Since 1989, I have dedicated my practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been arrested and charged with crimes in state and federal courts. My law practice — Michael A. Rataj, PC — is exclusively dedicated to criminal defense. As someone who has served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, I approach the defense of those accused of crimes differently. My philosophy is to treat my clients as if they were members of my family.

Born and raised in Michigan, I went into the Marines and then finished my undergraduate work at Wayne State University. Prior to joining the Marine Corps, I attended Michigan State University, where I also played hockey. I then attended Detroit College of Law, where I graduated magna cum laude.

Since graduating from law school and passing the bar in 1989, I have focused solely on criminal defense. Within the legal community, I have a well-earned reputation for tenacity, integrity and honesty. I am a regular legal contributor on Fox 2 News', " Let It Rip", and has appeared on CNBC's, " American Greed". I am also Of Counsel at the healthcare boutique law firm of Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP, out of Dallas, TX. I have a passion for what I do, and I have demonstrated a dedication to my clients that is second to none.

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Well Known In The Community

I am also active in the media because I take many high-profile cases, but I also appear as a commentator on legal issues for local and national television. Many will remember me for my work as co-counsel for Bobby Ferguson in 2013 as part of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's corruption trial. One clip went viral because it illustrates how I am a lawyer who does not back down to anyone, in court or out. I have also been interviewed by Meredith Vieira for an American Gangstersepisode about Kilpatrick.

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Contact Me If You Are Looking For An Attorney Who Is Unafraid Of Any Legal Challenge

Call my office at 866-217-2896 anytime to set up a free and confidential appointment. I can also be reached online through this website.