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About me

"I have dedicated my life to defending criminal charges for people accused of crimes. My willingness to take on any challenge has led to countless victories for my clients, in and out of the courtroom. 
I will be professional, aggressive, and successful in defending my clients. I have defended basically every felony and misdemeanor charge there is. From drunk driving, to violent crimes; drug offenses, to rape, there is not much that I have not seen before in the area of criminal defense.
I will use this experience and tenacity for your benefit. I will defend your rights, your case, and your reputation. I will not let up until justice is served."
 -- Nader W. Nassif


Languages spoken: French, Arabic, English

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Practice areas

  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
    1.5 thousand cases
  2. Violent Crime: 20%
    350 cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    350 cases
  4. Domestic Violence: 20%
    350 cases
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

23 total 

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  • Thomas W. Cunningham

    I strongly recommend hiring Nader Nassif for any criminal defense case. Nader is an aggressive and experienced litigator that is second to none in the community in both experience and capability. Nader knows every facet of criminal law and he truly cares about his clients. I know that his reputation among the criminal law community is excellent. He is as honest as the day is long and works zealously to obtain optimal results for his clients. You simply will not find a better criminal defense attorney in Metro Detroit.


    Thomas Cunningham Intellectual property Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David A. Sebastian

    Nader is one of the most impressive criminal attorneys that I know. His track record and commitment to his clients is incredible, and beyond reproach. Nader's professionalism, reputation with prosecutors/co-counsel and the Courts ensure that every client achieves the best possible outcome.


    David Sebastian Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Nassif Law Firm PLLC

23932 Rockford
Detroit, MI, 48124


MIDiscipline suspension200905/14/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in MI, 2015


    Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

  2. Automatic Interim Suspension
    issued in MI, 2014


    Interim suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice during a disciplinary investigation. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2011
Trial Practice Institute ScholarshipNational Criminal Defense College2009
Trial College ScholarshipCriminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan2009
Trial Practice Institute CertificateNational Criminal Defense College2009
Trial College CertificateCriminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan2009
Certificate of AchievementWashtenaw County Public Defender Office2007
Law Journal AwardThomas M. Cooley Law School2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerModel Cities Legal Services2009 - Present
OwnerThe Nassif Law Firm PLLC2009 - Present
AttorneyThe Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office2009 - 2010
Of CounselLorandosh Joshi2009 - 2012
Legal InternArmy National Guard2008 - 2008
Student AttorneyThe Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Michigan chapter), Pro Bono CommitteeAttorney Member2010 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Michigan chapter)Member2010 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember2009 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganAssociate Member2009 - Present
Washtenaw County Bar AssociationAssociate Member2009 - Present
Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical LawSenior Board Alumni2008 - Present
Ann Arbor Downtown Development AuthorityBoard Member2011 - 2013
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAssociate Member2009 - 2010
American Bar AssociationAssociate Member2009 - 2010
Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical LawSenior Marketing Editor2007 - 2008
Sports Lawyers AssociationAssociate Member2007 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Michigan V. D.H.Case Dismissed after Defense Motion and Hearing
State of Michigan V. D.H.Case Dismissed after Defense Motion
State of Michigan V. R.J.Case Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
www.realcriminaldefense.comClient Victories2012
Res Ipsa Loquitor (WCBA)Ann Arbor DDA, A New Challenge2012
Criminal Defense NewsletterCase Successes2010
Res Ipsa Loquitor (WCBA)Breaking Into the Legal Profession2010
The PillarOur Very Own Public Defender Success Story: Mr. Nader Nassif2009 Successes/ Blog2009
Criminal Defense NewsletterSpotlight On: Nader W. Nassif2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Michigan Law SchoolEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Drugs Use & AbuseGuest Speaker2012
Crime and CourtsCriminal Defense: Role of a Defense Lawyer2012
Washtenaw County Public Defender ClinicTurning a Clinic Into a Career2011
Crime and CourtsGuest Speaker2011
Wayne State Trial Advocacy FinalsMock Trial Judge2010
Drugs Use & AbuseGuest Speaker2010
Crime & CourtsGuest Speaker2010
Melissa Mitchell Moot Court CompetitionMoot Court Judge2009