Attorney Profile

Mitchell H. Nelson

Novi, Michigan

Phone: (248) 461-6777
Fax: (248) 461-6778
Email: Contact Me


  • An accomplished trial advocate in hundreds of criminal trials and assorted civil matters.
  • Successfully supervised attorney staffs in both traditional and virtual office settings.
  • Experienced in recruiting and training professional staffs to achieve firm goals in government and civilian settings.
  • Dynamic and energetic about professional growth and development


  • Major: B.A. History: Concentrations in United States , Great Britain and Eastern European History. Minor Political Science, University of Michigan . Ann Arbor , Ml, August 1969.
  • J.D. Law, Wayne State University Law School , Detroit , Ml, May 1972. Federal Appellate Intern-Spring Semester, 1972-Researched, drafted brief, and prepared Professor presenter on successful criminal appeal to United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Hightower v. United States  
  • Prosecutorial Intern-Oakland County Michigan Prosecuting Attorney Summer 1971.
  • Governmental intern-served as assistant legal counsel to Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority (SEMTA), Detroit Michigan Fall 1971.


  • Michigan Resident Partner IMHOFF & ASSOCIATES, P.C. (Formerly the Cochran Law Firm, & MILLER & ASSOCIATES, P.C.)  March 2003 to present.  Represent clients of the firm in the State and Federal Courts in the states of Michigan , Idaho , Arkansas , Oklahoma , South Dakota and Maryland .
  • Eastern Regional Director of Attorneys, MILLER & ASSOC, P.C. Santa Monica, CA, May 2000 to February 2003 .Recruit, train and manage a network of over 100 criminal defense attorneys in all states east of the Mississippi River.
  • Assign cases retained by the nation's largest criminal defense firm with fees in excess of $5 million annually in the Eastern region. Supervise the representation of clients through a real time monitoring program.
  • Conduct quarterly training programs for staff attorneys. Review and facilitate client issues and refund procedures.
  • Midwest Regional Director of attorneys, MILLER & ASSOC., P.C.   Farmington Hills , MI , May 2000 to August 2001.  Managed an attorney network in the states of Michigan , Ohio , Illinois , and Pennsylvania .
  • Conducted quarterly training programs and developed effective virtual supervisory program for large criminal defense firm headquartered in Santa Monica , CA .
  • I ndependent Contract Criminal Defense Attorney, MILLER & ASSOC., P.C. Farmington Hills, MI, July 1999 to May 2006. Represented retained clients of firm in courts of Southeast Michigan .
  • Sole Practitioner, Mitchell H. Nelson, attorney at law. Southfield , MI , October 1998 to May 2000. Trial practice specializing in criminal defense.
  • President, Nelson Law Offices, P.C., Grand Haven, Ml, June 1979 to October1998. Founded a Criminal Law Firm which successfully represented clients in both State and Federal Courts of Michigan in area from Ludington on the North, Lansing on the East, and Battle Creek on the South.
  • Chief Assistant Public Defender, Washtenaw County Public Defender, Ann Arbor, Ml, September 1988 to May 1989. Supervised attorney staff of 12 full time attorneys, part time clerks, and student interns.  Scheduled case assignments for attorney staff, developed computer budget analysis system to aid Chief Public Defender in budget presentations to County Commissioners . Facilitated training and update programs for weekly staff meetings Chief trial attorney-handled cases with most severe penalty potential and greatest notoriety in community.
  • Senior Assistant Public Defender, Washtenaw County Public Defender. Ann Arbor , Ml, January 1980 to August 1980. Supervised Felony Trial Attorneys for the Washtenaw County Public Defenders Office in the representation of indigent defendants.
  • Assistant Public Defender, Washtenaw County Public Defender, Ann Arbor, Ml, October 1979 to May 1980. Assisted Washtenaw County Public Defender in representation of indigent criminal defendants in state courts of Washtenaw County .
  • Partner, Sallade, Schwartz and Nelson. Ann Arbor , Mi and Monroe , Ml, January 1973 to September 1979. Partner in General Practice of Law in Monroe and Washtenaw Counties of Michigan with emphasis on criminal defense


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • United States District Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Claims
  • Admitted United States Supreme Court, January 19, 1991

  • Not Guilty - Detroit Federal Court Client accused of conspiring to import 3 tons of Hashish in Pickled Mango shipment from India.
  • Not Guilty in Grand Rapids Circuit Court client accused of molesting three teenagers during course of a pizza delivery
  • Not Guilty - Client Shelby Township District Court client accused of domestic violence during visitation with his daughter
  • Areas of Practice

    • Criminal Law
    • DUI/DWI
    • Discrimination
    • Litigation & Appeals
    • Traffic Violations
    • White Collar Crimes

    Litigation Percentage

    • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

    Bar Admissions

    • Michigan, 1972
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1974
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1990
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1976
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1989
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991


    • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, May, 1972

    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, August, 1969
      Major: History
      Minor: Political Science

    Representative Clients

    • Affirmative Insurance Services - auto insurance defense
    • Michigan Credit Union League - financial institutions law


    • Christopher Mazur
    • James Fournier

    Classes/Seminars Taught

    • Conducted Quarterly Training Seminars at diverse locations for staff attorneys of the firm, MILLER & ASSCIATES, PC, 2000 - 2003

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • State Bar of Michigan - Criminal Defense Section

    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan

    • National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws

    Past Employment Positions

    • Sallade, Schwartz and Nelson-AnnArbor and Monroe, MI, 1973 - 1979
    • Assistant Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney-Monroe, MI, 1979
    • Washtenaw County Public Defender, Ann Arbor, MI, Assistant Public Defender, 1979 - 1980
    • Washtenaw County Public Defender, Ann Arbor, MI, Senior Assistant Public Defender, 1980
    • Washtenaw County Public Defender, Ann Arbor, MI, Chief Assistant Public Defender, 1980 - 1989
    • Nelson Law Offices, P.C., Grand Haven, MI, President, 1989 - 1998
    • Mitchell H. Nelson Attorney at Law, Southfield, MI, 1998 - 2000
    • MILLER & ASSOC., PC, Farmington Hills, Michigan, Midwest Regional Director of Attorneys, 2000 - 2001
    • MILLER & ASSOC., P.C., Santa Monica, CA, Eastern Regional Directory of Attorneys, 2001 - 2003
    • The Cochran Firm, Driminal Defense Section, Michigan Resident Partner, 2003 - 2007
    • Your Best Defense, PLC, 2007 - Present

    Previous Organization Name

    • Mitchell H. Nelson


    • Phi Sigma Delta

    Birth Information

    • 1947, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    Mitchell Nelson
    Your Best Defense, PLC
    28175 Haggerty Road
    Novi, MI 48175
    Phone: 248.461.6777
    Fax: 248.461.6778

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