Stengel Law Firm

Stengel Law Firm

Tennessee Criminal Defense Lawyer

Firm Overview

Being charged with a crime can place your future and your present in jeopardy. Suddenly your reputation, your career and your freedom may be on the line. Whether you were in the wrong place at the wrong time or made an error in judgment, you need a skilled Tennessee criminal defense attorney fighting for you. That is what you get with Michael J. Stengel at the Stengel Law Firm in Memphis.
As a criminal defense lawyer with 25 years of experience, I know what it takes to build a case and present it convincingly to a jury. I represent individuals in state and federal court in matters involving:

-Criminal defense
-Federal court cases, federal investigations and grand jury investigations
-State court felonies and misdemeanors
-Tax penalty litigation
-Asset seizure and forfeiture
-Criminal appeals
-Federal drug sentence reductions

I am an AV PreeminentTM Peer Review RatedSM attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and have also been recognized as a Super Lawyer. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your legal situation.

Your case is a journey. I am with you every step of the way.

A criminal law case can be a bit of a journey. Criminal cases, including wrongful accusations and the simplest matters, are rarely resolved overnight. I guide you through the process, answering your questions and explaining your options at every stage of your case. My approach is tailored to your specific needs, and I communicate with you and your family members according to your preferences. At my office you receive the personal attention and courtesy you deserve.

I deliberately manage my caseload so I can give each client and their legal issues the attention they deserve. I carefully review every aspect of your case and prepare your defense in a thorough and strategic manner, using my 25 years of experience in criminal law. No stone is left unturned as I aggressively fight to protect your rights and obtain the best possible outcome in your case.

Serving Tennessee and beyond
From my Memphis office conveniently located in the Lincoln American Tower on the mall adjacent to Court Square, I represent clients throughout:
West Tennessee
Northern Mississippi
Eastern Arkansas
My office is easily accessible via the Memphis trolley line. I offer flexible hours with evening and weekend appointments available by request. Feel free to call me 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will either reach me or private, secure voicemail where you can leave a confidential, privileged message which I will return at my earliest convenience.
Let the Stengel Law Firm fight for you
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges or is ready to appeal a verdict, I stand ready to protect your rights. Contact me online or call my office at 901.527.3535 to schedule a free initial consultation. I look forward to speaking with you.

Main Office

Main Office
62 N. Main St., Ste. 401
Memphis, TN 38103




Criminal Defense

Memphis Criminal Defense Attorney

Timing is a crucial element in a criminal defense case. The police and prosecution begin building a case against you from the moment you are named as a suspect or arrested for involvement in a crime. The sooner you contact an experienced Tennessee criminal defense lawyer, the better your chances may be for a positive outcome.

At the Memphis office of Stengel Law Firm, I defend individuals against all criminal charges in state and federal court, including:
-Alcohol-related cases
-Assault and battery
-Capital formation
-Capital murder
-Criminal antitrust
-Criminal conspiracy
-Criminal forfeiture
-Domestic violence
-Driver's license suspension
-Driving under the influence (DUI)
-Drug crimes
-Electronic surveillance
-Federal court cases, federal investigations and grand jury investigations
-Fifth Amendment law
-Fourth Amendment law
-Hit and run
-International criminal law
-International extradition
-Money laundering
-Parole and probation violations
-Reckless driving
-Sex crimes
-State court felonies and misdemeanors
-Traffic violations
-Weapons charges
-White collar crimes
-Wire tapping

As your attorney, I evaluate the evidence in your case and interview any witnesses involved. I make sure the police followed proper procedure during your arrest and questioning and that your rights were not violated. Depending on the details of your case, it may be possible to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed. I work hard to obtain the best possible outcome to your situation.

State and federal court representation
Not all crimes are created equal. When you are accused of breaking a state law, your case is heard in the Tennessee state court system. I regularly defend individuals against felony and misdemeanor charges in the state courts in Tennessee.
If you are charged with violating federal law, your case must be resolved by the federal court system. I represent clients in federal court cases, including federal investigations and grand jury investigations.
Let the Stengel Law Firm fight for you
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in Tennessee, I stand ready to protect your rights. Contact me online or call my office at 901.527.3535. I look forward to speaking with you.

Michael Stengel

Stengel Law Firm

A native of Buffalo, New York, Michael J. Stengel graduated from the University of Rochester with his bachelor's degree in 1983 before heading south to Tennessee. He earned his law degree from the University of Memphis in 1986 and was admitted to the Tennessee Bar that same year. In 1994, Michael founded Stengel Law Firm in Memphis, where he combines his passion for criminal defense and tax law and fights to protect the rights of individuals accused of any crime, including tax-related crimes.
Michael is an AV PreeminentTM Peer Review RatedSM attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. This is a ranking reserved for lawyers whose peers observe them to have the highest level of legal knowledge, professional skill and integrity. In 2005, he was named Western District of Tennessee Outstanding CJA Panel Attorney. Michael has been selected as a Mid South Super Lawyer annually since 2008.

Practice areas
Criminal defense
Federal court cases, federal investigations and grand jury investigations
State court felonies and misdemeanors
Tax penalty litigation
Asset seizure and forfeiture
Criminal appeals

Bar admissions
Tennessee, 1986
U.S. Tax Court, 1987
U.S. Claims Court, 1990
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1991
U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1996
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 2000

J.D., Memphis State University, 1986
B.A., University of Rochester, 1983

Memphis State Law Review, 1984 to 1986
Member, Moot Court Board
Delegate, 6th Circuit Judicial Conference, 2004
Member, 2004 Merit Review Panel, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Tennessee
Memphis Bar Association
Chairman, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 1998 to 1999
Chairman, Legal Fee Dispute Committee, 2000
Co-Chair, CLE Committee, 2001 to 2002
Tennessee Bar Association
Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
The Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court
Barrister, 1997 to 2000
Master, 2009 to present
Memphis Bar Foundation, Fellow
CJA Panel Representative, Western District of Tennessee, 2008 to present
Member, Standing Local Rules Committee, Western District of Tennessee (Chair, Criminal Local Rules Subcommittee)

Honors and awards
Selected as one of the top 100 lawyers in Tennessee, Mid South Super Lawyer magazine 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mid South Super Lawyer, 2008 through 2014
Named Western District of Tennessee Outstanding CJA Panel Attorney, 2005