Mariell Lehman

Mariell’s journey to becoming a top criminal defense trial lawyer started in an unlikely way.

Before going to law school, she thought about becoming a prosecutor. Justice seemed cut-and-dry: convict the guilty and put the bad guys away.

That all quickly changed when she saw the realities of the system. She learned that from the time someone is accused, they are already ten steps behind. It only gets worse after an arrest is made. Seeing that cases easily go forward on the word of a person alone – with absolutely no other evidence, like DNA, eyewitnesses, medical evidence, or any other corroborative evidence – confirmed to Mariell how the system is stacked against the accused. And seeing exonerations of the wrongfully convicted solidified even more that she’s truly working for justice in her cases as a criminal defense lawyer.

Mariell Lehman

Mariell’s journey to becoming a top criminal defense trial lawyer started in an unlikely way.

Before going to law school, she thought about becoming a prosecutor. Justice seemed cut-and-dry: convict the guilty and put the bad guys away.

That all quickly changed when she saw the realities of the system. She learned that from the time someone is accused, they are already ten steps behind. It only gets worse after an arrest is made. Seeing that cases easily go forward on the word of a person alone – with absolutely no other evidence, like DNA, eyewitnesses, medical evidence, or any other corroborative evidence – confirmed to Mariell how the system is stacked against the accused. And seeing exonerations of the wrongfully convicted solidified even more that she’s truly working for justice in her cases as a criminal defense lawyer.

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This firm is providing one of the pillars that makes our system of law a thing to be admired. Without the promise of a vigorous defense, half of the system is left to wither away and become corrupt. Each of us is, of course, able to form our own opinions of individual cases, but no one can question the absolute essential nature of the attorneys at Smith Blythe.

~ Tim Mohre

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This firm is providing one of the pillars that makes our system of law a thing to be admired. Without the promise of a vigorous defense, half of the system is left to wither away and become corrupt. Each of us is, of course, able to form our own opinions of individual cases, but no one can question the absolute essential nature of the attorneys at Smith Blythe.

~ Tim Mohre

Within one month of becoming licensed, Mariell opened her own law firm and began her career as a criminal defense attorney. She focused much of her practice on finding creative outcomes for her clients that helped them avoid going to jail and prison. Mariell’s reputation quickly grew. She was known for her compassion towards those she represented and giving them a chance when all hope seemed lost. She began taking on high-stakes cases and was quickly recognized for dominating the courtroom.

Mariell also discovered that she loved being in court. To this day, she thrives on the adrenaline rush when she argues.

Her intuition connects her to the jurors deciding her client’s fate. And Mariell always knows that she has left no stone unturned – making her the most confident person in the courtroom, knowing the case better than anyone else.

And that, quite frankly, leads her to victory for her clients over and over again.

Not surprisingly, Mariell has earned amazing wins including not guilty verdicts and dismissals. As the years passed on after her career took off in 2011, her reputation exploded. It is clear. Mariell is known for her dedication to her clients, integrity within the profession among colleagues, and for her victories. For Mariell personally, what matters most is that her clients get their lives back. Knowing that she can help someone go from the worst point in their life to a promising future keeps her going to this day.

In 2019, Mariell’s reputation caught the attention of Shannon Smith and Molly Blythe. When Smith Blythe needed to find another attorney for the team – there was no other choice – and they refused to take no for an answer. Smith Blythe needed a lawyer who was unafraid to tackle cases with truly the absolute highest stakes – with consequences worse than some murder convictions – including people facing the rest of their lives in prison, mandatory minimum prison sentences of 25 years that can be stacked to equal hundreds of years, and sex offender registry for life – even for clients as young as 14 years old.

From there, Mariell’s winning streak continued.

Within months of joining the firm, Mariell obtained a verdict of not guilty in a murder defense trial — a difficult and daunting task. This was particularly true when the Police Commissioner announced Mariell’s client’s arrest in a press release saying that his county has “a very high, if not 100 percent, rate of arrest and conviction.” Well, Mariell certainly ruined that perfect record of convictions for him.

From there, Mariell’s winning streak continued.

Within months of joining the firm, Mariell obtained a verdict of not guilty in a murder defense trial — a difficult and daunting task. This was particularly true when the Police Commissioner announced Mariell’s client’s arrest in a press release saying that his county has “a very high, if not 100 percent, rate of arrest and conviction.” Well, Mariell certainly ruined that perfect record of convictions for him.

That is only one example of many where Mariell prevailed. She considers it a “huge honor” to work with each and every client she represents. It is also important to note – she doesn’t treat each client as a client — she treats each and every one as if they were her brother, her husband, her father, her loved one. That makes her dedication unparalleled to other lawyers and has led to her reputation as a top trial lawyer.

Within months of joining the firm, Mariell obtained a verdict of not guilty in a murder defense trial — a difficult and daunting task. This was particularly true when the Police Commissioner announced Mariell’s client’s arrest in a press release saying that his county has “a very high, if not 100 percent, rate of arrest and conviction.” Well, Mariell certainly ruined that perfect record of convictions for him.

That is only one example of many where Mariell prevailed. She considers it a “huge honor” to work with each and every client she represents. It is also important to note – she doesn’t treat each client as a client — she treats each and every one as if they were a loved one — her brother, husband, and even at times, her children. That makes her dedication unparalleled to other lawyers and has led to her reputation as a top trial lawyer.

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Admitted to Practice:

  • Michigan State Bar Association
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of Michigan

Education:

  • Education listed he University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctor

Professional Affiliation:

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan – Macomb Chapter
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys

Contact Smith Blythe

At Smith Blythe, PC, our Michigan attorneys have been defending the rights of the accused for a combined 25+ years. Our team is dedicated to pursuing justice on behalf of those who are facing the most heinous allegations. We know how to protect your rights and will arm you with the strongest defense.

Get in touch with Smith Blythe P.C. today

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    Contact Smith Blythe

    At Smith Blythe, PC, our Michigan attorneys have been defending the rights of the accused for a combined 25+ years. Our team is dedicated to pursuing justice on behalf of those who are facing the most heinous allegations. We know how to protect your rights and will arm you with the strongest defense.

    Get in touch with Smith Blythe P.C. today

      Are you a new client? Yes, I am a potential new client.No, I am a current existing client.I'm neither