Michael Bartish - Springstead & Bartish Law, PLLC



Michael Bartish
Springstead & Bartish Law, PLLC
15 Ionia, Suite 520
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-458-5500

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Michael Bartish
Springstead & Bartish Law, PLLC

Attorney Profile
Law School

University of Cincinnati
1995 - 1998

Website

http://www.springsteadbartish.com

616-458-5500


Dedicated Grand Rapids Criminal Lawyer



Michael R. Bartish is a leading, award winning criminal defense attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan  a founding member of Springstead & Bartish Law, P.L.L.C., the premier criminal defense firm in Western Michigan. He defends and represents clients in state and federal courts throughout Western Michigan.  


One of the leading Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyers, Mr. Bartish splits his criminal defense practice fairly evenly between federal criminal cases in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and state criminal cases in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties.

Mr. Bartish was named to the 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers List for Criminal Law. The Super Lawyer award is bestowed on less than 5% of all practicing attorneys in the state. To earn this designation, Super Lawyers must:  (1) be formally nominated by their peers; (2) be selected from a pool of nominees based on their professional accomplishments, competence, or other honors or distinctions; (3) be chosen from this larger pool of candidates based on a “blue ribbon review” of all attorneys on a scaled score of 1 to 10 and then compared to other candidates in their respective practice areas based on a variety of other factors; (4) and, lastly, be among those with the highest point totals in their practice area. Mike was named to the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star Lists.  The Rising Stars list showcases outstanding lawyers younger than 40 in the state; only 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Michigan are selected for inclusion each year.

Mr. Bartish is a former active duty Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army where he served at Fort Hood, Texas, from 1999 through 2002. During his active duty service, Mr. Bartish served as a trial counsel and senior trial counsel for the First Cavalry Division and as a Trial Defense Counsel for Fort Hood, Texas.


Respected Federal Court Representation



In federal court, Mr. Bartish has represented people charged with a variety of crimes including:

  • Conspiracy to Commit Interstate Murder for Hire
  • Kidnapping and Kidnapping Resulting in Death
  • Bank, Wire, and Mail Fraud
  • Armed Bank and Credit Union Robbery
  • Drug Conspiracies
  • Embezzlement
  • Federal Gun and Explosives Offenses
  • Identity Theft
  • Production and Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Internet Crimes
  • Sex Crimes and Sex Offender Registry Act Violations
  • Immigration Violations
  • Bribery
  • Ponzi Scheme Allegations
  • Tax Fraud

Mr. Bartish has won not guilty verdicts for clients charged with felonies in federal court. Mr. Bartish has also had success in securing sentences significantly below the advisory guideline range, suppressing evidence, obtaining diversionary disposition for clients, and winning reversals from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Incisive State Court Criminal Defense Representation

In state court, Mr. Bartish handles all serious felonies and misdemeanors. Mr. Bartish has won not guilty verdicts in numerous cases in jurisdictions throughout Western Michigan. Mr. Bartish also practices extensively before the Michigan Department of State Drivers License Appeal Division where he has secured the return of driving privileges for clients both within and outside the state of Michigan.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

EDUCATION

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1998 (with honors)
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1995 (cum laude)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • 2014 Super Lawyer - Criminal Defense, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009, 2011-2012 Rising Star – Criminal Defense, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • AVVO Ranking - 10/10

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Ohio (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

MILITARY SERVICE AND EDUCATION

  • Liutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Basic Course, 1999
  • Active Duty Judge Advocate General, Fort Hood, Texas, 1999—2002
  • Trial Counsel, 1st Cavalry Division, 1999—2000
  • Senior Trial Counsel, 1st Cavalry Division, 2000—2001
  • Trial Defense Counsel, Fort Hood, Texas, 2001—2002
  • U.S Army Reserves Trial Defense Counsel, 154th Legal Services Organization, 2002—2006
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Advance Course, 2007
  • U.S. Army Reserves Senior Defense Counsel, 154th Legal Services Organization, 2006—2011
  • U.S. Army Reserves Senior Defense Counsel, 16th Legal Services Organization, 2011—present

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section
Attorney Bartish is a leading criminal lawyer in Grand Rapids, and he can help. Contact Springstead & Bartish Law, P.L.L.C. online, in Grand Rapids at 616-458-5500 or in Fremont at 231-924-8700.