Lisa Satawa

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Birmingham, MI

Kirsch Daskas Law Group
 | 144 W Maple Road, Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: 248-792-0450
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009, 2011 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Family Law (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%),
  • Schools & Education (0%)
Attorney Profile

Lisa B. Kirsch Satawa is an attorney and a founder of Kirsch Daskas Law Group in Birmingham, Michigan. Ms. Kirsch Satawa represents clients in the Detroit metropolitan area and Michigan statewide in various areas including child abuse crimes, children’s rights, criminal defense, driving offenses, drug offenses, family law, immigration, internet crimes, juveniles charged with crimes, medical marijuana, personal injury, sex crimes and more.

After earning her bachelor’s degree at Boston University, Ms. Kirsch Satawa went on to graduate from Michigan State University College of Law. Along with her university education, she is also a certified adoption attorney. She has been licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan since 1995 and has more than 20 years of experience litigating and advising clients.

Due to her extensive litigation experience, Ms. Kirsch Satawa also serves as a trial consultant to attorneys handling matters involving child abuse or other juvenile matters. As a trial consultant, she is able to use her knowledge and skills to delve into many different areas including forensic interviewing, linguistics, medicine and psychology while she advises attorneys in the area of expert witnesses.

Outside of her practice, Ms. Kirsch Satawa is actively involved in numerous associations related to children and children’s rights. These include the Oakland County Bar Association’s Juvenile Law Committee, the State Bar of Michigan’s Children’s Law Section, the National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center and the National Association of Counsel for Children. In addition, she is a member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Family Law (40%): Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Schools & Education (0%): Education, Schools

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Education, Schools

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009, 2011 - 2018

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About Lisa Satawa

Admitted: 1995, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://www.kirschleachlaw.com/attorneys/lisa-kirsch-satawa/

Honors and Awards:

  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation’s Top 1%, 2015, 2016
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys Client Satisfaction Award, 2016
  • Super Lawyers Excellence in Practice 2016
  • NYT Top Attorney in Michigan 2011, 2012, 2014
  • Michigan Top 50 Women Lawyers 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Michigan Super Lawyer: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Michigan State Bar, Kimberly Cahill Young Leadership Award, 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Adoption Attorney
  • State of Michigan, Guardian Ad Litem Training and Certification, 2003-Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM), Member of Membership Committee and Education Committee
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Juvenile Law Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member of Criminal Law, Children’s Law and Family Law sections
  • State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) Liaison to Representative Assembly and Criminal Law Committee, 2006-2007
  • State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Counsel, 2002-2003
  • State Bar of Michigan, Children’s Law Section, Counsel, 1996-2003
  • State Bar of Michigan, Representative Assembly, 2001-2006
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM), Chair Development Committee, 2008-2009
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM), Executive Board, Treasurer, 2004-2007
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM), Board of Directors, 2001-2011
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM), Member, 1993 - Present
  • State of Michigan Criminal Jury Instructions Committee, 2015- Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Continuing Education Institute, 2012-2015
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member, 1995 – Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Criminal and Children’s Law Committee
  • Women’s Bar Association, Member, Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • National Child Abuse Defense Resource Center
  • National Association of Counsel for Children, 1998-Present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Spring Conference, 2009, Santa Fe, New Mexico, “Women and Children as Witnesses”; Filtering, Facts, Fibs and Fantasy: Child and Expert Witnesses
  • Research Assistant, Professor Patricia Mell and Professor Jack Apol (Criminal Law)
  • Speaker, Montana Criminal Defense Attorneys, Federal Defender of Montana, Office of the Public Defender of the State of Montana, Pray, Montana, Forensic Interviewing, Suggestibility of Children and Cross Examination of Child Witnesses, March 2016
  • Speaker, Indiana Psychological Association, The Intersection of Psychology and the Law; South Bend, Indiana, Reviewing Child Forensic Interviews: An Overview with tips to be a successful expert in this area, September, 2016
  • Speaker, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Traverse City, Michigan, Sexual Assault Update: Intro to the Law Enforcement Protocol for Response to Adult Sexual Assault Cases, November 2015
  • Speaker, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Little Rock, Arkansas, Expert Witnesses: Bulletproofing yours while attacking theirs!, June 2015
  • Speaker, National Legal Aid and Defender Association Annual Training Retreat; Las Vegas, NV, A Primer on Child Witness Issues, April 2015
  • Speaker, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New Orleans, Louisiana: Hey Little Girl, Have a Praline: Cross Examining Children, February 2015
  • Speaker, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, An Age Based Approach to Cross-Examination of Child Witnesses, June 2012
  • Speaker, Idaho Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Annual Training, Sun Valley, Idaho, Filtering Facts, Fibs, Fantasy: Child and Expert Witnesses, March 2010
  • Speaker, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Gaylord, Michigan: Age Based Approach to Cross Examination of Children, July 2012
  • Speaker, Ingham County Bar Association, Don’t Be Afraid, They Are Only Kids… A Primer on Child Witnesses and Forensic Interviewing, December 2012
  • Speaker, ICLE SORA Reform One Year Later, April 2013
  • Speaker, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Suggestibility and Forensic Interviewing of Children, June 2013
  • Speaker, South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers, Do Little People Lie in Court?, July 2013
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM), Faculty at Trial College, 2005-Present
  • Speaker, State Bar of Michigan Family Law Institute, Examination of Child Witnesses, November, 2013
  • Speaker, SCAO Parent Attorney Training, The Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol and Handling Child Witnesses, February, 2014
  • Speaker, Clark Hill, PLC In House Café Webinar Series, Protecting Employers/ Corporations from Employee Misconduct, April 2014
  • Speaker Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers, July 2014 Cross examining, Understanding and Analyzing Child’s Statements; Forensic Interviewing Protocols, Suggestibility and Linguistics to Combat Child Sexual Assault Allegations
  • Speaker, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Fall Advanced Training, November 2014
  • Speaker, State Bar of Michigan Mid Winter Conference, Creative Sentencing in Sexual Assault Cases
  • Speaker, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, M and M, Prosecutorial Misconduct and Mistrial
  • Speaker, Family Independence Agency Protective Services Worker Advanced Training, 2001
  • Co-Founder and Instructor, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, March and November 2005- Present
  • Speaker, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College, August 2011
  • Speaker, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College, August 2012
  • State of Michigan Sexual Assault Model Policy Project: Collaborator on a Multidisciplinary Team Creating and Implementing a Protocol for Law Enforcement to Respond to Sexual Assault in the State of Michigan, 2013-Present
  • National Child Abuse Defense Resource Center, International Conference on Defending Child Abuse Allegations, The Law, The Science, The Myths, The Reality, 1996 – Present

Educational Background:

  • Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, B.A., Major: International Economics, 1987
Office Location for Lisa Satawa

144 W Maple Road
Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009

Phone: 248-792-0450

 

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Last Updated: 6/11/2018

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