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Michael J. Balian

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Balian Legal, PLC
40950 Woodward Ave, Suite 350
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Phone: 248-955-5420
Fax: 248-402-0011
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021
Licensed in Michigan Since: 1987
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (50%), Family Law (30%), Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michael J. Balian is the founder and managing partner of Michael J. Balian, Esq., a prominent, full-service law firm in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout the Greater Detroit metro region and all of Oakland County, Mr. Balian provides exceptional advocacy and support to individuals, families and business owners dealing with complex legal challenges involving any of the following:

·        Business and corporate law, including serving as outside general counsel

·        Commercial litigation involving breaches of contract and other disputes as well as employment law matters such as wrongful termination

·        Criminal law and DUI defense

·        Family law and divorce, including child custody and support, property division, and other related matters

A 1983 graduate of The George Washington University, Mr. Balian obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1986. The following year, he received his license to practice from the State Bar of Michigan, and The District of Columbia Bar admitted him in 1988. Mr. Balian has also completed several courses with The National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and he regularly serves as court-appointed mediator and public defender for various district courts across his region.

Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Balian writes extensively and conducts lectures throughout the country on a variety of legal topics, and he maintains an active presence in several local, state and national bar associations. He is the past president of the Armenian Bar Association as well as a member of the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board. He is also a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and the Rochester Bar Association, among his other affiliations.

Committed to his local community as well as to his practice, Mr. Balian serves as committee chairman for the Leadership Oakland III Program. He holds a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished* rating, and he has received top marks as well as other awards and honors for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Family Law
  • 20%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Prosecution, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Non-Compete Agreements


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021
Office Location for Michael J. Balian

40950 Woodward Ave
Suite 350
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Phone: 248-955-5420

Fax: 248-402-0011

Last Updated: 10/13/2021

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