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Michael Shane Litrenta

Construction and development Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   17 reviews

also known as Mike Litrenta


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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    35%
    All aspects of construction law: claims of lien, land use/development, contract analysis/drafting, OSHA defense, and trial/litigation.

  2. Criminal defense
    35%

  3. Trusts
    15%

  4. Wills and living wills
    15%

I have extensive courtroom experience and I am  a dedicated advocate for my clients.  I am committed to listening and understanding each of my clients' needs and  am determined to secure the best outcome possible. I am admitted in three states (Florida, North Carolina, and Wisconsin). Additionally, I am admitted to the following Federal Courts, the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, United States District Court Western District of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit. I am a confident litigator armed with the tools necessary to defend your rights.
 
Before beginning with Cotney Construction Law, I began my career as a prosecutor with the 16th Judicial District in Florida (Monroe County, Florida Keys).  I worked as a prosecutor for roughly 2.5 years before I transitioned into a career practicing criminal defense. In addition to criminal defense, I have practiced and have experience in Construction Law, Administrative Law, Insurance Defense, General & Auto Liability, Worker's Compensation, and Immigration Law. I have the skill set, experience, and personal knowledge to successfully advocate for my clients.
 
I previously served as the past President of Monroe County's chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  I have also presented on defending DUI/DWI cases, especially in regards to defending against breath test cases. Additionally, I have taught Certified Legal Education courses on Trial Advocacy and Jury Selection.  I was a member of his local bar association as well as my local Rotary club.  I was also a dedicated volunteer for the American Cancer Society. 
Licensed for 11 years
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2021
Updated 01/21/2023
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2017
Updated 12/27/2022
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2017
Updated 12/05/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Michael

Litrenta Law, PLLC
6000 Fairview Road
Suite 1200
Charlotte, NC, 28210

Reviews

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Posted by Caleb | September 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
10 out of 10
Absolute Best Attorney around, I recently got myself into a whole mess of trouble and just to start before my court date we had issues with communication due to a phone breaking, and Mr. Litrenta never gave up and continued to try and contact me up until the night before my court date to inform me of my court date which saved my life because I forgot the date. Second, I will never hire another attorney again, recently I had gotten myself into a whole mess of trouble and I was expecting the absolute worst possible outcomes, but with a phone call and a meeting or two we got everything figured out and instead of me walking out with a whole bunch of community service and probation on my head, I just walked out with some fees and it was all taken care of!!! These attorneys are the real deal and are really here to help you! If you're trying to pick and choose an attorney then this is the one you want, I promise.
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Posted by Kevin | April 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hooray for NC's PJC
Mike could not have done a better job of getting me a great resolution for the traffic mess that i got myself into. Don't waste your time with anyone else. He made me feel very comfortable throughout the many month process. Don't hesitate hire Mike!
Posted by John Foster | March 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Full confidence recommendation
Michael treated me with empathy, honesty and intelligence. With experience and knowledge of the law, he was able to give me sound advice and confidently guide me through (what was for me) a very stressful case. He has my utmost admiration and thanks!
Posted by Tabatha | March 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in Town!!!!
Revelations 21:8 says ALL liars will enter the lake of fire so I am not going to lie. My husband got caught with marijuana down in North Carolina and we live in Ohio. It wasn't really my husband's but his friends well that is what I was told anyways. However he had to go to court and he just started a job and couldn't make it so I called Michael and from the beginning he was very outgoing and interested in the case. I wanted my husband to plead guilty and pay the fine, but he said no you should not rollover and this is what I will do for you. So I really liked Michael from the beginning and called another lawyer who was actually 100 dollars cheaper but he did NOT seem interested in the case whatsoever and not really about the people. That guy told me he was out of the office and to call him on Monday, when Michael told me I could call or text him anytime and even gave me his cell phone number and I told my husband about him and his price and we were hooked. He hook sank and caught us but I am so glad he did!! He only charges 1 price and that is just amazing that it's not price per hour or anything like that. Also he will work with you if you don't have the money right away like we didn't. Welp I forgot about it but court had come up and he messaged me telling me he was about to go to court and we had to pay him the other half and I have so much going on around me that I forgot about it and court honestly it just a lot going on. Anywho, the next thing I know he's texting me telling me the case got dismissed and no need for any drug classes or fines! I was so pleased and still am with how personable Michael is. He is really the best lawyer I have seen even in Ohio Florida or Utah well Michigan too. I really believe he is the best and just the nicest guy that has been around in any type of business in a long time!! Thanks again Mike!!
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Posted by Jerry | September 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Michael Litrenta
Michael did an excellent job of representating my daughter. I was very worried due to the nature of her charges. Michael took the time to explain in detail, all of the options we had which included best and worse case scenarios. He keap my wife and I updated every step of the way. I could call him day or not and he was always available. We talked so much that he became a part of our family. I would recommend Mike to anyone looking for a smart, intelligent and involved attorney. He is the best and most helpful lawyer I have ever met in my life.
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Posted by Bruce | September 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bruce
Received a ticket for not wearing a seat belt at a license check. Mr. Litrenta was able to have ticket dismissed.
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
“Rusty”
Mike went above my expectations for legal representation. He was professional, timely, caring and efficient. My case ended with a positive result: all charges dropped. He treated me with personal respect and was always available to help when I needed him. You will not feel like a number or obligation if Mike is representing you. He is a talented, caring attorney.
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Posted by Kenny | May 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Winning when the odds are stacked against me.
Winning when the odds are stacked against me. That’s what Micheal did. I honestly could not have FOUND a better lawyer. He made me feel relaxed in a depressing situation. I have had the best experience Money can buy.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A pleasure to work with!
Mr. Mike Litrenta had a pretty sticky situation to handle when he worked with me on my case. He was very up front and clear about exactly what he needed from me and the steps I had to take in order to get my speeding ticket reduced. Even after my driving record and ticket count, he was able to get my case entirely dismissed! He was a pleasure to work with, has a fantastic work ethic, and a great personality! I would definitely hire him again if I ever needed to.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Michael Litrenta
I hired Michael for a serious driving infraction. Not only is Michael extremely professional and knowledgable, he is a great guy and cares about his clients. We received the best possible outcome because of Michael’s knowledge and passion to do his best for his client.
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Client
Mike Litrenta was my lawyer at a time when I had made a terrible mistake and used poor judgment .. not only was he very knowledgeable professional but compassionate and helped me through such a terrible time in my life.I don't think that I would have survived the ordeal without his help in this matter ; Instrumental in getting me into a program that put my life back on track and for this I will be eternally grateful....
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Posted by Christopher | October 25, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Michael Litrenta - an experienced Criminal Defense attorney
Michael Litrenta is an experienced and knowledgeable attorney with experience practicing in Florida and North Carolina. From my perspective, also an attorney, I have witnessed Mr. Litrenta in the Courtroom. He is adept at oral argument and has great Courtroom presence. I know Mr. Litrenta prioritizes his client's needs, which he approaches with care and sincerity. I highly recommend attorney, Michael Litrenta!
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Criminal Attorney
Mr. Litrenta is one of the best criminal attorneys that I've had the pleasure to work with in Florida. He's extremely knowledgeable on the law and cares about his clients. I have recommended him to friends in the past.
Posted by John | August 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
If You Need a Lawyer, Mike is Absolutely Your Man
I do not have enough good things to say about Mike Litrenta. Almost a year ago today, I was in Key West. I was not 21 at the time, but right or wrong, it was not going to stop me from drinking. Fast forward a few hours and a few more beers, and I was making some bad decisions attempting to sneak into a bar. The police get called and I get arrested for burglary (a felony!) and criminal mischief. Both of those charges, however, were completely unfounded. The criminal mischief punishment ranges up to one year in prison and up to a 1,000 dollar fine. The burglary was up to FIVE YEARS in prison and a 5,000 dollar fine. I was 19 and terrified. I never got a phone call, I was fired from my job the next day, the bondsman got my case wrong so I had to pay more money to leave jail and in the eyes of most the world I was already guilty. It was a very eye opening experience on our criminal justice system. Then I found Mike and we set up a consultation. Mike is extremely personable and easy to work with. He and I set goals right away. First was eliminate the felony and secondly, do not pay a dime to the man that lied to the police. If you are willing to work with him and hold up your end, he will return the work a thousand fold. He is always easy to contact, and will keep you regularly updated. As he told me, Mike is not just someone that takes care of you on “the front end” and throughout the legal process will be willing to help you and be there for you. Mike is a man that got into law for all the right reasons. Not only would I recommend his services in a bind, I would say there is no alternative. Also a bonus, Mike works with another lawyer, Hal Schuhmacher; you are getting two lawyers when you hire Mike Litrenta. By the time my situation was done, we had achieved both the goals we set and more! It was a better situation than I had dreamed of. Mike knows the system and he absolutely knows what he is doing. If you need a lawyer, Mike is absolutely your man.
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Posted by CJ | October 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
A lawyer you can trust
After rigorously consulting with numerous Key West lawyers, my two friends and I chose to go with Mike. Being out of town'ers and having such a strange scenario happen to us while visiting, we wanted to make sure we could find a lawyer that would ensure a no action or dismissal from the State. Mike was always reachable, and we felt comfortable with him and felt he could relate to us. It was the perfection scenario and he got all three of us the outcome we were looking for. Do not hesitate to go with him, he will no disappoint. I would not go out of my way to review if I was not thoroughly impressed! A++++
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Posted by Sally | May 26, 2015
A Recipe for Success
Michael Litrenta provided me with competent, attentive, and timely legal representation. He was on top of the case from our first contact. He listened to me attentively. He reviewed the materials I provided and obtained the necessary information from the other parties involved and wrote a thorough and incisive brief to present to the court. I might add that the brief was very well-written, as evaluating writing is my area of expertise. Michael kept me informed about the progress of my case throughout my ordeal. His compassion and concern were an added benefit, enhancing his intelligent and aggressive approach to my case. His sense of humor and ability to analyze the situation were very reassuring. Smart, thorough, competent, compassionate, and funny were a recipe for success in my case. I recommend Michael Litrenta without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2015
A good experience with an attorney
Michael Litrenta is a passionate advocate and experienced attorney. Michael has both a keen eye for legal technicalities as well as knowledge of criminal procedure and constitutional law. I strongly recommend Mr. Litrenta to anyone accused of a crime in Monroe County Florida.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Litrenta Law, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Dummit Fradin
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Hal Schuhmacher, P.A.
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney 16th Judicial Circuit
  • 2010 - 2012
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Education

  • Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2007

Associations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Monroe County Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Monroe County Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Monroe County Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Prosecutor Trial Training Program
  • Florida Bar Criminal Law Section & UF Levin College of Law
  • 2012
  • Certified Field Sobriety Testing
  • Tallahassee Community College
  • 2012
  • Advanced DUI Seminar
  • Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors Program
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Florida Law Weekly
  • Order Granting Defendant’s Motion to Suppress
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Trial Tactics
  • Jury Selection & Voir Dire
  • 2018
  • Advanced Trial Tactics
  • Opening Statements & Direct Examination
  • 2018
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Monroe County chapter)
  • DUI Breath Test Litigation: Case Law Update and Other Orders Across the State of Florida
  • 2016
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Monroe County chapter)
  • Discussing the Bender Predicate
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike goes above and beyond for each of his clients. He knows the law and he dedicates his time to making sure the client has the best prepared defense available. His negotiation and advocacy skills are top notch. I love working with him on cases and collaborating on defenses for our clients. I see him take calls, answers text messages and send emails to his clients at all times of the day to make sure he is always in touch with them. His knowledge of the law, especially DWIs is vast."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Litrenta is a successful criminal defense attorney. Having practice in Florida for seven years, he comes to NC with experience and creative trial tactics in the courtroom. Michael is passionate about the law, and about the clients he represents and cases he takes on. I highly recommend Mr. Litrenta."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an intelligent attorney who always zealously advocated for his clients. He is always professional and attentive to details. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is professional, an effective advocate for his clients and an all around worthy adversary."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Litrenta because he is truly committed to achieving great results for his clients. He is professional, experienced, and well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Michael uses his extensive courtroom experience to be a zealous and unrelenting advocate for each one of his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him anyone whether my clients, my friends, or my own family members!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is the perfect criminal defense lawyer for you! His experience as a prosecutor provides him exceptional insight in crafting a legal defense. He is fearless trial attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an outstanding advocate for his clients both in the courtroom and out. He is intelligent and compassionate, representing his clients with zealous and effective advocacy. I highly recommend Attorney Litrenta."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael represents his clients with an aggressive approach that yields positive results. He is passionate about his work and understands how to help. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is wonderful working with people of the immigrant community for criminal defense matters. He understands issues in both the criminal defense and immigration world. He is an excellent litigator and will fight to defend you and your family's rights. Mike es maravilloso trabajando con personas de la comunidad de inmigrantes para asuntos de defensa criminal. Entiende los problemas tanto en el mundo de la defensa penal como en el de inmigración. Es un litigante excelente y luchará para defenderlo a usted y a los derechos de su familia."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a great litigator. He looks at all the issues, then gets great outcomes for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an outstanding litigator! He has an extensive knowledge of the law and experience in the courtroom. He will relentlessly fight for his clients, I highly recommend Mike"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly recommend hiring Michael!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael's dedication to his client's rights is relentless. He is an advocate who will do the work to best represent you in your time of need. I highly recommend Michael!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Litrenta is well versed in the law and diligently fights for his client's rights. He is well respected by his peers, his opponents, and the Judges in his community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Litrenta is a passionate advocate and experienced attorney with a keen eye for legal technicalities and knowledge of criminal procedure and constitutional law. I strongly recommend Mr. Litrenta."
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Charlotte Construction and development Lawyer Michael Shane Litrenta
Michael Shane Litrenta
Construction and development Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 11 years