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James E. R. Fifelski

Criminal defense Attorney at Ann Arbor, MI

5.0   9 reviews

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Professionally handled all categories of criminal charges with strong results for clients. Obtained dismissals and acquittals for many clients. I diligently work through the challenges associated with facing a life changing criminal charge!

    20 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Strong, knowledgeable defense of Operating While Intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, including felony charges, and OWI Causing Death. Successfully obtained dismissals and acquittals in many cases. Most of my DUI clients have not been sentenced to jail.

    20 years

James Fifelski, Esq. - Aggressive Advocate Obtaining Strong Results! 15 years of experience in the legal system.  I know how to get the best outcome for my clients and help them navigate the personal challenges of being charged with a crime. Don't just hope for the best. Invest in a highly qualified attorney who can make it happen!

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Licensed for 19 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2003
Updated 02/23/2023

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

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Fifelski Legal, PLC
455 E. Eisenhower Pkwy.
Suite 360
Ann Arbor, MI, 48108


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Posted by Ermira Maria Henry | June 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. James E. R. Fifelski
If I only had the power to clone the Attorney James Fifelski; Without exaggeration I would make at least 1 million of him for our courts. Integrity is his middle name and peace in courts his first name. Thank you for all you are doing for Henry Children: James, Michael and Elisa and their mother Ermira Maria Henry. May God bless you.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Fifelski did an outstanding job covering my case. He was considerate and professional. I would suggest him for anyone who is in a sticky predicament.
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Appellate Criminal Defense Attorney. He is detailed and experienced with research. He is respectful, serious and a true defender. The best in Washtenaw County.
Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2017
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Great consultant
Mr. James Fefelski is an outstanding human being and a attorney. He is down to earth and extremely considerate. When I found myself falsely charged by a big corporation, James took my case to trial and won by miles. I consider him our family attorney, and recomend him anyday of the week.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2013
THE BEST attorney! highly recommend him without any reservation! !
Attorney James Fifelski is THE BEST attorney I have seen. Compared with previous three lawyers I worked with, two of who are “big names” somewhat, none of them can compare with Jim! Jim is a really great problem solver! He is smart, diligent, and super-professional. He got my two cases dismissed in about two months! As a native of china without any knowledge about US legal systems but faced rootless charges, I appreciate Jim’s great help so much because it made me fearless and confident. He has a very accurate analysis for each count and always takes the right strategies to attack these so called charges. He knows when to use motions to dismiss a count and when to fight in a trial to crack another elegantly. He is a professional lawyer. However, he has been fighting for me like a best friend and a family member. Jim is good at finding valuable information and evidence from your description and makes right estimation for your case. Unlike another lawyer I worked with who is “famous” for his so-called zero-emotion and no-promise (he got a much worse result than I expected on my case but charged me much more expensive attorney fee), Jim told me clearly at the beginning that my case should be dismissed and he would fight for its dismissal. He said it, he did it, and he achieved it! A real super-lawyer, highly recommend him without any reservation!
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2013
This guy fought hard for me and he will fight hard for you
I needed an attorney who was knowledgeable about the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, and who would stand up for me in the face of the court's blatant misinterpretation of the people's law. I spoke with two other lawyers before meeting with Mr. Fifelski, and both of those lawyers told me I would probably have to plea to a felony in a bargain. Mr Fifelski exhibited a more thorough understanding of the law, and while there are obviously no guarantees, he believed my case was strong enough to get a misdemeanor if I decided to plea. The prosecution refused to offer the misdemeanor plea bargain, and so Mr. Fifelski was successful in quashing the warrant and charges against me in a pre-trial examination. The fourth amendment is a wonderful thing, and Mr. Fifelski knows how to use it!
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2013
James had a firm handle on the situation
Better results than I could of imagined. He told me his plan upfront - then delivered on it. His fee was expensive, however, I have paid expensive lawyers in the past that in no way close actually worked as much and communicated as much with me as this lawyer. I revently found a story about him in the news. In the news article James client received no jail time at all and was growing marijuana in the Meijers supermarket in Ypsilanti. Google it up - it seems almost unreal.
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Posted by Stuart | August 13, 2012
He is one of the good ones
James Fifelski has the integrity, knowledge, temperament, diligence, skills, and knowledge necessary to represent his clients well. This man clearly should be doing the work he is engaged in... criminal defense. Actually he has only advised me on a few different cases involving my small business, but I can can assure you that he will give you the feeling that he knows what he is doing: not because he's a slick salesman type of guy... but because he is IN FACT the real deal. Do not hesitate to have him defend you: you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2011
Aggressive, Knowledgeable and Hard Working!
Mr. Fifelski has helped my family several times with speeding/traffic issues and a criminal case. He did a great job for us and very are extremely pleased with the result of his respresentation of us. There is no one else we would turn to in another time of need!
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Fifelski Legal, PLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney - Partner
  • Vincent & Fifelski, PC
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Judicial Intern/Interim Law Clerk
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District Of Michigan
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Law Clerk
  • The Vincent Law Firm, PC
  • 2001 - 2003
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  • Ave Maria School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • People v. Nunley
  • In favor of Mr. Fifelski's argument


  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Stars / Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • client review rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Stars / Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in Michigan
  • The Legal Network
  • 2015
  • Rising Stars / Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Stars / Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Attorneys Rising Stars in Michigan
  • The New York Times
  • 2013
  • Rising Stars / Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
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  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Mailing certificate testimonial, state clerk must appear at trial
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James . He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Fifelski is a very vigorous advocate for his clients. He recently won an appeal in the Michigan Court of Appeals for one of his clients that will change Michigan law for the better. He also cares deeply about his clients, and is a very ethical attorney. I have referred many clients to him, and he has always done a great job for them."
Ann Arbor Criminal defense Lawyer James E. R. Fifelski
James E. R. Fifelski
Criminal defense Attorney
Ann Arbor, MI
Licensed for 19 years