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Carole M. Stanyar

Appeals Attorney at Ann Arbor, MI

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1981
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Carole

Learn Carole’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    I represent defendants in appeals from criminal convictions in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and in all courts of Michigan, both on direct appeal, and in habeas corpus actions.

    39 years, 500 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    I represent defendants, at trial and on appeal, in Michigan and in federal court, who are charged with crimes.

    39 years, 700 cases

  3. Ethics and professional responsibility
    I represent attorneys charged with professional misconduct before the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board and in the Michigan Supreme Court.

    31 years, 100 cases

  4. Federal crime
    I represent defendants charged with federal crimes in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and I represent defendants on appeal in federal criminal cases arising anywhere in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

    39 years, 400 cases

  5. White collar crime
    I represent defendants, at trial and on appeal, in Michigan and in federal court, who are charged with white collar crimes.

    31 years, 30 cases


Contact Carole

Carole M. Stanyar
221 N Main St Ste 300
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104-1166


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Posted by JEM | July 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Carole Stanyar did a great job for me
Carole represented me in federal court and she is an outstanding attorney. She is bright, hardworking and always well prepared. I also found her to be honest and ethical, and she was always available, and patient, in answering my questions about my case. She worked effectively not only with me, but with our opposing counsel and the judge. She is a highly respected, experienced attorney and I would recommend her to anyone with a federal case. J.E.M.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Carole Stanyar
  • 1987 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Wayne County Prosecutors Office, Conviction Integrity Unit Project Consultant
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Public Defender
  • Wayne County Public Defender
  • 1983 - 1987
  • Law Clerk
  • Honorable Patricia J. Boyle, Michigan Supreme Court Justice
  • 1982 - 1983
  • Law Clerk
  • Honorable Patricia J. Boyle, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • 1981 - 1982
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  • Boston College Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Yale University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • United States v. Browder
  • Successful in obtaining order of remand for resentencing
  • DeBoer v. Snyder
  • Successful in this landmark case from trial through to the United States Supreme Court
  • Couch v. Booker
  • Successful in the district court and on appeal
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  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers
  • dbusiness
  • 2018
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Yale Lifetime Achievement
  • Yale University
  • 2017
  • Foundation Fellow
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • 2017
  • Champion of Justice Award
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 2014
  • Champion of Justice
  • Yale University
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
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Appeals Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked in the same office with her for many years and was always impressed by her legal talent and hard work. She is one of the finest legal writers I've ever observed and her oral presentation in court on the gay adoption case was eloquent and persuasive."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Carol for over 30 years and have witnessed her hard work and dedication on behalf of her clients. She is the best! I would highly recommend her."
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Ann Arbor Appeals Lawyer Carole M. Stanyar
Carole M. Stanyar
Appeals Attorney
Ann Arbor, MI
Licensed for 41 years