Michael A. Rataj

Michael A. Rataj

Sole Practitioner
Detroit, Michigan

My name is Michael A. Rataj, and I founded my Detroit law office in order to protect the futures of those charged with criminal offences in the Detroit metropolitan area, Wayne County and surrounding eastern Michigan. Because of my unique approach to criminal law, the residents of the Detroit area have turned to me for over 25 years as they face a range of charges, including:

  • White collar crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Drug crimes
  • Drunk driving
  • Assaults
  • Internet crimes
  • Murder
  • Fraud

I began practicing law in 1989 after earning my law degree from what was then Detroit College of Law and my admission to the State Bar of Michigan.  Since I began my legal career, I have earned a reputation for providing outstanding service to my clients.  I hold a “Superb” rating through Avvo, I have been voted by my peers as a Super Lawyer, and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel has designated me as a Top One Percent Lawyer.  I have also been involved in numerous high-profile cases both in State and Federal Court.  Having served in the United States Marine Corps, I bring a disciplined mindset, work ethic and attitude to the defense of those accused of crimes.

If you want an attorney who will treat you with respect and will provide aggressive representation, you can turn to the law firm of Michael A. Rataj, PC.  I pride myself on treating all of my clients as if they were members of my family. This approach is unusual in criminal law, but it ensures that my clients receive the highest-quality representation that I can deliver.  If you would like to learn more about the benefits of choosing my law firm, you can take advantage of my offer for a free initial consultation.  Please also go to my website at www.michaelrataj.com for a more comprehensive review of my credentials. 

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Bank Fraud
  • Breaking and Entering/Home Invasion
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Criminal Forfeiture
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Law - Federal
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct
  • Drivers License Suspension
  • Drug Crimes
  • DWI/DUI - Drunk Driving
  • Embezzlement
  • Expungements
  • Extortion
  • Felony Firearm
  • Forgery
  • Grand Jury Practice
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Identity Theft
  • Internet Crimes
  • Juvenile Criminal Law
  • Larceny
  • Law Enforcement Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Mail Fraud
  • Manslaughter
  • Money Laundering
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Murder
  • Negligent Homicide
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Parole and Probation
  • Resisting Arrest
  • RICO
  • Robberies
  • Securities Law
  • Sedition
  • Sex Crimes
  • Stalking
  • Terrorist Offenses
  • Theft of Trade Secrets
  • Uttering & Publishing
  • Weapons Charges
  • Welfare Fraud
  • White Collar Crimes

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989


  • Detroit College of Law, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 1989
  • Wayne State University
    • B.S.B.A. - 1985

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Detroit Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Marine Corps, 1980 - 1983

Ancillary Businesses

  • Local Counsel, Oberheiden P.C.