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Michael R. Bartish

About Michael 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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