Senior Trial Attorney
Before we even begin to write about Mariell Lehman’s educational and legal accomplishments – many as they are – we’ll just lead with this:
A short while ago Mariell secured a not guilty verdict in a murder trial. That’s a rare thing, what makes this rarer still and truly amazing is there was no question the client pulled the trigger. Two codefendants were granted immunity to testify against her client. All this in a county where the police commissioner announced the client’s arrest to the media saying, “I can't emphasize enough that when a crime of this nature is committed in Warren, we have a very high, if not 100 percent, rate of arrest and conviction.”
Mariell, however, was undaunted. She knew the case was weak, she knew the murder charge was unfounded, she knew the prosecution thought no one would care. Mariell cared . . . and the jury agreed with her.
This may sum up Mariell’s legal career to date, although she wouldn’t have guessed it after she graduated from the University of Michigan with honors and headed off to the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law . . . because while she knew she wanted to be a lawyer, Mariell’s sights were initially set on becoming a prosecutor.
Mariell did a 225-hour internship with the Detroit Police Department that saw her riding along with officers for 8 hours a day. All to prepare her for a career as a prosecutor.
Many of the things she saw on those rides did not jibe with what she was learning in Constitutional Law at the same time. Mariell started to consider that too many “injustices inform the law.” Soon, she felt as if that was being reinforced every day.
She realized that she “was born to be a defense attorney.” Mariell went to law school to find “a way to help people” and by being part of the defense bar she is “protecting as many people as possible from the arbitrary application of our laws.”
Keeping the process fair.
“It’s never one defendant, it’s everyone by proxy. It’s ensuring that everything is done right and everyone in the criminal justice system is held accountable.”
Mariell, a life-long softball player, relaxes when she can by playing a mean second base. She very much hopes another injustice is overturned in the near future with Lou Whitaker’s long overdue election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Super Lawyers every year since 2013
Top Women Attorneys in Michigan every year since 2014
Top 100 Attorneys from the National Trial Lawyers Association Education
Admitted to Practice
Michigan State Bar Association
United States District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
Macomb County Bar Association
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan – Macomb Chapter
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys