Joseph A. Simon
Throughout his career, spanning more than 35 years, Mr. Simon has tried hundreds of criminal cases throughout the state of Michigan. He has established a reputation for providing vigorous and successful defenses to individuals throughout Washtenaw, Wayne, Jackson, Lenawee and Livingston counties in a wide range of criminal defense cases, including those involving OWI and DUI charges, domestic assault, assault & battery, theft offenses, traffic offenses, computer crimes, homicide allegations and alleged drug crimes.
Mr. Simon's ethics and thorough approach have garnered him several accolades, including achieving Martindale-Hubbell's AV-Preeminent* peer-reviewed rating for the highest standards in ethics and legal ability; being listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2000, under the specialty of criminal defense, having three times been selected as Ann Arbor’s criminal defense lawyer of the year (2013, 2015, 2023) 2023 Lawyer of the Year; Achieving AVVO's highest “10.0” rating; being selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer in the specialty of criminal defense since 2007; being named a criminal defense Leading Lawyer since 2014 and selected as one of America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys® since 2019**.
A frequent contributor to the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Ann Arbor, Mr. Simon has delivered seminars and taught classes on nine different criminal law-related subjects ranging from misdemeanor defense to handling felony assault cases. He also authored Michigan Automated Sentencing Guidelines©, a computer program for scoring the state's sentencing guidelines that is used by probation agents throughout the state.
Mr. Simon practices before all Michigan state courts and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.