Gary K. Springstead

Gary K. Springstead: Attorney with Springstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch P.L.L.C.
Attorney Awards


Gary K. Springstead is one of the leading criminal defense attorneys / lawyers in West Michigan, which includes Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, Hart, Ludington, and White Cloud. Mr. Springstead's criminal defense practice is dedicated almost exclusively to criminal defense. Why? We believe it gives our attorneys and our clients an advantage in defending criminal charges in state court and federal court. After all, most prosecutors practice in only one area of the law: criminal law. In order to level the playing field, our attorneys focus almost exclusively on criminal defense. The depth of knowledge and experience that comes from focusing on criminal defense day-in-and-day-out makes us better at what we do. It allows us the time and the experience to master all the various aspects of a criminal case in order to get better result for our clients.

As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Springstead has developed a busy practice in state and federal courts in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Big Rapids. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Springstead was an F.B.I. Special Agent for approximately five years, investigating and assisting in the prosecution of a broad range of federal crimes from sophisticated white collar crimes to violent crimes, terrorism and national security matters. This included investigating numerous high-profile cases in the United States and abroad.

Dedicated Criminal Attorney in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Big Rapids.

Mr. Springstead's criminal practice is split fairly evenly between federal criminal cases in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and state criminal cases in Kent, Muskegon, Mecosta, Mason, Oceana, and Newaygo counties.

In federal court, Mr. Springstead represents people charged with a variety of violent and white collar crimes, including:

Bank, Wire and Mail Fraud

Bank Robbery

Bribery and Kickback Schemes

Drug Charges and Drug Conspiracies


Federal Gun/Explosive Charges

Grand Jury Matters

Identity Theft

Illegal Reentry

Immigration Violations

Possession/Distribution of Child Pornography

Exceptional Federal Experience

Mr. Springstead has had many successes in federal court in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan, including:

Excluding evidence

Getting charges reduced to less serious charges

Avoiding charges altogether

Receiving downward departures or variances

Achieving reversal on appeal

Winning a "not guilty" verdict on all counts in a high-profile white-collar crime trial

Mr. Springstead's experience as an F.B.I. agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney has been particularly useful in defending federal criminal cases.

A Reputation for Excellence in State Court Criminal Defense

In state court, Mr. Springstead handles serious felonies as well as misdemeanors. His successes include not guilty verdicts at trial, directed verdicts of acquittal, denial of bindover at preliminary examinations, suppression motions, and outright dismissals. Mr. Springstead handles:



Breaking and Entering

Criminal Sexual Conduct

Drug Offenses


Felon in Possession

Home Invasion

Murder Fleeing and Eluding

Resisting and Opposing

Weapons Charges


Assault and Battery

Domestic Violence

Driving/License Offenses

Drunk Driving

Illegal Entry


Minor in Possession/Furnishing

Operating Under the Influence of Drugs

Possession of Controlled Substance

Retail Fraud

Sex Offender Registry Offenses


Presidential Management Fellowship, Washington, D.C., 1998-2000

Hon. Gerald E. Rosen, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1996-1997


National College of DUI Defense.

Constitutional Warrior, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan

F.B.I. Agents Association

Federal Bar Association, Western District of Michigan

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Newaygo County Bar Association, Interim President (2008), President (2009)

Oceana County Bar Association, President (2007)

State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law and Litigation Sections

(Resident, Fremont Office)

Areas of Practice (86)

  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • State Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Drugs and Narcotics
  • Assault and Battery
  • Bribery
  • Burglary
  • Capital Offenses
  • Civil Forfeiture
  • Criminal Antitrust
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Forfeiture
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Prosecution
  • Death Penalty
  • Drivers License Suspension
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Expungements
  • Extortion
  • Extradition
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Forensic DNA
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Forensic Science
  • Forgery
  • Grand Jury Practice
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Hit and Run
  • Homicide
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Extradition
  • Juvenile Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Mail Fraud
  • Manslaughter
  • Misdemeanors
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder
  • Parole and Probation
  • Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Weapons Charges
  • Wire Fraud
  • Wiretapping
  • Appellate Practice
  • Fifth Amendment Law
  • Fourth Amendment Law
  • Controlled Substances Law
  • Drug Crimes
  • Drug Forfeiture
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Fraud and Deceit
  • Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Government Investigations
  • Government Contract Fraud
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Internet Crimes
  • Investment Fraud
  • Law Enforcement
  • False Imprisonment
  • False Arrest
  • Medicare Fraud and Abuse
  • Securities Fraud
  • Criminal Tax Audits
  • Criminal Taxation
  • Tax Fraud
  • White Collar Crime
  • Embezzlement
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Fraud

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
616-438-6770  Phone
(231) 924-8700  Phone
(616) 458-5500  Phone
(231) 924-1500  Fax
University Attended:
University of Michigan, B.A., with distinction, 1995
Law School Attended:
Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1998
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; 1999, Michigan
Special Agencies:
Former F.B.I. Special Agent
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

4.5/5.0 (4 reviews)
Peer Reviewed
  • Legal Knowledge

  • Analytical Capability

  • Judgment

  • Communication

  • Legal Experience

  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 03/18/14 in Criminal Law

    Gary is a great attorney, well respected in West Michigan. I have referred friends to him, and will do so again.

    Gary is a great attorney, well respected in West Michigan. I have referred friends to him, and will do so again. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 03/18/14 in Criminal Defense

    Gary knows the law and has good instincts. I have referred many cases to him.

    Gary knows the law and has good instincts. I have referred many cases to him. Read less

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