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Takura Nyamfukudza

Phone: 517.885.3305
Fax: 517.885.3363

Many recognize Takura by his trademark bowtie, but his real trademark is the passion and skill that he brings to fight every case for every person he represents. He truly believes that defending people’s rights in the courtroom is his life’s calling. He is an experienced criminal defense litigator who has enjoyed a number of successes in the courtroom. He has fought diligently to earn "not guilty" verdicts in multiple jury trials. Recently, those “not guilty” verdicts include an attempted murder trial, a multiple count criminal sexual conduct case, and the retrial of a man who had been wrongfully imprisoned for nine years.

Takura practices in state and federal courts throughout Michigan, including handling appellate cases at the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. Before serving his clients as a criminal defense litigator, Takura proudly served his country in the United States Army for twelve years.

In 2015, Takura was selected to receive the State Bar of Michigan’s Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. This award is given to one attorney in the state and recognizes attorneys making outstanding contributions to the bar and the community. Other recognitions Takura has received include the Rising Star Award from the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association, and the “Top 5 Under 35” Award from the Ingham County Bar Association. The Rising Star Award recognizes an outstanding young lawyer in the Greater Lansing community whose career demonstrates leadership, exemplary character, integrity, judgment, legal scholarship, and service to the profession and community through community-based organizations that strive to improve the lives of the people in the Lansing community so as to make him a role model for others. The “Top 5 Under 35” Award is given annually to five members of the Ingham County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, recognized for their talents, skills, professionalism and civility in the practice of law.

Takura is active in numerous professional organizations, and he has presented on issues related to criminal defense throughout the state, including at the Michigan Judicial Institute and conferences held by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan and the Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Takura is also active in the community, volunteering his time at the Lansing Refugee Development Center and the Lansing Boys & Girls Club. Takura’s commitment to serving the community extends to pro bono work, and he also volunteers his legal services with Service to Soldiers. He is also an accredited attorney to represent veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Takura is a leading criminal defense litigator, and he brings his passion for the law and commitment to excellence to every case.

Professional Activities/Community Involvement 

  • Chairperson, State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section's Warm a Veteran Coat Drive, October 2017
  • Volunteer & Panel Member, Ingham County Bar Association Ask a Lawyer Event, October 2017
  • Panel Member, Michigan State University Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, Hate Crimes Panel, October 2017
  • Defense Attorney Representative, Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center Planning Committee, 2017
  • Hillman Advocacy Federal Training Program, Advanced Criminal Trial Practice, January 2017
  • Chairperson, Ingham County Bar Association's Horn of Plenty Clothing and Food Drive, November 2016
  • Attorney Mentor, MentorJet Networking Event, Michigan State University College of Law, November 2016
  • Volunteer Server, Lunch with League 2016, Junior League of Lansing, November 2016
  • Volunteer & Panel Member, Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center "Face of Justice" Program, October 2016
  • Chairperson, State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section's Warm a Veteran Coat Drive, October 2016
  • Hosted, with the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association, a Town Hall debate between the 2016 Ingham County Prosecutorial candidates
  • Volunteer & Panel Member, Ingham County Bar Association Ask a Lawyer Event, October 2016
  • President, Davis-Dunnings Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Board
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys
  • Presided over Prosecutorial Candidate Forum, July 2016
  • Chairperson, Veterans Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section
  • Volunteer, Greater Lansing Food Bank’s 10th Annual Empty Plate Dinner
  • Volunteer, Haven House
  • Service to Soldiers Program
  • Interviewer, Lansing Community College Paralegal Program Mock Interview Program
  • Volunteered, Building Child and Family Initiatives Magic of Reading Program
  • Chairperson, Ingham County Bar Association's Horn of Plenty Clothing and Food Drive, November 2015
  • Treasurer, Davis-Dunnings Bar Association, July 2014
  • Executive Board, Davis-Dunnings Bar Association, July 2013
  • Co-Chairperson, Davis-Dunnings Bar Association Mentorship Committee, 2013

Awards and Recognitions

  • Certificate of Appreciation for Being a Community Support Provider, MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Michigan State University, 2017
  • Super Lawyer, 2016
  • Up and Coming Lawyers, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2015
  • Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer, State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyer’s Section, 2015
  • Top 5 Under 35, Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 2015
  • Rising Star Award, Davis-Dunnings Bar Association, 2015

Presentations

  • Nuts and Bolts of Eyewitness Identification, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Autumn Conference, November 2017
  • Nuts and Bolts of Eyewitness Identification, Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program, September 2016
  • Instructor, Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center – Moot Court Summer Program, July 2016
  • Nuts and Bolts of Eyewitness Identification, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Summer Conference, July 2016
  • Featured Speaker, Medical Marijuana Law Update and Criminal Defense Practice, Michigan Judicial Institute’s Judicial Symposium, April 2016
  • Calculation and Application of the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines, Ingham County Bar Association, March 2016
  • Fourth Amendment Searches and Seizures, People’s Law School, October 2015
  • Instructor, Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center – Moot Court Summer Program, July 2015
  • The Intersection Between Criminal Law and Immigration Law, Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, March 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, Criminal Law Class, Baker College, November 2013

Publications and Media

  • Veterans Treatment Courts, Ingham County Bar Association Briefs, September 2014 and October 2014
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions, Ingham County Bar Association Briefs, November 2013

Military Service

Honorable Discharge from United States Army after 12 years of service; 6 as an enlisted infantryman, 6 as a commissioned officer, and two deployments.

Legal Education

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/International Association of Chiefs of Police Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course Certification, January 2016

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

  • Juris Doctor, January 2013

Indiana University Purdue University

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, May 2010

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