Lisa B. Kirsch Satawa
Mark A. Satawa
Stuart G. Friedman
Lisa B. Kirsch Satawa
Lisa Kirsch Satawa is an experienced defense attorney whose practice focuses on criminal defense, children's rights, adoption, and the defense of juveniles charged with crimes. Ms. Kirsch Satawa's practice has a particular specialization in defending the rights of adults and juveniles charged with sexually assaulting children, and representing parents charged with child abuse and neglect in both the criminal and termination of parental rights arena. She has extensive experience in successfully defending medically intensive child abuse and neglect cases, including Munchausen by proxy, brittle bone disease, CVID and others. Ms. Kirsch Satawa has developed an excellent reputation for her work in this area, and was selected by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) (formally the Family Independence Agency - FIA) to train their caseworkers in the investigation of such matters.
Ms. Kirsch Satawa has successfully defended juveniles charged with crimes ranging from assault to serious capital felonies, criminal sexual conduct, major narcotics cases, and school offenses.
Ms. Kirsch Satawa is also a certified adoption attorney who has successfully placed many children in loving homes.
Ms. Kirsch Satawa belongs to the National Counsel for Children, National Child Abuse Defense Resource Center, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, State Bar of Michigan Children's Law Counsel and the Oakland Country Bar Association Juvenile Law Committee.
Member: Oakland County (Criminal and Children's Law Committee) Bar Association; State Bar of Michigan (Member Sections on: Children's Law, Criminal Law, Young Lawyers, Family Law; Children's Law Section Counsel, 1996 - 2003); National Association of Counsel for Children; Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (Board of Directors); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Juvenile Law Committee).
Admitted: 1995, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.
2003, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Law School: Detroit College Law, J.D., 1994.
College: Boston University, B.A., 1987.
Mark A. Satawa
Mark Satawa is an experienced defense attorney who specializes in representing adults in the full range of felony and misdemeanor charges. A former Assistant Prosecutor for Wayne County and a Michigan Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Satawa's trial experience consists of hundreds of felony jury trials, including 50 capital trials and 30 murder trials.
Mr. Satawa has successfully litigated a broad range of criminal cases, including drunk driving, telecommunications fraud, tax fraud, robbery, domestic violence, and assaults. Mr. Satawa's practice has a particular emphasis on defending allegations of sexual assault against adults and children, Internet crimes, homicide, narcotics offenses, federal crime/white collar crimes, and DNA cases. He has extensive experience in successfully defending scientifically/medically intensive criminal allegations, including shaken baby syndrome, sexual assault cases with medical evidence, and cases involving DNA evidence. Mr. Satawa has lectured extensively on many criminal law and trial advocacy issues - including DNA, defending allegations of criminal sexual conduct, and all phases of trial practice - to defense organizations and bar associations such as the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.
Mr. Satawa is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Board of Directors), Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (Board of Directors, and Co chair of Education Committee), the State Bar of Michigan (Criminal Law Committee) and the Oakland County Bar Association (Inn of Court, and Criminal Law section). Mark is also listed as one of the 2008 American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Attorneys.
Admitted: State of Michigan; US District Court, Western District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; U.S. District Court, District of Northern Georgia.
Law School: Notre Dame Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, 1992.
College: University of Michigan, B.A. with distinction, 1989.
Member: Detroit, Oakland County (Criminal Law and Family Law Committee) and Recorder's Court Bar Associations; State Bar of Michigan (Criminal Law and Family Law Committee); Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (Board of Directors); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Board of Directors); and the Cooley Law School Innocence Project in Michigan (Board of Directors).
Stuart G. Friedman
Stuart Friedman is an experienced appellate and post-conviction attorney
whose practice focuses on the defense of individuals after trial. Mr. Friedman
has handled literally hundreds of appeals both representing individuals wishing
to overturn their criminal convictions and resisting prosecution appeals of
defense wins in the trial court. Mr. Friedman also regularly drafts “friend of
the court” briefs on behalf of numerous organizations including the Criminal
Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the National Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the Prison & Corrections Section
of the State Bar, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Mr. Friedman has litigated numerous important appellate cases in Michigan and
in federal courts including cases including cases: obtaining a sentence
reduction for over 10,000 inmates, a casino corruption case, defending against a
prosecution challenge to the validity of the Miranda decision in the United
States Supreme Court, and arguing the right of a woman to use lethal force to
resist a rape. Mr. Friedman also participated in the drafting of the Michigan
Court Rule which provided inmates with some due process protection against
prosecution parole appeals, and Mr. Friedman obtained the release of the first
650 drug lifer under Michigan’s modification to its “650 drug lifer law.” Mr.
Friedman is also a frequent speaker and writer on Michigan legal issues,
including being the author of the definitive article on Michigan Post-Conviction
Mr. Friedman belongs to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (Board of Directors, and Co chair of the
Publication Committee), the State Bar of Michigan Prison & Corrections Section
(Past President and Council Member), State Bar of Michigan Appellate Practice
Section, State Bar of Michigan Criminal Law Section, and State Bar of Michigan
Administrative Law Section.
Admitted: State of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of
and Michigan; Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Law School: Wayne State University Law School (cum laude), 1991.
College: Wayne State University, B.S. with distinction, 1988.
Member: State Bar of Michigan (Criminal Law, Prison & Corrections
Section, Appellate Practice Section, & Administrative Law Sections); Criminal
Defense Attorneys of Michigan (Board of Directors); National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers (Amicus Committee); and the Cooley Law School Innocence
Project in Michigan (Volunteer Attorney).
Jeniece Parent is an Associate attorney at Kirsch & Satawa, P.C. She was admitted to the bar in November 2007. Her practice focuses on civil infractions, criminal defense and the defense of juveniles charged with crimes.
Ms. Parent has worked at Kirsch and Satawa since early 2007. Her prior experience includes an internship at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and clinical experience with the State Appellate Defender’s Office. She also worked one year at the Free Legal Aid Clinic representing indigent residents of Detroit in their family law matters.
During law school, Ms. Parent received the Bronze key for academics and was recognized as a Lombard fellow, an award in leadership. Ms. Parent also competed as a regional finalist in Moot Court, and won an award for her Brief submission.
Areas of Practice: Criminal Defense, Juveniles , Child Abuse, School Offenses
Bar Admissions: Michigan, 2007
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2007
Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, 2007 J.D.
Western Michigan University, 2004 B.A., magna cum laude
Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of Michigan
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Bar Association
Detroit Young Professionals