Michael C. Naughton

Professional Background

Michael works with clients to create common sense solutions to complex problems. He consults with individuals, businesses, attorneys, law firms and governments on inventive and efficient uses of emerging technologies. He is a seasoned white-collar criminal defense attorney who has represented multiple high-profile clients in complex federal and state litigation. He provides clients with innovative and impactful strategies to achieve the best possible result. 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 tried cases in both federal and Michigan courts.

Michael consults with attorneys on electronic security and productivity enhancements. He has given presentations across the United States and in Canada on emerging technologies and their significance on the practice of law. Michael actively works with solo practitioners, law firms and governmental units on creating and implementing strategies to increase efficiency using both hardware and software solutions. He also consults with seasoned litigators, criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors on the innovative use of presentation software in trial. He has been retained by law practices across the country to assist with voluminous discovery in complex litigation. He has also been appointed to serve as a coordinating discovery attorney by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in numerous "mega cases" involving criminal defense matters in the Eastern District of Michigan.

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)
  • 20Fathoms, Board (2018)

Bar Admissions

  • Western District of Michigan
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • State Bar of Michigan

Presentations and Publications

  • Law Firms Under Cyber-Siege, Master Lawyers Section State Bar of Michigan, (Spring, 2018)
  • A Modern Practice, GTLA Bar Association Presentation (April, 2018)
  • How to Stay Out of Legal Trouble, Startology presentation (October, 2017)
  • Practicing Smarter to Save Time and Money, Michigan Assigned Appellate Attorney Service (November, 2016)
  • MIDC Compliance and the Upper Peninsula, State Bar of Michigan (October, 2016)
  • Update on MIDC, Circuit Court Judges for SCAO Region III & IV (October, 2016)
  • Update on MIDC, District Court Judges for SCAO Region III & IV (October, 2016)
  • Update on MIDC, Court Staff for SCAO Region III & IV (September, 2016)
  • Report on Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (June, 2016)
  • Frequent guest on The Ron Jolly Show, WTCM AM 580, to speak live, on the air, concerning on issues involving technology and the law
  • Stored Communications Act and Entrepreneurs, TCNewTech (October, 2015)
  • Managing E-Discovery Costs, ICLE (July, 2015)
  • Electronic Discovery and the Canada Evidence Act, Upper Canada Legal Institute
  • Featured in “New Technology, Traditional Legal Tests” Canadian Lawyer
  • 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)
  • U.S./Russian Federation Human Rights Comparative Analysis, Human Rights Symposium in Yoshkar Ola, Russia (June, 2005)


800 Cottageview Drive
Suite 1080
Traverse City, MI   49684

Phone: (231) 421-7076
Fax: (231) 613-4560