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The best and brightest attorneys recognize Deanna’s excellence.

Deanna Kelley is an outstanding attorney. I have known her for many years. Deanna and I opposed each other many times while she worked for the Oakland County Prosecutors Office. She is always prepared, truly cares about her clients and has a very strong and positive presence in the courtroom. Deanna is a credit to our profession and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking a Criminal Defense Attorney.

Todd Fox | Criminal defense Attorney

She is a terrific criminal defense lawyer, with a wonderful reputation.

James W. Burdick | Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer & Healthcare Lawyer at Burdick Law, P.C.

Deanna Kelley is an outstanding criminal defense lawyer and a well respected litigator. When she was a prosecutor, many defense lawyers dreaded her courtroom prowess and ability to communicate and persuade a jury. Deanna's ability to achieve amazing results for her clients is well known and many defense lawyers seek out her advice when an issue they are facing is unusually complex or difficult. Judges and prosecutors know that when Deanna Kelley appears in court, she will do everything possible to win! I highly endorse and respect Attorney Deanna Kelley.

Loren Dickstein | Criminal defense Attorney

I endorse this lawyer. Deanna Kelley is a top criminal defense attorney and great trial lawyer. She fights for her clients and has a proven track record with results. Anyone will be well represented with Deanna by their side.

Randall Lewis | Criminal defense Attorney

Deanna is a talented and hard working trial attorney. I have been privileged to work with her on several cases, and have been very impressed with her skills in and out of the court room. Her keen intellect, exceptional insight, work ethic, and background as a prosecutor make her a fantastic criminal defense attorney. I highly recommend and endorse this lawyer.

Chad Engelhardt | Medical malpractice Attorney

I've been a colleague of Deanna for many years and will tell anybody and everybody that she is not only an exceptional criminal attorney who has no problem bulldogging down any prosecutor around, she is one of the most compassionate and caring people who walk this earth. And when it's your life on the line, it really helps when your lawyer is a bulldog, while at the same time truly cares about you and what will happen to you. Call Deanna, she's the best!!!!!

James Amberg | Criminal defense Attorney

Deanna is a highly effective and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney well respected by both bench and bar. Deanna is an outstanding advocate and will zealously pursue every possible defense to obtain favorable results for her clients. I endorse this lawyer without reservation. Anyone that needs an attorney in the area of criminal defense would be wise to consult with her.

Starla Zehr | Family Attorney

Deanna Kelley is one of the best lawyers I have ever known. If I were arrested I would call Ms. Kelley. She is aggressive, compassionate, and incredibly intelligent. I endorse this lawyer.

Aaron Boria | Criminal Defense Attorney

I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Deanna for over 20 years, and have seen her litigate both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Deanna is an extremely talented attorney who aggressively fights for her client's rights. I have referred Deanna many clients over the years and they all have had extremely positive experiences with her. Not only did she passionately advocate for the clients, but she was very sensitive to the incredible stress that they were experiencing. I would highly recommend Deanna.

Renee Gucciardo | Family Attorney

Deanna is smart, sharp, and savvy. She has the right balance of what it takes to get the best possible result for her client. Deanna is the real deal.

Martin S. Baum | President at Baum and Associates

As a criminal defense attorney, if I were facing a criminal charge myself, there are colleagues whom I would turn to for help and those whom I would not trust. Deanna Kelley is one of about 4 or 5 that I would count on because she has proven herself again and again. Whether you're seeking a plea deal or planning to fight your charges all the way by taking it to Trial, Deanna is the lawyer who will pay attention to those important facts that lesser attorneys ignore, and her meticulously planned Trial strategies unravel like an intimidating checkmate that Prosecutors don't realize they're in until it's too late. I'm not being forced to write this review, so let the very fact that I felt compelled to give this endorsement stand as a testament to Deanna's prowess in the courtroom.

Brian Prain | Criminal defense Attorney

Deanna Kelley is a consummate professional. She is bright, honest, very hard working, well prepared, very well respected, and does a great job for her clients. She is a credit to our profession and is the kind of attorney I would want to have by my side if I ever needed counsel.

Joseph Lavigne | Criminal defense Attorney


Client Testimonials

Amazing job
Hired attorney

Deanna did such an amazing job in my case. She was always on time, she always listened to what I had to say as well, she put in her best effort in the case. We ended with an amazing result and she still contacts me to this day wondering how I am doing. She isn't just here to help you in law but wants to get to know you on a personal level and help make you a better person! I would very strongly recommend Deanna!

Remarkable and trustworthy
Hired attorney

Having asked Deanna to represent a member of my family recently was a brilliant decision. Deanna is thoughtful, thorough, charismatic, deliberate and effective. She has a stellar reputation with attorneys and judges alike and is a very effective defender.

The Bomb
Consulted attorney

I found her to be so straight up and honest, its nice to see such people still remain in this world. I would forward her on to Any one of my friends in a second.

More Than Just an Attorney
Hired attorney

If you ever find yourself in need of a defense attorney, it's hard to know where to begin. How does someone select an individual to speak for them and fight for them in what is most likely the most terrifying experience of their life? If this is you, and you are considering Deanna Kelley, you can confidently end your search now. Deanna is the one you want on your side. She not only knows the law inside and out, but having been a prosecutor, she has the distinct advantage of understanding the other side of the case. This gives her a strategic edge over other attorneys when formulating a strong case for her clients. With that said, what makes Deanna so special goes beyond her superior talent and knowledge of the law. She is a kind and compassionate person, and is understanding towards her clients. She is tough and direct when needed, yet still calm and reassuring to her clients in such a difficult time. If you haven't gone through a legal battle in your life, I can't possibly enforce how important it is to have someone on your side that believes in you, cares about you, and who you know is truly fighting tirelessly for your well-being. That person is Deanna Kelley. I am thankful every day to have had her on my side.

Thank you Deanna
Hired attorney

Deanna was involved throughout the entire process. She was honest, upfront and kept us informed. She talked to everyone involved and defended my son very well against the false accusations.

Excellent and knowledgeable defense attorney
Hired attorney

Deanna Kelley is an exemplary defense attorney. Tenacious, forth-right, persistent, honest, purposeful, and diligent describes some of her attributes. I was in a situation where I desperately needed an attorney to defend me against false charges. Her thorough knowledge of the law, her organizational skills of putting the pieces together in a coherent manner, and her belief in my innocence helped to get the case completely dismissed. Thank you, Deanna, thank you!

Hired attorney

Deanna is tough, thorough, and very knowledgeable. She was a prosecutor and I feel that gives her a distinct advantage as she knows the ins and outs of both sides of the process. I, like others here, never thought I would need a defense attorney, but found out how easy it is to be accused of something if someone wants to go that route. My outcome was good and I have Deanna to thank for that. Even though I don't have experience with all of this, I know when someone is working hard for me and she did in every respect. I wouldn't recommend anyone else.

Hardest working lawyer I have ever known! Restored my faith in justice!
Hired attorney

As a law abiding mother of 3, preschool teacher, charitable causes volunteer, police wife and Faith filled woman, I NEVER expected to need a criminal defense lawyer. When my world was turned upside down by a handful of vindictive people, I turned to Deanna Kelley. She essentially saved my life during what felt like a nightmare! I was naive enough to think that truly innocent people would never be charged with a crime unless there was actually a crime commited. Sadly, I saw the truth in just how far people are willing to go to hurt another person for their own financial and political gain. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone! I could have a taken a "plea deal" early on in my case and saved alot of time and stress but I would have always regretted it. The prosecuting attorney was hoping for, even counting on, a plea deal to justify their own mistakes, they even threatend and ADDED additional charges when I would not agree to their deal. My name, my family's reputation, and the future of my my children were too important to allow this injustice. Deanna knew that I was fighting on "principle" and believed in me 100%! I have never seen a lawyer work harder or dig deeper for a case. She was an unbelievable fighter and yet always professional. The night before my preliminary hearing, she was working late (again) going over every detail of the case (again) to be sure she was beyond prepared; meanwhile, my husband and I were out to dinner-THIS is the peace of mind Deanna gave us. She even called me the morning of my hearing just to make sure I was emotionally and mentally ready and knew what to expect ie. just to make sure I was "ok". Always professional, always proper, but also always giving that little bit extra; that "human touch". She truly cared, not just about winning the case but about me, about my family, about JUSTICE. Our judge and our local court will never forget this case or Deanna Kelley. There was quite "a buzz" over the lawyers (she and Steve Vitale) that were publicly exposing the truth about sloppy police work, lack of evidence, false rumors, disregard for policies, violation of rights and overall misconduct and misuse of power. The nightmare I had been living turned into a very enjoyable day in court! I certainly didnt expect to leave the courthouse so elated. Deanna never gave me false promises or false hope. She believed in me and my case but always warned that nothing is guaranteed. We knew that we could be in for a long trial before claiming victory, but due to Deanna's dedication and diligence, the case was dismissed at the preliminary hearing. It is because of Deanna that I am able to enjoy my life again!

Best Criminal Defense
Hired attorney

As apolice officer I highly recommend Deanna Kelley and her partners. A family member was accused of crimes that were patently false. After seeking advice from other attorneys and seeing the direction the case was going we asked for another opinion. Deanna and her firm went above and beyond to make our case their priority. They went the extra distance to prove the prosecution was wrong. They skillfully and masterfully worked the courtroom to expose the truth to see that justice was done. This highly sensitive case resulted in all original charges being dismissed. Because of my chosen profession, my family was unfairly scrutinized at a level higher than the general populace. With Deannas experience as a former prosecutor she has unusual insight into how the justice system works and uses that knowledge her clients advantage.

Highly Recommend
Hired attorney

I will highly recommend services from Deanna Kelly in the future to anyone in search for professional legal services from an individual that is respectively appreciated and helpful with any and all questions during the legal process.

Tough as nails attorney that inspires confidence
Hired attorney

Deanna has proven herself to be highly skilled attorney, well versed in the law and all its subtle gray areas. Her connections in Oakland County were very useful in my case, and she was able to achieve a far better outcome than I had expected. I appreciate her blunt honesty, no fluff but also made me feel confident that things would be alright.
She was there every step of the way, and always had answers for all my questions. Facing criminal charges is a very frightening time, and her calmness helped me to focus on the case and not "freak out". She has a commanding presence, and I knew every detail of my case was being handled professionally.

Police Failed
Hired attorney

Deanna was very kind, and very fast. She analyzed all aspects of my case which was for Firearms Felony and found that the law enforcement agency FAILED the constitution, violating my rights. Case was dismissed. I would and do recommend her any chance I get!

Excellent Defense Attorney in Southeastern Michigan
Hired attorney

Deanna took on my case even though the odds were not in my favor. Through her diligent work, careful preparations, and extensive knowledge of the legal system she was able to get me out of the situation at hand. She was so on top of things with the case that the Prosecuting Attorney had to call multiple extensions to catch up with her. Definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a excellent attorney!!

The Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Oakland County
Hired attorney

Every time I needed Attorney Deanna Kelley's help or advice on legal matters, she was there to offer assistance and deal with serious issues in an effective, concise and caring manner.
I have also witnessed her court room presence, when defending clients. I do not know any other Criminal Defense Attorney who has received as many NOT GUILTY verdicts as Deanna.
She has taken on dishonest police, investigators and others like no other, with amazing results.
If you need help with a criminal matter, this would be my first call.


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