Mark Satawa


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. He is a contributing author to the book: “Strategies for Defending Sex Crimes,” (Aspatore 2012), specifically the chapter, Developing a Strong Theory of Defense for Sex Crime Cases.

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 Michigan.

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).

He has won a series of acquittals in both state and federal court in several sexual assault, 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 Lawyer’s Association.