Attorney Michael C. Naughton is a partner with North Coast Legal, PLC, in Traverse City, Michigan. Widely regarded as one of the top attorneys in his region, Mr. Naughton provides unmatched representation and support to a diverse range of clients throughout Traverse City and the greater Detroit metro who have legal needs involving any of the following:
- Criminal and civil appeals
- Technology and litigation support
- Employment law for corporations, small businesses and other employers
- Estate planning
- Health care law
Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Naughton has established himself as a recognized authority on digital privacy, corporate privacy compliance, and electronic communication. He has successfully handled a number of trials before various state and federal courts across his region, and he has represented the City of Detroit and other notable clients with their complex civil disputes. He also has extensive appellate experience and has argued before the U.S. and Michigan Supreme Courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
Whether fighting for his clients in court, helping them challenge a previous ruling regarding their cases or negotiating favorable settlements outside the courtroom, Mr. Naughton maintains an unwavering focus on protecting his clients’ rights and interests at all turns and helping them pursue the positive results they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Honored for his professionalism and service, he has earned perennial top rankings and endorsements from his peers since 2013, and Traverse City Business News named him as a Top 40 Under 40 in 2017.
A 2002 graduate of Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and member of the National Honor Society, Mr. Naughton attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he served as member of the moot court. He obtained his Juris Doctor in 2007, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the Northern District of Illinois as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
A leader in his legal community, Mr. Naughton has served as president of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association, and served as the chairperson of the technology committee for the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, where he served as District 3 representative from 2015 to 2018. He has also written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.
Among his other professional affiliations, Mr. Naughton served an appointment as treasurer of the Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation, and he served as vice president of the Utopia Foundation as well as former board member of TC New Tech and 20 Fathoms.