Shannon Smith

Most people would say that what Shannon Smith does is impossible.

Her clients come to her in a state of panic. Terrified to know they are staring down the barrel of decades in prison, including mandatory 25-year sentences that can be stacked. Devastated that they may lose their children to Child Protective Services. And furious that based on the word of a complainant alone – with no other evidence – their life could be destroyed. But after doing criminal sexual conduct cases for the better part of 15 years, Shannon has her own way of doing things. She realizes that these cases are not like other criminal defense cases.

Shannon Smith

Most people would say that what Shannon Smith does is impossible.

Her clients come to her in a state of panic. Terrified to know they are staring down the barrel of decades in prison, including mandatory 25-year sentences that can be stacked. Devastated that they may lose their children to Child Protective Services. And furious that based on the word of a complainant alone – with no other evidence – their life could be destroyed. But after doing criminal sexual conduct cases for the better part of 15 years, Shannon has her own way of doing things. She realizes that these cases are not like other criminal defense cases.

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I was accused of a very serious crime. Shannon sunk her teeth right into my case and I knew I was in great hands. She knows what she is doing. I was in a world of hurt, but when I found out Shannon was on my side I knew all would be well, and it is. I owe my freedom to Shannon, and she has stayed in close touch with my family throughout this whole mess."

~ Prior Client

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I was accused of a very serious crime. Shannon sunk her teeth right into my case and I knew I was in great hands. She knows what she is doing. I was in a world of hurt, but when I found out Shannon was on my side I knew all would be well, and it is. I owe my freedom to Shannon, and she has stayed in close touch with my family throughout this whole mess."

~ Prior Client

When a child, in particular, claims that an adult has hurt them, all reason goes out the window.

In the #metoo era, many people think all allegations must be automatically “believed.” The prosecutions are aggressive and ruthless, and the mantra that most defense lawyers stick to in other kinds of cases – sit back, be quiet, and simply defend – does not work.

For example, most criminal defense lawyers have a blanket rule that the accused should never speak to law enforcement. Shannon, on the other hand, has taken many clients in to make a statement and tell their side of the story. At Smith Blythe, there is no “sitting back” and playing defense. Instead, Shannon has found success by taking the kind of investigative deep dive that few have the skills and resources for. The firm’s relationship with top experts around the country allows the defense to get ahead of the case. Instead of starting from scratch to study the science that can help defend sexual allegations, Smith Blythe is already ten steps ahead.

Many clients have sought Shannon out in the past wanting a “strong female lawyer” on their side. What they didn’t realize is that they were getting not only that, but a lawyer who has precise strategies no matter what the case looks like. Shannon’s ability, creativity, and experience gives the accused the best chance – and at the same time, gives them a sense of hope and security that things will get better.

And over the past few years, Smith Blythe clients don’t only get Shannon Smith on their side, but an incredible team of fierce advocates. Make no mistake about it, while these cases involve the highest stakes, Shannon and her team love that about the work. There is nothing like watching the energy shift in the courtroom when jurors, the judge, and even the prosecutor, finally understand the truth about a case.

Over the years, Shannon has not only proven herself to be a successful lawyer, but has become a leader among lawyers throughout the country.

Over the years, Shannon has not only proven herself to be a successful lawyer, but has become a leader among lawyers throughout the country.

She frequently speaks at national events, often being asked to be the keynote speaker to address audiences about representing the “damned and despised.” Shannon loves knowing that her work and teaching helps other lawyers defend even more people. And while Shannon has won countless awards, what matters to her most are the texts of appreciation that show up on her cell phone every Thanksgiving and Christmas from past clients and their families. There is nothing like getting a photo of a family that was once torn apart back together on a holiday. The gratitude for saving her client’s lives and their families keeps Shannon going.

And all of that is what makes her work not only possible, but brings success to Smith Blythe as well. While it may be too much for other lawyers, Shannon’s work is not impossible.

She frequently speaks at national events, often being asked to be the keynote speaker to address audiences about representing the “damned and despised.” Shannon loves knowing that her work and teaching helps other lawyers defend even more people. And while Shannon has won countless awards, what matters to her most are the texts of appreciation that show up on her cell phone every Thanksgiving and Christmas from past clients and their families. There is nothing like getting a photo of a family that was once torn apart back together on a holiday. The gratitude for saving her client’s lives and their families keeps Shannon going.

And all of that is what makes her work not only possible, but brings success to Smith Blythe as well. While it may be too much for other lawyers, Shannon’s work is not impossible.

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Admitted to Practice:

  • Michigan State Bar Association (practicing also in the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court)
  • Practicing in many counties and courts throughout Michigan
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court – Western District of Michigan
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Education:

  • University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts
  • Michigan State College of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Graduate of the National Criminal Defense College
  • Graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, Death Penalty program,
  • Defense of the Damned, and Graduate Course II
  • Graduate of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College

Affiliation & Industry Recognition:

  • Awarded the Women’s Bar Association Evelyn Forrest Distinguished, Advocate Award, 2014
  • Super Lawyer, 2014-2019
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Rated 10/10 on Avvo.com
  • National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Attorneys, 2013-2019
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 – American Trial Lawyers Association, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Member of the Professional Advisory Board for a Useful Sex Offender Registry
  • Member of the National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM), Education Committee Member
  • State Bar of Michigan (Criminal Law & Family Law Sections)
  • Women’s Law Bar Association, Oakland County Bar Association

Affiliation & Industry Recognition:

  • Awarded the Women’s Bar Association Evelyn Forrest Distinguished, Advocate Award, 2014
  • Super Lawyer, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Rated 10/10 on Avvo.com
  • National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Attorneys, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 – American Trial Lawyers Association, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Exceptional Achievement Award from the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, 2019
  • Member of the Professional Advisory Board for a Useful Sex Offender Registry
  • Member of the National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM), Education Committee Member
  • State Bar of Michigan (Criminal Law & Family Law Sections)
  • Women’s Law Bar Association, Oakland County Bar Association

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