Our record speaks for itself.
Meet the team of criminal defense consultants with over 50 years combined experience building winning courtroom strategies.
Mark Satawa is a criminal defense attorney specializing in forensic DNA, sex crimes, child abuse, shaken baby, medical child abuse, white collar, and federal crimes. He is a former Assistant Prosecutor for Wayne County and a Michigan Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Satawa’s trial experience consists of hundreds of felony jury trials, including over 50 life felonies and 30 murder trials.
Speaking Engagements and Lectures
Mr. Satawa has lectured extensively on issues including DNA, defending allegations of child sexual assault, Shaken Baby, medical child abuse, Forensic Science, and trial advocacy to defense organizations and bar associations such as NACDL, the State Bar of Michigan, the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michiga
Mr. Satawa is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (life member and formerly on the Board of Directors),the State Bar of Michigan (Criminal Law Committee) and the Oakland County Bar Association (Inn of Court, and Criminal Law section).
Awards and Distinctions
He has won a series of acquittals in both state and federal court in several sexual assaults, child sex abuse, shaken baby syndrome, and medical child abuse. He was also one of the nine lawyers who won Rule 29 acquittals for the members of the Hutaree, a Michigan Militia group. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, a Michigan Super Lawyer, a Metro Detroit Top Lawyer by Dbusiness, and one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Michigan by the American Trial Lawyers Association.
Stephen E. Palmer is a trusted Columbus criminal defense attorney for more than 26 years. Steve has developed a distinctive approach that puts clients at ease and gets to the heart of the matter to relieve fear and anxiety. Clients who work with Steve feel an almost immediate sense of relief after that initial conversation, because they understand that he will solve the problem and they will get through it. He is well known for his ability to simplify matters that feel very complex to clients.
Steve communicates in a language everyone understands. He delivers the good news, the bad news, and the ‘we need more information to answer that’ news. At the close of every case, Steve’s clients are confident that they received the very best possible outcome for their cases.
Steve’s 26 years of experience spans thousands of cases and countless jury trials ranging from DUIs and misdemeanors to high visibility, complex federal cases. He believes no two cases are the same, and neither are his clients’ needs. To Steve, criminal defense isn’t just about representing a client in court; it’s about helping people solve their problems. Problems that are often not black and white legal matters.
He has practiced in courts all over the State of Ohio and in federal courts nationwide. His expertise and success have caught the attention of other criminal defense attorneys, leading Steve to provide consulting services for attorneys who need winning courtroom strategies.
Steve is both comfortable and capable of handling any matter inside (and outside) the courtroom. He draws upon his vast network (both local and national) to assemble the right experts, investigators, and consultants to meet the needs of each individual case and client. And when approached with cases outside his practice area, he helps people find the right person for the job through his extensive referral network of attorneys who practice other areas of the law.
Steve has been listed as a Top Lawyer on the Ohio Super Lawyers list every year since 2011. He was also featured in Columbus Business First’s 20 People to Know in 2014. He is a long-standing member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and remains active in the Ohio State Bar Association, speaking regularly on various criminal defense topics.
On the air
For the past 15 years, Steve has provided the Columbus radio audience with legal input on several local morning radio shows.
Steve also produces a regular podcast, Lawyer Talk Q & A, which is dedicated to answering questions asked by the public about various legal problems and situations.
Outside of the office
Aside from law, Steve is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hunting, shooting, and virtually any other activity that puts him in touch with nature and the woods. With a background in construction, he also enjoys the quiet solitude of carpentry and woodworking. And when not in the courtroom, woods, or workshop, he enjoys classical guitar and continues with regular instruction and occasional performance.
Education / Awards & Distinctions
- Capital University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1995
- College of Wooster, B.A., History, 1992
- Included on the Ohio Super Lawyers list 2011 – 2016
- Listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, earning the AV Peer Review Rating
Admissions & Professional Involvements
- 1995, Ohio
- 1996, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
- 1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- 2002, U.S. Supreme Court
- Ohio State Bar Association, Member
- Columbus Bar Association, Member
- National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
- Capital University Law School Law Review
Publications / Speaking Engagements / Media
- Ohio Courtroom Evidence, Third Edition, Lexis Law Publishing, 1998, co-authored with his father, John Palmer.
- Order of the Curia, Law Review, Capital University, 1994-1995. Co-Author State v. Vega and Ohio’s Operating Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (OMVI) Law: per se Unconstitutional? Capital University Law Review, No. 3, Vol., 24, 1995.
- Columbus Business First: 20 People to Know, November 2014
- Seminar Speaker, Criminal Advocacy, Ohio State Bar Association, 2015