Our Firm

Comprehensive Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving, License Restoration Services


Our Specialties: ABDO LAW specializes in the legal practice areas of criminal law. The scope of our services includes criminal investigations, warrants, capital offenses, felonies, misdemeanors, sex crimes, driver license restorations, drunk driving cases, federal crimes, serious personal injuries, cases with complex circumstances and cases with public policy/media exposure.

Our Clients: Our representative clients consist of adults, juveniles, first time offenders, repeat criminal offenders, offenders with multiple criminal charges or warrants and non-residents or Canadians who may need a criminal defense lawyer in Michigan.

Our Courts: Our attorneys practice extensively in every court located within Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and St. Clair counties. We take great pride in our excellent relationships within the legal system. Our vast network of resources, coupled with our unparalleled lawyering skills, has enabled us to obtain unrivaled results since the firm’s inception in 1980.

Our Mission: There are often legal ways to get a criminal case under control with minimal consequences. This means setting goals and formulating sound legal strategies to meet those goals. The ABDO LAW employs assertive legal advocacy and tactful diplomacy as a means to deal with the prosecutorial arm of the government. Our methods of practicing law are based upon representing 1000’s of clients in the Metro-Detroit courts for several decades. We have been told that:

Our methods should be considered the benchmark in the legal industry

We know that legal problems are often unplanned and can take a toll on the parties and family members that are involved. Substance abuse, financial problems, toxic relationships and misuse of computers can lead to serious criminal charges. The process of hiring a lawyer and dealing with the legal system can be overwhelming. Our attorneys are acutely aware that any person charged with a crime has a lot at stake and has entrusted our firm with their future. We align ourselves closely with our clients and their families by keeping an open mind and never passing judgment on those that we represent. We take this relationship seriously and promise to exercise great care and the utmost professional attention to every client that we represent.

We attribute our achievements, positive client reviews and professional ratings on the fact that we have spent over 30 years building sturdy relationships with our clients and strategically networking with key members of the legal community. We pride ourselves on our ability to properly prepare and position our clients to deal with the criminal justice system while our attorneys pursue legal objectives to get charges dismissed, reduced and avoid incarceration.

Free Consultations, Fixed/Flat Fees: We offer free phone or office consultations. Most legal matters are handled on a fixed or flat fee basis and all of our fee agreements are in writing. Our fee agreements are transparent and consumer oriented. All listed legal services are included in our fixed/flat fee agreements and we do not charge additional fees to our clients for postage, copies, court attendance, office consultations, phone calls or other similar expenses. Whenever necessary, clients are responsible for the services of expert witnesses and private investigators which may be employed in the defense of a criminal case.

Insightful Blogs, Facebook: As a public service, we continually publish informative based blogs/articles based upon our experience, recent developments in the law or frequently asked questions. We believe that our legal blogs and articles are among the best on the internet. Our firm also maintains a Facebook page where we post our blogs and newsworthy legal related subject matter.

Cy Matthew Abdo, Partner

  • 1977, Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude
  • 1980, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctor
  • 1995 - Present, Highest Martindale Hubbell Peer Rating (AV)
  • AVVO Superb Attorney Rating
  • Dbusiness Top Criminal and DUI Lawyer
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • United States District Court, Eastern District for the State of Michigan
  • Author, “Closing Arguments”, a practice guide
  • Michigan Association for Justice
Cy Matthew Abdo

Cy began his career as a criminal trial lawyer in Detroit’s Recorders Court in 1980. Since then, his firm has handled over 10,000 criminal and drunk driving cases. Macomb County is Cy’s hometown and always been the location of ABDO LAW. Cy believes that clients retain his firm to “get out of the system”. This translates into finding opportunities to resolve criminal cases tactfully, rather than allowing files to languish in the system which wind up being costly and unproductive. Cy believes that accomplishing excellent results means working efficiently and aggressively in the earliest stages of a criminal matter; not later.

Cy has attained the highest Martindale Hubbell attorney peer rating and has earned a place in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers every year since 1995. His AV rating shows that he has reached the height of professional excellence, has practiced for many years and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity by his peers. Cy was also voted Top Criminal Lawyer by Dbusiness Magazine, has achieved a Superb rating by AVVO and has received numerous endorsements (LinkedIn and AVVO) by clients, professionals, judges and attorneys.

Matthew S. Abdo, Partner

  • 2007, Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts with Honor
  • 2010, Michigan State University College of Law, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude
  • AVVO Client’s Choice Award
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Federal Court Externship, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Jurisprudence Awards, Professional Responsibility & Conflict of Laws
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40

Matthew is a proven criminal litigator with immense courtroom experience. Matthew has had direct and indirect participation in over 2,000 criminal cases since becoming a partner at ABDO LAW. He is credited with several accomplishments including:

  • HYTA status and no jail for an individual charged with 20 year terrorism offense
  • Dismissal of felony assault with intent to murder
  • Not guilty jury verdict, traffic related homicide case
  • Not guilty verdict, domestic violence
  • Drunk driving reductions to careless driving
  • Deviations granted where policies preclude any possibility of a plea bargain
  • HYTA for client charged with food poisoning of teacher
  • Numerous client endorsements

Matthew AbdoMatthew has established a reputation as a caring and compassionate lawyer who is zealous about his craft. Matthew is an exceptional lawyer and human being who values his relationships with his clients and is held in high esteem amongst his peers. These qualities were identified in a recent letter from a client which states, “Matt is an excellent lawyer. I was being charged with a 10 year felony that I did not commit. Matt listened to everything I have to say. He worked hard on my case and the outcome was the best I could have asked for.” Cy M. Abdo, the firm’s founder, says, “Matt has what it takes to take this firm to the next generation and beyond.”

Matthew is also proficient in practicing before the Driver License Appeal Division of the Michigan Secretary of State and has facilitated license restorations for hundreds of deserving clients.

Additionally, with Matthew D. La Grasso, he specializes in the burgeoning field of medical marijuana law.


John C. Elkhoury, P.C., Of Counsel

  • 2006, Oakland University, Bachelor of Arts With Honor
  • 2010, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctor With Honor
  • Externship, Honorable Edward A. Servitto at Macomb County Circuit Court
  • Business Law, Sports Law, and the Criminal Law Societies
  • Macomb County Bar Association
John Elkhoury

Since 2011, John has been an “of counsel” associate with ABDO LAW while also maintaining his own law practice in Macomb County. He has been an asset to our firm for many years and and ABDO LAW is proud to be associated with him.

John’s recent accomplishments include dismissal of a felony assault charge upon motion to quash. John held the preliminary examination and was able to discredit the testimony of the alleged victim, find weakness in the case and convince a Macomb County Circuit Court Judge to grant the dismissal.

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