Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the NBTA. Former Chief Assistant District Attorney.New York State's only Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer. Criminal Law Specialist.New York State's only Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer. Criminal Law Specialist.
|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|
Posted by anonymous
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
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.
Posted by Nick
Michael Spano was the best. I could not ask for any better. He was on top of everything that was going on. He heard something I heard something from him. He gave me all the options and told me what he thinks he could do and where we sat on everthing that was going on with my case. He always returned my calls and always made sure everthing was clear to me.
Posted by anonymous
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
I would highly recommend Michael Spano. I deal with attorneys quit often in my line of work and 99% of them fall into 1 of 2 categories. They take your money then you can never get them on the phone and get little communication or they communicate but they don't do a good job. Michael Spano both did a great job and took all my phone calls and kept me informed. Finally an attorney that I can feel like is working for me rather than paying someone then having to constantly chase after them for information (as if I work for them instead of them working for me).
Posted by Tony
Mr Spano handled my felony weapons and traffic violation charge/case without ever meeting me. I was from out of State of New york. The rapport and trust exceeded my expectation. He kept me out of jail and felony conviction, He is treated me with honesty and respect without seeing my face. He kept me well informed and i had a good resolution of my case. I trusted him with my future and my life and he delivered. His experience as a one time district attorney and knowledge base i believe was the key. He was upfront with me as to my expectations , agreed to a payment plan and never harrassed me about payments. a little expensive but his services are worth every nickle and dime.
Matthew Dotzler, Criminal defense Attorney
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.