Appellate Attorney Stuart G. Friedman


Stuart Friedman is an experienced appellate and post-conviction attorney whose practice focuses on the defense of individuals after trial. Mr. Friedman has handled literally hundreds of appeals both representing individuals wishing to overturn their criminal convictions and resisting prosecution appeals of defense wins in the trial court. Mr. Friedman also regularly drafts “friend of the court” briefs on behalf of numerous organizations including the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the Prison & Corrections Section of the State Bar, and the American Civil Liberties Union. For information on my immigration practice, please see my immigration law website friedman.legal.

Mr. Friedman has litigated numerous important appellate cases in Michigan and in federal courts including cases including cases: obtaining a sentence reduction for over 10,000 inmates, a casino corruption case, defending against a prosecution challenge to the validity of the Miranda decision in the United States Supreme Court, and arguing the right of a woman to use lethal force to resist a rape. Mr. Friedman also participated in the drafting of the Michigan Court Rule which provided inmates with some due process protection against prosecution parole appeals, and Mr. Friedman obtained the release of the first 650 drug lifer under Michigan’s modification to its “650 drug lifer law.” Mr. Friedman is also a frequent speaker and writer on Michigan legal issues, including being the author of the definitive article on Michigan Post-Conviction Remedies. Mr. Friedman was honored for his volunteer work fighting Michigan’s drug laws by Families Against Mandatory Minimums in 2004.

Mr. Friedman belongs to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (Board of Directors, and former co-chair of the Publication Committee), the State Bar of Michigan Prison & Corrections Section (Past President and Council Member), State Bar of Michigan Appellate Practice Section (Board Member and Columnist), State Bar of Michigan Criminal Law Section, American Association of Legal Writers (Scribes), the State Bar of Michigan Administrative Law Section, the (Canadian) Criminal Defence Lawyers Association (associate member), and Cooley Law School Innocence Project (Volunteer Attorney).

Mr. Friedman is a graduate of Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan/Thomas M. Cooley Law School trial college in 2008. He has an Avvo 10 rating and was selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers (West Publishing) for 2013,2014, and 2015 (top 50).

Admitted: State of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of and Michigan; Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Law School: Wayne State University Law School (cum laude), 1991. Top 12% of Class. Outside Moot Court; Jessup Moot Court.

College: Wayne State University, B.S. with distinction, 1988.

Mr. Friedman has been blogging about Michigan Criminal Law since 1998 when he launched crimapp.com. The blog was completely rebuilt to modern standards in 2007.


Mr. Friedman is a Super Lawyer and was awarded a DBBusiness Top Lawyer in Appeals recognition by Detroit Business Journal. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious “Top 50” award from SuperLawyers.



Attorney Stuart G. Friedman represents clients in Detroit and throughout Southeast Michigan, including Livonia, Pontiac, Westland, Novi, Waterford, Rochester Hills, Warren, Sterling Heights, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Farmington Hills, East Pointe, St. Clair Shores, Shelby, Chesterfield, Royal Oak, Ann Arbor, Lansing, East Lansing, Flint, and all cities within Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Monroe, Livingston, and Washtenaw County. Mr. Friedman also represents people on appeal from Southwest Michigan including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Ottawa, Grand Haven. Grand Rapids meetings are available on request.