb advocate. Bill always goes to great lengths to make sure he achieves a favorable outcome for his clients. Bill is very well respected in the legal community and any client would be lucky to have him as their attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill makes it seem evident he loves what he does. Flexibility in meeting clients at times they need him most is just one of the reasons he is a truly dedicated defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is the most passionate attorney I have ever met, he advocates for his clients. He is an excellent attorney and person. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bill for several years as we attended law school together. His passion and hard work makes him stand out among the rest. He cares about his clients and works hard to get great results. I highly recommend him."
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Warren Criminal defense Lawyer William M. Barnwell
William M. Barnwell
Criminal defense Attorney
Warren, MI
Licensed for 9 years
Free Consultation