Joshua A. Blanchard
Joshua Blanchard is top Grand Rapids criminal defense attorney who holds a BBA in Accounting from Northwood University and a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Mr. Blanchard joined Blanchard Law as partner in 2010. Prior to that, he operated a solo law practice representing clients in criminal trial matters throughout the state of Michigan. He has tried a number of jury trials to verdict and has obtained “not guilty” verdicts for his clients in both bench and jury trials in courts throughout Michigan.
Mr. Blanchard’s practice focuses on criminal defense with an emphasis on crimes involving allegations of sexual assault, child abuse, drugs, assaultive crimes and financial crimes. Mr. Blanchard is known by prosecutors and judges from all over the state as an advocate who will fight for his clients and who isn’t afraid to try a case to a jury.
Mr. Blanchard is a Grand Rapids criminal defense attorney who is available to handle cases in every state and federal court in Michigan. He is admitted to practice before the Michigan Supreme Court as well as the Federal District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. He has represented people charged with crimes in other states through association with local attorneys.
Mr. Blanchard represents people in need of a strong trial advocate throughout Michigan. He is student of advanced trial and communication techniques. He is a graduate of the CDAM Trial Lawyers College. He is also certified to administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests pursuant to the National Highway Safety Administration Protocol. Mr. Blanchard is one of the few attorneys in Michigan to have hands-on training with the Datamaster DMT evidential breath testing device.
Mr. Blanchard is also a graduate of the prestigious Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College. As part of his training, Mr. Blanchard spent three weeks secluded at Thunderhead Ranch in the mountains of Wyoming where he studied advanced trial techniques under the direction of Gerry Spence and some of this country’s best trial lawyers.
In 2011, Joshua Blanchard was elected by his peers to serve on the Board of Directors for the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. He also serves on the executive council for the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Blanchard has been rated in Super Lawyers® Rising Stars? by his peers. He is also a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Michigan Association for Justice.
He defends people charged anywhere in Michigan, including Grand Rapids, Lansing, Traverse City, Kalamazoo, Holland, Grand Haven, Mt. Pleasant, and Midland.
If you’ve been charged with a crime and would like to schedule a consultation with Mr. Blanchard, please call our office at (616) 244-2234.