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Originally from Ann Arbor, I graduated from Pioneer High School and Eastern Michigan University. I attended law school at Michigan State University.

I am the Treasurer of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. I previously served as the Washtenaw County New Lawyers co-president and co-chair of the County Bar’s Criminal Law Section.

Outside of work I spend time with my wife, son, and dog.


  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan State University Law School

Continuing Education

  • Trial College graduate, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM), Sept ’18
  • The DataMaster DMT Fraud and What to Do About It, Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, Feb ’20
  • Awesome Openings and Killer Closings, CDAM, Feb ’20
  • DUI Field Sobriety Test Certification, Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, Oct ’19
  • DUI Trial Skills Workshop, MIAOWIA, Aug ’18
  • Cannabis and Cars Seminar, MIAOWIA, May ’19
  • Evidence Boot Camp, CDAM, March ’19
  • Fall Conference, CDAM, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Nov ’19
  • Fall Conference, CDAM, Cross-Examination, Nov ’18
  • Spring Conference, CDAM, Forensic Science, Feb ’19
  • Spring Conference, CDAM, Advanced Criminal Defense Practice, Feb ’18
  • Drug Recognition Evaluator Seminar, CDAM, Sep ’19
  • Washtenaw County Public Defender Education Seminars
    • Cross-Cultural Lawyering, June ’19
    • Motion Writing Workshop, June ’19
    • Voir Dire Workshop, Oct ’19
  • Medical Marijuana Conference, State Bar, Oct ’16
Sam Bernstein | Ann Arbor criminal defense attorney