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2018-2019 Elections - Young Lawyers Board of Directors

Director - William Barnwell

Bill Barnwell began Barnwell Law, PLLC in 2015 focusing his practice 100% on criminal defense. He has handled nearly all forms of criminal cases from homicide-related cases to routine misdemeanors, handling local, state, and federal cases. He has had obtained multiple Not Guilty verdicts in both jury and bench trials. He holds a B.A. degree from Bethel College in Social Science. He also holds an M.A. degree in Theology from Bethel College as well as a Master of Ministry Degree. He received his J.D. from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he spent two years on the National Mock Trial team, and began his own practice immediately after being admitted to the bar.  In addition to his full-time criminal defense practice, Bill continues to serve the community as a pastor and leader in the local faith community. He is the Lead Pastor of Royal Oak Church in downtown Royal Oak, and has served in pastoral ministry since 2001. Over the years he has raised money for various charitable causes such as teenage suicide prevention and has partnered on several occasions with Families Against Narcotics to raise money for drug abuse awareness and prevention. He was the campaign manager for his father's successful Warren City Council run in 1999 and managed his wife's successful campaign for Warren City Treasurer in 2015, and he also served as both Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Warren Housing Commission from 2012-2017. He has also served as an adviser and consultant for several other successful political campaigns in Macomb County. He and his wife Lorie have a son in kindergarten, and are each active in multiple faith-based and secular charitable causes. Bill seeks to organize events, actions, and strategy to mobilize the defense bar and help serve the overall legal community through greater participation and leadership with the Macomb County Bar Association.

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