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Joseph A. Lavigne

Criminal defense Attorney at Farmington Hills, MI

4.8   17 reviews

Licensed for 26 years

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I believe that aggressive and zealous advocacy on behalf of each client is essential to provide outstanding legal services and am dedicated to the highest level of customer service in order to achieve the best results possible.  There is no substitute for experience or hard work.  I have been a prosecutor and a defense attorney; a civil litigator on both sides; and I bring those experiences to the benefit of every client I represent.

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Licensed for 26 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 1996
Updated 12/26/2022

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

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Joseph A. Lavigne
31700 W 13 Mile Rd Ste 96
Farmington Hills, MI, 48334

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Posted by Steve | April 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
High Profile Case - Extraordinary Statewide Lawyer
Joe Lavigne is an exceptional attorney and an even better human being. He's extremely compassionate, uber-responsive and highly intelligent. He is even a resource for the police community and trains officers on the utilization and dynamics of the DataMaster Breathalyzer. My OWI was high profile and involved an accident. I needed the best representation possible. I thought I did my homework interviewing more than 6 locally based attorneys, because I felt that was necessary given the accident and the "homer" culture of the community. I hired someone who advertises a ton and claims to be the best. The reviews looked good. But his arrogance and lack of compassion showed through after I paid him, so I moved on. Then, I hired another attorney who was recommended due to his connections to the judges. I thought that was extremely important, so I hired and paid him too. This guy, however, was consistently unresponsive. He even put in a substitute attorney for a video hearing! But then I learned about Joe and hired him, despite feeling backed into a corner because of the locality. I made a lot of mistakes in this process but one thing is clear: It does not matter where you are in Michigan, local representation does not matter. It can actually even hurt you, since some attorneys put themselves and their community relationships first. You need someone who is smart, thorough, responsive, compassionate and gets the job done. Understanding of the law is what matters! Joe Lavigne is all of that and more. He delivers results!
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly Exceptional Work
The best decision I ever made was hiring Joe Lavigne. His negotiation skills are unmatched and he is extremely professional and courteous with all parties when it comes to handling matters in a case. Joe managed to take a felony case punishable by a minimum of 25 years in prison down to a lesser charge with a 6 month probation period with dismissal of all charges upon completion of probation. He does not push you to make any decision you do not want to make, but will give you all of the facts and perspectives so that you can make a fully educated decision on where to take the case. You can tell he truly cares for his clients and is committed to doing whatever needs to be done to get a favorable outcome. Every time I met with Joe or was with him in court I always felt calm and collected knowing he was by my side during this trying ordeal. Hire this man. You will NOT regret it.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Difficult Matter Resolved Well
In the recent past I encountered a somewhat sticky traffic matter that arose from a past issue. I was referred to attorney Joe Lavigne by another attorney, which conferred some benefit and gravitas in my opinion. Mr. Lavigne met with me in a comfortable setting after multiple phone calls of discussion on my traffic dilemma. He handled all matters with professionalism and a degree of reassurance. On our pre-trial court date, my issue was not only unexpectedly resolved but done so with great and favorable outcomes. The issue never did proceed to court trial and was pleasantly done with on that day! I would like to wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Lavigne's services in this realm and while all matters may not resolve this satisfactorily, it will not be for his lack of effort and preparation. On a personal note: I found Mr. Lavigne to be earnest, honest, and not at all self-impressed or judgemental.
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Posted by Jack | April 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Comprehensive Approach with a Good Outcome
I wanted to use this platform to recommend Mr. Lavigne for his professional services and thank him for helping me to recover my investment back after I made a bad business “deal” using 100% of my money. I did not have proper legal protection going in. Mr. Lavigne’s counsel, professionalism, and patience helped resolve my matter with a good outcome – as good as could be expected. He helped me reestablish leverage and validate my claims. I would certainly use Mr. Lavigne again, however, before entering into a legal arrangement. I was referred to Mr. Lavigne and am now forwarding that referral to others.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Joe was very professional. At first meeting he explained his background and qualification. After we discussed our case and then he explained all possible outcomes. After we discussed likely outcomes and next steps. He was always very quick to respond to any text or email. Very professional at court house and helped give everyone as much as a sense of calm as possible. He was also personable, not stiff, and we discussed items outside of our case. I would recommend Joe to ANYONE, couldn't ask for better representation.
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Posted by Brandon | December 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!
Arrested for an OWI and was recommended to contact Mr. Lavigne by a family member whom was also a former colleague of his. During the initial meeting, Mr. Lavigne detailed what I could be facing and was very straightforward as to how a case of my nature could end. He was very honest and seemed to actually care about me not only as a client, but on a personal level as well. Mr. Lavigne always responded to all questions I had in a very prompt and professional matter. The end result of the case was better than any could have imagined. The judge rendered a very minor probation sentence with no community service and occasional alcohol and drug testing during the probation period along with attending only 1 meeting within the first 60 days of sentencing. I was ecstatic and continue to be very appreciative of the time Mr. Lavigne spent on my case. I would recommend Mr. Lavigne and his firm to all of my family and anyone who is looking for one of best at his trade.
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me out of a bad situation.
I hired Joseph after a drunk driving incident. An old family friend had amazing results with him and referred me to him. In our initial meeting he made it very clear of what I could be facing legally and was very realistic with how these cases usually end. I totally respect Joseph for not trying to sugar coat his responses and just being as straight forward as possible with his answers. When it came time to go to court, Joseph was always there waiting at the front of the line and got me in and out of court very quickly. When our first pretrial did not end well, he was quick to provide a strategy to try for a better result. While it was a gamble, it was well worth it when I got a plea deal that was better than we were expecting. When I was finally facing the judge for sentencing Joseph helped make me feel more at ease by explaining the usual court room procedure and reassuring me that he had confidence in my responses if the judge were to ask me any questions. In the end we left the court room with a result that was much better than I had been hoping for. I can not imagine what this whole experience would have been like without Joseph to guide me through the process. I felt that he really understood my moral character and helped me remember that we all make mistakes. If you're looking for an honest lawyer who will truly have your best interest in mind then look no further.
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job - No Felony!
Our family had a weapons charge passing through the airport. We had no idea what we were carrying was illegal. It was a very high risk case with the possibility of a felony. Joseph A. Lavigne was very familiar with the court staff and he was able to impress upon them that we made an unfortunate mistake and that we were nieve with perfectly clean records. The result was fantastic. After six months of good behavior, the charges were dropped. He did an excellent job staying on top of the paperwork until the case was closed.
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Posted by Andrew | May 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This lawyer is a miracle worker.
I hired joe a few months ago because I needed a good lawyer to help my case and I was referred to him a few years back from a family friend . Its nice to see someone who actually is always there and you can call him and talk to him about your case anytime of the day. He knows what he’s doing and he’s damn good at that. If I would have never hired joe , my life would be a lot worst then what it is right now. Joe is a miracle worker and well bend his back over over until it breaks to get you the best possible outcome he can. He worked super hard for me and I will forever be grateful. Hopefully I won’t need him again so I can keep my life on the right tracks but if I ever make a mistake again because eveyone makes mistakes, he will be the first person I call.
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Posted by John | April 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!
Joe (and his staff) were an absolute pleasure to deal with from start to finish. He was knowledgeable, explained my position and possible options/outcomes, while communicating the process I should expect. I took his advice, followed his lead and had a stunningly favorable outcome to my case. I strongly endorse Joe and his team!
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Defense
Mr. Lavigne was amazing to work with. He came in the middle of the case and really saved the day. He really took the time to understand the situation for the best result possible. He is extremely knowledgeable and versed in the law. Additionally, he is very familiar with courtroom procedure. He is very fair with his billing and did not over charge for any services. I would recommend him.
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Posted by Leah | March 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful
Joe really made a difference in my legal life! He took such good care of me, and really won over my judge! I would recommend him because not only is he perfessional but he is very smart to respond to judges questions without being to pushy! He made sure I had all the paperwork sent to me and copies of everything we discussed. He was very honest about his time spent with me and made sure I knew exactly what was going on with my case!
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Posted by Johnathon | October 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joseph Lavigne a Professional and Intelligent Attorney
On september 22 I recieved a ticket for Disturbing the peace. I contacted Mr.Lavigne about this incident since he was helping me out with a owi charge that is comming up and I did not want this to effect the situation with my other case. With haste he took care of this situation and my results were that I ended up with a impeding traffic fine, which will show up and a traffic violaation like a parking ticket and will not effect my insurace or my case up and comming. I was equally impressed with how well his name was recognised through the court room as well as his reputation with the judge. Very professional and very knowledgeable Attorney, I will reccomend him to all my friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2015
Testimonial for Joseph A. Lavigne
Joe Lavigne was extremely helpful in reducing a ticket I received which carried three points to an infraction which carries no points. I was scheduled to appear in court but Joe was able to appear on my behalf and discuss my situation with several individuals including the City's Assistant Attorney and the presiding Judge. Joe was very professional, responsive, and effective and the result is more than I could have expected. I would absolutely use Joe's services again, if required, but more importantly will recommend Joe to my family and friends if they require services of this type. I am very appreciative of all Joe's efforts.. Thank you Joe.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
I sent my question in and had a response within an hour! He was very helpful and informative. I still haven't decided whether I will go any further. But, if we do, we will definitely contact Mr. Lavigne. Thank you again. So glad I contacted Avvo.
Posted by Carol | March 28, 2015
Even better results than I expected!
After having failed to convince the court to reduce my daughter's accident ticket at an informal hearing, Joe found a way to get it reduced to a parking ticket! Thanks to Joe, I've saved hundreds of dollars in insurance fees, and my daughter is no longer at risk of losing her license. What a huge heavy off my mind.
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not helpful
Failed to explain pleas case should of been dismissed. Would not recommend to anyone
Response from Joseph Lavigne June 22, 2021
Naturally everyone would like their case to be dismissed, but it is difficult to meaningfully respond to an anonymous post with so few details. Client satisfaction is very important to me and I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss this with you directly in order to address your concerns. Out of respect for your privacy and confidentiality of your case details I invite you to contact me directly so that we can speak about your situation privately and not in a public forum such as this. Thank you in advance.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Joseph A. Lavigne
  • 2003 - 2020
  • Partner
  • Lavigne & Sawicky, PLLC
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Commercial Litigation Attorney
  • Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth, Heller & Pesses, P.C.
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 1996 - 2000
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Education

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • 1996
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • People v Mathews, 324 Mich App 416 (2018), lv denied, 505 Mich 111 (2020), cert denied, ___ US ___; 141 S Ct 466 (2021)
  • Two statements suppressed in murder case, affirmed on appeal.
  • People v Reginald
  • Defendant avoided premeditated murder conviction
  • People v Timothy
  • Client blew 0.24 but drunk driving case was dismissed.
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Associations

  • Oakland County Bar Association American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2014 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • 1996 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee
  • Past Chair
  • N/A
  • Michigan State University Alumni Association
  • Life Member
  • N/A
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer - Top 100 Attorneys in Michigan
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer - Top 100 Attorneys in Michigan
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2021
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer - Top 100 Attorneys in Michigan
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer
  • dbusiness
  • 2020
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer
  • dbusiness
  • 2019
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • dbusiness
  • 2018
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 2000
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Publications

  • Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University Law Review
  • A Misapplication of the Exclusionary Rule to Voluntary Confessions: The Fallacy that Knowingly and Intelligently Made Statements are Constitutional Prerequisites to Admissibility
  • 2000
  • Laches (OCBA)
  • Concealing the Truth from the Jury: The Irreconcilable Differences of Voluntary Confessions and the Exclusionary Rule
  • 2000
  • Laches (OCBA)
  • The Ever-changing Evidentiary Law of OUIL Cases: Standards for the Admissibility of Blood Alcohol Test Results
  • 1999
  • Wayne Law Review
  • Michigan Criminal Law: 1996-97 Survey
  • 1997
  • University of Detroit Mercy Law Review
  • For Limited Times? Making Rich Kids Richer Via the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1996
  • 1996
  • Michigan Business Law Journal
  • A Business Lawyer's Guide to Empowerment Zones: What's in it for You?
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Multiple Seminars--Oakland County Bar Association
  • Various Criminal Law topics
  • N/A
  • Oakland County Police Academy
  • Past Legal Instructor
  • N/A
  • Michigan Judicial Institute/Michigan Judges' School
  • Domestic Violence
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

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Given (116)
Endorse Joseph
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is top notch in all respects. A great attorney and a great guy! If I needed to hire an attorney to help me with a criminal matter, I would certainly call Joe."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Lavigne cares about his clients - that is clearly evident when you see him in the Courtroom. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is always quick to respond to my clients who need help with a criminal or civil litigation matter. He is always pleasant and available for my questions."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe is one of the most brilliant strategists I have ever encountered. He works tirelessly to obtain optimal results for every client. His experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney serves his clients well!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Joe. I've been referring criminal defense matters to him for nearly a decade an he never disappoints. Joe is personable, knowledgeable, diligent, and attentive. He is a pleasure to work with. I am always pleased to have an opportunity to refer clients to him because of the excellent representation he provides."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is pragmatic in his approach, yet understanding of circumstances. He is mindful to understand all circumstances relating to a matter. His grasp of the law is superb. I would recommend Joe to any of my clients, friends and family."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastic endorse this lawyer. Joe is the consummate professional. A class act who is extremely knowledge, quick on his feet and dedicated to his clients. I would definitely encourage my closest friends and family to go to Joe if necessary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'll make this simple: I have referred clients to Joe for over a decade and will continue to do so. Joe is a great lawyer that confidently and competently helps his clients navigate the court systems, while ensuring that their rights are not overlooked. You will appreciate his assistance and guidance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph Lavigne is a highly respected attorney and well spoken advocate on behalf of his clients. He will never be "out prepared" by his opposition nor will he take short-cuts that compromise the rights of those he represents. I endorse him unconditionally."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"When I need an answer to a complicated issue of criminal defense, I've turned to Joe Lavigne over the past few years. He has the pulse of serious criminal defense and constitutional legal issues. I happen to know, first hand, of his expertise and feel that he is one of the best investments available if you have your liberty threatened by a serious criminal charge. Without hesitation, I would recommend Joe for any criminal defense, federal or state-related."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Joe Lavigne as a consummate advocate and professional. He does not take shortcuts and his sound advice is based on years of experience and zealous advocacy for his clients. He is the kind of attorney other attorney's call for advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of working with Joe on a number of cases over the years. Joe is one of the most well-respected attorneys in Metro Detroit. His breadth of knowledge, trial experience and stellar reputation make him a great choice for matters ranging from corporate litigation to criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Lavigne is a true professional of the highest caliber -- a tireless worker and effective advocate who delivers results for his clients with clarity and compassion."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this attorney without hesitation. He is knowledgeable and well regarded by both clients and his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is an outstanding attorney. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and well-prepared. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When you, or a loved one, finds yourself in need of a criminal defense attorney it is important to retain an experienced, knowledgeable and competent lawyer. Mr. Lavigne is respected in the legal community for those reasons."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe works extremely hard on behalf of his clients. I have watched Joe first hand displaying his extremely strong legal skills and that he genuinely cares about his clients. I highly endorse Joseph Lavigne"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a fantastic criminal defense lawyer. I have referred a number of complicated criminal matters pending in Oakland County and Wayne County to Joe because he has the ability to defend them with an intelligent approach. I worked with Joe at the Oakland County Prosecutors Office over a decade ago and he was well respected and approachable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a fine attorney who is dedicated to his clients and works tirelessly for successful results. I have no hesitation when endorsing him."
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