William J. Stevens - Criminal Trial Lawyer

Criminal Trials

William J. Stevens has defended people accused of crimes since 1966. He has successfully defended homicide, sexual assault, drunk driving and drug charges. He has tried over 200 jury trials.

Bill has long been a champion of individual liberty and Constitutional Rights. In the defense of a war protester he successfully asserted that a person cannot be selected for prosecution because he exercised his Constitutional Right of free speech. In 1987 the American Civil Liberties Union gave him an award for unending dedication in defense of Civil Liberties. He defended a member of the El Rukn street gang at trial in Federal Court and obtained a very favorable result when misconduct on the part of the assistant U.S. Attorney was exposed in post-trial proceedings.

Bill's experience in complex civil litigation has helped him successfully defend frauds and "white collar" crimes. He has successfully defended home owners and telephone users from illegal intrusions by police.

Bill is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District courts in the Western District of Michigan, Western District of Wisconsin, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Bill's family has a long tradition of service in the law. His father and grandfather were Illinois lawyers and his uncle Hon. John Paul Stevens retired as a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America after 34 years of service. Bill opened his own law office in New Buffalo, Michigan in March 2003 and relocated his office in Bridgman, Michigan May 1, 2009.


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Michigan Bar
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana
  • American Civil Liberties Union