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Karen L. Phillips

DUI and DWI Attorney at East Lansing, MI

5.0   14 reviews

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Licensed for 16 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/26/2022

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Karen L. Phillips
3452 E Lake Lansing Rd
East Lansing, MI, 48823


5.0 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Michelle | October 2, 2018
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Karen for the WIN
Karen was referred to me by another attorney that does not handle criminal law. That in itself speaks volumes as a trusted member in the legal community. She was able to keep me from seeing the inside of the court room and a criminal charge off my record. The communication before and after my court date was beyond amazing also. Her excellent counsel was very much appreciated and kept things in perspective during a somewhat stressful situation.
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Posted by Rick | August 4, 2017
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I am almost fifty years old and have never had a run in with the law. I had a momentary lapse of better judgement and was facing six months in jail at the behest of the complaintent which I had never met in my life. Long story short, attorney Karen Phillips was able to work with me and the county prosecutor to resolve the the case to all parties satisfaction. I would highly recommend Ms. Karen Phillips as an attorney for anyone who is facing a criminal offense. She is very professional and effective and will treat one with the utmost respect.
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Posted by Levi | April 20, 2017
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Karen Phillips
I had a very serious case in which jail time was on the table and had Karen not been my lawyer, I couldn't have said that I wouldn't serve time. I was facing two felonies and a misdemeanor. Her experience and knowledge was a must with my case and her work ethic for me was next to none. She's very easy to talk to and someone that's very genuine, honest, trustworthy, and understanding. In a tough time Karen was there for me and my situation and was willing to work with me as my main residence is out of state, in California. When it was all said and done she worked out a deal that handed me probation with no jailtime and essentially my life back. What was such a hard case and even harder time, she always gave me the peace of mind. I wouldn't do it again without Karen. THANKS KAREN!
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Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2016
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Review on Karen Phillips
Karen went above and beyond my expectations. Before my arraignment, she explained my possible outcomes, which was expected to be either probation, or community service and fines. She was fully prepared while speaking to the judge, and the judge settled on only a fine as discipline. I credit that all to Karen. She is very calm and relaxed, which helped a lot during this difficult time. I would recommend her to anyone in need of legal advice.
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Posted by Hannah | January 7, 2016
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Phenomenal Respresentation!!!
Karen did a wonderful job with my case and never failed to return my calls or emails. She is great at her job and clearly cares about her clients! I highly recommend her to anybody in need of representation!
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2015
Great Lawyer!! Exceeded Expectations
Karen recently represented me in a reckless driving case and did a fantastic job! I had two charges against me, both severe enough to affect my employment. The outcome Karen eventually negotiated exceeded all of my expectations. She had an incredible attention to detail with every aspect of the case. She was extremely knowledgeable of the police involved, the court, and the process. She responded to each and every call or email the same day (almost every time within an hour). Karen was a fantastic lawyer and worked hard for a successful outcome. This was my first (and hopefully only) time needing a lawyer and I couldn't have made a better choice! Thanks again Karen.
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Posted by Tyler | July 9, 2014
Driver license retoration
I was represented by Karen Phillips and she did a wonderful job representing me as well as fullfilling her job to get my drivers license back. She remained calm and knowledgable about the case. I was impressed with her and greatful for her service.
Posted by Kyle | June 26, 2014
DL Suspension Lifted
Karen did a great job appealing a suspension following a court reporting error. Karen and her team worked very quickly and kept me informed along the way. I would highly recommend Karen if you have any issues surrounding your drivers license.
Posted by Greg | May 8, 2013
Kind and helpful
Karen Philips promptly returned a phone call and politely and correctly answered all my questions. She has a kind demeanor and shows a high-end knowledge of the Driver's License Restoration process. Her reputation proceeds her and she is well known through the community and state.
Posted by Chris | January 17, 2013
Drivers License Suspension
My driver's license was "temporarily" suspended due to a medical instance. When I tried to get it back, the State of Michigan kept "evading" my attempts. Since nothing I did was good enough for them, I hired Karen Phillips to assist me. She helped me out tremendously and I finally got my license back. Most correspondence was done by e-mail (at my request) and the responses to my questions or statements were always quick. If you have a problem with your driver's license, I recommend getting help from her.
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Posted by Madison L. | January 15, 2013
Wonderful Lawyer
Ms. Phillips was a wonderful resource to have on my side during a grim time. She was available when I had questions, and made me feel like a priority. I am very grateful to all the work she has done for me and would recommend her to any and all in need of legal guidance in a heartbeat!
Posted by Tara | December 28, 2012
Thank you, Karen
Very good at what she does. I was glad to have her on my side!
Posted by Greg | October 25, 2012
highly recommend
Karen fixed a MIP situation that other lawyers told me was not possible. She laid out a plan that required actions by two courts in two counties and successfully executed the plan.
Posted by Anthony | September 7, 2009
Excellent lawyer!
Ms Phillips is fantastic lawyer! I can’t say enough about her! From the beginning she was there for me. She relaxed me through a very tough time in my life and explained everything I needed to know. She even answered all my questions via email and phone. If you are looking for a reliable and thorough lawyer, please give Karen Phillips a call, you will be glad you did. Anthony
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Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • The Nichols Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Partner
  • The Law Offices of Basiga and Phillips
  • 2006 - 2007


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Central Michigan Univeristy
  • Bachelors of Science
  • 1999


  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • CMU Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • WKAR Community Advisory Board
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Women's Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Eaton County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Top 5 Attorney Under 35
  • Ingham County Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Women's Center of Greater Lansing
  • Family Law and Personal Protection Orders
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (4)
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Unknown Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Phillips is a talented litigator who achieves good results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Phillips is very knowledgeable and is committed to obtaining the best result possible for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Phillips is a determined and effective criminal defense attorney. Excellent at keeping her clients informed, she is unafraid to take a case to trial. As a result, she is also able to negotiate from a position of strength."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Karen Phillips is an excellent lawyer. At all times, she zealously, compassionately, and wisely represents her clients. She has the knowledge and experience to handle complex litigation. She engenders all of the great qualities of a counselor and attorney at law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Phillips is a tenacious defender and a zealous advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Ms. Phillips is bright, conscientious and cares."
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East Lansing DUI and DWI Lawyer Karen L. Phillips
Karen L. Phillips
DUI and DWI Attorney
East Lansing, MI
Licensed for 16 years