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Michael L. Steinberg

Metro Detroit Criminal Defense Attorney

Royal Oak Defense Attorney, Michael L Steinberg

Don't Be Sold Out, I Fight For Your Rights

About Michael

Born in October 1963 in Baltimore, Maryland, Michael Steinberg is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, class of 1985. He furthered his education by attending graduate school in Baltimore, culminating in a law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School in 1990. Driven by a passion for criminal defense, Mike strategically shaped his education and career to align with the leading minds in the field.

Today, Michael Steinberg is a renowned defense attorney based in the Detroit Metro area, with practices in both Oakland County (Royal Oak) and Macomb County (Mount Clemens), Michigan. He specializes in handling high-stakes cases, including those involving rape, murder, assault and battery, theft, and drug and alcohol offenses. Beyond his practice, Mike is dedicated to the professional development of his peers, offering advanced training and mentorship to both seasoned attorneys and those new to criminal defense. He frequently leads seminars and teaches advanced trial skills, emphasizing the importance of effectively telling a client’s story.

With a deep understanding of Michigan’s legal framework designed to safeguard individual rights, Michael has secured hundreds of victories for his clients. He is known for his aggressive, meticulous, and dedicated approach, ensuring he is familiar with every detail and stakeholder in a case before setting foot in the courtroom. His knack for strategic negotiation has led to reduced charges and lesser sentencing from prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officials. From the moment of case intake, Mike prepares as though each case will go to trial, leveraging his creativity and strategic thinking as his keys to success.

Accreditations and Training

Michael L. Steinberg is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has the following accreditations and training:


  • Michigan State Bar, Bar License No P43481, 1990
  • Macomb County Bar Association
    • Criminal Law Committee
    • Juvenile Law Committee
      • Education Sub-Committee
      • Court Issues Sub-Committee
  • United States District Court, District of Maryland, 1990
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1991
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (
    • Constitutional Warrior, first Member to reach this status
    • Board of Directors 2002-present, terms end May, 2017
    • Education sub Committee
  • National College for DUI Defense (
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2011-2019

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  • Trial Skills – Evidence Bootcamp 2015 – Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
    • Board of Directors 2002 – Present
    • Faculty, Trial Practice College, Small Group Workshop
    • Frequent presenter at the biannual conferences. Topics: Hand writing analysis authenticity, case issues, evidence, investigation, search and seizure, motion practice and sentencing issues
    • Faculty, Evidence Bootcamp since 2016
  • Macomb County Bar Association
    • Frequent presenter on criminal and juvenile law issues, including search and seizure, juvenile delinquency, investigation, witness identification, evidence, driver’s license restoration, and representing adults accused of crimes in family court
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    • Presented on nuts and bolts, trial skills, evidence, and search and seizure


  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial Practice College
  • Forensic Interviewing Protocol (child abuse and rape cases)
  • Patterns of Disclosure (child abuse and rape cases)
  • Medical and Legal Aspects of Death (homicide cases: gunshot wounds, blood splatter evidence, strangulation, vehicular homicide)
  • Accident Reconstruction (vehicular homicide)
  • Emergency Room Protocol and Procedures (child abuse, rape, and assault cases)
  • Narcotics Interdiction and Canine Alert and Detection (drug cases)
  • Weapons Discharge (homicide and assault cases)
  • Toxicology (homicide, rape, DUI, and assault cases)
  • Evidence Collection and Preservation Protocol (homicide, rape, child abuse, DUI, shootings, burglary, and arson cases)
  • Ballistics (Weapons)
  • Splatter Evidence (Assults and Homicides)
  • National Traffic and Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA)
    • Certified in standardized field sobriety testing (DUI cases)
    • Datamaster (DUI cases)


  • Michigan State Appellate Defender Office
  • Defender Motion Book contributor
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan – Conference materials contributor
  • West’s Michigan non-standard criminal jury instruction , 3rd edition