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Michael Spano

Criminal defense Attorney at Syracuse, NY

4.9   27 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Aggressive, knowledgeable, criminal defense. New York State's only Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer. AV Rated by Martingale-Hubbell.

    31 years

  2. Federal crime
    30%

  3. DUI and DWI
    5%

  4. Sex crime
    5%

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%

  6. White collar crime
    5%

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

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Lee | January 2, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the best.
Michael Spano is unquestionably the best attorney I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He represented my son in a very serious criminal matter and I found him to be extremely articulate, knowledgeable, understanding, and compassionate. Michael's integrity is beyond reproach, he candidly advised me of both the good and the bad throughout the progression of the case, and at no time did he ever sugarcoat information or make any speculative promises. He possesses the patience of a saint and repeatedly answered all questions thoroughly. He always welcomed our input and seriously considered any suggestions that we made. Michael earned my family's absolute trust and made certain that no decision was ever made without my son's full agreement. I firmly believe that Michael truly cares about his clients and most importantly about their future. I can't thank Michael enough for what he did for my son and our family. I'm quite certain that had any other attorney represented my son the outcome would have been very very different and not in a good way.
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Posted by Chris | March 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Experience! Couldn't ask for better!
Mr. Spano took on my case and was professional, communicative, and understanding. He was very quick to respond to any of my emails and always answered any questions I had. I truly will recommend him to any individual! Thank you Mr. Spano for all that you have done! Words cannot describe how thankful for what you have done for me.
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Posted by Jean | November 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn't ask for better!
On two occasions this year I needed the services of Michael Spano and he was quick to respond. He has the communication skills and the perseverance to complete the work necessary and drive it to a successful conclusion. In both situations, I was pleased with the results of his work and the decisions of the court. Michael understands that he not only works with people, but for them and his actions influences their lives. That said, I would highly recommend him without hesitation,
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Posted by R. Mary | October 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great legal services
I'm so thankful to have Michael Spano as my attorney. He is very precise and explains everything to me in detail. Professional, quick and confident resolution to my case. Would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and results-oriented with unmatched experienced
Michael Spano is an excellent defense attorney. We have been his clients for the past five months, and have experienced his skill in navigating the legal process to achieve the best outcome for us. With experience in both law enforcement and prosecution, his well-rounded background gives him a unique understanding of the defense process -- which I believe translates to an advantage for his clients. I also found him to be trustworthy, committed, and willing to take time to explain. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Hannah | February 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Michael Spano was very professional and very helpful. I received a speeding ticket, and he was the first person I called. He was able to get it dropped down to a nonmoving violation, which was no points on my license. He always made sure to keep me in the loop during the whole process. Would highly recommend. Thanks again!
Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and professional attorney
Michael spano is a very respected attorney and I am confident to say that his reputation succeeds him. Michael spano is calm, understanding and very confident. His representation saved my life, I'm sure it could save another. A+ attorney
Posted by Alicia | July 7, 2015
Extraordinary Attorney!!
I met Michael Spano during the darkest time in my life. Michael recently represented me in a serious criminal case. From our initial meeting, I knew I had chosen the best legal representation. He listened to me, he followed up on every detail and most importantly he believed in me. My life was in Mike's hands and I trusted him. He never made false promises. Mr. Spano worked tiredlessly and diligently in trial preparation. I was scared and afraid, Mike was there day/night to speak with me with any questions I had. He always demonstrated a kind and compassionate manner while understanding my uncertainty in the unknown. In the courtroom, Mr. Spano was brilliant! He presented my case in a professional and thoroughly prepared manner. He fought for me. Mr. Spano is a well-respected attorney. A true, soft spoken gentleman without a trace of arrogance. Michael Spano is the only board-certificated lawyer in Criminal Trial & Advocacy in NYS for a reason. Words can not express my deep gratitude and appreciation for the outstanding representation provided by Michael Spano. Thank you Mike for all your efforts on my behalf.
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Posted by Jacki | June 29, 2015
The Best!!!
I am very pleased with the outcome that Mike Spano had with my son's case. Going into the stressful situation at every turn, Mike was there and let us know upfront what the costs would be and what the outcome would be provided my son complied with everything that was asked of him, which he did, now my son doesn't have a criminal record and he can grow into a fine young man that he is. I would recommend Michael Spano to anyone. He is very efficient and informs you with every move. I thank you for all that you did for me and my family.
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2015
Very Intelligent
Mike was very professional and did a great job representing me in my legal matter. He was very attentive to detail and was really working hard to help me out. I am 100 % satisfied with the results and would recommend him to anybody with legal issues.
Posted by Mark | January 13, 2015
Out of Trouble - Michael Spano is the Best!
Michael Spano did an outstanding job helping me out with my troubling situation. He was upfront, clearly explained the situation and what I needed to do, and always promptly returned my calls. He made sure I understood what was going on at all times with my case and most important, got me out of trouble and kept me out of jail! I would highly recommend him to anyone in the Syracuse area, and I couldn't be more happy with what he did to help me out.
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Posted by Adegoke | October 14, 2014
I never knew the importance of having a great lawyer until I met Michael Spano.
When I was 19 years old I made a foolish mistake to steal from my employer Wal-Mart. Over a span of time, myself and another associate would occasionally take food and other small items with out paying for them. This happened on 9 occasions. I was caught by loss prevention and charged with 9 counts of petit larceny. I went to court a couple times but eventually moved to buffalo. I ended up losing contact with my previous lawyer and ended up not going to court. Several months later I found out that I had a warrant for my arrest, but I never turned myself in. I lived in Buffalo for a couple years and then moved to Middletown for a couple more years where I married and had two children. Within this 4-5 years span I had been pulled over by state police and turned away from the Canadian border and each and every-time they informed me about my warrant and let me know that Cicero police will let me turn myself in. I am now 25 and it wasn't until I found a new job that I realized that these petit larceny charges are serious and I needed to take care of them. On September 19th, 2014 I started looking for a lawyer so that I could eventually turn myself in. I searched the internet for criminal lawyers in Syracuse and Michael Spano's name appeared at the top. After researching Michael Spano I hired him immediately to represent me. A week later after hiring Michael Spano, he was able to get me a court date for October 2, 2014. On October 2nd I turned myself in and had my warrants released and was told to come back to Cicero for another court date because Michael Spano needed one more week to obtain a disposition. On October 9th, several hours before court, I was informed by Michael Spano that all 9 counts of petit larceny were significantly reduced to 2 counts of disorderly conduct which are not crimes. I am greatful to have Michael Spano represent me who made it so that I can move on with my life without a criminal record. My aspiration is to become a CPA and Michael Spano has made it so that I can continue with that dream.
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Posted by JM | March 7, 2014
He's the BEST!
When contacting Mr. Spano he could tell by the tone of my voice that I was nervous and afraid . He immediately calmed me down and made me understand that everything was going to be fine. Mr. Spano was very understanding , responsive, and professional. I was very pleased and relieved with the outcome. I would highly recommend anyone that is in need of a attorney to call Mr. spano's office first!
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Posted by Joe M | March 7, 2014
Highly recommend!
Michael is a great lawyer! He is very prompt on everything. He cares about his clients which greatly showed me the difference between Michael and other lawyers. I would highly recommend Michael for any case!
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2013
Michael Spano is the Best!
Mr. Spano meets with his clients, attends court proceedings and returns phone calls and e-mails promptly. He's straightforward and yet a good listener. Mr. Spano is one of the best attorneys in Syracuse.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2012
Couldn't Ask For A Better Lawyer
I give Mr. Spano the highest possible recommendation. Mr. Spano was extremely professional, courteous, responsive, and possess' a mastery of the legal system. Mr. Spano helped me navigate a somewhat unorthodox legal matter, he did so quickly and always kept me informed. He resolved my case with the best possible outcome. I recommend Mr. Spano for any legal issue ranging from the simplest to the most complex. Your won't find a better lawyer! Thanks Mike for all your help!
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2011
Great Job! Fast! Reliable and Available!
Mike always returned my calls and always made sure everything was clear to me. He was straight forward in what can be done. He took care of my issue quickly. I was very satisfied by the outcome. I got even extra help with some other questions that had not been related to my case.
Posted by Matt | May 7, 2011
Excellent experience and results
Dealing with a DWI was a very stressful experience for me; I had never been in any type of legal trouble before, and much of the information on DWIs I had read on the web was quite frightening -- fees, loss of license, insurance costs, potential jail time, a misdemeanor on my record. Mr. Spano was very informative in explaining the charges against me, potential defenses, and the likelihood and range of outcomes I could expect. Equally important, Mr. Spano took the time to listen to my concerns and opinions -- which is something that many other attorneys I spoke with did not do. I unequivocally decided to go with his representation. Mr. Spano handled my case with expertise and great professionalism. The outcome was literally the best that I could have asked for -- he was not only able to negotiate my charges, but the fines and penalties associated with them as well. Most importantly, he got me through this rough time in my life and kept me from having a criminal record. While I hope to never *NEED* to use his services again, he would absolutely be the first person I turn to if I ever find myself in a legal bind again. Thank you Michael.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2011
postive review
Mike, could not have been more helpful and also re-assuring I had never had any experience like my DWI before and I was ashamed and scared....and Mike made me feel so much better....if you need a good caring lawyer Mike is the person for you.....
Posted by Michael | January 10, 2011
PETI LARCENY CLIENT
I would highly recommend Michael Spano, he was straight forward, communicated with respect and let us know exactly what he could do for us. His knowledge and his prior history with the district attorney's office was very beneficial to our case. I couldn't have been happier with the outcome.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Chief Assistant District Attorney
  • Onondaga County District Attorney's Office
  • 1998 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Bentkofsky, Simmonds & Spano, LLC
  • 1993 - 1998

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Nazareth College
  • 1989

Associations

  • American College of Board Certified Attorneys
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2010 - Present
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Board Certified
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law Seminar
  • Direct Examination
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (9)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having worked with Michael on various legal matters over our lengthy careers, it is truly an honor to recommend one of the most prominent Criminal Defense Attorneys in all of Upstate New York. Additionally, Michael and I have worked on many Criminal cases while he was in private practice as co- counsel in Auburn New York. Michael subsequently was hired as an Assistant District Attorney in Syracuse New York for the Onondaga District Attorney's Office. Michael quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to lead the Homicide Division as a Chief Prosecutor in Onondaga County for many years. He subsequently opened his own private practice of Law in Syracuse New York. Michael is the best of the best at what he does and I would highly recommend him without reservation to anyone in need of an Attorney regarding any high level Criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phenomenal trial attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael Spano is a true professional and highly skilled lawyer. I would strongly recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael to the fullest. As a young prosecutor I watched many attorneys seek out Mike for guidance, experience, and advice. He conducts his legal practice in the same manner by always being available, providing sound legal opinions, and ensuring customer satisfaction."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a skilled attorney with an excellent reputation and a proven track record in and out of the courtroom. I strongly endorse him for criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer - great criminal defense attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Mike as both a prosecutor and fellow defense lawyer. He has extensive experience as a criminal trial lawyer, works hard and achieves great results for his clients. I can think of few other lawyers I would recommend as highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mike for several years and on several occasions have referred people that I know to him for representation. He works hard for his clients and is committed to obtaining the best possible result. I strongly endorse Mike."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Mike Spano for many years when he was an assistant district attorney in Onondaga County. He was always accessible and fair. Now, as a defense attorney, he has an excellent reputation and has represented defendants in numerous high-profile cases. Plus, he was well liked in the office of the district attorney's office and I am sure he has good connections there."
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Syracuse Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Spano
Michael Spano
Criminal defense Attorney
Syracuse, NY
Licensed for 31 years