• By defending your  constitutional rights
  • By cooperating with the investigation
  • By being a witness, as opposed to a defendant
  • By aggressively challenging the evidence pre-charge
  • Through pretrial diversions/ plea negotiations


  • By attacking the evidence
  • By winning your case before it gets to trial
  • Presenting persuasive evidence to counter the charges
  • By exploiting defects in the charges
  • By forcing the prosecutor to “prove it” at trial
  • By presenting a winning defense at trial


  • By leveraging mistakes made by the police for a better result for you
  • Obtain a diversionary sentence or a delayed sentencing
  • Reduce the charges
  • Avoid additional charges
  • Avoid/ reduce jail time
  • Reduce fines/costs
  • Minimize probation
  • Mitigating any sentence
  • Earn sentence reductions


  • By challenging legal mistakes made during your case
  • Fighting the denial of suppression motions
  • By challenging unlawful sentences
  • By challenging the sufficiency of the evidence to support your conviction
  • By challenging violations of your constitutional rights

Pre-Law Scholarship

Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law is proud to announce it is offering a $2,000 one-year, non-renewable scholarship for college-bound students interested in pursuing a career in law. Deadline June 30 – read more

Criminal defense attorney Gary K. Springstead
Gary K. Springstead

Former F.B.I. Agent, DC
Former Special Assistant U.S.
Attorney, VA
Presidential Mgmt. Fellow
Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb
Top 100 Trial Lawyers-Criminal Defense
Wayne St. Law School, J.D.
University of Michigan, B.A.
Board of Directors, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan

Criminal Defense Attorney Kathy M. Springstead
Kathy M. Springstead

Former F.B.I. Agent, DC
F.B.I. Director’s Award
U.S. Attorney’s Award
Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb
Top 100 Trial Lawyers-Criminal Defense
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Boston University, Brussels,
Belgium, M.A.
Clemson University, B.A.

Criminal Defense Attorney Michael R. Bartish
Michael R. Bartish

Former J.A.G. Attorney
Lt. Col. U.S. Army Reserves
Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb
Top 100 Trial Lawyers-Criminal Defense
Univ. of Cincinnati College of Law,
J.D. (honors)
University of Notre Dame, B.A.
(cum laude)
Board of Directors, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan

Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew G. Borgula
Matthew G. Borgula

Former Federal Prosecutor
Former Deputy Criminal Chief — U.S. Attorney’s Office
Former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, E.D. Michigan
Former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, N.D. Illinois
Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb
University of Michigan School of Law, JD
Northwestern University, BA



An Entire Law Firm Dedicated Almost Exclusively to Criminal Defense

Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Attorneys | Grand Rapids MI | Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law

At Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, we firmly believe that focusing almost exclusively on criminal defense makes us better at what we do—defending criminal charges in state and federal courts throughout West Michigan.
After all, most prosecutors practice in only one area of the law: criminal law. In order to level the playing field, our attorneys focus almost exclusively on criminal defense.  By focusing on criminal defense day-in and day-out, our attorneys have developed:

Criminal defense attorneys representing clients in Grand Rapids, Walker, Kentwood, Grandville, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Allegan, Hastings, Muskegon, Hart, Ludington, Big Rapids and White CloudAn expertise in criminal law and a wealth of experience.

This helps us master all  the various aspects of a criminal case, any one of which could make a  tremendous difference in our clients’ cases.   When you hire Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, you are hiring an entire law firm dedicated to criminal defense and can rest assured that we will bring our expertise and wealth of experience to  bear in  your  case and  that we are  dedicated  to  trying  to win  your  case  or getting  you  the  best  possible result.

If you or somebody you know is facing a criminal investigation or criminal charges in state or federal court, we know that it can be a very difficult time for all involved.  It may seem like a daunting process to take on the police and prosecutors to prove your innocence and win your case, or even to face the consequences if you feel you did something wrong.

In addition, you may be worried about:

  • losing your job
  • your reputation
  • jail
  • probation
  • losing your license
  • or any number of collateral consequences of having a criminal conviction
    on your record

At Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, we understand.  And when you hire us, we go to work immediately to protect you and to protect your future.

Grand Rapids criminal defense attorneys Michael R. Bartish, Kathy M. Springstead, and Gary K. Springstead
Grand Rapids Super Lawyers for Criminal Law
Michael Bartish (back row left)
Gary Springstead (back row center)

We take pride not only in helping our clients through these difficult times, but also in getting great results for our clients, whether it’s winning a case at trial, winning a motion or legal challenge to the evidence or criminal charges, or negotiating a satisfactory resolution of the case for our clients. By letting us put our experience and expertise to work on your case, you can have peace of mind that we are doing everything in our power to win your case or get the best possible result, all at a reasonable rate.

At Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, we relish fighting misdemeanors, like MIP’s, DUI’s and drug charges, as much as we do serious felonies and complex white collar crimes. Our Grand Rapids criminal defense attorneys are recognized as some of the best criminal defense lawyers in West Michigan, according to Super Lawyers magazine and AVVO.Attorneys Gary K. Springstead and Michael R. Bartish both received the prestigious designation of “Super Lawyers” in Criminal Law in 2014, an honor bestowed on less than 5% of attorneys in the State of Michigan and only five other Grand Rapids criminal defense attorneys in 2014 (not including Rising Stars).  Only one other law firm in Grand Rapids boasts two Super Lawyers in Criminal Law. In addition, all of our attorneys received AVVO’s Client Choice Award in 2014 and are rated “Superb” by AVVO.  We believe these accolades are the direct result of our focus almost exclusively on criminal defense as well as our commitment to trying to find a way to win every case and getting our clients the best results possible.



Our Criminal Lawyers Defend Criminal Cases Throughout West Michigan
and Regularly Appear in Courts in:

  • Kent County (Greater Grand Rapids, Walker, Kentwood, Grandville)
  • Allegan County (Allegan)
  • Barry County (Hastings)
  • Ottawa County (Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven)
  • Muskegon County (Muskegon)
  • Oceana (Hart)
  • Mason (Ludington)
  • Mecosta (Big Rapids)
  • Newaygo (White cloud)
  • U.S. District Court (federal court), Kalamazoo
  • U.S. District Court (federal court), Grand Rapids

If you or someone you know is looking for a criminal defense attorney in
West Michigan, call now for a free consultation (616) 458-5500 or (231) 924-8700 or connect with us online.

Practice area map of Michigan Mason County Lake County Oceana County Newaygo County Mecosta County Kent County Ottawa County Ionia County Allegan County Barry County Kalamazoo County Muskegon County Montcalm County


Map of Courts in West Michigan

Award-Winning Attorneys at Reasonable Rates

In addition to offering a free consultation initially, Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law offers affordable legal fees.

Flat Fees

Transparent, affordable flat fees that limit costs (available in most misdemeanors and certain felonies)

Hourly fees

Reasonable hourly rates with detailed, transparent bills and reasonable retainers.

Student Discounts

Students who present a valid student id. receive a 15% discount off the initial retainer/flat fee.

We also understand that not everybody plans on hiring an attorney and may not have money just sitting around in the event they need to hire an attorney.
For this reason, in addition to accepting cash and checks, we accept:

credit cards accepted

By accepting credit cards, our clients can hire us quickly over-the-phone and
pay off their legal costs on their own terms.