Michael Naughton is an attorney and partner at North Coast Legal, PLC. Michael is one of the leading legal authorities on digital privacy, corporate privacy compliance and electronic communication. He represents clients in federal and state courts across the country and has represented public officials in high-profile matters in the City of Detroit. Michael has successfully argued at the United States Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He has also successfully tried cases in state and federal courts across the State of Michigan. In 2020, Michael won two cases in the Michigan Supreme Court: People v. Warren and Sondra Hardy v. Jocelyn Benson, et al.
In 2018, he was recognized as a "40 Under 40" in the Traverse City Business News and has been named a "Superlawyer" by Superlawyers Magazine. He was honored as a "Rising Start" for (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). Michael served as the president of the Grand Traverse Leelanau Antrim Bar Association and served as the treasurer of the Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation. Michael also served on the board of the 20 Fathoms incubator and is an officer of TCNewTech.
Michael has been an early member of the Michigan Technological University exploratory committee. He is a frequent writer on and guest in local media regarding the Traverse City economy, rural economic development and creating a 21st century infrastructure for Northern Michigan businesses.
Affiliations and Associations
Grand Traverse Leelanau Antrim (GTLA) Bar Association, President (2018 - 2019)
Recognized as 40 Under 40, Traverse City Business News (2017)
Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation, Treasurer, appointed by the Grand Traverse County Commission to a six-year term (2017 - 2023)
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, District 3 Representative (2015 - 2018)
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Chairman of Technology Committee (2012 - Present)
Superlawyers Rising Star (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018)
TCNewTech, Board (2016 - Present)
Utopia Foundation, Vice President (2015 - Present)
Appeared on Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ as an expert for a live, in-studio interview on the Target credit card breach (December, 2013)
Buttressing Your Investigation with Cell Phone Data, Institute for Criminal Justice Education, Auburn University, Alabama (September, 2013)
Seeing is Believing: Presenting Electronic Evidence to a Jury, Upper Michigan Legal Institute (May, 2013)
ESI as a Teaching Tool for Juries, Michigan Young Lawyers Section (June, 2013)
Opening the Large Paper Case in the Digital Age, CJA Panel Attorneys Seminar (September, 2012)
FBA Panel Discussion with Judge Robert Cleland, Judge David Lawson, Daniel Lemisch, Chief of the Criminal Division (U.S. Attorney’s Office, Detroit), FBI Special Agent Matthew Zentz and Joseph Richotte on ESI and federal criminal practice (May, 2012)
Criminal Defense Series: Trial Strategy and Tactics, ICLE (June, 2012)
The Nimble and the Lazy: ESI and Criminal Practice, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Spring Conference (March, 2012)
Advanced Overview of New Forms of Electronic Discovery, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Fall Conference (November, 2011)
Electronic Discovery, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Spring Conference (March, 2011)