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Michael Stephen Edwards

Criminal defense Attorney at Layton, UT

5.0   18 reviews

also known as Mike Edwards, Michael S. Edwards

This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State UT
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

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Practice areas

Mike is a skilled lawyer who thrives on helping his clients get excellent results.  Mike has served as a JAG in the United States Army Reserves and the Utah Army National Guard, where he currently serves.  Because of this experience, he is particularly well suited to help military people with their legal problems.  Mike is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and five Army Commendation Medals.


Mike is a former prosecutor, so he can use the things he learned there to help his criminal defense clients achieve the best possible outcomes.


Mike is an avid reader, and is a student of history, with an emphasis on military history.


Michael S. Edwards, Attorney at Law, PLLC
377 Marshall Way
Layton, UT, 84041


5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by VIswa | May 31, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional Consulting
Mike is a very professional attorney and gave me a clear advice on my enquiry. He is very knowledgeable and truly cares.
Posted by Michael | September 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Crimminal Law
Mr Edwards has done a great job for me. He answered all my questions. He never judged me, as so many do. He was willing and did all in his power to resolve my case in my favor. I am very happy with the job he did and would use him again. He always responded to my emails or calls with in 24 hours. I am 100% satisfied.
Response from Michael Edwards September 11, 2017
Thank you for the positive review. Being helpful and responsive to my clients when they reach out to me is something I always try my best to do.
Posted by Amy | July 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He hit it out of the park for me
I was embarassed and ashamed of my dui arrest and Mike made me feel like a real person who had just made a mistake. He was always prompt returning my calls, and emails and was always sincere and I never felt rushed. He guided me with every right step to take to get my very serious situation reduced. It looked pretty bleak there at first but Mike kept giving me hope. I did the work he advised me to do and he basically got me the deal of a lifetime. I got the most lenient sentence I have ever heard of and my charge was reduced to impaired driving. I have learned a lot through this life changing process, and having the right attorney on your side is everything. Michael Edwards is literally the best because he truly had my best interest in mind and did everything in his power to make my day in court a win. He is the best phone call I could have made that destraught day after my arrest. He literally changed my life!
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Response from Michael Edwards July 31, 2017
Thank you so much for your kind and detailed review! You did a great job of summarizing the things I work hard to do for each of my clients! I always do my best for each client, so they can achieve the best outcomes possible!
Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest Military Man
Typically if someone says they have an honest attorney one would call that an oxymoron. However, Mr. Edwards is hands down the most honest, fair, and straight forward attorney I have ever met. He doesn't charge ridiculous fees for simple phone calls, or email exchanges. He does exactly what he says he going to, and sticks to his word. Case closed with the outcome I wanted and with very little stress. What a great man, who devotes his time to his country and clients! Thanks you Mike for your help and your service!
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Response from Michael Edwards October 5, 2016
Thank you for these kind words. I believe that honesty is an important part of integrity, and both are at the core of what makes a great attorney. I will continue to serve my clients with the utmost integrity, as I work hard to help their cases go as well as they possibly can.
Posted by Ryan | February 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's Great
Always easy to get a hold of. Responded to emails or calls right away. Very thorough and helpful on my case. Could actually tell he cared.
Response from Michael Edwards February 25, 2016
Thanks for the kind words, Ryan! This is how I try to take care of my clients. I appreciate your giving me the chance to work on your case!
Posted by Josh | June 23, 2015
A HUGE help in a very stressful time
Mr. Edwards is very professional and was always very easy to get a hold of when I had questions. He's very professional and upfront with his opinion regarding with case out come. I highly recommend him!
Posted by Phyllis | February 12, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Most attentive attorney I've had the pleasure of meeting
I would highly recommend Mr. Edwards for any legal matter you might have. He is extremely attentive, concerned and a very nice man (doesn't hurt a bit). My experience with Mr. Edwards was quite positive, and I would not hesitate to call on him for further legal council.
Posted by Leah | January 30, 2015
" Fair and very Knowledgeable."
Gave me advise many times over the phone without getting paid. He is very punctual in returning phone calls, which is very rare with the majority of lawyers out there. I will definitely recommend him to everyone! Not only he is knowledgeable, but trustworthy, fair and treats his client and even future client with respect.
Posted by Tyson | September 24, 2014
A lawyer you can count on to support you through the tough times of divorce/seperation.
My experience with Michael Edwards was above and beyond what I expected. Michael was very prompt and supportive in his response to concerns, questions, and emails. He took the time to inform me on State laws and statutes pertaining to my case. He was well versed and well informed in the areas of legal issues in my case. He was not afraid to tell me if he needed to do research or find out information prior to giving me advice or direction in a difficult issues in my case. I have referred friends and family to Michael and I would recommend him to others dealing with separation and divorce issues. Michael would text or email me promptly when he received information. I didn't have to wait for our scheduled appointment time. Michael would also provide me with other resources such as mediators that he trusted or had worked with prior. Michael's trustworthiness is well known in the Syracuse, UT area along with that he has the respect of many civil and religious leaders.
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Posted by Brittani | September 8, 2014
Highly recommended for divorce case!
I hired Mike after having a poor experience with a different attorney handling my divorce case. Mike answered all of my questions the same day I asked them and was very thorough and sound in his advice. His honesty, knowledge and experience were all very assuring that my case was in the right hands. If I ever need another attorney I will immediately go to Mike and recommend him to anyone in need of a divorce attorney. He made me feel like I was his most important client, my battle was far less painful because I had Mike representing me and am so grateful for his help and kindness!
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2014
Great Counsel-He is your guy
He is honest, hardworking, knowledgeable and will do an outstanding job for his clients. He was very personable, and answered all my phone calls, texts, or emails promptly. Helped me through a hard time in my life. I highly recommend him if you are in need of a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2014
my experience with Mike Edwards
this was my first experience with needing to retain legal representation for legal purposes. Mike was recommended to me by my wife's friend who had worked with Mike in the past. Mike was not only prompt and professional but also provided much needed reinsurance to me after hearing my side of the story. Hopefully never needed again in the future, but if I needed legal counsel again, I would contact Mike for help. His rate seemed quite fair based on my charges and there were no hidden fees .
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2014
Mr. Michael comes highly recommended, very professional
I had worked with two different attorneys on attempting to enforce a divorce settlement that I was having a difficult time collecting on. It dealt with a military retirement and the two prior attorneys were not able to help me at all. I had all but given up until I found Mr. Edwards. Mr. Edwards was able to succeed where the other two attorneys failed. He's very thorough, fair and extremely professional. I highly recommended him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2014
Fantastically Honest and Trustworthy
In May 2014 I was arrested for the first time in my life. It was the scariest thing I had ever experienced. With the line of work I am going into, a criminal record can be devastating. I was absolutely terrified after my first court apperance when the prosecuter spoke with me and told me what I was facing. It did not look good for me. I contacted several lawyers to help me navigate the complicated legal system. When I first spoke with Mr Edwards he was very honest and straight forward with me. He didn't make any promises about the outcome of my case, but assured me he would do everything he could to make this less painful. My charges were small in most people's opinion, just a class C misdemeanor. To me, this was anything but small. Mr Edwards understood the long term ramifications of these charges and went above and beyond what I thought would be reasonable. He showed me compassion, understanding, and professionalism. Every email and phone call I made to him was promptly answered. I didn't feel like I was just 1 of many clients with a petty problem. He was able to negotiate with the prosecutor and was able to get a plea in abeyance, which I was told was nearly impossible with this prosecuting attorney. He understood I am a good person who was absolutely humiliated and ashamed of my actions that lead to my arrest. Without his assistance, I would have faced much more serious consequences. His previous experiences working with this prosecuting attorney showed. I can't thank him enough for helping me through such a traumatic experience. I would recommend him to anybody who finds themselves on the wrong side of the law without hesitation. His fees are more than reasonable. His experience shines through his work. Thanks Michael for a phenomenal job.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2014
Diligent, fast, reliable and highly recommended!
We hired Michael and was quickly impressed. Very efficient, great communication, good price and resolved our case positively for us much faster than we could ever expect. If you need things done, call this guy!
Posted by Maria | June 13, 2013
Divorce Case
Mr Edwards was exceptional to work with concerning my divorce case. He is very knowledgeable regarding the military retirement systems and equitable distribution of marital assets. He was excellent at keeping me updated on the progress of my case and absolutely wonderful to work with. Mr Edwards understood how important my case was to me, and he took the time to listen to my concerns, to explain the process or available options to me, and to ensure I understood the circumstances surrounding each issue. He was also good to follow up when with the other attorney as often as needed and to make certain my divorce was handled in a professional manner. I would highly recommend Mr Edwards to anyone considering him as a divorce attorney.
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Posted by William and Judy | July 26, 2011
Great Attorney
Mike took a very proactive approch for my case, He understood the issues and his advice was correct. Mike is the only attorney that I would allow to handle my issues.
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2011
Thorough, knowledgeable, respectful, and prompt
I have nothing but the greatest respect and appreciation for Mike and his work as my attorney. He handled my case honestly, was very knowledgeable, and always helped me understand my options. He stayed on top of things as my case became surprisingly more and more complex. He was very available to discuss my case and answer my questions whenever I needed him to. He kept me updated when there were new developments. He showed genuine concern for me, and was always professional and respectful in his approach. I very highly recommend him! I'd give him ten stars if I could.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 175-225 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Member
  • Michael S. Edwards, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Brigade Judge Advocate
  • Utah Army National Guard
  • 1993 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Diumenti & Edwards, Inc.
  • 2004 - 2012
  • Traffic Referree
  • Utah State Courts
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Helgesen, Waterfall & Jones, P.C.
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Deputy County Attorney - Prosecutor
  • Davis County Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Utah State Courts
  • 1999 - 2000
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  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1999
  • Brigham Young University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996
  • Defense Language Institute
  • Korean Language Certification
  • 1993
  • Ben Lomond High School
  • High School Diploma
  • 1988
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Kurr
  • Not guilty on the felony, guilty of misdemeanors


  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Davis County Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Korean

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (9)
Endorse Michael
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike was actually my attorney mentor when I was first sworn in as an attorney. It was an incredible opportunity to learn from him. Mike is intelligent and genuine. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike and and I have had family law cases against each other. I have found him to be very knowledgeable about the law and good to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is an honest, hard working, sincere attorney. He is friendly and a all around good guy to work with."
Family Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Edwards on a challenging case and he was always professional and courteous with me. I welcome our next case together."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Michael Edwards. Mike is a very good lawyer and would not hesitate to send clients to him. He's smart, knowledgeable, professional and very ethical."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael Edwards as a very trusted, competent criminal attorney for many years. As a intern clerk for the courts I observed Michael in the courtroom and was very impressed. As a criminal attorney, I have consulted Michael and learned from his experience and expertise. I view Michael as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the State. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I began my practice, Mike was my mentor. I relied on him to help guide me through my first year of practice and learned a great deal from Mike. His experience and knowledge in the area of family law, gave me someone to rely on for information and guidance through my own cases. He is quick to respond to your legal questions and because he has practiced for so long, his advice was always spot on. I would recommend Mike for anything."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the years, Mike has carried himself as a dedicated, professional, and knowledgeable attorney. He is passionate about protecting people's rights and has the experience necessary to help people in their legal problems."
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