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Michael D. Lewis, Esq.

Michael D. Lewis, Attorney
Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge
202 E. State St., Suite 100
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 486-4553
[email protected]


Mike Lewis is a criminal defense and collaborative divorce attorney in Traverse City, Michigan with more than 40 years of experience. Mike is one of the most sought after criminal attorneys in northern Michigan. He has successfully handled high-stakes, high-profile, complicated criminal cases before judges and juries across the region. He represents people who have been charged with computer crimes, drunk driving, DUI, DWI, MIP (minor in possession), homicide, drug possession, drug trafficking, medical marijuana, theft, larceny, burglary, fraud, assault, battery, harassment, domestic violence, embezzlement, and white collar crimes.

In addition, Mike is a certified collaborative divorce law attorney. Spouses who choose the collaborative divorce process agree to negotiate, not litigate, the divorce. For those who wish to go the traditional litigation route, Mike brings many years of experience as a trial attorney to manage the case. In both instances, he handles matters such as separate maintenance, child custody, support, parenting time, and cases involving children born out of wedlock. Mike, who has been hailed as a “problem solver” by a local judge, is adept at ensuring that the divorce process succeeds no matter which road his clients choose.

Mike’s reported decisions include the following:

People v Denmark, 74 Mich App 402, 254 NW2d 61 (1977);
This case marks one of the very first reported cases discussing the constitutionality of many sections of Michigan’s Criminal Sexual Conduct Law enacted in the early 1970s.

People v Kalchik, 160 Mih App 40, 407 NW2d 627 (1987);
In this case, Mike persuaded the Michigan Court of Appeals that the police violated the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable search and seizure when it installed video cameras inside toilet stalls in public rest rooms.

Young v Punturo, 252 Mich App 47, 651 NW2d 122 (2002); rev’d on reconsideration, 270 Mich App 553, 600 NW2d 384 (2006).
In this case, Mike persuaded the Michigan Court of Appeals to reverse its earlier decision and held that Michigan, rather than Alabama, had jurisdiction over this interstate child custody dispute.

People v Woodland Oil Co Inc, et al, 153 Mich App 799, 396 NW2d 541 (1986);
In this case, Mike and other defense attorneys persuaded the Michigan Court of Appeals that the State’s use of administrative subpoenas to investigate alleged gasoline gas price fixing was improper.

Comstock v Wheelock, 63 Mich App 276, 236 NW2d 448 (1975);
In this case, Mike successfully represented lakefront residents who built a duplex at the end of a County Road on Grand Traverse County’s Long Lake. The County Road Commission had not properly accepted the road end into the County road system, and a Prosecutor’s attempt to have the defendants remove the duplex was rejected.

A Traverse City native, Mike is married to Beverly Dunn-Lewis and the couple has a blended family of six children. In his spare time, Mike’s interests include gardening, hunting, fishing, hiking, and exercising.

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Michigan, 1969
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1969
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976


  • Michigan State University (B.A. with honors, 1966)
  • Wayne State University Law School (J.D., 1969)

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan (Member, Sections on Criminal Law and Family Law)
  • Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • General Civil Mediation Panel, 13th Circuit Court
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Commentator: family law and criminal law seminars)