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Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM)

About the CDAM


  • Founded: 1976
  • Focus: Criminal Defense
  • Location: Davison, Michigan

Mission and History

Founded in 1976, the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) was established by criminal defense lawyers from across the state. By providing training and educational resources to its members, the organization strives to enhance the quality of representation of indigent defendants and others accused of crimes. 

Members of CDAM come from both private practices and the public sector and have a range of experiences from new to well-seasoned. CDAM hosts a series of training and courses throughout the year including seminars and online continuing legal education (CLEs). 

CDAM consists of the top criminal defense lawyers in Michigan. It is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). 



Board of Directors

Karl P Numinen
Marquette, MI
Arthur Jay Weiss
First Vice President
Farmington Hills, MI
Patrick A. Cherry
Patrick A. Cherry
Cadillac, MI

Past Presidents

Right to Counsel Award Recipients

This award is given to an individual for a significant body of work, and is often triggered by an extraordinary case that is typical of that attorney's career. This is typically a reflection of a lifetime of service to defendants and the criminal justice community. Past award recipients are attorneys who not only made a career of providing the highest quality legal representation, but who are also members who generously support CDAM's mission to provide high quality continuing legal education.

Norris Thomas
Norris Thomas
Davidson, MI
Robyn B. Frankel
Robyn B. Frankel
Huntington Woods, MI
Mitchell Ribitwer
Royal Oak, MI

CDAM Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Jalal Dallo
Dallo Law PC
Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Barton W Morris Jr
The Law Offices Of Barton Morris
Royal Oak, MI
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William W Swor
William W. Swor & Associates
Detroit, MI
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Gary K Springstead
Springstead & Bartish Law PLLC
Fremont, MI
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Joshua Marlin Covert
Covert Law Firm
Lansing, MI
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Contact the CDAM

Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM)
P.O. Box 279
Davison, MI 48423
Office: (517) 579-0533

More About CDAM


CDAM provides education, resources, and support to Michigan criminal defense attorneys through its spring and fall conferences and its annual trial college. CDAM publishes a quarterly newsletter, Right to Counsel, and an annual Member Directory.

In addition, CDAM provides information and support to the criminal defense community and members of all three branches of state government in Michigan. CDAM’s services and publications reach over 2,500 individuals and organizations statewide.

CDAM sponsors a series of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) conferences geared towards providing a nuts and bolts approach to helping the criminal law practitioners. Membership is open to practicing criminal defense lawyers and individuals supporting the criminal defense community through their own work or experience. 

Benefits of Membership

The benefits of membership to CDAM include:

  • A listing on the CDAM website designed with a "Find a Lawyer" membership directory which the public can use to search by name, area of expertise, or geographically (by city, county or zip code);
  • Networking opportunities with some of the most experienced criminal defense lawyers in Michigan;
  • Reduced costs to attend various CLE class, conferences, and seminars throughout the year;
  • Opportunity to attend the annual awards banquet and signature fundraiser;
  • Participation in the Trial Practice College training program;
  • Access to the member-only sections of CDAM's website which provides training materials, online video training, and member forums.

CDAM also publishes an online newsletter called "Right to Counsel" which provides criminal defense attorneys with information on the organization, legislature changes, and recent appellate decisions.

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Michigan

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Michigan which includes both CDAM members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the MACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for CDAM sustaining members and CDAM members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the CDAM.

Use this directory to find a Michigan lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

Criminal Defense Lawyers by County


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