Michael R. Bartish

Michael R. Bartish15 Ionia, Suite 520
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 458-5500 (office)
(616) 920-1529 (cell)
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Super Lawyer for Criminal Law

Michael R. Bartish is a founding member of Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, P.L.L.C.  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 Law, P.L.L.C..

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.

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.

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.

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

  • Super Lawyer for Criminal Law, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • AVVO Ranking – 10.0 “Superb”; Client’s Choice Award

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

  • Major, 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, Board Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section
  • National College of DUI Defense (NCDD)
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys (MIOWIA)

Attorney Bartish is a leading criminal lawyer in Grand Rapids, and he can help. Contact Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, P.L.L.C. online, in Grand Rapids at 616-458-5500 or in Fremont at 231-924-8700.

Springstead & Bartish Law, P.L.L.C.
Criminal Defense Attorney
Michael R. Bartish is a founding member of Springstead & Bartish Law, P.L.L.C.. He defends and represents clients in state and federal courts throughout Western Michigan from Niles to Traverse City. 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 Law, P.L.L.C.. 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. 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. Mr. Bartish was named to the 2009 and 2011 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. AREAS OF PRACTICE Federal Criminal Defense State Criminal Defense Drivers License Appeals Military/UCMJ Defense Civil Litigation Child Protective Services Defense Professional Malpractice Defense EDUCATION University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1998 (with honors) University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1995 (cum laude) AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS 2009 Rising Star – Criminal Defense, Super Lawyers Magazine AVVO Ranking – 9.9/10 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 Major, 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. 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15 Ionia, Suite 520
Grand Rapids, Michigan
49503
United States
(616) 458-5500