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Liberty, Children, Family, Education

Lisa B. Kirsch Satawa

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Practice Areas:

  • CSC – Criminal Sexual Conduct
  • Juvenile Criminal Defense
  • Child Abuse
  • Family Law
  • Internet Crimes
  • Protective Services Defense
  • Child Protection
  • Termination of Parental Rights


  • Detroit College of Law, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1994
  • Boston University
    • B.A. - 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2003

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified adoption attorney

Professional Associations

  • Oakland County Bar Association, Member, Criminal and Children's Law Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan, Children's Law, Criminal Law, Young Lawyers, Family Law Sections, Member, 1996 to 2003
  • State Bar of Michigan, Children's Law Section Counsel, Member, 1996 to 2003
  • National Association, Member, Counsel for Children
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Member, Board of Directors
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Juvenile Law Committee
  • National Child Abuse Defense Resource Center
  • National Association, Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Oakland Country Bar Association, Juvenile Law Committee
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Juvenile Law Committee
  • National Counsel for Children

Current Employment Position

  • Lisa B. Kirsch Satawa, PLLC - Chief Criminal Defender, 2015
  • Kirsch Daskas Law Group, PLLC- Partner, 2015
  • LKS Trial Consulting, Consultant, 2012

Past Positions

  • Kirsch & Satawa PC, Principal Attorney, 1995 to 2013
  • Clark Hill, PLC, Member, 2013 to 2015


  • Michigan State Bar, Kimberly Cahill Young Leadership Award
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Right to Counsel Award
  • Elite Advocate Criminal Law
  • Top 5% America’s Most Honored Professionals
  • Hour Detroit, Top Women Attorneys in Michigan
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation’s Top 1%
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys Client Satisfaction Award
  • Crain’s Detroit Business, Michigan Top 50 Women Lawyers


  • Collateral Consequences of Criminal Behavior: Central Registry & Family Law, 2020
  • Questioning Child Hearsay Witnesses, 2019
  • Child Witness Issues, 2019
  • The IEP Development Process, 2019
  • Issue Spotting and Choosing Experts- How Do I Know What I Need and Who Can Teach the Jury, 2018
  • Cross-examination of Child Witnesses, 2018
  • Intro to Criminal Sexual Conduct, 2017
  • Thematic Cross Examination, 2017
  • Bulletproofing and Shooting to Kill, 2017
  • Child Witnesses: A Linguistic Approach to Cross Examination, 2016
  • Reviewing Child Forensic Interviews: An Overview with tips to be a successful expert in this area, 2016
  • Forensic Interviewing, Suggestibility of Children and Cross Examination of Child Witnesses, 2015
  • Expert Witnesses: Bulletproofing yours while attacking theirs!, 2015
  • A Primer on Child Witness Issues, 2015
  • Hey Little Girl, Have a Praline: Cross Examining Children, 2015
  • Filtering, Facts, Fibs and Fantasy: Child and Expert Witnesses, 2009
  • Filtering Facts, Fibs, Fantasy: Child and Expert Witnesses, 2010
  • : An Age Based Approach to Cross-Examination of Child Witnesses, 2012
  • They Are Only Kids… A Primer on Child Witnesses and Forensic Interviewing, 2012
  • Suggestibility and Forensic Interviewing of Children, 2013
  • . Do Little People Lie in Court?, 2013
  • Examination of Child Witnesses, 2013
  • The Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol and Handling Child Witnesses, 2014
  • Protecting Employers/ Corporations from Employee Misconduct, 2014
  • Cross examining, Understanding and Analyzing Child’s Statements; Forensic Interviewing Protocols, Suggestibility and Linguistics to Combat Child Sexual Assault Allegations, 2014
  • Sexual Assault Update, 2014
  • Creative Sentencing in Sexual Assault Cases
  • , M and M, Prosecutorial Misconduct and Mistrial
  • Social Work in Court, 2001
  • A is for Attorney, 2005 to Present
  • Speaker Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College August 2011, Cross Examination, 2011
  • Speaker Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College August 2012, Closing Arguments, 2012