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Shawn James Haff

About me

have been a lifelong resident of West Michigan. I graduated from Hudsonville High School in 1993. I went on to Grand Valley State University where I earned two Bachelor degrees: Political Science and Legal Studies. While attending GVSU, I served on the Student Senate, wrote for the school newspaper “The Lanthorn” and made the Dean’s list on a regular basis. Seeing so many injustices within our political and justice systems, I took my passion and went on to one of the most popular Law School’s in the United States: Thomas M. Cooley Law School. At law school, I received an Honor’s scholarship, and a Certification in Litigation. I also made the Dean’s list numerous times and was actively involved in many student activities.

I have honed my legal skills at a local prosecutor’s office, a high-profile West Michigan law firms and from handling hundreds of criminal cases.  I believe in treating my clients with respect and dignity. I will fight for my client’s rights all the time! I am dedicated to providing my clients with aggressive and affordable representation in all criminal matters. My legal skills have been proven in court, where I have an excellent track record in criminal jury trials.

I am a contrarian by nature and enjoy taking on the Government. I have a healthy skepticism of law enforcement and the police department.  This will be evident should I cross examine the cop that arrested you or that raided your house.

I live with my wife in Allendale, Michigan. We love to follow the Detroit Tigers and Lions.  We also enjoy fishing and Michigan’s great lakes.

I am a sincere attorney who really cares and spends time on his client's issues. I can handle all criminal matters and I can save you a lot of money when you are facing owi/dui or any other criminal charges.  My rates won't make you serve a life sentence of debt!

My initial consultation is totally free! I will personally handle your case from start to finish. Call me now at 616-438-6719!

I look forward to talking to you personally about your case and helping you out during this difficult time in your life!

Attorney Shawn James Haff



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
  3. Domestic Violence: 20%
  4. Violent Crime: 10%



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jared Clayton Austin

    Shawn is a premier criminal defense attorney in the Grand Rapids area. He combines passion, knowledge, and experience to get the best possible results for his clients. If a friend or loved one was facing a criminal charge in the Kent County area, I would definitely retain Shawn Haff.


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  • Jason S. Barrix

    Shawn is an excellent attorney and is highly respected by his peers in the community. I am happy to endorse Shawn. He truly cares about his clients and that they receive the best possible legal representation. Shawn is well versed and current on the law and is well respected by the Judges and Court staff he appears in front of.


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Contact info

The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan

2675 44th Street Suite 208
Grand Rapids, MI, 49519


MIActive And In Good Standing201005/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Litigation CertificateThomas M Cooley Law School2009
Dean's listThomas M Cooley2008
Dean's ListGrand Valley State University2006
Dean's ListGrand Valley State University2005
Dean's ListGrand Valley State University1997
Dean's ListGrand Valley State University1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan2014 - Present
OwnerThe West Michigan Criminal Defense Law Firm2012 - Present
OwnerThe Law Office of Shawn Haff2010 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Federalist SocietyPresident2008 - 2009
Students for LifeVice President1997 - 1998
Student Senator at GVSUSenator1997 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Creating a disturbancedismissed
Driving while license Suspendeddismissed
Parental Kidnapping charge dismissed!dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Go ArticlesCriminal Sexual Conduct Charges in Michigan2014
ezinearticlesWhat To Look For When You Hire A Lawyer2014
ezinearticlesShould You Go With a Public Defender?2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Grand Valley State UniversityLegal StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science2006
Grand Valley State UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1998