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Nicholas A. Leydorf

Estate planning Attorney at Lansing, MI

5.0   41 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2006
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I help families stay out of court and out of conflict by creating estate plans that are tailor-made to my client's specific needs. 

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Nicholas A. Leydorf
909 N Washington Ave
Lansing, MI, 48906

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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in town!
Mr. Leydorf is extremely professional and at the same time very compassionate, he does his absolute best to make sure his clients are treated fairly by the court system. I have nothing but good to say an about this man and would highly recommend him to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2019
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A light when you need one
Right after New Year's, I found myself in legal trouble in Michigan, a state I had just moved to and knew nary a soul, let alone an attorney. I found Nick through a mutual friend in Washington, DC where he went to law school. On a wing-and-a-prayer, I hired him for my case. I could not have found a better lawyer if I tried. He instantly put my mind at ease and walked me through all of the steps. He even called me on the weekend while he in the midst of some tough family loss. This is his level of Nick's dedication to his clients. He was always clear, I knew just what to expect, and in the end, he helped me secure a reduced sentence. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't found this Nick. If you find yourself in a drunk driving incident that you can't see your way out of, make sure your first call is to Nick Leydorf.
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2018
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Great lawyer
Great lawyer he worked with me for a hard probation violation and was able to get me reinstated will definitely refer him
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
You are hiring the best!!!!
Nick is terrific!!! Long story short....DUI with high BAC. If I lose my license, I would not be able to work..... Nick worked very hard on my behalf and the result was a plea to a very much reduced charge, and keeping my license and employment. He was quick to answer any questions I had. He was always upfront and honest and explained everything. A lot less community service and probation than I expected even! Additionally, I have gained a wonderful new friend. Nick really does care even after your case is done and over with. I really can't think of a better lawyer!
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Posted by Crystal | January 31, 2018
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Greatest Lawyer Ever!
I attained Nick in Novemeber of 2017, after finding out there was a warrant out for my arrest, for being pulled over with a gun I had just bought from the store. Although I thought it was ridiculous charge because I had no priors or anything stopping me from purchasing a gun as far as I knew I was in legal right. I didn't want to face jail time and I had just moved out of Michigan and shortly before finding out about the warrant I found out I was pregnant with my first child. Therefore I didn't want to take any chances and not being familiar with the law. I knew I needed a lawyer. I contacted Nick spoke with him about my case and decided to hire him and I am completely happy I did. I found him to be super thorough, knowledgeable, affordable, understanding, and a very friendly terrific lawyer. He was able to get my felony case dismissed and the best part of it all is I didn't have to go back to Michigan and he took care of it in 2 months. I am very happy and recommended him to anyone who needs a good lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
I reached out to Nick after consulting with five or six other attorneys for defending against a personal injury lawsuit. After talking to him twice, I decided to hire him because of his professional conduct, and broad knowledge in both civil and criminal law and I am extremely happy with the result. He knew exactly how to handle the matter. I requested to file a counterclaim and he did that in the best way possible. The result was fantastic, the opposing party's case fell apart before even it starts. They had no option but to dismiss their case hoping I would dismiss the countersuit as well. I think Mr. Leydorf is one the smartest and most knowledgeable attorneys in Michigan. My experience with him was in a civil matter, but just have a look at his other reviews to see how outstanding he is in criminal matters as well. I truly recommend him for anyone who needs an attorney in a civil or a criminal matter. Thank you Nick!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2016
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Great lawyer
This was my first time being involved in the court system, and I am very glad I chose to hire Nick. He pretty much perfectly predicted the outcome of my case at our initial consultation, having half of my charges dropped and the other half reduced to a lesser charge. He also promptly answered any and all questions I had emailed to him. Nick exceeded my expectations.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2016
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Professional, attentive, and efficient.
I contacted Nicholas Leydorf for assistance with an expungement. He explained the entire process during the initial consultation and every step of the way. Nicholas was always accessible to answer any questions I had and was cognizant of the laws pertaining to my situation. I'm very happy with the results of my case and the manner in which it was handled.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2014
Great Job by a Great Attorney
Was referred to Mr. Leydorf by Scott Grabel, which is also an excellent attorney but you can see his reviews as well if you'd like, they also speak for themselves. Received a minor in possession of alcohol charge when I was 17 years old... Not all of us make the best decisions right when we graduate high school. Have since changed a lot and have not gotten in any trouble since then. Now 24 years young but had a job fair at school coming up so I didn't want employers ruling me out of interviews for a mistake I made over 6 years ago. Nick was great through the whole process; I was out of town for a while and he somehow found a court date that worked perfectly with my schedule to get this charge expunged from my record. Just going through some paperwork now to finalize everything and (hopefully) on my way to an exciting career after this job fair. Thanks Nick!
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2013
Nick is simply the best.
Nick is the best. He handled my case in a quick and easy manner, with a glorious outcome. He is a pleasant, reliable guy who is ready to help and answer questions. I couldn't have asked for more. ABSOLUTELY worth every penny.
Posted by Nick | April 27, 2013
Turned a terrible situation around
My ex works for the county we live in so things got really bad and unfair for me because of the connections she has. It was a long process and Nick understood what was important to me and didn't mind taking the rough road to get there. He is very kind and smart. Communicated every aspect of the case with me and always explained all my options. I highly recommend Nick Leydorf. He helped me clear my name and I will be forever grateful for that.
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Posted by Matthew | April 21, 2013
Excellent Attorney/ Superior Person
I was searching for a local attorney in East Lansing, MI to aid me in a traffic violation in which I was arrested for class 1 controlled substance possession without a prescription. I knew absolutely nothing about Mr. Leydorf prior to calling him. It was a Saturday afternoon as I recall when I made my initial phone call and the last thing I expected was "the" attorney to answer the line! Much to my amazement the line was answered and it was Nicholas. He was courteous and spoke with me for approximately forty-five minutes regarding the case. I retained his services the following Tuesday and he did not disappoint! He was ALWAYS accessible and informative throughout the two months which preceded my sentencing. My outcome was extraordinarily favorable and I am more than pleased with the results. Without a doubt I was fortunate to have found him out of all the attorneys I could have called or retained. He is a professional on all levels but, most importantly, to me, he was just a great person. He is an unpretentious, unassuming, humble individual with a lot character and personality. Easily the best attorney I have ever made acquaintance with...and that's saying a lot considering most of my immediate family were attorneys!
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2013
Great lawyer
Nick helped me with a recent DUI case, my second offence. I talked with several lawyers and he was the only one who looked at the facts of my case and researched the validity of the charges. All the others just immediately wanted me to take a plea, without even looking at any evidence. Nick was honest, available and I was satisfied with the the outcome of my case. I'd recommend him to anyone in need of a good criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2013
Excellent Lawyer To Get The Job Done
Don't go to court without him!!! The outcome exceeded my expectations. Thank you Nick.
Posted by Michael | January 4, 2013
Exceptional, Honest and Eager to Fight for Your Case - Nick Leydorf Gets it Done.
Nick welcomed my case from the beginning. After speaking with several lawyers who were less than thrilled with my background, most were blunt when explaining how little they would be able to do. Nick was honest in saying he wasn't sure if there was much to be done, but was eager and welcomed the challenge. After one meeting Nick was on the line with what could be done, but reassured me he would work to make sure I wouldn't be given a sentencing that was too severe. It was my third MIP - loss of license of 30 days and restricted license after, in addition to fees and community service. The result of my case was 25 hours community service, and an alcohol assessment($250) and my misdemeanor was dropped to a civil infraction ($150). The money was well worth the result. There was no probation, I kept my license, and nothing additional was placed on my permanent record. Nick is an exceptional lawyer; one who is eager to help his clients. I can't say enough about how well and comfortable he made me, along with my extremely disappointed parents, feel. While I hope I'm never in need for a lawyer in the near future, if the situation were to arise, the first person I would call is Nick Leydorf
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2012
Experience Gets Great Results, But Character Counts Too!
Faced with a criminal situation for the first time, I had no where to turn except the internet when a family member needed a lawyer. As I called around and explained the case, I was not given very much consideration and found the initial consultation process frustrating, unprofessional, and it left me feeling hopeless – until I called Mr. Leydorf. He was immediately a calming voice in this difficult and scary process. He was professional and treated us with kindness and respect from the beginning and throughout the process. He was honest about the potential consequences and the challenges of the case and while he didn’t promise exceptional results, he did promise to work hard on our behalf, and he did. He quoted a very fair price and made himself available to us 24/7. He did his homework and used his experience and excellent reputation to deliver amazing results – reducing a misdemeanor to a civil infraction and keeping criminal activity from permanently and negatively affecting the otherwise clean record of bright young individual. We appreciated Mr. Leydorf’s expertise and his exceptional quality of character, and were very pleased with the outcome he produced for us. I couldn’t have found a better person to work with in a difficult time. Our family is grateful to Nick and would recommend his services to others.
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2012
Professional expertise and experience to get the job done!
When a family member is having legal issues, it can be a very traumatic time for all involved. Mr. Leydorf has the legal expertise and experience needed to take care of the situation at hand as well as the professionalism to take care of the person as a whole. Just knowing that Nicholas was there in our defense made the situation bearable. I trust him, and believe with all my heart that he will do everything necessary for a successful disposition of his clients cases. Thank you for all you do!
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Posted by Tammy | November 1, 2012
Incredible Lawyer
Nick was an amazing lawyer – I would recommend him to anyone. He was very informative on all sorts of situations and answered all the questions that I had. I could call him, text him, or email him and he would always answer quickly. He is extremely friendly and I felt comfortable calling him about anything. We always kept in touch and I was very satisfied with how my case turned out. Nick even managed to get my charges lower than what I expected. He offers extremely reasonable prices and I think he is the best lawyer you can get!
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2012
Excellent Attorney- Highly Recommended
I was shocked and overwhelmed when I received an arrest warrant notification by mail, subsequent to a traffic stop by overzealous police. I believe they filed the charges as punishment because I would not consent to a search. I have a squeaky clean record and not much experience with hiring lawyers, so I called and interviewed a few before I met with Nick Leydorf. He immediately put me at ease with his non-judgmental , relaxed, yet professional demeanor. I knew after talking with him that I would hire him to defend the charge. He answered all of my questions and was at all times responsive and professional. The results were exactly what I had hoped them to be. My record remains clean and he got the case dismissed "with prejudice." I would not hesitate to call Nick Leydorf if I ever need legal services again.
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Posted by K.R | July 30, 2012
Excellent Legal Service
I contacted Nick about my case and set up an appointment for a consultation at his office in Lansing.Nick offered me expert advice on how to proceed . He was timely in responding to any questions and he was able to resolve my case and come to a settlement with the company .I would recommend Nick for his timely and efficient legal services.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • The Leydorf Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Maddaloni & Associates, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Goldstein Law Offices, PLLC
  • 2006 - 2008
  • General Counsel
  • Goldstein Enterprises, LLC
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Goldstein Law Offices, PLLC
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Anne Arundel County Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate Editor
  • The Catholic University of America - Law Review
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • United States Court Of Federal Claims
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2005
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Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2005
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2003
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002
  • Ovid-Elsie High School
  • 1998
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. EP
  • Charges dismissed after completion of probation and will remain a non-public record
  • Expungement after 40 years
  • Conviction Set Aside
  • People v. WC
  • Charges were dismissed at preliminary examination
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Associations

  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Clinton County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2009
  • East Lansing Rotary Club
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice - Criminal Defense
  • Avvo.com
  • 2012
  • Board Member
  • East Lansing Rotary Club
  • 2008
  • Member
  • East Lansing Rotary Club
  • 2007
  • Cum Laude
  • The Catholic University of America - Columbus School of Law
  • 2005
  • Member
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • 2002
  • High Honors
  • Michigan State University
  • 2002
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Publications

  • The State News
  • Minimizing MIPs
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Time Slot
  • Medical Marijuana
  • 2010
  • Time Slot
  • Criminal Law
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Nicholas . He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nicholas is a very hard-working diligent attorney that fights for each and every client. His knowledge of the law and his undying passion allow him to properly represent his clients facing criminal charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nick is an excellent attorney and I readily endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very hard-working, knowledgeable and very insightful to the needs of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer because of his ability to identify issues in criminal defense cases. His ability to identify issues is well beyond the average for his years of experience. This demonstrates a dedicatoin to his clients and a thoroughness of research and analysis in the art of criminal defense for this area."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Leydorf."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Leydorf is a skilled attorney that puts his clients first. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I just saw Nick this morning in court and he did an excellent job for his client and got a great result in front of a very difficult judge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nick is one of the precious few lawyers who truly define the meaning of "Zealous Advocacy" for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Nick to be an outstanding attorney, well respected by Judges, Prosecutors and colleagues, alike. Nick has a genuine passion for ensuring justice for his clients and working tirelessly to achieve the most favorable outcome possible. Nick has a down to earth personality which resonates well with clients, never making them feel less an equal nor speaking to them in a fashion to appear as a braggart. Clients who retain Nick will be extremely relieved in knowing he is working hard for them."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Mr. Leydorf on numerous cases and have referred him a few and he has handled these cases with the integrity, professionalism and was diligent in fighting for his client rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Leydorf for several years. He is meticulous and well prepared. He does an excellent job for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Nick as a member of the local legal community for years and have witnessed his performance in all manner of hearings and trials. I can honestly say that Nick is one of the top young lawyers in Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton counties. Frankly I expect Nicholas Leydorf to be a judge in our community before too long; due to his ability for straight talk, to-the-point negotiation, and sheer knowledge of the law. I happily endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As an attorney who has worked and observed numerous attorneys thoughout the last 15 years Nick is clearly a cut above the rest. His uncanny ability to consistently obtain outstanding case results for his clients is second to none. In addition Nick takes every case personally and truly cares about ensuring each an every client gets the absolute best case result. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nick to anyone in need of a aggressive high quality criminal defense lawyer."
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Lansing Estate planning Lawyer Nicholas A. Leydorf
Nicholas A. Leydorf
Estate planning Attorney
Lansing, MI
Licensed for 17 years