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Paul J. Stablein

Federal crime Attorney at Bloomfield Hills, MI

4.0   12 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 34 years
    Illinois - IL 36 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1989
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1987
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    Federal Criminal Investigation and Indictment | Federal Criminal Appeals | Contact Mr. Stablein for any federal criminal charge you may be facing for a free consultation.

    36 years, 100 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    Mr. Stablein is a premier and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. If you have been charged with a crime, stop worrying and contact him today for a free consultation.

    36 years, 500 cases

  3. Sex crime
    Sex offenses are a specialized area of criminal defense that require an extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the various defenses available to defeat a prosecution. Contact Mr. Stablein for a free consultation.

    75 cases

  4. Expungement
    Recent changes to Michigan law have created additional avenues for those with a criminal record to move forward in life without the burden of having to continually explain prior convictions. Contact Mr. Stablein for a free consultation.

Paul received his undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his juris doctorate from The Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from law school, Paul began his legal career with the law firm of Garretson & Santora in Chicago, where he practiced insurance defense litigation. He left Illinois and returned to Michigan where he was appointed as an Oakland County assistant prosecutor. For eleven years, Paul represented the People of the State of Michigan where he tried over 150 cases to verdict, primarily as a member of the Special Narcotics Unit and then as chief of that unit. Mr. Stablein left the prosecuteor’s office to enter private practice, where he has represented clients in federal courts throughout the Midwest, including the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the Northern District of Illinois. He has tried cases in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Iosco, Branch, Newago and Leelanau Counties. Mr. Stablein has also handled criminal appeals, having argued before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Michigan Court of Appeals published the case of People v Dixon, 263 Mich App 393 (2004), where Mr. Stablein was successful in overturning his client’s conviction and 25-year sentence. Mr. Stablein is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and is licensed to practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Northern District of Illinois, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

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Paul Stablein, PLLC
33 Bloomfield Hills Parkway
Suite 242
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48304

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4.0 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Michele | January 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top of his game
PAUL was great! I went in with one conviction and it was lowered. What was suppose to be a year probation became 4 weeks. Paul had my best interest at heart. He fought for my job. He fought for me. He was very quick to respond to my emails , texts and phone calls. I would hire Paul again if I had to. (BUT WONT). You would be making a bad choice if you d out go with him. He us also very patient he is gentle when working with you. You can't go wrong when hiring Paul! Thank you Paul for all you did to get me where I am today. Itll allow me to put my past behind me. Thank you again
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Posted by dianna | January 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Paul is an excellent lawyer. He was great about everything from start to finish. I was charged with an OWI. He was very thorough and secured the best possible outcome for me. I would recommend him all day everyday! Super cool guy and takes care of his clients!
Posted by Miller | April 29, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Paul is Efficient, Authentic , and a True Commitment to his Client
Family was in despair knowing that their loved one who was incarcerated serving at least half of his term, an elderly with multiple medical ailments had a greater chance of being exposed to Covid-19 with the worst thoughts on our family's mind. After family consulted with Paul, Paul jumped right in, sleeves rolled up and managed to get through many obstacles to get our loved one released. Our loved one is now home.If you really want someone to fight for you and/or your family member and knows how to effectively maneuver throughout the justice system, Paul is definitely the ONE for the job. The family is forever grateful for the work he has done
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Posted by Tanya | September 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn't say enough about Paul stablein! He is definitely an attorney you want on your case. Paul was my husband's attorney for 2 DUI's that happened 18 years ago, among other issues that he was being charged with. Paul was able to do what he does best and my husband had minimal penalties for what he was facing. Paul would always communicate with us and especially me when I was having a hard time dealing with things, he would personally get on the phone and make me feel more at ease about the situation. Paul is an excellent attorney and I would undoubtedly recommend him to anyone who is facing criminal charges! We can't thank Paul enough!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Case
I hired Paul to represent me in a drunk driving case. From the start he was professional, up front and understanding. Having never gone through anything like this I had no idea what to expect and I was very nervous. Paul made me feel at ease and kept me informed throughout the process. He has an outstanding reputation with area judges and knows them well, as such he knew exactly how to present my case to the judge. I am confident that I received the best possible outcome in my case because I retained Paul. I know people that were in similar circumstances with the same judge that had a much less favorable outcome. I would recommend him without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2015
definition of professional attorney
Having experienced an unexpected, traumatic legal matter was devastating. However, I felt a sort of "peace" in having Mr. Stablein handle my case, and ultimately my future, and it was confirmed by receiving the best possible outcome.  Mr. Stablein was my advocate throughout a difficult and lengthy legal battle. He was respectful, patient, and a thorough representative for me. I hope that each client he represents has the blessing and pleasure of learning and reaping the favorable benefits of Mr. Stablein’s unparalleled work ethic and perseverance.
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Posted by Zach | October 15, 2013
Paul is an excellent attorney.
I hired Paul for two cases in the past three years. In both cases, he was knowledgable, intelligent, sympathetic, and *very* well spoken in court. He knows judges and prosecutors in the area very well from being so experienced, as well as being a former drug prosecutor. The outcome of specifically my second case would not have been as good had I not hired an attorney with Paul's expertise. I would recommend him to anyone who's been arrested on criminal charges, especially drug charges.
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2009
The Best Lawyer in the county!!
I highly recommend Paul Stablein. The facts of the case are the facts of the case. When the police tried to bully an uneducated and a poor individual, we called Mr. Stablein. He was able to get the job done, and ultimately won a "not guilty" verdict!!! Yes, I said Not Guiity! I can't not tell you more that you more -- you will not be disappointed. He is worth the cost!!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2009
Paul... comfort and confidence
Every time Paul represented me in court, I felt comfortable with the uneasy situation I was in. He has gone over and above what I expected from him. With a considerable amount of knowledge in the law, he helped me to understand how the law works and made clear to me why the laws were put in place. Having a counselor so confident in his defense made me as the client feel completely secure in my decision to hire him. I would recommend him to any and all of my friends and family.
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Posted by Jacqui | January 3, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paul represented me in a case, he didn't represent me in the way he should have. Never explained the circumstances of a plea,. Never returns phone calls, tells you he will handle something and doesn't. Horrible attorney, he should be ashamed of himself.
Posted by Don't worry about it | November 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Fuked me
Twenty grand and be did pretty much nothing for me. Don't waste your time or money. As another person commented, he doesn't listen. As a result it cost me almost everything. A Oakland county public defender could have done better with my case.
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2009
Do not use Paul Stalein
Does not listen! Does not listen! Does not listen! DOES NOT LISTEN! Get the idea yet. Does not return phone calls! Comes to court unprepared! Paul Stablein is the worst attorney you could possibly have. Please do yourself a favor and find another attorney.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Paul Stablein, PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Flood, Lanctot, Connor & Stablein, PLLC
  • 2003 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Paul J. Stablein PLLC
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • Oakland County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1989 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • Garretson & Santora
  • 1987 - 1989
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  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People of the State of Michigan v J. T.
  • Jury Verdict Not Guilty
  • United States v Bobby Ferguson
  • Hung jury then dismissal of charges.
  • People of the State of Michigan v Darrell Dixon
  • Conviction and sentence reversed


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers
  • Hour Detroit Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Ten Attorney Award
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2015
  • Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney Award
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Leading Lawyer in Michigan
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Oakland County Bench Bar Conference
  • Michigan Medical Marijuana Act
  • 2014
  • Brown Bag Criminal Defense Series
  • Cell Phone Searches
  • 2012
  • Attacking Search Warrants
  • Attacking Search Warrants
  • 2009
  • OCBA Brown Bag Lunch Series
  • Warrantless Searches
  • 2008
  • OCBA Brown Bag Lunch Series
  • Typical Issues in a Drug Case
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul is a pro's pro in terms of legal defense. He knows all the angles and is a master legal writer. He's one of the brightest minds I know in terms of Criminal defense in Detroit Area! I strongly endorse Paul Stablein."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am proud and happy to endorse Paul J. Stablein. As a former prosecutor and a current defense attorney Paul is top notch both when it comes to a knowledge of the relevant law and more importantly when it comes to "knowing people" and how to interact with them. In this way Paul is both a law person and a people person. His office is conveniently located and Paul goes above and beyond to make himself available to clients. If you need great legal help you can't go wrong with Paul Stablein!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul is a criminal guru and knows most every criminal law and rule. He is very attentive to details and provides great defenses even in cases that appear to have no defense. I would strongly recommend hiring Paul on any criminal matter in Michigan."
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