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Michael Thomas Woodyard

Criminal defense Attorney at Dearborn, MI

5.0   4 reviews

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Serious Felonies; Homicide; Child Abuse; Internet Crimes; Sexual Assault; Child Sexually Abusive Material; Major Narcotic Offenses; White-Collar Crimes; Regulatory Investigations; Asset Forfeiture

  2. Child abuse
    Mr. Woodyard has personally interviewed hundreds and hundreds of children who claimed to have been victimized. If you have been accused of a crime involving a child, you need a lawyer, and experienced lawyer like him can help. Call now.

  3. Domestic violence
    Assault; Stalking; Interfering with a Crime Report

  4. Juvenile law
    Child Protective Services investigations; juvenile delinquency charges; parental termination proceedings

  5. Sex crime
    Statutory rape; Criminal Sexual Conduct; Cold Case CSC; Solicitation.

  6. White collar crime
    If you are under investigation or if you have been charged with a white collar crime such as embezzlement or fraud, you need a lawyer, and experience matters.

No one understands better the ins and outs of how crimes are investigated, charged and prosecuted. Michael was a veteran prosecutor before undertaking a career devoted to defending people who are charged with or under investigation for serious criminal conduct.

For 15 years, Michael worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. For almost 10 years, he was assigned to the Child Abuse Unit, investigating and prosecuting physical and sexual assault of children. And for four years, he was assigned to the Public Integrity Unit, looking into allegations of wrongdoing by police and elected officials, and prosecuting crimes that were discovered.

Michael tried and argued hundreds of jury trials, bench trials, and motions; he has an unparalleled knowledge of the way police investigate crimes and the way prosecutors structure and build their cases.

Michael brings a committment to excellence to every case and every client. Bringing Michael on board to help you may be the smartest decision you could make.

Licensed for 20 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2002
Updated 12/26/2022

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

Contact Michael

Woodyard & Associates
21917 Garrison St
Dearborn, MI, 48124


5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Tada | December 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rob's mother
Mr. Woodyard represented my son in an aggravated domestic violence case. We were so fortunate to have found such a skillful attorney who is very professional, focused, trustworthy and reasonably priced as well. Although I believe the judge could easily have found my son guilty, Mr. Woodyard's strategic questions in his cross examination of the complainant enabled the judge to discern that she lacked credibility, so she found my son to be not guilty. I would have given him at least 4 stars even if she had found him guilty, because he did such a good job representing my son. The judge obviously liked and respected him as well, which helped to make us feel more hopeful during the trial.
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Posted by Mia | May 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Wouldn't even consider hiring a lawyer other than Michael.
My lawyer Michael Woodyard has proved to not just be an exceptional lawyer, but an exceptional person as well. I felt fully confident & secure with him handling my case. Going infront of the judge knowing I had him representing me, I was expecting a great outcome; what I got was beyond that. He not only got my charged diminished to something minor that wouldn't be on my record, he also helped me out by explaining my medical history to the judge & truly fought for my charges to be lowered as much as they could. I would reccomend him to ANYONE who needs a lawyer. He was very proffesional, but also made me feel comfortable enough to be able to talk to him on a personal level about my case. Had I not hired him, I can only imagine how court would've gone for me. Needless to say he struck a chord with me and my family after meeting him & having him represent me in court. If I ever need a lawyer in the future, or if anyone I know & care about does, he will be the first person I call. 10/10 100% satisfaction & worth every penny, if not more.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2018
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Mrs. J
We hired Mr. Woodyard when our son who was 17 was reported for being with his girlfriend that is 15. I guess her parents called. Mr. Woodyard was very understandable and he talked to us all the way through the process. Mr. Woodyard ended up getting the whole situation to work out really good for our son, and he won't have a public record.
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Posted by Cal | March 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I was falsely accused of having a gun. But the police didn’t even investigate, they just charged me. Michael got them to see they were wrong and after my prelim hearing the case was dismissed. He did great! And I recommend Michael for any time you are in trouble with the law.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney IV
  • Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Detroit, Mi
  • 2002 - 2017


  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2002 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • The President's Volunteer Service Award
  • President of the United States of America
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (5)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Honest and aggressive, just as he describes, professional, knowledgeable, and ready for the fight."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In my many trials I've conducted over the years, there has only been one time where the opposing attorney was able to strike a better chord with the jury than me. It was when I tried a case against Mike in a high profile trial that he ultimately won. Mike had the jury eating out of his hand within seconds and no matter how much I tried to stop it, he was able to control the trial from start to finish. In the area of personal injury, there are only a few lawyers who can walk the walk. Mike is one of them. Mike's trial skills are unrivaled and because of this, his verdicts are larger and he gets more of them. Plus he's a great guy and cares about the people he represents!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I met Mike when we had cases against one another and he was a prosecutor. I am glad to see that he has joined the criminal defense community because his clients will be lucky to have a lawyer with so much experience. Mike is professional, smart, and will do a great job. He is a zealous advocate and I look forward to seeing him on the criminal defense side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When Michael Woodyard was a prosecutor, he was careful not to trample on the rights of the accused. As a criminal defense attorney, he takes his role as the protector of those rights very seriously. I highly, highly recommend Michael if you have been accused of a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael for several years and highly recommend him to anyone facing legla trouble. He's a former Wayne County Prosecutor with extensive knowledge of the legal system. Michael will take on any case and do everything he can for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael for over 20 years. I can say without equivocation that Michael is an outstanding lawyer who will tirelessly for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked on cases with Michael on cases in the past. He has always been knowledgeable and prepared on the cases he handles. He is a good attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Michael Woodyard. I have previously worked on serious criminal matters with Michael. He is talented, professional and personable. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer in the criminal defense arena."
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Michael Thomas Woodyard
Criminal defense Attorney
Dearborn, MI
Licensed for 20 years
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