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Michael Robert Paduchowski

Criminal defense Attorney at Chapel Hill, NC

5.0   88 reviews

also known as Mike Paduchowski, Michael Paduchowski

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

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Mike Paduchowski earned his Juris Doctor from theUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill .  While attending law school Mike worked for the Orange County District Attorney's Office, was a member of the Holderness Moot Court Negotiation Team, achieved Dean's List honors, and was named to the prestigious Order of the Barristers.  Before attending law school Mike graduated from the University of North Carolina 's Kenan Flagler Business School with a degree in Business Administration then went to work for the law firm of Hedrick, Gardner, Kincheloe and Garofalo LLP.  Mike previously worked for the Maitland Law Firm in Chapel Hill where he was in charge of the firm's Criminal, Traffic, and Personal Injury section. Mike left his position at Maitland Law for an opportunity to join the Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski PLLC in 2011.  He has concentrated his practice areas and teamed up with Matthew Suczynski to provide the residents of North Carolina with superior legal service at affordable rates.

Mike is a skilled litigator and accomplished negotiator who utilizes his knowledge of the local court system and trial process to efficiently handle criminal, traffic, DWI, and personal injury matters. Mike and his wife, Brittney, have been members of the Chapel Hill/Durham community for over a decade.  He gives back to the community by coaching youth sports, serving as a Resident Judge in Teen Court, and volunteering as a Supervising Attorney for the NC Driver's License Restoration Project.  Mike believes that communication is key and takes pride in providing personal legal service to each and every client.

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Location

Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski PLLC
208 N Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
Matthew Charles Law
115 Market St
Suite 360E
Durham, NC, 27701
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Posted by E.W | June 5, 2020
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Swift Resolution of speeding ticket. Painless on my part
Mr. Paduchowski reviewed and accepted my case, and everything from that point forward was handled. My ticket was dismissed and saved me from that expense and the potential ongoing costs of rising insurance premiums. His modest fees were the best investment I’ve made in awhile.
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2020
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Wonderful
Mr. Paduchowski and his partner helped me get my case completely dismissed due to the officers in question acting inappropriately. I greatly appreciate the work of the two attorneys involved for all the hard work they put in to make sure I was not inappropriately charged.
Posted by Lawrence | January 17, 2020
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Case dismissed
Michael Paduchowski and his partner were able to get my traffic case completely dismissed. I am very happy with the outcome that that Michael and his law firm were able to secure.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2019
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Speeding Ticket
They got my speeding ticket 84/65 completely dismiss. They kept in touch with me through the whole process.
Posted by Mike | September 16, 2019
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
I hired Mike and his partner Matt to help out with a traffic related case. They and their staff provided timely and excellent service and I'm extremely pleased with their work!
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2019
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The best attorney for vehicle incidents
Thanks to Mike and his partner Suczynski, they were able to handle my case with great expertise and in a timely matter. I highly recommend these attorneys to represent anyone concerning traffic violations.
Posted by Tracy | July 16, 2019
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Another Case dismissed!
I had an excellent experience with this lawyer and his colleague. Very easy to work with and my ticket and court date were completely handled by their team. Very satisfied with the outcome and resolution of this case. Definitely recommend!
Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2019
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Dismissed
Mike was able to get a ticket completely dismissed. He and his firm worked with the utmost professionalism and kept my updated in a timely manner. they explained each step of the process and answered all questions i had.
Posted by JaToya | May 18, 2019
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Dismissed!!
I got was in an accident. I received their flyer in the mail for representation and I asked someone else if they had heard of the law firm and they recommended them. In the end my case was close and my case dismissed. They were great about keeping in touch, I didn’t have to go to court, and I didn’t even have to pay my ticket. They are GREAT!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2019
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Traffic ticket dismissed
I got my first NC speeding ticket recently. I’m sure everyone has the same story-I was just going with the flow of traffic and was singled out of the crowd. Michael was able to get my ticket completely dismissed. I highly recommend him.
Posted by christopher | May 10, 2019
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traffic ticket
I got a speeding ticket on my home from visiting my son in college in virginia, Mr. Paduchowski handled my case and got it dismissed! Thanks so much!
Posted by Rob | March 10, 2019
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Speeding Ticket Traveling Back To School Dismissed
My son was traveling from NJ to SC for the Fall Semester and stopped for speeding in the Durham, NC area. Both Mike Paduchowski and Matt Suczynski worked hard at getting a full dismissal of the violation. Most importantly to me was the fact that no points are recorded on the driving record. Thank you for a great job.
Posted by PC | February 22, 2019
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I'm glad I found you guys!
They dismissed my traffic citation and I didn't have to spend any time at the courthouse. Great service and communication from the start until the case was dismissed. Thank you!
Posted by Carlos | February 13, 2019
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Best lawyer ever!!
Took care of a speeding ticket 90 over 65!! Getting me out clean!!! Great customer service and very professional team!
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2019
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Traffic citation following light collision
Following a light collision on a merging lane, the law enforcement officer decided to give me a citation, for "failure to reduce speed as necessary to avoid colliding with a vehicle". I had pushed the brake on time, when the car in the front stopped abruptly with no apparent reason (no stop sign, just a give way, and no other car in sight), but I had touched the car in the front slightly. The damage to my bumper was minimal, as was the back of vehicle in the front of me (total cost of the repairs end up being about 1000$ for each car). I was very nervous to go in court. I decided to hire a lawyer, and I was more than positively surprised by the professionalism and the very easy communication with the Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski. They had kept contact through the process, especially when the first court date was postponed due to inclement weather, and contacted directly my insurance agent on the case for documents required in court. The use of two attorney approach (Attorneys Matt Suczynski and Mike Paduchowski) allowed them to get the best outcome : case dismissed. As a result I have a clean driving record and the increase in my insurance cost will be minimal. I recommend their service to anyone who need legal rights protection.
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Posted by Kim | January 10, 2019
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Couldn’t ask for better.
I chose Mike and Matt because they have excellent reviews. They came through. My ticket I think was 18 over, and they just informed me it was DISMISSED. I am so thankful. They don’t just fight to get it reduced like others I’ve read reviews on, they go all the way.
Posted by Mike | August 30, 2018
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Couldn’t ask for a better attorney
I could not ask for a better attorney. Mr. Paduchowski has helped me with minor things like traffic tickets for myself and my family and aided me in legal issues with my business on several occasions. His legal expertise has always proven to be 100 percent correct, his office is extremely responsive, and the communication I have received was prompt and clear. I am constantly recommending the office to anyone who asks.
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Posted by Rodney | August 29, 2018
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Getting it done Right!
Mike is absolutely the best attorney I have ever known. I have used him several times over the past 10 years. Ford dealership sold me a bad car that need a engine, Mike got me the money for the engine from Ford. Mike has handled several speeding tickets for me, keep me from losing my license with no points! If you want to see things go in your favor use Mike he gets the job done right and will never fail you. Well worth the money.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2018
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Traffic Ticket
I hired Michael Paduchowski after receiving a traffic ticket last month. He was very easy to talk with and did a great job explaining my options and his recommendations for the best course of action. I was pleasantly surprised several days later with a phone call from Mr. Paduchowski informing me the ticket had been dismissed and I would not need to go to court or take any further action. I will 100% be using Michael Paduchowski again if ever needed.
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Posted by David | August 18, 2018
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traffic offense
I was referred to Mr. Paduchowski by a lawyer friend for help with a somewhat complex traffic issue. Working closely with capable colleagues in his firm, he handled my case efficiently with good result, obtaining dismissal of all charges. I 'm very glad to have been his client.
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Cost

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  • Contingency 20%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney - Partner
  • Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski PLLC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • The Maitland Law Firm
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • UNC - Kenan Flagler Business School
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 4th Amendment - Fire Truck Makes DWI Stop
  • Court of Appeals Decision Appealed to NC Supreme Court
  • Ambulance Theft
  • Dismissal of all charges

Associations

  • NC Drivers License Restoration Project
  • Supervising Attrney
  • 2009 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Traffic Section Chair
  • 2008 - Present
  • Teen Court - Volunteers for Youth
  • Resident Judge
  • 2008 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Award - Platinum
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • NC Legal Elite in Criminal Defense
  • NC Business Journal
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under Age 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2016
  • Criminal Law Attorney of the Year Finalist
  • Legal Elite - NC Business
  • 2016
  • Criminal Law Attorney of the Year Finalist
  • Legal Elite - NC Business
  • 2015
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Young Guns - Attorney of the Year Finalist
  • Legal Elite - NC Business
  • 2014
  • Criminal Law Attorney of the Year Finalist
  • Legal Elite - NC Business
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Alumnus of the Year
  • UNC Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers.com
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Group Project of the Year
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Project of the Year
  • UNC Law - Pro Bono Program
  • 2010
  • Order of the Barristers
  • UNC Law
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • NC Defender Training
  • License Restoration and Keeping Updated on New Laws
  • 2017
  • Criminal and Immigration CLE
  • Trending Topics in Criminal Law
  • 2017
  • Transition to Practice Seminar
  • Negotiation in Employment Contracts
  • 2016
  • Misdemeanor Defender Training
  • Criminal Law and License Supensions
  • 2016
  • Defense Attorney Training
  • License Suspensions and Restoration
  • 2016
  • Criminal Defense Symposium
  • Traffic Law and License Restoration
  • 2015
  • UNC IFC Conference
  • Rights of Individuals in Dealing with Law Enforcement
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (17)
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Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Paduchowski's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael and his firm are first class. He is a bright, motivated and thoughtful attorney willing to go the mat for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an excellent attorney. I trust him to provide the best representation possible to his clients. I highly recommended him to any person needing legal assistance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is very thorough, honest and dedicated. He is experienced and a well-respected attorney throughout the district and beyond. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an extremely effective lawyer. I would trust him to handle any legal matter that I might have."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is thorough, organized, caring, intelligent, and hard working. He knows the law and he gets excellent results for his clients. His is a great attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an outstanding lawyer. He possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of criminal and traffic law and has excellent trial skills to boot. His results-oriented approach serves his clients very well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Mike for years and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking representation for their legal matter. He will give your case the time and attention it needs, and provide effective representation."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike represented a family member in a traffic matter and we were very pleased with his skill, knowledge and professionalism. In addition, we received the outcome we desired and his fees were very reasonable. I would highly recommend him."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anytime a client, friend, family member, or friend of a friend needs an attorney to handle their traffic ticket, DUI, or personal injury matter in the Chapel Hill/Durham area, I give them Michael's name and number. He does excellent work for a reasonable fee. It is great to have someone like that you can trust when people are looking to you for referrals."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Friend
"Mr. Paduchowski is a very knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney. He consistently maintains the very highest level of professionalism in all of his matters. I gladly refer any of my clients that need assistance in the Chapel Hill area to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Mike for all your legal needs in the Triangle area. He is our "go-to" guy when all else fails. He has yet to be anything less than remarkable. He is a man of integrity and is extremely hard working. It is an honor to endorse Mike Paduchowski."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is a very skilled attorney and possesses a strong reputation in our legal community. A client cannot go wrong with hiring Mike to represent them in their time of need. He continuously puts in the extra effort required to achieve the proper results for each of his clients. I fully endorse and recommend Attorney Mike Paduchowski to anyone in need of his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Michael "Mike" Paduchowski is everything a person could possibly ask for in an attorney. I know this because I worked first-hand with him on a case. As opposing counsel, he presented his legal arguments effectively and persuasively advocated for his client. He was courteous and respectful in our dealings, which unfortunately doesn't happen that often between opposing lawyers. Since then, when I am able to refer anyone in the Chapel Hill/Raleigh/ Durham area to an attorney, i always tell them to call Mike. As expected, he meets all of their needs and more. Most importantly, I believe MIke is as great of a person as he is an attorney."
General practice Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Friend
"Excellent attorney, both in client relations and towards fellow lawyers. He's certainly helped me out a number of times in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area and I would recommend Mike to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a bright, hard-working and dedicated young attorney. As a fellow attorney, I can honestly say that his passion and commitment to his his clients is second to none. No matter the task in front of him, you can be assured that he will tirelessly work to achieve the desired outcome. Moreover, he goes above and beyond in that he's not just representation, he's also a counselor for his clients. Rest assured that if you ever need an attorney's services in the Chapel Hill area, you'll likely be hard pressed to find someone better!"
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Chapel Hill Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Robert Paduchowski
Michael Robert Paduchowski
Criminal defense Attorney
Chapel Hill, NC
Licensed for 16 years