Mike Walsh conducts a general practice of law from his office in Muskegon. His practice includes criminal defense, probate litigation, and family law. He’s practiced in numerous county courts throughout the state, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court. He is a member of the Representative Assembly, the rule-making body of the State Bar of Michigan that proffers rules and rule changes for the for state supreme court. He served as the 2011-2012 president of the Muskegon County Bar Association. Before entering private practice, he was an assistant prosecutor for Newaygo County and, earlier, an investigative journalist.
In addition to his clients, he has students. Mike teaches criminal law and criminal procedure for Ferris State University’s criminal justice program and Communications Law for Grand Valley’s graduate school. He wrote the textbook for the course that has now been accepted for use by the University of Nevada.
Before entering law, Mike was an investigative reporter for the Muskegon Chronicle. He won numerous awards for the paper. He was a four-time recipient of the State Bar of Michigan’s Advancement of Justice Award, numerous Associated Press investigative reporting citations, and various other industry acknowledgements. He’s appeared on Larry King Live, CBS, and other television and radio networks.
Academically, Walsh earned three degrees – a bachelor’s from Quincy College, master’s from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in law, from Cooley-Lansing. He was a Knight Foundation fellow at the University of Maryland where he studied legal affairs journalism and a seminar-member at the U.S. Army War College regarding national security. He is a member of the Michigan and Muskegon bar associations and the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan.
Walsh lives in Norton Shores and is married to Patricia Walsh, a teacher at Mona Shores High School. They have five adult children – Christopher, Jessica, Sarah, Thomas, and Bridget. His hobbies include photography, writing, and travel.