“If you want an attorney who’s got your back, I’m your man.”

-Attorney Michael Rex

For over thirty years I’ve been practicing criminal defense in State and Federal courts and, as a consequence, I have a working knowledge of, and a wealth of experience with, the criminal justice system from the investigative phase to the Grand Jury, from the complaint or indictment through plea negotiations, motion practice, trial sentencing and appeals. I’ve represented clients charged with all variety of federal offenses, including mail, bank, mortgage and health care fraud, bribery, extortion, drugs, child pornography, and public corruption. In the state courts I’ve represented clients facing charges from drunk driving to murder.

The combination of a broad range of experience and tireless work ethic makes me a formidable advocate for my clients’ causes.  I’ve tried cases and obtained acquittals in all levels of trial courts and have secured lesser sentences with comprehensive mitigation presentations. I’ve also developed a skill for some of the financial aspects of sentencing including restitution and forfeiture.

Often times criminal investigations and prosecutions parallel civil issues relating to the same conduct and as a result, I have extensive experience in defending civil claims brought against clients for such things as fraud, misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, and especially in the area of forfeiture.

Professional Affiliations & Credentials

Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense
Business Litigation


Detroit College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1983

Western Michigan University, B.S. Criminal Justice, 1978

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Michigan, 1983
U.S. District Court – ED Mich, 1983
U.S. 6th Cir. Ct. App. 1985
U.S. District Court W.D. Mich, 1986

Examples of Excellence

  • A Financial Advisor charged with multiple counts of mail fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property and money laundering acquitted of all counts in federal jury trial
  • Charge of criminal sexual conduct against prominent businessman dismissed at preliminary examination
  • Charge of manslaughter with motor vehicle reduced to misdemeanor reckless driving
  • Teenager charged with minor in possession following house party raid. Charge dismissed as a result of legal argument challenging breath test results
  • Negligent homicide charge against truck driver dismissed following preliminary examination
  • Funds seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials from travelers at airport returned to clients
  • Client acquitted of Health Care Fraud and Conspiracy following jury trial in Federal Court


One hell of an attorney!!!

Former Client

A class A+ attorney and guy.

Former Client

He went above and beyond to give my son a second chance, but most importantly- the help that he truly needed.

Parent of Teenage Client

Having Lawyer Rex as an advocate for me during the most difficult time in my life allowed me to go on in life with a clear conscience and a free spirit.

Former Client

Mr. Rex was able to successfully intercede on my behalf in a prompt fashion and prevent what would have been a very negative result. He is a highly competent, thoughtful and effective defense attorney.

Former Client

Awards and Accolades

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