Breeda K. O'Leary

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Northville, Michigan
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Breeda O’Leary practices in the areas of municipal law, probate and estate planning, civil litigation, and criminal defense. Her criminal experience is extensive, as she has worked in the Federal Defender's Office and the State Appellate Defender's Office assisting in the representation of criminal defendants at the federal and appellate levels, and served as a prosecutor for the cities of Westland and Wayne for eight and seven years, respectively.

Breeda graduated in the top five percent of her class from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2011. While in law school, she was a Senior Associate Editor for the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review. She also served as a member of the Grade Appeals Board and a founding member of the Criminal Law Society. She earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy.

Breeda gives back to the community through her service as Vice-President of Wayne Main Street, a non-profit whose mission is to revitalize, preserve, and promote the City of Wayne's historic downtown as a vibrant destination for residents and visitors to gather, shop, work, and enjoy.  She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for Families Against Narcotics (FAN) Northwest Wayne Chapter, whose mission is to save lives by empowering individuals and communities through education, prevention, and support.  FAN seeks to facilitate change in the way addiction is viewed and treated in our community by partnering with community agencies and stakeholders. 

Areas of Practice

  • Municipal Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Probate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Estate Planning

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2011


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2011
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    • B.A. - 2006
    • Major: Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, James Madison College

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Michigan Rising Star List 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Michigan Bar Association, Member
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, 2011 - Present
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, 2019 - Present
  • Wayne Main Street, Executive Vice President, 2017 - Present
  • Families Against Narcotics (FAN) Northwest Wayne Chapter, Advisory Board Member, 2019 - Present
  • Wayne 100 Club, Member