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Michael T. Benz

Personal injury Attorney at Buffalo, NY

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 5 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 11 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2018
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

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Michael T. Benz is an attorney handling nursing home abuse and neglect, personal injury, medical malpractice cases. His motto and practice is to prepare every case as though it will be a jury trial; and he is confident that his trial preparation is the key to getting the best result for his clients.

Mr. Benz brings vast trial experience with him to Brown Chiari LLP, having tried hundreds of cases as an Assistant Defender at the nationally recognized Defender Association of Philadelphia, before starting his own private criminal defense practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a native “Buffalonian” he has recently returned to Western New York to raise his family and continue his career.

Mr. Benz graduated cum laude from Drexel University's Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where he sharpened his trial skills as a member of Drexel's award winning mock trial team. Michael won the Texas Young Lawyer's Association Regional Competition two years in a row, receiving the honor of Best Advocate each time. After graduation Michael became one of the first graduates to join the mock trial coaching staff as an adjunct professor.

Mr. Benz is admitted to practice law in New York and Pennsylvania, as well as the federal districts for the Western District of New York & Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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Location

Brown Chiari LLP
2470 Walden Ave
Buffalo, NY, 14225

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Michael
Michael was very professional in the handling of my son's case involving getting time served for first offense of breaking probation. It was slighty complicated because my son was in Montgomery county where they are very strict with marijuana charges and breaking probation. He was successful in getting time served with another year of probation. Michael was available at all times to talk with me over the phone to answer my many questions. He was also very reasonable with his fees. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2017
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one of the Best attorney
Mr Benz is one of the best attorney I have ever seen. He speaks to the point. My experience with Mr Benz was positive from the first moment I consulted with him. He was attentive, thorough, and helpful throughout a very difficult time. He always responds quickly and effectively with any questions or issues as they arose. I highly recommend Mr Michael Benz.
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Posted by Alicia | March 9, 2017
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Definitely Recommended !!!!
Was always available by email or phone conversation. Asked me my opinion and involved me throughout the trial. Very personable and prepared. The best part was the "not guilty " verdict on all charges !!!!! -Thanks Mr. Benz
Posted by Kimberly | March 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome attorney! Michael Benz
Michael Benz represented my teenage daughter with a juvenile case. Mr. Benz is very knowledgeable. He is also very professional. I am very pleased with how he handled our case! I will definitely hire him again if need be.
Posted by Royce | May 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Fearless.
Fearless. Fiery. And Fair. When a trial lawyer combines these attributes he is difficult to beat. Michael Benz has earned the respect of prosecutors, judges, and virtually everyone who sees him in Court or simply meets him on the street. He is a unique talent. He has a style all his own. But most importantly, he has the knowledge and work ethic to back it up.
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Posted by Brian | February 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
Michael is a top notch trial attorney who I trust to handle any and all criminal referrals I may have. He is second to none in the court room and always more prepared than the other side. He communicates well with his clients and explains their options so they feel comfortable and informed about any decisions moving forward.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Brown Chiari LLP
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hogan Willig
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Owner
  • Benz Law, LLC
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Defender Association Of Philadelphia
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Mock Trial Coach
  • Drexel University Kline School of Law
  • 2012 - 2016
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Education

  • Drexel University College of Law
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 2012
  • State University of New York College At Buffalo
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Com. v. B.S.
  • Not Guilty All Charges
  • Com. v. L.R.
  • Not Guilty All Charges
  • Com. v. J.P.
  • Charges dismissed
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Associations

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Regional Champion Mock Trial Team
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • James J. Manderino Award for Trial Advocacy
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Lawyer Dinner Panel:
  • Drugs & the Criminal Justice System
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (37)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is an aggressive trial attorney that is always ready for trial. Highly recommended!"
Unknown Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fearless. Fiery. And Fair. When someone combines these attributes he is difficult to beat. Michael Benz has earned the respect of the judiciary, opposing prosecutors, and virtually anyone else who meets him in the street. A unique talent. A style all his own. With the knowledge and work ethic to back it all up. I proudly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike will evaluate your priorities and protect your freedom and your rights. He cross examination is excellent. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr Benz's always dapper appearance inspires well-warranted confidence in his abilities; he has both style and substance. And not only does he know the law, he knows how to talk to people. These two things are essential to to make a dammed good trial lawyer. Put it this way, if I were in trouble, I'd trust my own defense to him. Can you think of a better endorsement from a fellow defense attorney?"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Benz is like a surgeon with a precision laser cutting through the nonsense in the courtroom. He understands the real issues and what is important to his clients. Benz is the real deal. A true fighter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an excellent attorney. He earns impressive results for his clients through an unrivaled command of the courtroom. As importantly, he displays the personal communication skills and compassion that each client deserves. I would not hesitate to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Mike rise up through the ranks of criminal defense attorneys in Philadelphia to quickly become one of the elite lawyers in the City. When a witness takes the stand he goes in for the kill. He thirsts for blood in the courtroom, which is why his clients refer to him simply as "The Beast"."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a tireless worker who always puts his clients' needs first. He prides himself on being the smartest person in the courtroom by knowing every aspect of his client's case. His trial skills are second none and lead to favorable results for his clients. Michael is never afraid to take a case to trial or negotiate on his client's behalf. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Benz is a diligent and trustworthy practitioner. I have personally witnessed him successfully litigate motions and obtain not guilty verdicts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Benz is a lawyer who takes great pride in his work. He is a fierce advocate for his clients and while in front of a jury he is truly king of the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch attorney. Smart, personable and I'd trust him if my freedom was on the line."
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