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Michael G. Soto

Workers compensation Attorney at Raleigh, NC

4.6   10 reviews

also known as Mike Soto

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

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I believe that everyone needs a a little help when times are tough. That's why my practice is focused on helping people who have been injured: whether they were hurt at work, in a motor vehicle accident, or just out and about.

I believe that sometimes you need someone to fight for you.  Insurance companies are in business to make money, not to pay it out.  My goal in every case is to ensure my clients get all the benefits they deserve. As a former insurance defense lawyer, I know how insurance companies operate and use that knowledge to our advantage.

I believe that clients are people, not cases.  People hire lawyers because they don't know how the law works.  Many times though, they don't know their lawyer and don't understand how the process works, but are expected to do whatever their lawyer says.  If you are my client, I am your attorney.  You are not handed off to some other lawyer and your case isn't handled by a claims manager.  I do this so that I understand the individual wants and needs of each client.  When it's time to make the tough decisions, my clients have a trusted advisor who can answer their questions and a partner to work with them in making the right decisions.

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The Soto Law Firm, PLLC
4030 Wake Forest Rd.
Suite 300
Raleigh, NC, 27609


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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney for workman’s comp!!
Me Soto and his staff were outstanding in guiding me through the difficult process of having my injuries addressed by my employer with no out of pocket fees. Communication was excellent and timely.
Posted by Marjorie | October 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Soto Law Firm represented my husband
Mike Soto represented my husband for a Comp case in NC. We were dealing with an assault on the job where my husband suffered a head injury. Mike was patient with my husband. He made the process as easy as possible. He interjected laughter when we needed it. Mike was able to negotiate a settlement, which has finally gotten the insurance company out of our lives. Nothing about this case was easy. Nothing was straight forward. The Workman's Comp case was complicated by criminal charges against the Defendant/Employer. My husbands head injury made him difficult at times, angry other times, and scared most of the time. Mike Soto was kind, compassionate, and honest. 3 things we needed as we dealt with this case.
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Posted by M | August 11, 2016
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Professional and Proficient
Micheal Soto was the second attorney that I had during my case. The original firm and attorney I had hired was very disappointing, unprofessional and NOT proficient in pursuing my case. I made a life changing choice to change attorneys during my case. Ironically, Mike also made a life changing choice to start his own law firm. It was the best chance I have taken in my life. He was always there when needed, gave excellent advice, very supportive and aggressive in pursuing my case. My case was not always the easiest, my sometimes non existing Workers Comp case manager was not available for my doctors to contact. Mike was always on top of the situation and contacting the defense attorney to render the problem to get the care that I needed. Typically when you think of a lawyer, you think of an ambulance chaser and all the stereo types and adjectives that go with it! BUT, Mike is the furthest from that! He is courteous, kind, honest, trustworthy, hard working, eager to help and do the right thing, he is ethical, and truly the best attorney I have ever meet. In a time and a world there these qualities are hard to come by it is and was truly refreshing to find a man with these qualities! A man and an attorney I was proud to have and stand by and for me! I will be eternally grateful for the hard work and professionalism Mike provided for me! And I know he provides this same level for all his clients! After 3 years of always having him fight for me and my case, I couldn't and wouldn't want to have had another attorney by my side! And in the end he gave all that he had to get me the most for my case and for me and my family! I truly trust this man with my life and the future of my family. I highly recommend Mike for your legal needs. He will absolutely give you the one on one attention that your case needs, answer questions and give support and reassurance when times get rough and you feel hopeless and see no light at the end of the tunnel! Well, Mike is that light at the end of the tunnel! And for that I can not Thank him enough! If you are in need of legal advice or find yourself in the unfortunate position of dealing with Worker's Comp, don't ever go at it alone! Let Mike help you and show you what he can do for you! He made what seemed like an impossible to get trough and horrible time in my life, bearable and tolerable. I am forever grateful for all he did for me and my case.
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2016
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Workers compensation
An injury can change your life. When I first got hurt on the job I did not hire legal counsel because I was being honest and did not feel as if I needed to. WRONG!!! I was so naive. I had no clue on how to look for an attorney or how the process works and didn't want to trust anyone. After 2 lawyers and lots of tears and frustration, Mike Soto came to save the day. When Mike received my case I was a nervous wreck but he was still kind & patient with me. He got all the details and started to fight for me and be my voice. Mike is awesome. He never got upset with my many calls & never treated me like I was bothering him. If I had questions, he got answers. This was one of the most trying events in my life and Mike helped me through it and I will forever be greatful.
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Posted by Danny | December 31, 2015
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A Fighter
Mr. Soto has been my attorney for a Workers Compensation claim for three years and never gave up. I would highly recommend his services if you want an attorney who is willing to fight for you.
Posted by Amy | November 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
I would highly recommend Mike Soto, he handled my Workers Compensation case with care and compassion as well as aggression. He showed he cared for my medical and monetary needs, was very informative and straight forward. Easy to talk to and communication was a top priority for him, which made it so much easier for the entire case process. Mike is very professional yet still remains to have an easy disposition.
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Posted by Nikki | September 16, 2015
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The Attorney Who Will Fight for You!
When one suffers an injury, life can become a roller coaster ride of stress, worry, concern and uncertainty. The Soto Law Firm gave the support I needed on the ‘Worker’s Compensation’ roller coaster. Attorney Michael Soto provides stabilizing guidance in understanding Worker’s Compensation laws that most people are unaware of unless they are an attorney or insurer. For three years, Mr. Soto represented my case with integrity, steadfastness and competence which relayed a strong dedication to the rights of the injured worker - especially in dealing with the challenging trifecta of Worker’s Comp. : insurers, medical treatment and compensation. In the beginning, it was a daunting search to find representation that would treat my case with the care and detail it needed not just in words but also in action. I am glad to have chosen The Soto Law firm and pleased with the representation my case received.
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Posted by Denise | May 12, 2015
Excellent Choice!
After being seriously injured at work, I found myself in need of a good lawyer that I could trust. I began by researching and speaking to a few, not impressed by any of them, but running short on time I needed to make a decision soon. Fortunately I spoke with Mike Soto who did not sound like the others; he was reassuring, and understood the depth of my case as it was a difficult one. Mike worked with me and fought for me, always available to answer any questions or concerns that arose. In the end I did win my case, but I believe that I won because I had such a good lawyer working on my behalf As I said previously my case was a difficult one, which lasted nearly two years, but Mike was consistent throughout the process, he never encouraged me to settle for any less than he felt my case was worth. Mike Soto is the lawyer that you want in your corner, he will work hard to win your case.
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Posted by James | January 19, 2015
The Best!
Hi! I'm James, I wanted to take time out to say how much I appreciate Mike Soto. He literally walked with me on this journey. Every question I had was answered. I appreciated Mike for taking time to explain things to me. This was my first time in a situation like this and I was very scared, especially having a family Mike Soto always reassured me that everything will be taking care of. I can truly say that Mike Soto fought for me. Mike Soto is great at what he does. Thanks Mike.
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Posted by Tammy | August 29, 2019
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Legal Malpractice attorney needed
Mike Soto was my attorney on a case. He was very unprofessional. The case was finally completed in January 2019. To date Mike Soto has not paid the medical bills. I spoke with him in July and he stated it was an oversight. It's August and the medical providers are now calling me.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-33%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • The Soto Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Oxner + Permar, pllc
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP
  • 2006 - 2012


  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Montana State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • M.H. v. _____ County
  • $271,000.00 settlement
  • M.G. v. Fresenius Medical Care
  • $105,000.00 settlement post-hearing
  • H. T. v. United Postal Service
  • $250,000 settlement


  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trial of Motor Vehicle Accident Case
  • Live Demonstration of a Soft Tissue Injury Case
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Michael
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an experienced and skilled worker’s compensation attorney. He works hard to achieve the best possible result for each of his clients. He is a great attorney and genuinely fine person. I highly recommend Mike."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mike for a number of years. He started out on the defense side, and I had cases against him. Now he represents injured workers. Mike is very knowledgeable and he is an extremely nice person. He is also dedicated to helping people who need his professional expertise. He has a lot of compassion for people who have been injured and are having trouble making this legal system work for them. I certainly endorse and recommend him!"
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is the rare attorney who truly cares about his clients. If you are injured at work in the greater Raleigh area, he is my recommendation for top quality representation."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse Michael Soto. His high ethical standards and compassion match his intense work ethic and determination. I have, and will, without hesitation, continue to refer people to Mike. He is the attorney you want on your side when you and/or your family needs help."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I absolutely endorse Mike Soto. He is a very experienced and skilled litigator who also gives each client the personal attention they deserve."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mike Soto. He has a great legal mind and the highest ethical standards."
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