Attorney | Author | Coach | Dad
My name is Jonathan Paul, and I solve problems for my clients. As part of my criminal law practice, I work with clients to turn one of the worst moments in life, into an opportunity for reflection and growth.
I am a prosecutor turned entrepreneur who thrives on turning liabilities into assets, while providing excellent customer service, leadership and long-term success to my clients.
When I work with a client, I view my role as both an attorney and coach. There's going to be a legal aspect to working with the client toward goals in the courtroom, but even more time spent preparing mentally, emotionally and physically for the journey together. I want my clients to know that everything is going to OK, but the client has to be ready to earn the outcome, and that requires a game plan.
This can either be the worst day, or best day for a client. I like to embrace the best day approach, and use it as an opportunity for growth, reflection, and learning a major life lesson. Accept the challenge, and be better for it in the long-term.
I work with and defend doctors, fellow attorneys, nurses, executives, business professionals, union workers, military officers, teachers, entrepreneurs, professional and college athletes, airline pilots, and the good hard working people of Michigan who find themselves charged with a criminal offense.
We take a stressful situation, which seems very much "up in the air" and turn it into a manageable set of goals with a plan in place. I believe that a client should not be judged on a single moment, but rather should have the opportunity to turn this poor "first impression" into what I call a "true impression".
Should your case define you? Absolutely not.
Your past, present and future should define who you are. This means your family, career, reputation and standing in your community should be the most important factors in how the prosecutor and court treats you.
Unfortunately words alone can't do the job, so we put real actions into place. This is a proactive approach to criminal defense in Michigan, and something that my clients do on various types of cases. My clients improve their case every single day, with my role as a coach guiding this progress.
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Our firm focuses on the client's journey, and how he/she finds themselves on the wrong side of the law. We lead with empathy and understanding; our clients are not criminals, but rather good hearted, caring folks who respect the law, and want to be held in high regard. We work with a diverse pool of clients; our clients are our partners, and together we put forth a proactive approach to every case.
While I am a former NYC and Michigan prosecutor, and have been practicing criminal defense for more than a decade, I don't like using the "criminal" label with my clients. My clients don't have anything to hide; they are more frightened and embarrassed, and worried about an uncertain future. They are concerned that they made a terrible "first impression" with the police, prosecutor, judge, and court system; it can be gut wrenching to feel "stuck"; you can't change what happened, and sitting around, and worrying only makes things worse.
My goal is to empower each client to make a "true impression" and understand and demonstrate how they ended up on the wrong side of the law, and provide them the tools to SHOW rather than TELL what they can learn from their incident, and where they are going in the future. Nothing feels better as an attorney than to hear a prosecutor and judge praise my client for stepping up, and taking control of their own situation.
My clients do amazing in the criminal justice system, because they are mere visitors; having the right exit strategy is the key to navigating the most challenging moment in your life.
I educate and lecture on criminal defense with ICLE (Institute of Continuing Legal Education) for other Michigan attorneys looking to improve their own knowledge and career success.
I've been selected and recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine; the prestigious magazine selects the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in Michigan. My selection by Super Lawyers Magazine was featured in Hour Detroit Magazine and the New York Times. My work as a Michigan criminal defense lawyer has also earned me a "Superb" 10.0 Avvo Rating.
I approach every case using cutting edge best practices, which I developed from earning an Executive MBA degree from Michigan's Ross School of Business, and studying at MIT Sloan School of Management and the Stanford Graduate School of Business
You only get to handle your case once, how do you want to approach it?