Michael R. Bartish is a founding member of Springstead & Bartish Law, PLLC. 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 in the United States Army where he served at Forth 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 Calvary 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 Gary Springstead and form Springstead & Bartish Law, PLLC.
Mr. Bartish’s criminal defense practice is split fairly evenly between Federal criminal cases in the United Sates District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and state criminal cases in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties.
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
Production and Distribution of Child Pornography
Sex Crimes and Sex Offender Registry Act Violations
Ponzi Scheme Allegations
Mr. Bartish has won not guilty verdicts for clients charged with felonies in federal court. Mr. Bartish has also had success in securing sentences for clients that fell 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 for his clients in numerous cases in jurisdictions throughout Western Michigan. Mr. Bartish also practices extensively before the Department of Michigan 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, 2011, and 2012 Super Lawyers Rising Star List. The Rising Stars list showcases outstanding under-40 lawyers in the state, and 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.
Mr. Bartish is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Michigan Army National Gaurd where he serves as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 46th Military Police Command - a CBRN unit responsible for responding to a nuclear or chemical attack anywhere within the United States.
Admitted 2002, Michigan
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