Press & Cases

Tyson v Golota

Michael J. Smith and Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, partnered up to bring boxing back to Detroit and their first international pay-per-view fight was Tyson v Golota Oct 2000 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Jovica Nikolovski

“The Westland Murder.”

 Open homicide case where there was a written and video confession by the client who was alleged to have murdered, by 17 stab wounds, his best friend. After a very hotly contested preliminary examination and six defense motions, there was a plea arrangement whereby the defendant plead guilty to manslaughter and capped his sentencing to 38 months where he was already incarcerated for a year which he was given credit for the time he served.

Steven Grant

Represented the murder victim, Tara grants sister, Alicia Stanford, in the quest of terminating Stephen Grant’s parental rights to his two children. The case was hotly contested by Stephen Grant and his parents and concluded with his rights being terminated and the Stanford’s adopting the two children. People Magazine wrote a novel on this case in which Michael J. Smith was featured in sections of the novel.

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Kim Mathers

The twice ex-wife of Eminem, aka Marshall Bruce Mathers III, Michael J. Smith represented her and still does with respect too various legal issues.

Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns

Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns is an 8 time World Boxing Champion who has fought epic fights with iconic legends such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran,… Michael J. Smith and Hearns partnered up to create Hearns Entertainment and promoted boxing events, not only in the United States but internationally as well.

Gordie Howe

Michael J. Smith represented Gordie Howe, aka “Mr. Hockley”, who is a hockey legend and the greatest hockey player of all time. After Gordie retired from his long and lustrous hockey career, Michael J. Smith and Gordie traveled throughout the world together to promote Powerplay International, Mr. Hockey’s company, and contracted Gordie on various business interests, commercials, book publications…

Mel Farr

The first African American NFL football legend who transcended his NFL career into the largest Ford automobile dealerships in the US. Michael J. Smith represented Mel Farr “Superstar” throughout his business career up and through his untimely passing.