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.
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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.
Matthew Dotzler Criminal defense Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||New York Super Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyer||New York Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||New York Super Lawyers||2011|
|Board Certified||National Board of Trial Advocacy||N/A|
|Chief Assistant District Attorney||Onondaga County District Attorney's Office||1998 - 2008|
|Partner||Bentkofsky, Simmonds & Spano, LLC||1993 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American College of Board Certified Attorneys||N/A||2013 - Present|
|National Board of Trial Advocacy||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Onondaga County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Syracuse University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Criminal Law Seminar||Direct Examination||2013|