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Donald J. Baranski

Family Attorney at Okemos, MI

3.8   10 reviews

also known as Okemos Legal Group, PLLC

  • Licensed for 36 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    Criminal defense of felony cases including life offenses and misdemeanors, drunk driving, drug offenses, sex offenses and cannabis law.

    36 years, 1,200 cases

  2. Family
    30%
    Divorce, Child Custody, Parenting Time, Child Support, Alimony, Property Division, Debt Allocation, Paternity, Orders to Show Cause, Friend of the Court Hearings, Bench Trials, and Post Judgment matters.

    36 years, 500 cases

  3. Adoption
    20%
    Direct placement of newborns. Family adoption. Stepparent adoptions. Termination of parental rights of the biological/legal parents.

    36 years, 127 cases

  4. Probate
    20%
    Drafting of Last Wills and Trusts. Probate deceased estates, litigation in contested cases, Guardianships and Conservatorships of adults and minors.

    36 years, 726 cases

Practicing law since 1988.  Worked as a public criminal defender and as a city attorney for prosecution of criminal cases.  Conducted jury trials in District, Court, Probate and Juvenile courts. Licensed in the Western and Eastern District Federal Courts of Michigan. Licensed in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Location

Okemos Legal Group, PLLC
4125 Okemos Road, Suite 23
Okemos, MI, 48864

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Reviews

3.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Jason A. | December 15, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Former paralegal
I worked on the Dakota case under the direction of Don. He is an excellent and personable individual with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law. I would recommend him to anyone who needs assistance in his areas of expertise. Also, his book is a must read for small claims and I look forward to seeing his new edition when he finishes it.
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Posted by Lauri | August 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An honest , yet brilliant lawyer.
My family has consulted Doctor Baranski on property and probate issues, various financial issues and family matters. He is without a doubt a very knowledgeable attorney with impeccable integrity. Professional , but human & down to earth. He is concise and makes sure he knows and understands what you are saying , and responds very clearly. I have referred Don to my friends and they have all been very happy with his service. As long as he's still around , he will be my attorney.
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Posted by Jan | May 12, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable, Detailed Legal Mind
This is not the first time I've consulted with Mr. Baranski. Each time he has been pertinent, respectful, patient, thorough in his understanding of my situation and was able to recite back to me what he thought my exact situation was; he then went on to tell me how he perceived could/should be done. His input is invaluable and I can't thank him enough for taking his time out to assist me. He is truly a cut about anyone else I've consulted with on these matters. Thank You!
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Posted by Tiffany | November 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personala+
I have hired Dr. Donald Baranski a few times. He is very personable and really informative. He treated me like a friend that cared about what I was going through. He helped me with everything during my divorce. Brought up things that I never would have thought about. Thank you Don.
Posted by Dawn | November 15, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent attorney
Donald Baranski has advised me on several legal matters. His advice has truly helped me. He is very knowledgeable and really does seem to understand his clients needs. He does all that it takes to help and is very patient. He has made sure that I understand fully the matter at hand. He is an excellent attorney and defiantly worth having him as your attorney.
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Posted by Jeri | November 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy
When going through a bankruptcy it is a very difficult and embarrassing thing to do but retaining Mr. Baranski as my lawyer was the best decision for many reasons. Not only is he intelligent and extremely capable but he has a way of putting you totally at ease. His sense of humor and mild manner makes any situation you are faced with so much easier. I am very thankful for everything he did and recommend him to everyone.
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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More Than a 5 Star Attorney
We hired Donald Baranski to handle a very bitter probate estate case. He went above and beyond what most attorneys will do to help settle the estate . He explained the law to us and was amazing at keeping us informed every step of the way about what was happening in our case. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do Not Recommend
Very Very disappointed. I recently relocated, with no income and hired Dr. Donald Baranski. What a waste of $3600. Dr. Baranski did absolutely nothing for me in my custody case. He did not file my response in time, showed up 30 mins late and after court has not returned my calls to appeal the court order child support calculation. When talking to him he spends the whole time talking about other people’s case instead of addressing your own. Do Not Hire Him!! You are better off doing it yourself.
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Posted by Eric | July 22, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Not a good advocate
I had placed my story on legal match and , Mr. Baranski responded by saying I could have a free 30 minute consultation. I thought great. So Monday rolls around and I contacted his office to try and set up a time to talk about my situation. A young lady took my information and said he would call me back. He din not! So Thursday afternoon, I emailed him and his response was about 7 words long, stating I needed to contact a attorney in North Carolina about my issue. So I politely inquired why and he said I entered into my online contract there. I Then I asked why do you say that, when I live in Michigan and the payment came from my Michigan credit union account. He failed to even give me the piece of mind of a decent explanation. He could read my story on legal match in which I was very thorough with. If I need a attorney from North Carolina , why even respond in the first place. If he was a good attorney or even practiced for 33 yrs like his profile says , then he would have not even responded to me in the first place. I have a feeling his good reveiws come from his friends or colleagues at his law firm.With that being said, I would approach this man with caution, some people may only have one shot at a litigation process. Don't make the mistake of hiring the wrong advocate for your situation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a great attorney
If I could give him no stars I would.. He is aware that I was disabled also. Hired this I guess he's a lawyer to do my divorce.. under his advice I went and signed a quit claim on the house that me and my ex-wife we're buying together...and supposedly he put a no harm clause into my divorce decree.. which I found out later is useless... I have watch my credit score go from over 800 down to a little over 500 now..she is not refinance she has not done nothing..and by the way the foreclosure has not even hit yet.. but I am still attached to the house.. I have not a leg to stand on through the mortgage company all I can do is sit back and watch myself drown. He charged me almost 7 Grand for my divorce..and that really got nothing to show for it besides what I was entitled to in the first place I would have been better off hiring some bum off the street.. trust me he is not worth what he charges..and I still have the text where he informed me I need to go sign the quitclaim.. which is going to be handled real soon.. I just got the address of the attorney grievance council which I'll be addressing..I have spoke with several attorneys recently and they said that was very stupid for me to sign that until she refinanced.. job well done thank you Don for all your hard work.. he was well aware of the situation has done nothing to correct his mistake..
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Jackson College
  • 1989 - Present
  • Owner
  • Dr. Donald J. Baranski
  • 1988 - Present
  • Village Attorney
  • Village of Springport
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Western Michigan Cooley Law School
  • 1993 - 2000
  • Judicial Clerk
  • Hon. Paul F. O'Connell
  • 1987 - 1988
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Education

  • Harvard University Law School
  • Cert of Bioethics: Reprod Tech and Genetics
  • 2018
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Certificate of Achievement Intellectual Property Law and Policy
  • 2018
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor,
  • 1987
  • Michigan State University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1985
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982
  • Fraser High School
  • High School Diploma
  • 1978
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • People of the State of Michigan v Dakota Shorter
  • Reversed and remanded, new trial for the defendant

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Effective Teaching Award
  • Western Michigan Cooley Law School
  • 1998
  • Effective Teaching Award
  • Western Michigan Cooley Law School
  • 1997

Publications

  • Book
  • Small Claims Court in Michigan
  • 2013
  • Book
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • 2004
  • Booklet
  • Adopting a Newborn In Michigan
  • 1999
  • Book
  • Adoption Law and Procedure
  • 1998
  • Book
  • Setting Attorney Fees
  • 1994
  • Book
  • Law Office Management
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • 2019
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • 2018
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • 2017
  • Eaton Rapids Community Education
  • Small Claims Court
  • 2015
  • Eaton Rapids Community Education
  • Adoption Law
  • 2015
  • Eaton Rapids Community Education
  • Divorce/Custody
  • 2015
  • Eaton Rapids Community Education
  • Last Will/Probate
  • 2015
  • Eaton Rapids Community Education
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • 2015
  • Sensations Memory Care
  • Guardian/Conservator
  • 2014
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • 2014
  • Magistrates of District Courts of Michigan
  • Small Claims Court
  • 2014
  • Eaton Rapids Community Education
  • Small Claims Court
  • 2014
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • 2013
  • Island City Assisted Living
  • Wills/Guardianships
  • 2013
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • 2012
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • 2011
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • 2010
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • 2009
  • Emergency Medical Tech Law
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • 2004
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Adoption Law for newborns
  • 1999
  • Ingham Medical Center
  • Adoption Law for newborns
  • 1997
  • Hayes Green Beach Hospital
  • Adoption Law for newborns
  • 1996
  • Western Michigan Cooley Law School
  • Law Office Management
  • 1995
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Setting and Collecting Your Fee
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Donald
Family Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Don is a compassionate lawyer and he is very well-respected by his peers and, most important, the judiciary. Don is a legal scholar in the law and has spent much time mentoring and educating younger attorneys. Don gets great results for his clients and I would recommend him for any family law matter, including adoption and probate, as well as criminal defense."
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