Shannon M. Smith

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Smith Lehman, PC
Shannon M. Smith
Smith Lehman, PC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law; view more

Licensed in Michigan since: 2005

Education: Michigan State University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

Smith Lehman, PC

1668 South Telegraph
Suite 200
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Visit website


The founder of the Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith, Shannon M. Smith, offers legal services to people living throughout the state of Michigan. She focuses her practice on chlld abuse and sexual crimes defense and handles the following types of cases: people criminally accused of committing sex crimes and criminal sexual conduct, juveniles charged with committing sexual conduct crimes and sex crimes, people facing allegations of criminal sexual conduct in child protection services cases, family law matters involving charges of criminal sexual conduct and appeals relating to criminal sexual conduct convictions.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ms. Smith then went to Michigan State University College of Law and graduated with her Juris Doctor. In addition to her law degree, she is also a graduate of Trial Lawyers College, the National Criminal Defense College and the trial college through the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.

Ms. Smith has worked with a wide assortment of cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual crimes. One of her cases, which involved a man accused of sexual assault by his nephews, was dismissed after the boys' motives were discovered. In another case, she negotiated a plea deal for a teacher who became sexually involved with a student, which led to a reduced sentence.

Involvement in the legal community is important to Ms. Smith. She is a member of several organizations including the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Professional Advisory Board for a Useful Sex Offender Registry. In 2013, Ms. Smith was named one of the top 100 attorneys by The National Trial Lawyers and one of the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 by the American Association for Justice.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Family Law

Focus areas

Criminal Law, False Accusations, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Law, Sex Offenses

  • 90% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Family Law

First Admitted: 2005, Michigan

Professional Webpage:

  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 — American Association for Justice, 2012 - 2013
  • National Trial Lawyers — Top 100 Attorneys, 2013
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, Criminal & Family Law Sections
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • United States District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • Member, Macomb County Bar Association
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Michigan
  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member, Professional Advisory Board for a Useful Sex Offender Registry
  • Michigan State Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts, 2001
  • Graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College
  • Graduate of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College
  • Graduate of the National Criminal Defense College

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Shannon was proven a Rising Star before and continues to shine! Through her dedication and intelligence, she has been able to achieve remarkable results for her clients. I have watched her in court and know that she possesses amazing litigation skills and professionalism. She is the most impressive young lawyer I know and have witnessed in action.”

“Probably the best, hardest-working, and most successful young criminal defense attorney that I know. Shannon concentrates on what studies show to be the most difficult cases to defend (Criminal Sexual Conduct charges), never cuts corners, and wins with consistency. It seems like I'm always hearing about a Not Guilty or a dismissal that Shannon won in a tough case. If Shannon is not a Rising Star in criminal defense, then no one is.”

“This lawyer is always willing to share her knowledge about sexual criminal conduct cases with other lawyers and promotes an atmosphere of civility amongst our peers. She is dedicated to continued education and constantly strives to improve her knowledge in criminal defense.”

“Shannon is the attorney whom inspired me to open my own practice. From the start she has championed for me, referred cases to me and been in my corner. I have more respect for her and the work she does and the results she achieves. Her cases are so important to her and you can see the hard work and dedication she puts into each and every one.”

“Shannon is very good at mentoring younger attorneys and giving them advice when needed. She is a great speaker about sex crimes and always willing to share what she knows with others. She fights for her clients zealously and is a great advocate.”

“Shannon is an amazing attorney who zealously defends her clients”

“As good as it gets. She is caring, conscientious, and concerned.”

“Shannon Smith is an extremely talented attorney who continues to excel, particularly in the area of the defense of sex crimes. She has worked very hard to continue to improve her trial skills, attending the Spence Trial Lawyer's College in Wyoming for three weeks in September of 2011, and doing other significant CLEs and training throughout the year.”

“Shannon Smith is, above, all else, a human being first and foremost - that is what makes her an outstanding criminal defense lawyer. Shannon does not file motions to compel production; Shannon sees the rules and laws as her tools for making the truth come out. As a graduate of both the CDAM Trial College and Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, Shannon uses her training and experience to dedicate her career to defending CSC cases - undoubtedly the most fact-intensive and difficult criminal cases out there, and she wins. There is no other attorney more deserving of the title "Super Lawyer" than Shannon Smith.”

“Shannon is a superb trial lawyer who also has a great knowledge of the law.”

Office location for Shannon M. Smith

1668 South Telegraph
Suite 200
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Phone: 248-622-2723

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