William P. Hackett, Esq., Partner, is an experienced criminal defense attorney with years of defending clients in the State of Michigan and Federal courts; he also has experience in civil litigation, immigration and intellectual property law matters.

Mr. Hackett graduated from Detroit Redford High School in 1980. He then attended Wayne State University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in History and Labor Studies in 1987. During his studies as an undergraduate, he also worked as an intern for the Teamsters for a Democratic Union, a Rank and File reform group within the Teamsters Union.

In 1991, Mr. Hackett enrolled in Law School at the Detroit College of Law. As a law student he volunteered as in intern with the Maurice and Jane Sugar Center for Social and Economic Justice and was an active member of the Detroit College of Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Mr. Hackett graduated form the Detroit College of Law in 1994 and was admitted to the bar in 2003. Before practicing law, Attorney Hackett worked for many years in the construction industry prior to entering the practice of Law.

Mr. Hackett lives in the Detroit, Michigan area and enjoys spending time with his significant other and their five children.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • The State Bar of Michigan
  • United States Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Detroit Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan (2013)

Criminal Defense

Attorney William P. Hackett aggressively defends clients throughout the State of Michigan and Federal courts on various criminally related matters with proven results. He has also handled a variety of immigration cases and intellectual property matters (copyright, trademarks, trade secret). Example:

  • Assault
  • Appeal of Conviction
  • Appeal of Sentence
  • Arrest Warrants
  • Armed Robbery
  • Arson
  • Battery
  • Bad Checks (Passing Bad Checks)
  • Burglary
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Child Protection Services (CPS)
  • Child & Pupil (Dangerous Weapons)
  • Conspiracy & Racketeering
  • Computer & Internet Crimes
  • Constitutional Rights, 2nd, 4th, 5th & 6th Amendment
  • Criminal Enterprise
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Defective Search Warrants
  • Disorderly Person & Conduct
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Crimes
  • Driving License Restoration & Privileges
  • Drunk Driving Offenses (OWI)
  • Embezzlement
  • Expungement of Criminal Record (Conviction Set Aside)
  • Forgery & Counterfeiting
  • Fraud
  • Gun Crimes & Firearms
  • Illegal Search & Seizure
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Kidnapping
  • Michigan Liquor Control Commission and Appeals
  • Larceny (Theft Crimes)
  • Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (Marijuana)
  • Murder (Homicide)
  • Manslaughter
  • Mayhem
  • Motor Vehicle Crimes
  • Pornography Crimes
  • Probation Violations
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Sex Crimes (Criminal Sexual Conduct “CSC”)
  • Stolen, Embezzled & Converted Property
  • Rights of the Accused
  • Under Investigation
  • White Collar Crimes

Intellectual Property (Copyright, Trademarks, Trade Secrets)

  • Copyright Protection & Copyright Infringement
  • Copyright Registration with the U.S. Copyright Office
  • Copyright Cease & Desist Letters
  • Cyber-Squatting
  • Domain Name Disputes
  • Digital Infringement (Copyright & Trademarks)
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DCMA”)
  • Trademark Registration with the USPTO
  • Trademark Objections & Refusal by USPTO Trademark Examiner
  • Trademark Enforcement & Protection
  • Trademark Infringement and Litigation
  • Trademark Cease & Desist Letters
  • Trademark Appeals (TTAB)
  • Trademark Clearance Opinions
  • International Trademark Registration (Madrid Protocol)
  • Trade Secret Protection
  • Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
  • International Intellectual Property Protection & Enforcement


  • Green Cards
  • K-1 Fiancé Visa
  • Sponsor Parents for a Green Card
  • Asylum
  • Employment Visa (HB1, L-1, TN Visas, O Visas, P Visas)
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • Business Visa (E-2 Visa for Investor, E-1 for Traders, EB-5 Visa)
  • Deportation/Removal Proceedings
  • Deportation Proceedings
  • Cancellation of Removal
  • Waivers
  • Forms of Relief
  • Extending your Status
  • Changing your Status
  • Naturalization/U.S. Citizenship
  • Effect of Criminal Proceedings/Conviction on Immigration Status 

Attorney William Hackett’s direct line (313) 485 4800

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