Layne A. Sakwa
Layne A. Sakwa received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Juris Doctor from The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is a partner at the firm of Fried Saperstein Sakwa, PC. Her practice primarily focuses on criminal defense. Prior to joining the firm, she worked at the Misdemeanor Defender’s Clinic at the 36th District Court in Detroit, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Thav and Ryke, PLLC, and most recently, was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office from 2004-2012. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan and the United States District Court, Eastern District Of Michigan.
Layne is a Steering Committee Member of the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence and the Vice President of the Women Officials’ Network Foundation. In 2018-2019 she was the Chair of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee. She currently sits on Oakland County’s Criminal Assignment Committee and Michigan Indigent Defense Commission. She is also an Oakland County Bar Foundation Fellow. In 2022, she was elected to the Oakland County Bar Association Board of Directors. She won the Spirit of Detroit Award in 2004, was one of the Most Esteemed Women of Michigan 2012 by the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic, and a member of L. Brooks Patterson’s 2014 Class of Elite 40 under 40, and in 2021, was named one of Crain's Detroit Business Notable Women In Law.