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Michael Spano

About me

Michael is the only board certified criminal trial lawyer in New York State. Each lawyer certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
must undergo an extensive and rigorous screening of his or her credentials.  The screening process consists of an assessment
of their experience, judicial and peer references as well as an exam. 

In addition to being New York State's only board certified criminal lawyer, Michael was selected as a "Super Lawyer" in 2011.  Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous multiphase process.  Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research.  Usually only 5% of lawyers in a geographical area are selected as Super Lawyers.  

Michael was an Assistant District Attorney with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office from 1998 to 2008.  He was eventually promoted to Chief Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Homicide Bureau.  





Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    22 years
  2. Federal Crime: 30%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    Eric Sherwood Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Iman Abraham

    Michael Spano is truly one of the better trial attorneys in the area. His reputation speaks for itself. I not only endorse this lawyer, but would recommend my own family and friends to him. Many attorneys call themselves "trial lawyers," but very few are actual true litigators. Michael is a true courtroom litigator, and one of the best at it.


    Iman Abraham Business Attorney
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Contact info

100 Madison Street
AXA Tower I
Syracuse, NY, 13202


NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 199303/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2011
Board CertifiedNational Board of Trial AdvocacyN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chief Assistant District AttorneyOnondaga County District Attorney's Office1998 - 2008
PartnerBentkofsky, Simmonds & Spano, LLC1993 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Board Certified AttorneysN/A2013 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyN/A2010 - Present
Onondaga County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Nazareth CollegeEconomicsN/A1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Law SeminarDirect Examination2013