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Michael Bruce Brown

Criminal defense Attorney at Ludington, MI

4.8   11 reviews

also known as Law Office of Michael B. Brown

  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 10 years
    Arizona - AZ 15 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    55%
    Attorney Brown helps individuals charged with crimes stand up to the legal system to protect their rights, freedom, money, and reputation. If you have been investigated for, or charged with a criminal offense, you need to start preparing ASAP.

    16 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    Attorney Brown provides effective legal counsel and civil court representation for victims of sexual assault. He seeks fair settlements in claims involving inadequate security and other workplace issues.

    16 years

  3. Violent crime
    10%

    16 years

  4. Expungement
    5%

    13 years

Dedicated to helping people to stand up to the legal system to protect their rights, freedom, financial security, and reputation. 

 

I developed a passion for criminal law while taking classes with an excellent teacher in law school.  Professor David Moran, who has argued on criminal defendants' behalf before the Michigan Supreme Court, first opened my eyes to the massive variety of potential issues present in criminal cases.

 

I followed this new-found passion for criminal law into a paid internship with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in Detroit, where I first started developing my voice in the courtroom.  After graduation, I accepted an excellent offer of employment with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, serving the greater Phoenix, Arizona area.  In my role as Deputy County Attorney, I handled a wide range of felony and misdemeanor cases.  As a prosecutor, I learned about the criminal justice system from top to bottom.  More significantly, perhaps, I was indoctrinated into the prosecutor's mindset - the priorities, the challenges, and the inherent strengths of that position. 

 

After prosecuting for three years, I took a position in private practice where I could bring my talents as a trial attorney, negotiator, writer, and issue-spotter to defend the rights of the accused.  I now use those skills to help my cients understand the process and options as we go through the often confusing and intimidating criminal justice process. 

 

In two years of practice with my well-respected law firm, I had many successes.  I was able to convince prosecutors to fully dismiss serious felony charges against two of my clients.  I negotiated many felony charges down to misdemeanor plea offers.  In other cases, I was able to negotiate prison plea offers down to probation offers.  And in other cases, I was able to negotiate DUI plea offers into lesser, non-DUI offers.  In trial, I won some cases outright and earned split jury decisions in others.  In each and every case I handled, I treated my clients with the respect they deserved and handled their cases with the care that I would expect if I was in their shoes.  

 

Nevertheless, despite my success as a defense attorney in Arizona, I happily took the opportunity to return to my home state of Michigan to reunite with my wonderful family and friends.  Arizona was a nice place to live for awhile, but it doesn't compare to the friendly, down-to-earth people of Michigan or our beautiful lakes and forests.  As a lifelong hockey player and outdoor enthusiast, Michigan is truly home to me.

 

If you are in need of a criminal attorney, you need someone honest, intelligent, aggressive, tactful, and - most of all - devoted.  I am that attorney.  Let me be yours. 

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Location

Law Office of Michael B. Brown, PLLC
214 East Ludington Avenue
Ludington, MI, 49431

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Rick | June 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and friendly
Micheal is a great lawyer. Knowledgable and known in the area. My case was dismissed without prejudice.
Posted by Matt | February 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Misdemeanor OWI and High Court Misdemeanor Loaded Weapon Charge
Michael did an excellent job working with the prosecutor in dropping the charges down to an impaired driving charge and a reckless use of firearm charge. These were both 93 day misdemeanors contrary to the original charges of 1 year in jail for the OWI and up to 2 years in prison. I got off only on probation for 6 months on both charges. I highly endorse Michael and his very successful endeavors in court.
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Posted by Drake | April 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal misdemeanor
Mr. Brown represented me in a case involving two criminal misdemeanor charges by the DNR. I was found not guilty on both charges. Mr. Brown did a wonderful job in his eximanation of myself and the CO. I fully believe I was found inoccent due to his hard work, knowledge of the law, reading of the jury during jury selection and large amount of preparation among many other things. If I am ever in a similar situation my first call would be to Mr. Brown. I could not be more thankful for his effort, preparation and the execution of that preparation.
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Posted by William | March 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quality Attorney
Michael is a great guy and an amazing lawyer. He fought for me tooth and nail, worked with me extensively and understood my concerns. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Eric | January 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Brown represented me as a court appointed attourney in Ottawa County Family Court concerning parental rights.
Mr brown spent time effort and compassion in dealing with my case. Though I was incarcerated he saw me as a human with a valuable life who was trying to keep his own son. He answered questions was prompt and informed. Demanded my dignity from a tough position and in any other circumstance would of won my case. He is a bonus to the legal system and id like him on my team in any courtroom. He took time to know me and listen to facts. We need more michael browns in the proffession. Im a multiple felon and the deck was stacked yet he revealed my point passion and validity for my argument.
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Posted by Arron | January 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Win in Crawford! Case dropped quickly. Such a good lawyer and a nice man.
I was charged with a felony concealed weapon for possessing a machete in the back of my gmc Envoy. The item was never intended to be used as a weapon and under the law Mr.Brown found a machete is specifically mentioned as a tool. Using the law he found he was able to get my case dropped completely ! Very helpful and nice. Genuinely cares and is there to help. He got ahold of me weeks before trial and explained anything i needed to and or wanted to know. Before we even talked in person he had a plan of action ready and set. He researched laws pertaining to my situation and found one directly related to my case and got it dropped. Easy to contact and is very good at getting back to you if he missed you. Would honestly recommend him to anyone whos in need of his services.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2015
Best West Michigan Lawyer Out There
I was charged with Retail Fraud (3rd degree) and had no idea where to go or what to do. It was my first time dealing with criminal law issues and I needed help fast. Before I chose Michael as my attorney, I talked to other attorneys about representing me and didn't end up liking any one of them. They promised me that their years worth of experience was going to get me the results I wanted. Michael, on the other hand, was upfront and honest about my situation and told me he was going to handle my case with professionalism and integrity, but that he cannot guarantee any results. Send him a text, he answers. Send him an e-mail, he answers. Call him, he answers that too. Those are signs of a professional attorney. An attorney that knows you're in trouble and you have questions, and many of them. I was lucky enough to be charged with this crime (if there is such a thing as being charged luckily) in a court where Michael already had an established connection with the prosecutor that ended up being in charge of my case, which may be one of the reasons why I received a very good plea bargain. The other reason, of course, is that Michael knows what he's doing. An established West Michigan presence + legal know-how is what makes Michael an attorney worth getting. He saved my reputation, perhaps he can save yours too.
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Posted by Holly Alegria | October 26, 2014
Effective and Efficient lawyer
He has done great work with my DWI case here in AZ. Always able to reach him , answered all my questions, very thorough, and so much more. He works hard and CARDS about his clients your not a number to him. I hate that I lost him only cause two things case was over resolved and he moved.
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2014
Review for Michael Brown
Michael was always available for any questions I had. He kept me very informed on everything. I felt he worked very hard for me and was very honest. He let me know everything pros and cons. He was on time and very professional. If he was still working in Arizona and I would need a lawyer I would use his services again.
Posted by Greg M | December 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
Got the result I wanted and would return to him. Only issue was he seemed to be overworked at times and was hard to get a hold of.
Posted by Scott | June 24, 2015
DUI Victory
I employed Mr. Brown on a DUI case in Scottsdale, AZ. In this case I was never in control or driving the vehicle but was being prosecuted by the Scottsdale Police for just that. Mr. Brown took my case and fought through the political machine that the Scottsdale DUI court can become. His persistence and excellent communication skills brought light to a jury otherwise in the dark. The outcome was a "hung Jury". A victory for the Defendant and a win/win outcome for Michael Brown.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michael B. Brown
  • 2014 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Knowles Law Firm
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Deputy County Attorney
  • Maricopa County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Attorney Intern
  • Wayne County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM)
  • Trial Advocacy College
  • 2014
  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Hope College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Wayne State University Law School Mock Trial Team
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2008

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Hope College
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Michigan Supreme Court Community Connections - Local Attorney Issue Introduction at Jenison High School
  • In Re Certified Question from the US COA 9th Circuit - Deacon v Pandora Media Inc
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (22)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a great attorney. I have referred cases to Michael, and I recommend him to you. He takes every matter seriously. He listens and works hard, and he invests in his clients, just like I do. He has trial experience, so you can count on him to fight for you and not cower. He has handled numerous matters in numerous jurisdictions, so he’s agile and confident in court. You cannot go wrong with Michael."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael and I were opposing counsel on a number of criminal matters in his time with the Maricopa County Attorneys' Office. Michael was always reasonable and willing to discuss matters. Overall, Michael is an excellent attorney and I have no hesitation in recommending him for your legal needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael and I worked as opposing counsel on a criminal matter when he was a prosecutor. The case involved some expert testimony and Michael did an excellent job of cross-examining the expert."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Brown when he was a prosecutor with Maricopa County. Mr. Brown is not only an exceptional lawyer, he is an honest and hard working professional. I highly recommend Mr. Brown."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Mr. Brown as a fellow prosecutor at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Brown is an outstanding attorney who strives to do what is right by his clients. Highly recommend Mr. Brown."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mike is a tremendous lawyer. We went head-to-head on numerous cases when he was a prosecutor. He is a fighter and also a thoughtful attorney. He cares about his clients' rights and always seeks to promote their interests aggressively."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked on both sides of the aisle with Mr. Brown and have always known him to be an intelligent, hardworking attorney. Any client would be fortunate to have him on their side. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Mr. Brown as an attorney. He is an knowledgeable attorney with an impeccable reputation. He not only cares about his clients, but will zealously and aggressively defend them and their rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael for a number of years. He is an excellent attorney that strives to get quality results for his clients. He is knowledgeable about all aspects of the law and uses that knowledge to his client's advantage. I would not hesitate in recommending Michael to someone looking for a criminal defense attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Friend
"I had the pleasure working alongside Michael for approximately 2 years while he was a prosecutor at the Maricopa County Attorneys Office. Our friendship continued as he went into private practice. Michael is a hardworking, intelligent attorney. He zealously defends his clients and ensures their rights are upheld while ensuring favorable resolutions of cases. I have no doubt Michael's successful practice of law continue in Michigan."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Brown both when he was a prosecutor as well as a criminal defense attorney at the Knowles Law Firm. I can personally attest that Mr. Brown is a passionate advocate who has a great rapport with all of his clients. He achieves excellent results by thoroughly preparing for his cases and applying his detailed knowledge of the law. I fully endorse Mr. Brown."
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Ludington Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Bruce Brown
Michael Bruce Brown
Criminal defense Attorney
Ludington, MI
Licensed for 15 years
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