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Thomas B. Baynton

Criminal defense Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Law Office of Thomas Baynton PLLC

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1995
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I handle all felonies and misdemeanors covering all of western michigan. I have been sucessful defending all crimes from attempted murder to drug crimes to sex crimes.

    28 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    All facets of Family Law

  3. DUI and DWI
    Operating While Intoxicated, Operating While Visibly Impaired, Operating under the influence of drugs, Zero Tolerance (under 21 years old), "Super Drunk Driving" (BAL ,17 and over);

    28 years, 200 cases

  4. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    Stop creditor harassment. Stop garnishments, repossessions, and lawsuits. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy liquidates your debts and gives you the fresh start you need and may be entitled to under federal bankruptcy law.

    24 years, 500 cases

How does someone choose the "right attorney"? I believe that the client must feel comfortable with the attorney, along with having confidence in the attorney's abilities in dealing with the issues at hand.

I  specialize in criminal and bankruptcy law. I also handle divorce, license restoration, and debt settlement. I offer personal service and have been very successful in keeping my clients out of jail. In practicing bankruptcy law, in addition to guiding my client through the bankruptcy process, I offer advice to my clients on how to avoid various debt traps and how to live within a budget , but only if they want the advise. I respect my client's right to make their own decisions regarding their lives.

Come on in for a free consultation. I may not be the right fit for every person, but you will not get any high pressure tactics, and you can decide if me representing you and your family is the right decision for you.

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Law Office of THomas Baynton PLLC
1444 Michigan NE
Ste 9
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You!
Tom is a great attorney. If someone asked me to recommend someone it would be Tom. He turned my case around. Communicated very well with me. Upfront and honest.
Posted by Sherry Pifer | July 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Tom is very professional
Tom handled my bankruptcy and he was very professional and best price in town . He is easily located in Grand Rapids . I would always recommend him for the field of bankruptcies . He is easily understood and gos over it thougfhrly . Sherry
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer for DUI, adn criminal
Thomas Baynton is an awesome Attorney! If you are reading this pick up the phone and give him a call ASAP. He is a very caring guy and goes out of his way to communicate everything about your case to you. Well for one I was charged with a felony that could have killed by chance at a future. He was able to get the prosecutor to give me probation, and I walked away pretty good and happy. Also, if you do your homework and call around for other attorney you will see they are not cheap, and he is quite quite affordable compared to the other price other attorney. So if you looking at attorney, just do pick someone because they have lots of reviews because that is what I did for an OWI and the lawyer never had the time of day for me and off course the OWI lawyer was expensive too. I would recommend Hackworth law to anyone who needed a trusted, friendly honest Attorney. Thank you very much Thomas, you save my life man and I appreciate the time you spend helping me out.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Pleased with attorney
Tom was very helpful and extremely efficient with my paperwork. He answered all the questions I had, and presented all the facts for a great outcome in court for my criminal defense.
Posted by Sharon | September 22, 2014
HIGHLY recommended
Mr. Thomas Baynton was my bankruptcy lawyer. He made me feel at ease at our first meeting. He did a great job of explaining to me everything I needed to know about the entire process and instantly put me at ease. He was with me when I had to face my creditors and I wasn't nervous like I thought I would be knowing he was by my side.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2011
Thomas Baynton - Bankruptcy
Tom handled our chap 13 and then our conversion to a chap 7. Tom gives it to you straight and offers good advice. He was very helpful in guiding us through a tough process. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering bankruptcy.
Posted by Dennis | September 13, 2011
Tom helped me!!!
I had a very difficult situation financially. With over 250,000 dollars of debt, I had no choice but to file bankruptcy and start over. Tom helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life. In a matter of weeks he had the paperwork handled and the filing had been done. All of the debt collector calls ceased and in 90 days I had been discharged of all the debt I had accumulated over 12 years. Thanks to Tom Baynton I am able to start over new and not worry anymore.
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Posted by Matt B | June 29, 2011
Changed my life
Tom is a fantastic lawyer... He was gracious enough to accept my case, and from day 1 was helpful, realistic, and honest. I have had friends who told me their lawyers didn't prepare them for what was going to happen, and really made the process sound easy... Tom is not that lawyer, he is 100 percent honest about what to expect, and really is on your side but wants to help get you ready for your trial. I appreciated his honesty, because as a young person, I was unaware of what was going on, and the true ramifications of my actions. Tom helped me to get through my case, and get a really great verdict.... I have to be frank, he really challenged me to think why I did what I did, and how it affects people.. and from their I went on to change my life! He really helped my realize I couldn't keep living the way I was, and that I needed to be more. I cannot tell you enough good things about Tom, and his service, and truly from the bottom of my heart, I owe him for changing my life. One piece of advice, if you are going to use Tom be prepared for honest reality... he is not a lawyer who promises you everything and delivers little... he is truthful and honest, and really helps you get prepared for your case.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Thomas Baynton
  • 1995 - Present


  • University of Detroit
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Grand Valley State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • Chapter 13 case
  • Husband lost job and case was converted to Chapter 7. Client's had almost paid off the vehicles, the arrears on the mortgages were caught up, and all unsecured debt will be discharged.
  • Criminal case
  • case dismissed
  • Domestic Violence Case
  • Both domestic violence case and PPO were dismissed.


  • Debtors Bar of West Michigan
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 1995 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau of West Michigan
  • member A+ rated
  • 2009 - 2014
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Trial College, Advanced Track
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2010
  • Trial College
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2007
  • Wall of Tolerance
  • National Campaign for Tolerance
  • 2005
  • American Jurisprudence Award-Criminal Procedure
  • LCP BW
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (7)
Endorse Thomas
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is sharp. I roomed with him at trial college, and I am on a few list serves with him. He always "direct lines" any legal scenario right to the controlling issues, and is able to formulate the arguments for both sides, and of course, why his side should win!... Highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Thomas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Baynton on a criminal matter that had pieces in Michigan and in Texas. I found Mr. Baynton to be extremely professional and effective. It is a pleasure ot endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Tom at the 2010 Trial College put on by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. Tom is an incredibly talented attorney who clearly cares deeply for his clients. He has the skills and talent to take both civil and criminal cases to trial, and win."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thomas Baynton is a fabulous lawyer who goes the extra mile for his clients. Thomas and I know each other through extensive training we have participated in together through the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. His trial skills impress me and I would not hesitate to send clients to Thomas. Not only are his trial skills top notch, but the level of compassion he shows for his clients is tremendous."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know him and his work. He is very experienced, qualified and affordable."
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Grand Rapids Criminal defense Lawyer Thomas B. Baynton
Thomas B. Baynton
Criminal defense Attorney
Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed for 28 years
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