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Michael P. Manley

Criminal defense Attorney at Flint, MI

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1990
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Michael P. Manley is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist. His practice covers all state and federal courts in Michigan. His practice includes drug cases, assaults, sex crimes, fraud and all white collar crimes. He also specializes in DUI/OWI defense. If you have any type of criminal case, Michael P. Manley will be glad to discuss your matter with you and help you make informed decisions in choosing an attorney.

  2. DUI and DWI
    Attorney Manley has gained a reputation for results in DUI defense. It is important to help individuals not only in the courtroom but to also direct them to the proper services for substance abuse and mental health issues. Mr. Manley has had outstanding results in obtaining drivers liscense reinstatement.

  3. Personal injury
    Attorney Manley has a network of personal injury attorneys that he refers his clients to. They are specialists in that area of the law and Mr. Manley monitors and communicates with the attorney throughout the case. Mr. Manley feels that his clients should have the best attorney who specializes in that area of the law in order to maximize the chances of a favorable result.

Michael P. Manley is arguably the most successful and recognizable criminal defense lawyer in the mid-Michigan area.  As the area's only Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert, Mr. Manley has devoted his professional life to ensure that the accused get their right to equal justice under the law. 


When faced with a criminal accusation, there is no substitute for a well-educated, respected attorney at your side in the legal arena.  Michael P. Manley has a reputation amongst clients, Judges and peers of handling his cases with the utmost integrity and discretion. Mr. Manley has an unwavering commitment to achieving the best results for his clients, no matter how challenging the proceedings.  A master in the courtroom, with a powerful presence and delivery, Mr. Maney's record in the Courtroom speaks for itself.

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Manley & Manley PLLC
1434 Mott Fountation Building
Flint, MI, 48502

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5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Jonathon | March 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer you can get
I hired Mike for my defense. He went above and beyond for me to settle my case.
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike Manley is the lawyer to call
Mike Manley helped my son when he was involved in a few car accidents. Thankfully no one was hurt and Mike was able to get a very favorable outcome for my son. Mike and his team are so successful because they are hardworking, talented, and skillful. Mike is a brilliant attorney who is honest and well respected by everyone in the legal system. If you need a lawyer Mike is well equipped to handle your case.
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Posted by Michael | October 26, 2018
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Michael Gets It Done
Michael Manley was hired and helped me with a felony case locally in Flint. Michael is the voice of reason, cool, calm, and confident. Michael was able to help and reduce 3 felonies down to a misdemeanor. He is definitely the best in town and I am happy to have found him and his team. His entire team is all smiles and a huge support. If you are looking for someone who has your back and will get you out of a bind, you came to the right place.
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Posted by Jeffrey | October 2, 2018
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Great Outcome
We hired Michael Manley after being entangled in a messy situation involving local Flint law enforcement and our cannabis plant numbers and serious cannabis-related charges, Our world was pretty much turned upside down in the blink of an eye. We did retain Maichael Manley and his associate Clint Perryman while sitting in jail and it was the best move we could have made. Numerous court appearances after being charged with 3 major felonies, we did everything the team asked us to do. We were confident in there abilities because we soon found they know everyone in the local and state judicial system. They are pleasant and outgoing people and I consider them to be "winners". Michael Manley is a fine example of a good counsel "winner" and knows how to put his clients at ease. We knew this team was going to take charge and our thoughts were focused on the very best outcome because of Mr.Manley and Mr.Perryman
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Posted by Kevin | March 13, 2017
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Mike Manley
Mike Manley was hired by me and my wife for a embezzlement case out of Oakland County. I have no words that could praise him and Dustin enough for the great job they did. They were able to take a life sentence and get it reduced to a misdemeanor with one year probation. I can't thank them enough for what they did for me and I will always be thankful for there efforts. Unfortunately I have had many attorney's in my life and none of them could match Mike and his expertise and knowledge of the law. He is well worth the expense. I would recommend him to anyone that needs help.
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Michael Manley and his staff are friendly and professional. From the first meeting with him until the conclusion of the case, I was informed and up to date. Anytime I had questions or concerns I just contacted his office and was always answered or soon returned a call. I am thankful Mr. Manley accepted my case and represented me in court.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2011
Mike Manley , criminal cases
i hired mike for 3 cases and he was able to have two dropped and the third was greatly reduced from the original crime . I have had a few lawyers for defense in the passed nobody even came close to how good Mike is in court. Dont leave your future to chance or a fly by night lawyer, hire Mike you will be glad u did!!!
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2011
Michael Manley
Mr. Manley represented my uncle. He always took the time to keep my entire family informed, including my grandparents, my father, and myself, and answered any and all questions we had. He traveled to Oakland County Jail to meet with my uncle before the proceedings, and also traveled to Oakland County for the hearings. Mr. Manley fought hard for my uncle, and ultimately my uncle received a sentence much lower than the recommended guidelines. In reference to the previous posting, I've never heard of Mr. Manley not returning calls or not keeping clients informed. My family came to Mr. Manley due to his excellent reputation, and if lack of contact with clients was an issue, I'm sure Mr. Manley would not have the reputation that he does. Attorneys are very busy, and my family understood if Mr. Manley did not call us every day to give an update on the case. We also understood that court proceedings take time, and involve more than just Mr. Manley, so there was not always an update every day, or every week. However, when there was progress in the case, or a member of my family had a question regarding the case, Mr. Manley always took the time to speak with us to go over our questions and concerns. I would recommend Mr. Manley to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Manley & Manley PLLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Michael P. Manley, P.C.
  • 2004 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Manley & Manley, P.C.
  • 1990 - 2004


  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v Cleaves
  • Acquittal on all charges
  • People vs. Sharma
  • Defendant found not guilty on all charges
  • People vs. Edmund Proulx
  • Defendant was acquitted of charges
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  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers of Michigan.
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Genesee County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Criminal Defense Lawyer designation
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Board Certified
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2014
  • Top Criminal Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • Natl. Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Project Safe Neighborhood
  • Gun violence
  • N/A
  • Flint Police Academy
  • Citizen's rights prior to interrogation (Miranda)
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

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Given (13)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the privilege of working for Mike after finishing my post-law-school clerkship. The judge I'd clerked for knew I wanted to practice criminal defense and knew that Mike was the best around. I came on as an associate who knew *nothing* about practicing criminal law. I was able to confidently hang my own shingle just a year and a half later knowing the law, the procedure, how to handle clients, how to negotiate effectively, how to cultivate relationships in the legal community, how to win trials, and how to build a business. A hell of a lot of that knowledge is a direct result from working for the best: Michael P. Manley."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Manley has a proven trial record. He is a rare talent and is able to gain a jury's trust like few attorneys can."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I cannot think of a stronger endorsement than to ask the question: who would I call if I or a loved one needed the best and most qualified criminal defense representation? Without a second thought, I would call Michael Manley. Not only is Mr. Manley one of the few attorneys in Michigan who is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, he has a proven track record of not guilty verdicts in highly publicized and hotly contested criminal trials. He does not dabble in other areas of law, Mr. Manley is a pure criminal defense attorney, and the best criminal defense attorney I know. I do not hand out compliments lightly (I believe I have only endorsed one other attorney on Avvo), but Mr. Manley is more than deserving of your highest possible rating."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Michael Manley is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the nation. His many accomplishments in the courtroom are enviable. Attorney Manley has a penchant for getting outstanding results in the toughest of cases. Recently, Attorney Manley represented a friend of my family. We were astonished at the results Attorney Manley delivered for his client. Family members who saw him in court remarked that he was like a "knight in shining armor" when he stood in that courtroom. I strongly recommend him to anyone in need of legal help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael P. Manley is the pinnacle by which success is measured in the legal community. There is not a more polished lawyer in the State. He has been a mentor to many other lawyers as well as myself on how to handle highly sensitive cases. Michael has an ability to access his client's legal situation and formulate a plan with that party to best handle each respective case. His winning strategies are why he has been voted by his peers a "Super Lawyer" which is a National Publication limited to 5% of lawyers in each state. He has represented people in all walks of life from the Flint Police Officer's Association, professional athletes, and political officials. I have watched him in trial meticulously dissect witnesses and control the direction and flow of a trial. He has my highest endorsement as a legal advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael Manley in my opinion is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the state of Michigan. He has handled more criminal case trials than any defense attorney I know. He is aggressive, diligent and hardworking while fighting compassionately for his clients rights. He does so with the utmost integrity, competence and professionalism."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He does a fantastic job for his clients and is well respected in the legal community. I have recommended him to friends and family and they have all been happy with his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Michael Manley has had years of trial and courtroom experience. He is well respected within the legal community and he is an strong advocate for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Manley is the preeminent defense counsel in Michigan. When your freedom is in jeopardy you call Mike."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. For nearly 15 years I was on the other side of Michael as the Genesee County Prosecutor. While he is now my competitor, he is extremely competent and competitive. We have had some epic high profile battles over the two decades but he always has handled himself as a gentleman win or lose. He is recognized by most in our area as one of the best criminal defense lawyers. He is particularly good with Criminal Sexual Assault cases and has had a high degree of success at trial. While I won most of my cases against Michael as I should have, he posed a tenacious advocate for his clients and I always knew the case would be tried properly and ethically. There are few lawyers in our community in this field that have a higher degree of skill and talent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. When it comes to criminal defense in Mid-Michigan, Mike Manley is the gold standard. His ability to speak to the jury or judge combined with his knowledge of the law makes him an opponent prosecutor's fear."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Manley is the high bar in criminal defense in Genesee County."
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