One of the leading Grand Rapids criminal 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.
Michael R. Bartish is a founding member of Springstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch, PLLC He regularly defends and represents clients in state and federal courts throughout West Michigan. 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.
After four years on active duty, Mr. Bartish went into private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, beginning his civilian career at Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge. In 2005, Mr. Bartish joined the prestigious criminal defense firm Willey & Chamberlain, LLP as an associate. Mr. Bartish left Willey & Chamberlain in June 2011 to join Mr. Springstead and form Springstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch, PLLC
In federal court, Mr. Bartish has represented people charged with a variety of crimes including:
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.
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.
In 2014, Mr. Bartish earned the prestigious distinction of being named a “Super Lawyer for Criminal Law,” a honor bestowed on less than 5% of the attorneys in the State of Michigan. Prior to 2014, Mr. Bartish was named to the 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. The selections for Super Lawyers are made by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc. Each year, Law & Politics undertakes a rigorous, multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics’ attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.
Attorney Bartish is a leading criminal lawyer in Grand Rapids, and he can help. Contact Springstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch, PLLC online, in Grand Rapids at 616-458-5500 or in Fremont at 231-924-8700.