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Mr. Barnwell is a young, energetic attorney who loves to help others. He does not back down. He is not afraid to take cases to trial. He is a great criminal defense attorney.

Colleague in Criminal Law

Bill is an excellent attorney who is well respected by attorneys and judges in our community. He has a tremendous ability to defend his clients and he is a powerhouse in the area of Criminal Law.

Colleague in Criminal Law

Bill Barnwell is a skilled and aggressive legal practitioner. He knows the law and is fearless. He is devoted to his clients and well prepared when he enters a courtroom. A perfect blend of preparation, knowledge, experience and personal courage.

Colleague in Criminal Law

Mr. Barnwell has a reputation within the legal community as a strong advocate for his clients. He is not afraid to take a matter to trial.

Colleague in Criminal Law

Mr. Barnwell is a great counselor. He is very well respected throughout the legal community and always advocates zealously for his clients.

Colleague in Criminal Law

He works tirelessly for his clients. He is results driven and will work hours and hours to defend his clients. A very skilled lawyer.

Colleague in Criminal Law

Thank you, Mr Barnwell. Great criminal defense lawyer and he knows the law and your rights. Mr. Barnwell fought for my rights. Had a great outcome on my case. Mr. Barnwell constantly kept me informed about my case. Not only is a Mr.barnwell a great lawyer but a great person and he cares passionately about you and your case. I couldn't have hired a better attorney.


I was hit with a traffic citation with several points. Bill was able to get the ticket to impeding and all points taken off. He explained all the details step by step and worked really hard to get the outcome I was hoping for. If you want an attorney you can trust and one who will give 110 percent to get you the best outcome choose Bill Barnwell.


Call him. Day or night, he actually answers. And he personally will fight your case. Not pass it off to someone else who won't return your calls once you hire them, like so many other law firms. Great results!

Cheryl T.

Mr. Barnwell is a great lawyer. I came to Bill after unfortunately being charged with a serious misdemeanor offense that had the potential to ruin my career. Bill immediately met with me to discuss my case and my options. After reviewing all of the facts with him I knew that he was the right attorney for me. His patience, knowledge, personal attention and confidence, from our initial meeting all the way through the adjudication of the case, helped me stay positive and hopeful. I truly believe his impeccable skill and commitment is how he was able to get me the absolute best outcome possible. If I ever find someone in need of an attorney I will be referring them to Mr. Barnwell.


My husband contacted William on the Sunday night of a long weekend at 9:00pm when I got arrested. He came to the jail right away and talked to me. I hired him immediately. He was able to get me out an hour after my husband posted bond. He talked me through the procedure for my hearing step by step and answered my questions any time I contacted him during the days leading up to it, as well as after. He was professional, quick to respond and competent. William was also kind and reassuring, as I was terribly anxious. He was able to work with the prosecutor to downgrade my original charge to a misdemeanor, which was paramount to my situation. I would recommend William to anyone needing an excellent lawyer, with a down to earth personality who knows the law and who will work hard for you.


I cannot be more positive about the work mr Barnwell did for me. Not only did he get my charges greatly reduced, but he was honest, realistic, and a positive reassuring influence during a very difficult time. He was always responsive to calls and texts and explained the process I was going through so I felt prepared for what was going to happen next at all times. Hire this guy he will help you and will get results!


Bill Barnwell is the best in the business, he comes highly recommended, Honest And the hardest working lawyer around! Don't Hesitate call Bill today!

Eric B.

Thank you Mr Barnwell great criminal defense lawyer and he knows the law and your rights. Mr. Barnwell fought for my rights. Had a great outcome on my case. Mr. Barnwell constantly kept me informed about my case. Not only is a Mr.barnwell a great lawyer but a great person and he cares passionately about you and your case. I couldn't have hired a better attorney.

Eric R. from Warren, MI

I hired Bill for a felony case on which I wrongly accused and my rights were violated. Mr. Barnwell fought this charge tooth and nail and I am happy to say all charges were dismissed. His dedication for his clients definitely shows in the courtroom!!


Bill Barnwell is the only lawyer I trust with my life. I had my third probation violation in Oakland County on an OWI charge and he worked his magic by making sure I walked out of there with only minimal changes to my probation guidlines. I have needed Bill's assistance more than once and each and every time I thought I was going to jail, I was able to go home that day thanks to Bill.

Former Client

Mr. Barnwell provided expert legal representation along with a personal touch. He answered all my questions and concerns promptly and with genuine concern. I wasn't just another dollar sign. He was able to get me a favorable outcome for my 2nd OWI, as well as avoid being incarcerated for felony assault. He took the time to meet with me to discuss personal matters on his own time without hesitation. I would recommend Mr. Barnwell to anyone needing legal representation. He is fair, just and will fight for you.

Former Client

I recommend Bill Barnwell to anyone that seeks legal assistance. I was in a situation that did not have a very promising outcome. Not only did Bill Barnwell work extremely hard to make sure that I was not removed from society, he made sure to let me know that he genuinely cares about the well-being of his clients and through his words of wisdom and sincerity, he helped build my confidence to move forward with my legal issues and begin my life again. Never once did I doubt his abilities or question his logic. I'm certain that I will never put myself in a situation where I need to retain a criminal defense lawyer ever again, but I most definitely insist that anyone in need of a phenomenal lawyer who is intelligent and compassionate, Bill Barnwell is the man to hire. It would only be the right thing to do if you're seeking a successful outcome.

Former Client

Excellent attorney. Fights hard for all his clients and produces results. Not only knows his stuff but you can tell cares about all his clients and sees them as real people and worth fighting for.

Jake A.

Absolutely amazing. Bill goes above and beyond for his client. I have been blessed to have had him by my side and would definitely recommend him to anyone needing legal counsel.

Jamie N.

Receiving an OWI ticket with a .15 bac from a State police officer on I-696 was something I wasn't ready for. It was also written on the ticket that I was speeding more than 15mph over the speed limit. The officer didn't give me the ticket for speeding but he surely gave me the OWI. Bill knows the law and has the correct way of stating your case to the court prosecuting attorney and judge so that they are compelled to follow his suggestions for penalties and conviction. I did get my conviction lowered to DWVI and I didn't have to go through all the extra penalties of any alcohol testing, seeing the probation department for evaluation and the HEAVY court costs. I don't plan on going through this again but I would highly suggest his use to anyone and everyone that needs a true voice in the court system.


Mr. Bill Barnwell assisted me through a pretty scary situation where I had a person harass/stalk me. Mr. Barnwell was very empathetic and helpful. After dealing with police, detectives, different attorneys and judges, learning the details of the justice system was overwhelming. Mr. Barnwell broke everything down into layman's terms for me. He informed me what I should be doing and walked me through the things I should expect as things progressed. Mr. Barnwell is extremely knowledgeable, very responsive and highly experienced. These are 3 qualities and characteristics you Want in a time-of-need!


When I needed a criminal lawyer I searched for the most highly rated like you are probably doing right now. I found Mr. Barnwell to be highly rated and afterwards, with a successful conclusion to my case, I can say that his service was as rated.


MORE than helpful. Made sure ALL of my issues were resolved and still has time to answer questions. Mr. Barnwell is an upstanding, kind and generous man. He seems eager to get into hard work and not afraid to do it the right way. He even went above and beyond for others in a troubled situation i witnessed, not just "doing the job". Thank you for your help. I'm onwards to bigger and better things because of your assistance.


Mr. Bill Barnwell is by far the Best Attorney I have ever had the luxury of representing me. He was very persistent and persuasive to the point of me only serving 12 days in county on a 4th Habitual felony of violation of probation 2nd time Obsconding. I could not believe the outcome! I would never hire anyone else other than this man!


Bill was extremely helpful, from the beginning of my initial consultation through my appearance in front of the judge. I was charged with a misdemeanor in Highland Park while on vacation from a different state. I had no experience with the Michigan court system or procedures, but Bill walked me through a general timeline that I could expect, and clearly explained his terms for hiring and what a retainer fee would cover. His phone consultation and positive reviews were enough for me to decide to hire him, and I am very glad that I did. He stayed in touch with me in a variety of mediums that fit the need, from telephone to text message to e-mail. He was always willing to promptly answer questions or explain potential outcomes, along with providing his opinion of which would be more or less likely. He helped me work with the court system to determine an appearance date that worked with my schedule and a pay structure that my circumstances would allow. He gave me an idea of what to expect during my court appearance, and when the time came, he was able to use the positive elements of my position to argue for the best possible outcome, despite a past conviction. He was a vocal advocate for me when I needed it most, and the result was as good as I could have realistically hoped for. I recommend him completely and without hesitation, and remain grateful for his work in the court system.


I contacted Bill Barnwell personally, spoke with him and hired. He represented me in a domestic violence case. I felt that the accusations on me we're incorrect. Bill was able to have the case dismissed with no key witness, we went with steps Bill had discussed with me and everything went exactly how he said it would. Thank you again.


A truly good friend recommended me to William and he went out of his way for me. Punctual and professional in attendance and demeanor. Really did try to work with me on my case instead of just trying to have a 1 and done court visit. The extra attention to detail and the extra effort put in really made him stand out from the rest. Follow up calls, open descriptions about what he is doing and the reasons why, asking if I feel comfortable before he progresses with anything, all of these things really help the relationship between lawyer and client and it really shows how much care and time he puts into every case.


I was facing a case in Clinton County, and attorney Barnwell drove over an hour and a half to handle my matter, and was able to get my case successfully disissed. He is extremely well spoken and I was highly impressed with his work ethic and vigor, and I couldn't recommend a better attorney. It took a huge weight off my shoulders.


Bill is an excellent attorney! He fought hard for someone very special to me and the outcome was better than I could have even fathom! He will be my go to attorney from now on!

Rob S. from Warren, MI

Mr. Barnwell is professional, tenacious, and was not concerned about standing up for me against the opposition. At the same time, he conducted himself with the utmost concern for my well being. He is honest, respectful, and an honorable man at all times. You will not find a better lawyer to help you through your time of trouble and through the entire litigation process. I would give Mr. Barnwell the highest recommendation and my deepest praise. Thank you for all you did for me and my family, you are greatly appreciated by all of us!


William Barnwell was a beacon of hope to my family at a time when our options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed impossible. My Son, whom I love and would give my life for, whom suffered from emotional traumas and mental health issues, to put it mildly, made some very bad choices. Not only was he able to defend my Son, but his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional support to my boy, but for myself and our entire family. I contacted Mr. Barnwell after my son's arrest and the night before his initial hearing. Mr. Barnwell took on the case without hesitation, and was in the court room the very next morning. At this point, I knew we were in trouble and damage control was desperately needed. Mr. Barnwell went to great lengths to make sure my son could get the second chance I know he deserves. He met with the prosecuting attorney making sure that they saw my son as a wounded human being who made a terrible mistake rather than the Villian they had already determined him to be. My son received no prison time whereas in a case similar, the person received 6 + years. Prisons are not designed to rehabilitate, and due to Bill's expertise and wisdom, my son is on probation for 5 years and also in treatment where he can get the help he needs.


He's the man. I contacted him hoping to avoid jail time. He did just that for me, he's the man for the job not only because he knows the law, but because he went over and above by contacting and negotiating with many people on my behalf. If you need a defense attorney I wouldn't recommend anyone else.

Former Client

I was facing a felony and had a consultaion with Mr. Barnwell. After discussing the case i chose to hire Mr. Barnwell to represent me. We never lost contact with each other, and Mr. Barnwell would always get back to me if i contacted him. Mr. Barnwell always kept me updated on what was going on with my case and was right next to me in the courtroom. My case was dismissed and my other charge was lowered. Mr. Barnwell is extremely knowledgeable and worked with me at every turn. I would highly recommend him for legal counsel and will be referring Mr. Barnwell to anyone personally.


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