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Michael Villar

Criminal defense Attorney at Allegan, MI

4.7   15 reviews

also known as Mike Villar

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  • Licensed for 32 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%
    The best advice for anyone charged with a crime is to immediately call an attorney. Tell the police, "I need to speak to my attorney.” Next is to hire someone with experience to defend you. Mike has the experience you're looking for. Call today.

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Are facing jail time as the result of multiple drunk driving convictions? Did you lose your license after being charged with DUI? Attorney Villar will work hard to help you avoid jail, keep your license and keep all charges off your record.

  3. Car accident
    20%
    Your insurance company may refuse to pay your medical expenses and/or your wage losses. If so, you should contact an attorney immediately. If your injury is serious enough, you are also entitled to sue the person responsible for the accident.

  4. Divorce and separation
    15%
    Mike employs various private investigators in his family law practice, making sure that if your spouse is having an affair, it will be found out. He is aggressive in asserting your rights as a parent and the best interests of your child.

  5. Personal injury
    15%
    When you or someone you love is injured, please contact an attorney immediately. You'll want Mike on your side. Give him a call today.

DUI? CRIMINAL CHARGE? DIVORCE? INJURED? I CAN HELP!

     I graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and went on to hold clerkships for the Honorable George R. Corsiglia in the Allegan Circuit Court and for the Michigan Court of Appeals. Since entering private practice in 1993, I have participated in numerous high visibility cases throughout Southwest Michigan.

    I have also worked for one of the largest law firms in America, Dorsey & Whitney. Dorsey & Whitney employed over 330 attorneys and had offices in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Brussels (Belgium), London (England), and Paris (France). While demanding, Dorsey & Whitney prepared me for legal practice at the highest levels. I bring the same high quality of legal representation to Ottawa, Allegan, and surrounding counties.

     My practice includes criminal defense, drunk driving, personal injury, wrongful death, divorce, family law, general civil litigation, wills and trusts, corporate law, and medical malpractice. I am committed to excellence. My broad-based litigation experience and expertise insures that my clients are very well represented in the courtroom. Call today and put my expertise to work for you.

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Location

Verde Law Offices
281 N. 120th Ave.
Holland, MI, 49424-2168
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4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by James | July 24, 2012
Top quality Attorney.
I have used Mr. Villar several times in the past 5 years. He has guided me thru leagal issues in the death of my parents. Putting together contracts for our business. He also has helped me with real estate issues. I recommened Mr Villar for any leagal matters.
Posted by ChrisParrish | July 28, 2012
LEAVES THE OTHER ATTORNEY STUTTERING!!!!!!!!!!!
Mr Villar is an OUTSTANDING attorney!!!! I was being sued by an ex business partner for 90k and the cards were stacked against me, huge. They had what they thought was all the proof they needed for a slam dunk win. Mr Villar shut down all their big moves and left their attorney stuttering on many occasion, and ultimately had the case dismissed. I highly recommend Mr Villar for what ever your needs may be and will always use him for any situation I may need his services for. Furthermore, I would also think of Mr Villar as a friend. He saved my business and pretty much my life. I give him the highest recommendation possible.
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Posted by Rick | February 17, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Mike is an incredibly professional, kind and understanding attorney. He was instrumental in my child custody and divorce proceedings. I would recommend Mike for any type of legal representation that I may come across and will certainly be voting for him in the coming election.
Posted by Mallorie | May 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough
I was very pleased with the services Attoney Mike Villar provided. It was well worth the money. He was a great listener and was thorough in his search to help me with what I needed. I will absolutely hire him again if I need anymore legal help. He was professional, thorough, and the lady that answers his phones, Amanda, is very eager to help in any way she can. I was very pleased with the whole experience. I highly recommend Villar Law Offices. It was a long wait to get on his schedule, but worth the wait!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2020
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Mike provided excellent representation
I hired Mike to represent my son in an MIP case. Mike showed excellent knowledge of both the court system issuing the citation and also the laws surrounding MIP. He was very patient going through the options and was attentive to the timelines for filing with the court. He was ultimately able to negotiate an excellent conclusion while working with the local prosecutor.
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Posted by Quincy | December 12, 2018
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Fire Marshal
I have used Mike on two big monumental occassions involing family law. He is AMAZING! Mike is not just about taking a case and getting the money, He truly cares and it shows in his professional knowledge, tenacity and utilized aggressiveness when needed to win. In both of my court cases one invoving custody and another involving divorce proceedings Mr. Villar showed up like a super hero saving my day and shaping my future. I was in a perdicament where I was looking at losing everything from joint custody of my daughter in one case and facing unentitled spousal support, retirement spousal pay out and loss of my home in another. Mike prevented all of the above mentioned from happening. I have also referred his expertise to close family and friends who have had complicated cases. On every occasion that he was utilized by them he showed up again like the man with an S on his chest and a red cape on his back and saved the day. I can't say enough about Mr. Villar but in closing this review I will say this. He delivers the best and proves to be the best in representing his clients with personable interest in obtaining desired results. So with all that being said if you desire legal assistance that can save the day call Mike Villar today!
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Posted by Harry | May 3, 2018
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Best Defense Attorney Ever!!!!
I would highly recommend Mike Villar. He help me thew a case and it worked out better than what we thought! No jail no probation no community service!! Excellent work!! Thank you again Mike
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Michigan Attorney
Michael Villar is an outstanding attorney that will be honest with you about your situation, but always promises to fight for his clients to the best of his ability. Mike was able to work with the prosecutors and give me the best possible outcome for my situation. At the pretrial, the judge even stated that the case's result was "highly unusual." Mike is a top notch lawyer that will be relentless in fighting for you, but is also a compassionate person that wants the best for his clients. I would recommend Mike to anyone that needs legal assistance.
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Posted by Dan | June 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
DUI
Mike took control of case from the onset. He walked me through it step by step and was upfront with me on what our defense would be. His calming demeanor helped me with my high anxiety, but more importantly his experience and persistence garnered me the best possible results at sentancing. He was always available via email for questions and concerns. I highly recommend Mike for your legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2016
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Best decision I ever made!!
I had the odds stacked against me with an unfair charge and was certain that I would not be able to bounce back from a horrible situation. I was terrified; it seemed as though nothing was going my way and that I would be swallowed alive by the legal system. Mike Villar was so professional, confident and powerful in the courtroom that the first time I heard him speak I KNEW that things were going to go my way. I had asked around to friends and everyone told me that Mr. Villar was amazing both in and out of the courtroom. Once I heard him plead my case I was a believer. He is the best attorney in Michigan, and maybe the US as far as I'm concerned. He destroyed the prosecution and gave me an outcome that even I couldn't believe. This was by far the best money I've ever spent, and I honestly couldn't believe that he didn't charge more after I saw him in action. I now recommend him to all of my friends and family. Completely pleased with his services.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2015
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Genuine yet diplomatic
I'm a real estate broker so I can recognize when someone is good or not through years of reading people. I am out of state and my first attorney was referred by one of my good friends that's an attorney in my state. Unfortunately my friend didn't know much about the first attorney. I sensed he wasn't what I wanted. I then reached out to a friend that played in a band in Saugatuck, and everyone kept telling him Mike Villar. The second I talked to him on the phone I could tell he was the real deal. This guys rates were very reasonable, and he fully understood all the procedures of what was happening to us. We were way overcharged for drinking at Oval Beach watching a sunset. If we would of stayed with the previous attorney it could of affected our lives for a long time. What I loved about Mike was that he said the way he works is he goes in like honey, and if he doesn't get what he wants then he turns to vinegar. Being in real estate I appreciated that! Going in thinking the worst, Mike not only got me the best case deal, but he left me leaving with a feeling that I even enjoyed the day because of his genuineness and positive energy. He talked with us for another 30 minutes that had nothing to do with the court. Very pleasant experience with him, and I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Dustin | June 30, 2015
Michael Villar Was Able To Do What 3 Other Attorneys Could Not Accomplish
Michael Villar is a fierce legal representative who confidently took my case and produced results. My case was unreal to a lot of people so Mr. Villar had his work cut out for him. I was taken advantage of early on in my divorce case due to me living outside of the state of Michigan. I was left with a mess involving parenting time and outrageous support obligations that were put into place with orders produced by manipulation via my ex wife. I had 3 other attorneys prior to Michael Villar who were all shut down in court while trying to resolve my issues. My ex wife won in the beginning but finally about 3 years later I was still fighting and the good lord put me in front of Michael Villar. When I sat in Mr. Villars office the first time we met, I looked around as I spoke to him and got the feeling that this man was not going to feed me garbage, he would give it to me straight every time. His simplicity along with his unmasked emotion brought a sense of comfort that I had not experienced with previous attorneys. My other attorneys were very intimidated by my ex wives council to where I had been making wasted trips to court in Allegan Michigan from Pennsylvania and Ohio for some time at this point. Michael Villars vast knowledge of the law combined with his fierce direct approach put the opposing council on their heals. I had never seen my ex wives attorney look even close to intimidated until he met Mr. Villar. I spoke to Mr. Villar in spring of 2014 and by that summer he had convinced my ex wives attorney to advise my ex wife to work with me on parenting time until the final order was issued by the judge. I had a total of almost one entire month in my home in Ohio with my kids during the summer of 2014 along with monthly weekend visits in Ohio where my ex wife was sharing 25% of the travel (about 2.25 hours out of the 9 hour round trip). Since my divorce began in 2011, my wife was dodging my parenting time visits and creating issues due to a vague order that was drawn up by her council. So what Michael Villar did for me that summer was a big deal in my eyes. Next Michael Villar made it to where I had my first Christmas with my kids and one week of Christmas break in 2014 and then all of Spring break 2015 (over one week) all in my home in Ohio. Remember that this was all accomplished without a court order due to delays outside of Michael Villars control within the court system. There is now a proper parenting time order in place where my ex wife has to split the 9 hour round trip to Ohio 50/50 and she no longer can play games with out consequences. Next Michael Villar settled a show cause issue involving a debt from my ex wife and had a credit applied to my large support balance since I had already paid the debt off. The next part of my case was tough but Michael Villar was able to review my documents I had saved over the years and called the judge out on a mistake made by the courts mixed with false statements made by my ex wife. The judge agreed with the error on the behalf of the courts and allowed me to revisit a judgement involving arrearages that were awarded to my ex wife totaling more than 20k. Michael was able to prove that my ex wife was not entitled to any of that money and exposed my ex wives unethical maneuvers that manipulated the courts into ordering me to pay her that money. The judge reversed the judgement and has credited me every single penny of what I had already paid he also completely removed the balance that I still owed on the the false arrearages. Michael Villar did what all other attorneys in my past could not get done for me since 2011. By June of 2015, Michael Villar has gotten every single issue resolved for me with a 100% win rate. Michael works with honesty, integrity, and a strong motivation to stand up for what is right. Michael Villar is a true leader in his profession.
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Posted by Jim | August 3, 2013
Mike saved my future!!!
I made a poor decision one night while hanging out with some friends, and I ended up having multiple charges against me. I thought my life and my future were ruined! Mike represented me in my case and I have no criminal record and received a better deal than my other friends! I never thought I would have been able to walk away from that situation with a clean slate. I highly recommend having Mike represent you, especially if the odds seem stacked!!! HE'S A MIRACLE WORKER!
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Posted by Pamela | December 18, 2012
Mr. Villar went above and beyond!!!
Mike Villar served me extremely well as an attorney. He went above and beyond to get me what I deserved in my personal injury case. I found him to be very trustworthy and approachable. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has been in an accident. And if I ever need an attorney again, I will definitely call Mike Villar!
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worthless. He just talks a lot, bills you, and then does nothing.
First, be prepared to pay him to tell stories about his kids or his music. He once spent 20 minutes pretending to look for a file (which didn’t exist) while talking about himself and his children. That conversation cost me over $80. I likely paid hundreds to hear about them. Second, Mike doesn’t ever follow up. When he promises to do something, you’ll have to pay for another meeting to find out whether or not he ever did it. Almost always you’ll be told that he’s almost done and then make you another false promise. Basically, if there isn’t an absolute deadline set by a court, he is almost guaranteed to do nothing other than talk and bill you. Hiring Mike was a terrible decision. I would advise anyone considering talking with him to not do it. You’d be better off choosing an attorney by throwing a dart at a list of attorneys than picking him. I’ve heard others talk about his reputation for being lazy, but unfortunately I didn’t hear them until after I learned about him first hand.
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Response from Michael Villar January 23, 2019
I am sorry that you feel the way that you do about my representation of you. I also wish you would have spoken to me about your concerns during the time that I was your attorney. If you believe that I billed you for something inappropriately, I would be more than glad to address that issue with you. If you feel that I did not do as I promised, I would also be glad to talk to you about that. However, since you posted your comment anonymously, I do not know who you are or I would reach out and try to resolve your concerns. If you contact me, I will do what I can to address your issues and to make it right if it is possible.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Villar Law Offices
  • 2012 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Verde Law Offices
  • 2007 - Present
  • Owner
  • Allegan Law Offices
  • 1994 - 2007
  • Court of Appeals Law Clerk
  • State of Michigan
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable George R. Corsiglia
  • Allegan County
  • 1991 - 1992
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Education

  • The University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • David Lipscomb College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • van Melle v Bariatric Treatment Centers
  • A non-disclosure agreement was signed, so I cannot reveal the amount recovered, although it was significant.
  • Lovelady v Stone
  • Judgment for Plaintiff. $207,000.

Associations

  • Allegan County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Allegan Downtown Development Authority
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2021
  • Cabaret Band Show
  • Band Member -- Vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, percussion
  • 2010 - 2023
  • People to People Ambassadors
  • Attorney Delegate to Cuban Government
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Allegan Bar Association
  • President
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Allegan Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Allegan County Fair
  • Member of Board of Directors
  • 1996 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 DUI Defense Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2023
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2023
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2023
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2023
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2022
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney
  • American Association of Attorney Advocates
  • 2022
  • Top 10 DUI Defense Attorney
  • American Associattion of Attorney Advocates
  • 2022
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2022
  • 10 Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Michigan
  • American Institute of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2021
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2021
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney - Michigan
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2021
  • 10 Best DUI/DWI Attorneys in Michigan
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2021
  • TOP 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Michigan
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • 10 Best DUI/DWI Attorneys in Michigan
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2019
  • Best of the Best Criminal Attorney in 2018
  • Holland Sentinel
  • 2019
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • "10 Best" Attorneys for Michigan
  • Association Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • "10 Best" Attorneys for Michigan
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top OWI Attorneys in Michigan
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC
  • 2015
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" Attorneys for Michigan
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Excellent Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Attorney Delegate to Cuban Government
  • People to People Ambassadors
  • 2001
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Publications

  • Allegan County News
  • A Day in the Life of Joe Taxpayer
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Local Business Conference
  • Should your business become an LLC?
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Endorse Michael
Litigation Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike has a tremendous passion for justice, and a strong commitment to his clients. It was refreshing to collaborate with such a no-nonsense litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Villar. Michael is a fighter for his client's rights and aggressively pursues any defense to obtain a favorable resolution of his cases. I have seen him in court in Allegan and observed him in action. Attorney Villar is top notch!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Integrity. Attorney Villar aggressively defends the notion of justice, even when no one else will. He works tirelessly for his clients, even when no one is watching. He swims against the stream, even when the fight doesn't personally benefit him or his legal practice. For the last 15 years, I have watched Attorney Villar and learned what it means to be a great person and a great lawyer. It is my privilege to endorse Attorney Villar. If you are looking for justice, look no further."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Villar has vast knowledge and years of experience which he uses to benefit his clients. He is well respected in the legal community and he fights zealously to make sure his client's rights are represented."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Villar is one of the best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Western Michigan. I have worked with and against Attorney Villar for over 20 years. I endorse Attorney Villar without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mike Villar for more than 12 years. He is, hands down, one of the best litigators I have had the opportunity to meet in my 25+ years of practice. He is smart, thinks outside of the box and is knowledgeable in many areas - criminal, real estate, family law, business matter. I have used Mike personally as a mediator and referred hundreds of cases to him on a wide variety of matters."
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