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Michael R. Bartish

About me

I have practiced criminal law almost exclusively since I graduated from law school in 1998. I began my legal career as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.  I started off as a trial counsel (military prosecutor) and eventually attained the position of senior trial counsel where I was charged with training and supervising other trial counsel in the office.  After serving three years on the government side, I spent my last year on Active Duty has a trial defense counsel where I defended soldiers accused of a variety of offenses ranging from AWOL to murder. After four years of active duty, I went into private practice and now specializes in criminal defense and military law. I still serve in the Michigan National Guard as a Liutenant Colonel. 

I became a criminal defense attorney to help people.  Going though the criminal justice system is a scary process for both the defendant and the defendant's family.  The criminal justice system is not perfect and sometimes innocent people get swept up in it through no fault of their own.  Other times, good people simply make bad decisions.  In either case, the person needs someone they can trust to protect their rights and get them through this very difficult time.


I was named by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine as a 2009, 2011, and 2012 Rising Star. The selections for Michigan Super Lawyers are made only after a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Michigan Super Lawyer attorney-led research staff, and a good-standing disciplinary check. To be eligible for inclusion as a Rising Star, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    15 years, 400 cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
    15 years, 400 cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael J. Nichols

    I endorse this lawyer. Mike Bartish is an excellent attorney. He is bright and works hard for results for every one of his clients. I have worked on cases in which Mike represented co-defendants and I was very impressed with his work. I refer cases to Mike with confidence that he will get results!


    Michael Nichols DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Robert S. Whims

    I needed an attorney for a client/friend of mine that had a family member who was accused of 'resisting and obstructing' police officers downstate where Attorney Bartish works. It was a difficult case to defend, and I needed somebody who was both competent and trustworthy. In the state of Michigan it doesn't take much for a prosecutor to win a case like this. In fact, our law holds that you could be found guilty of resisting or obstructing a police officer if you delay or disobey a police order, even if they give you a clearly unlawful command! Results matter, and in this case Attorney Bartish was able to win the jury trial in thundering fashion - the jury took all of about 10 minutes to vote NOT GUILTY. If you need an excellent lawyer, do yourself a favor and hire Attorney Bartish.


    Robert Whims Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Springstead & Bartish Law, PLLC

15 Ionia Southwest
Suite 520
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Springstead & Bartish Law, PLLC

28 W. Main Street
Fremont, MI, 49412



MIActive And In Good Standing200305/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Staff Judge Advocate46th Military Police Command - Michigan National Guard2013 - Present
PartnerSpringstead & Bartish Law, PLLC2011 - Present
Senior Defense Counsel - Army ReservesUnited States Army & Army Reserve2007 - 2013
AssociateWilley & Chamberlain2005 - 2011
AssociateSmith Haughey Rice & Roegge2003 - 2005
Judge AdvocateU.S. Judge States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2012 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganBoard Member2012 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Litigation SectionCouncil Member2009 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganConstitutional Warrior2005 - Present
Criminal Justice Act Panel - Western District of MichiganPanel Member2005 - Present
State Bar Criminal Law SectionMember2004 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Michigan chapter)Member2004 - Present
State Appellate Defenders Office ForumMember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. W.L.Client acquitted of lone contested charge.
United States v. S.F.6th Circuit Victory and Significant Sentence Reduction
United States v. Timothy GibbsAt resentencing hearing, the district court ordered both sentences to run concurrently. Client's overall sentence was reduced by five years.
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Publication nameTitleDate
MLive: Grand Rapids PressWoman who took 3-year-old child from bus found not guilty of kidnapping2014
@Law magazine (NALS)"You Can't Handle the Truth!; Dispelling the Myths About the Military Justice System"2014
Grand Rapids PressRaogo Ouedraogo leaves jail after judge acquits him in Saranac man's 2007 disappearance2011
CDAM NewsletterSpotlight on Attorney - Michael R. Bartish2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. ArmyMilitary LawOfficer Advance Course2007
Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. ArmyMilitary LawOfficer Basic Course1999
University of Cincinnati College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Notre Dame Law SchoolGovernmentB.S.1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Notre Dame College of Law Practice Tracks ProgramMilitary and Criminal Law as a Practice2011
U.S. Army Trial Defese Service Great Lakes Regional ConferenceDefending UCMJ Sex Crimes2010