William M. Barnwell

William M. Barnwell

Of Counsel
Warren, Michigan
Bill Barnwell is a top-rated defense attorney in Michigan who handles all federal, state and local criminal matters. He has won many jury trials and has successfully resolved countless criminal cases throughout Metro-Detroit and the entire state of Michigan. Bill has been rated as a "Superlawyer" by his peers and holds the ranking of "AV-Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, Hundreds of clients have given Bill 5-Star reviews across the web.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 20% DUI/OWI
  • 30% Sex Crimes

Litigation Percentage

  • 33% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2015


  • Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Riverview, Florida
    • J.D. cum laude - 2015
  • Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 2003
    • Major: Social Science
  • Bethel College, Mischawaka, Indiana
    • M.A. summa cum laude
    • Major: Theology
    • Major: Pastoral Ministry

Published Works

  • Presumed Guilty, Macomb County Bar Association, August, 2018
  • Recent Criminal Procedure Changes offer Litigation Opportunities, Macomb County Bar Association, February, 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star-Superlawyers, 2018-Present
  • Top 40 under 40 - National Trial Lawyers, 2018-Present
  • 10 Best in Client Satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2017-Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Macomb County Bar Association, Member, 2015 - Present
  • Macomb County Bar Foundation, Member, 2015 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Member, 2010 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Barnwell Law, PLLC, President/Owner
  • Missionary Church, USA, Pastor

Ancillary Businesses

  • Lead Pastor-Royal Oak Church


  • English (Primary)