Steve Fishman is a high-profile criminal defense lawyer in Detroit, MI, with over forty years of litigation experience.
He began his career as a Wayne County Public Defender, representing numerous clients in the 36th Judicial District. He then opened up a private practice specializing in both state and federal criminal law.
As a prominent trial attorney, Fishman has handled over 200 jury trials and countless bench trials and has obtained numerous acquittals in federal court. He has represented several well-known people, including, former city council president, Monica Conyers; former Michigan Supreme Court Justice, Diane Hathaway; former Wayne County Executive, Robert Ficano; NBA players Chris Webber and Robert Traylor; and numerous high-profile drug dealers in the 1980s and 1990s.
For the past twenty-five years, Fishman has been a guest speaker at the Criminal Defense Lawyers of Michigan, the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, University of Michigan Law, and his alma mater, Wayne State. In 2017, the Eastern Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association awarded Fishman the Leonard R. Gilman Award for his outstanding performance as a criminal defense attorney, and in 2011, the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan awarded him the Right to Counsel Award for providing the highest quality of assistance of counsel.
Fishman graduated with a BA from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Wayne State Law School. He lives in Detroit with his wife and remains a loyal University of Michigan basketball aficionado.