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Gary K. Springstead

Federal crime Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

4.9   157 reviews

also known as SBBL Law (Springstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch, PLLC)

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  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Gary

Learn Gary’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    50%
    Fraud, bank fraud, embezzlements, wire fraud, ponzi schemes, drugs and drug conspiracies, health care fraud, gun charges, sex crimes, identity theft, immigration crimes, and computer crimes

    19 years

  2. White collar crime
    25%
    Embezzlements, fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, investment frauds, ponzi schemes, health care fraud, identity theft, and computer crimes.

    19 years

  3. Criminal defense
    10%
    Federal and state (Michigan) criminal defense. White collar criminal defense, including bribery, conspiracy, ponzi schemes, embezzlement, mail fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, money laundering, tax evasion; drugs charges, immigration, weapons/firearms/felon in possession, (aggravated) identity theft, bank robbery, murder, csc, drug charges (pwid), fleeing & eluding, R & O, drunk driving, driving while intoxicated, driving while visibly impaired, assault/battery, domestic violence, 7411

    19 years

  4. DUI and DWI
    10%
    Serious felonies and misdemeanor charges. Operating while intoxicated causing death, serious physical injury, operating while intoxicated, operating while visibly impaired, reckless driving, careless driving. Extremely knowledgeable on lab protocols on blood tests, preliminary breath tests (pbt), field sobriety tests, and datamaster evidence.

    19 years

  5. Sex crime
    5%
    Federal and state sex crimes, including criminal sexual conduct (CSC), sex trafficking, and pornography charges.

    19 years

AWARD-WINNING FORMER FBI AGENT, SPECIAL AUSA & SUPER LAWYER TAKING ON FEDERAL CRIMINAL CASES THROUGHOUT THE US AS WELL AS STATE CRIMINAL CHARGES IN MICHIGAN | LEADING A TEAM OF FORMER FBI AGENTS, FEDERAL PROSECUTORS, AND JAG ATTORNEYS < NOW ON YOUR SIDE >

Former F.B.I. Special Agent | Super Lawyer for Criminal Law 2011-2021 | Avvo 10.0 | Client's Choice Award | National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers| American Bar Association, White Collar Crime Section | National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | Board of Directors, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (Past) | National College of DUI Defense

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Location

Springstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch, P.L.L.C
60 Monroe Center St NW #500
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
Springstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch, P.L.L.C.
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  157 customer reviews
Posted by Jim | September 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Greatest Defense Lawyer
I am so glad I chose Gary to represent me. Gray told me that he would fight for a complete dismissal of all charges against me. It was a tough battle, but Gary and Nicole never gave up. They kept me informed and updated at every stage of this year and a half ordeal. Thank You So Much Jim Thank you so much
Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2019
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White Collar Crime Success
Being targeted in a white collar criminal matter has to be one of the scariest moments in one’s life, especially when you did nothing wrong. From the very moment that I contacted Gary to seek his assistance, and before I decided to engage his services, Gary put me at ease. He was even very willing to talk to me on a weekend to listen to my story and immediately describe the process and how he can help. From that moment on, I ceased talking to other attorneys and hired Gary. I was not disappointed. Gary was thorough and diligent in all respects. It was clear he was on my side and aggressively seeking a resolution. He was always very responsive to my communications and listened to my concerns throughout. Even after the matter was settled he was always there for me. I could not give him a higher rating . If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to answer to potential white collar charges, you can be assured that Gary is one of the top advocates you could ever want on your side. And I say this as a person who has significant legal experience so I deal with many lawyers and I recognize the vast difference between a great advocate versus someone who just takes your money and operates on cruise control. Gary is a great advocate!
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2020
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Federal White Collar Crime
Based upon a family friend's recommendation, I met and worked with Gary Springstead shortly after I was arrested for a Federal Crime. He immediately got me released from jail on my own recognizance and worked diligently with me on my case for the next year and a half. Because of the court where my crime was located, he tirelessly traveled to the East Coast a number of times on my behalf, sometimes with only a couple of days notice. Going into my sentencing, I was facing 5 years of incarceration, a hefty fine and restitution. However, because of Gary and his team's hard work, knowledge of the system, and attention to detail, I ended up getting only probation (no jail time), no fine, and he saved me over $200,000 in restitution fees. I would highly recommend Mr. Springstead and his firm to anyone with any Federal Criminal issues. They are great at what they do and really take care of their clients.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2020
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World's Greatest Defense Lawyer
You won't regret hiring Gary. I was arrested and charged in Federal criminal court. I had another lawyer first who pressured me to take a deal and plead guilty. I refused because I was innocent. So I found Gary and asked him to take my case. Gary worked extremely hard on my case. Gary is not only a lawyer, but as a former FBI agent, he is also an investigator. As soon as he took over my case, he put a huge amount of his time and effort into studying and researching my case. He flew over to my area to meet me and the prosecutors several times. He also reached out to experts in the specific area and got help from them. Gary found a lot of holes in the prosecution's case and found new exculpatory evidence. Within a few months of taking my case, Gary was able to convince the AUSA to dismiss all the charges. His firm is the best and has a lot of resources with all different type of background can help any type of clients. Gary saved my life. I will recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2020
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Gary was great!
We battled a court case for roughly a year and he would not settle for anything they offered! I highly recommend Gary Springstead to anyone! Worth every penny and would hire him again if I ever needed anything! Lots of communication between him and his office, they were truly helpful and always kept me in the loop. 5 starts for Gary!
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Posted by Joseph | August 5, 2023
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I highly recommend
"I wanna start by saying thank you sooooo much to Gary springstead and Nicole springstead when they first took my case I didn't know what to expect being my first time incarcerated and facing 10+ years for a bunch of stuff I got myself mixed in. My case had involved lots of money, lots of guns and lots of drugs. Gary and Nicole worked with me for over 2 years in the federal process and was extremely good wit communication and and following up on everything and informing me on everything going on. I have to say these were not your typical lawyers they actually felt like really good friends who were willing to fight to get me the best deal possible there consistency and professionalism is what ultimately got me what I wanted and I will be able to be home very soon with starting with 10+ years ended with a 48 month sentence is a huge relief, I cannot thank them enough Gary as flown over numerous of times just to talk with me and assure me any issues or concerns I've may had. Thank you so much guys for everything I will not forget you, and we will stay in touch"
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2023
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You get what you pay for. Worth every cent.
If you find yourself facing serious criminal charges I highly recommend both Gary and Nicole. Throughout my ordeal, they did all they could to get charges dismissed. Despite their best efforts, it went to trial but this is where they really shined. Both Gary and Nicole were on top of their game. They were well prepared and able to effectively adapt to to the precariousness that accompanies any trial. In the end, I was acquitted of all charges by a jury of my peers in less than 40 minutes due to their efforts. The legal system is complicated, confusing, and often brutal. Legal representation is not something you can cut corners on and Gary and Nicole were worth every cent.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2023
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The best attorney!
I can tell Gary Springstead and his associates are the best! From the beginning he was so patient,very polite,knowledgeable and very professional at his work.My case was dismissed thanks to Gary Springstead,even it was complicated,he and his assistant Nicole Springstead had tried their best working on this case and finally got the best result even sometimes I was little hopeless,they’ve been very nice and supportive.With one word,excellent job,excellent team and excellent attorney!!! So grateful to Gary Springstead and his team!
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Posted by Jason | February 24, 2023
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Great Advice & Counsel
Gary was great. He listened to what we were going through, asked the right questions and provided excellent legal advice. He was always available to help. I would recommend Gary to anyone.
Posted by Ty | February 11, 2023
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Client
Gary went above and beyond what you topically expect from a defense attorney. During my criminal case he made himself available to answer any and all questions I had, even if they weren't related to the case. If for some reason he was not going to be available, he made sure he had somebody in place to make sure I had someone to reach out to if needed. After my release Gary had contacted me to ensure I was adjusting back to normal life without any issues. He offered support if I needed it, and was willing to write a letter of recommendation if it would help me find employment. Gary will fight for you like you're a member of his family, and I have nothing negative to say about his time representing me.
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2022
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The best Federal defence lawyer in our cournty
I got myself into serious trouble and got arrested for a short period. After being bailed out, I found Gary K. Springstead and hired him to help me. The reason I hired him is that he is not only a lawyer, but he was also an FBI investigator who understands how both sides’ perspectives. He took my case and flew over to my area to meet with me in person. He studied my case very carefully, and he also recommended other experts to find more details and truth behind the case. He flew over to meet with the investigation team several times. His communication skill with the other side really helped the case a lot. He researched the related laws and applied them to my case. In a few months, in the end, my case got dropped! I fully trusted Gary and I believed he will get me out of the trouble which he did. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2022
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Unfortunate one time situation, got dismissed.
I never imagined myself in a owi situation. I have always been super careful especially with a family and a very “public eye” career. I researched and talked to a few lawyers and chose Gary Springstead because of his professionalism, experience, patience, and confidence. Gary and his team upheld my first impressions and I was informed and directed through the process. After Gary received dash cam and all evidence he was able to find some very specific facts and occurrences that helped my case get dismissed by the court. He personally called me as soon as he and Nicole got the news. If you are looking for someone that is above and goes beyond the rest I would absolutely go with Gary Springstead.
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Posted by Mitchell | September 30, 2022
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Exceptional Lawyer
Gary was an absolute powerhouse in the courtroom. From prior to being charged, all the way to sentencing, Gary paid close attention to all of the details of my case as well as outlining all of my positive characteristics to write up a compelling argument as to why I should stay out of Federal Prison. Going into sentencing, I was facing 46 to 57 months in prison, and Gary was able to successfully get me probation with no jail time! I could not be happier with the result. Him and his assistant Nicole are some of the most sincere and professional people I have ever came across. He is exceptionally knowledgeable in the area of law, hiring him was the best decision I made. I am confident had I hired another attorney, my outcome would be very different. If you are dealing with a legal matter (especially in federal court), do not hesitate to give Gary a call. You will be glad you did.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2022
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Incredible Lawyer - Best Decision You'll Make
Gary is an outstanding lawyer who cares about his clients. He is knowledgeable, honest, and transparent. Throughout the process, Gary and the office were responsive and extremely helpful. I knew I had a lawyer willing to fight for me and put in the effort necessary. Gary saved me from some serious repercussions of my charge and helped me receive a reduced sentence. Truly one of the best, and I am thankful that I hired Gary as the attorney to represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2022
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Grateful Client
Gary Springstead led us through the legal process with excellence and optimism every step of the way. He got us the best possible outcome in a situation that would have otherwise had long term ramifications for my son. I can’t imagine a more positive experience than we had with Gary Springstead. Highly recommend!
Posted by Matt | December 29, 2021
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Best Money I Ever Spent
Gary and the firm represented me with a level of verocity that one could not expect. From pre trial all the way to the trial, I couldn't have asked for a better prepared and skilled lawyer to be on my side. Thank you Gary and team for all of your time, preparation and presentation of my defense. I couldn't dream up better service.
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Posted by Trevor | October 4, 2021
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The Best in the West!
I am so glad I hired Gary Springstead to be my attorney. I was charged with criminal allegations that could have followed me for many years. He and his associate Nicole believed in me and fought hard for me. They battled for 9 months, and would not settled until he had charges dismissed or greatly reduced. He never stopped defending me. Gary and Nicole were always their to support me and my family. Whenever I called, either Gary or Nicole called me back the same day. They both kept me calm when I was ready to blow. To this day they are still there if I need them. Tammy who is in the Fremont office was also great. She kept me informed of every proceeding and court date along the way. I would recommend Gary to anyone who needs an attorney who will fight for them until the end. My life could be very different right now if it were not for Gary, Nicole and Tammy.
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Posted by Chase | September 22, 2021
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Review
I hired Gary Springstead to help me with a misdemeanor boating violation. Gary was great at filling me in on any new information and upcoming dates from the court. His associate attorney Nicole Springstead was also very helpful when it came to answering any questions I had throughout the process, and I could not be happier with the outcome. I would definitely recommend him to a friend!
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Posted by Melissa | August 30, 2021
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Knowledgeable and concise
We contacted Gary K. Springstead in August 2021 after receiving a call from an FBI agent interested in talking to one of our children. The case was politically sensitive and high-profile, so we searched for attorneys on Avvo, and one of them was Gary, who answered our call in a timely fashion. During our consultation, he was knowledgeable and provided information that helped us to analyze our steps. Luckily, our case was dropped before we even hired Gary's services. Even though we informed him about the unexpected good news, he offered more guidance. We appreciated his work ethic and have no doubt we would be in good hands with him. I would not hesitate to contact Gary if I ever need him again.
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2021
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a trusted ally
Gary came to our aid when we were confused, afraid, and unfairly treated by the law enforcement system. He returned our nighttime call immediately and met with us first thing the next morning. Gary took the facts from us and helped us understand the charges. He is calm, assuring, smart, thorough, and efficient. He helped us by giving us an accurate, fair, solid defense and saw us through a very difficult time, with a positive outcome!!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Springstead Law Offices, P.C.
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Special Agent
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Special A.U.S.A. (Presidential Management Fellow)
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Presidential Management Fellow
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 1998 - 1999
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Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Constitutional Warrior
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Litigation Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Co-Chair of the Technology Subcommittee
  • 2011 - 2012
  • State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section
  • Council Member
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Newaygo County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Oceana County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Book Award
  • Boaz-Siegel Award, Labor Law
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (22)
Endorse Gary
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I litigated against Gary on many occasions in my former role as a federal prosecutor. He is always highly engaged with his clients and responsive to their needs. He also is a knowledgable adversary and aggressive litigator. I am honored to have joined his firm, and look forward to practicing together on behalf of our clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gary is a very experienced and capable criminal defense attorney. He is well respected by both prosecutors and Judges which definitely benefits his clients. He style and demeanor is comforting to clients and their families as they navigate through the criminal process."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary is a very good criminal defense lawyer. He is intelligent, has lots of experience and is known in the community as a top notch criminal attorney. When people seek an referral for a criminal defense attorney, I refer them to Gary."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Gary Springstead at a conference. I can tell in conversations that he works very hard for his clients to ensure that he goes above and beyond for each and every client. He was also very helpful and willing to give advice. I wholeheartedly endorse Gary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Just this week I watched Gary a motion to suppress in the Kent County District Court. I was impressed by his level of preparation and thoroughness ."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. As a federal prosecutor for many years, I know Gary Springstead to be one of the premier criminal defense attorneys in West Michigan. He has earned the reputation of a top-notch advocate for his clients, often obtaining results that other attorneys could not. He routinely takes on the most difficult, complex cases. I would not hesitate to recommend Gary to anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gary Springstead is not only a great lawyer who obtains excellent results for his clients, he is also kind and compassionate in his dealings with his clients. I would highly recommend this lawyer to anyone in need of quality representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you are in need of a great criminal defense attorney in Western Michigan, you should definitely contact Mr. Springstead of Springstead and Bartish Law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary is experienced, with a unique background in sophisticated criminal investigation. His clients are well served, having Gary on their side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Gary Springstead. He is a strong and aggressive advocate for his clients which has earned him respect from current and former clients as well as his colleagues in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Gary Springstead. Hard working, dedicated, and has a track record of successful case results. An asset to the legal profession. Respected member within the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer. Gary is aggressive and with good reason- he knows the law and knows how to use it to the full advantage of his clients! He is committed to a high level of client service and is very accessible. He absolutely strives to the be the best!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary and I have represented co-defendant's charged with various criminal matters in the Michigan State courts. Gary is professional and well respected by other lawyers and judges. He is always on the top of his game. He respects his clients and is an excellent advocate for their cause. Because of that, I have referred various federal matters to Gary and he has always done a great job."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gary. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Gary Springstead on multiple cases and came away impressed with his work-ethic, attention to detail, and drive for positive results. Gary is not hesitant to challenge any legal issue on behalf of his client. His knowledge and experience related to criminal law and procedure is immeasurable. In fact, I seek his opinion and guidance regarding legal issues from time to time on my own cases. I have seen Gary utilize his trial skills in both state and federal cases and would recommend him to anyone seeking representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Friend
"I had a client who was being targeted or a criminal investigation. The client was an employee of a company whose principal was the main target and they were investigating potential downstream activity by subordinate employees. My client knew nothing of the activity and was obviously scared about the situation. I referred the client to Gary who deftly handled the situation which resulted in no criminal charges. Gary did a great job and the client was very grateful. The client sent me a nice Christmas card thanking me for referring him to Gary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gary is a hard-working and knowledgeable trial attorney, and I feel 100% comfortable referring clients to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary Springstead is an intelligent, hardworking and zealous attorney. If I ever needed legal assistance I think I would choose Gary to represent me, seriously."
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Grand Rapids Federal crime Lawyer Gary K. Springstead
Gary K. Springstead
Federal crime Attorney
Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed for 24 years
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