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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%
    23 years
  2. Federal Crime: 30%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Matthew David Dotzler

    I strongly endorse Michael Spano. Michael is among the elite defense and trial attorneys in Central New York. I have witnessed him in trial on several occasions and always came away extremely impressed with his skill, knowledge, preparedness and advocacy. You can not find a better or more well-respected attorney than Michael.


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Contact info

The Crown Building
304 South Franklin Street
Syracuse, NY, 13202


NYCurrently registered 199307/11/2016
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