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Richard Ward Szymanski

Litigation Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

5.0   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2012
    Status
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VETERAN TRIAL ATTORNEY AND FORMER PROSECUTOR PROVIDING COST EFFECTIVE CRIMINAL DEFENSE SERVICES.

An often used saying is that, “nothing is more expensive than a cheap lawyer.” In all reality the saying should be, “nothing is more expensive than an inexperienced lawyer.” Unfortunately, many people seeking representation in criminal matters hire attorneys who are either inexperienced or extremely expensive. My goal is to provide aggressive legal representation at a cost effective rate. As a former prosecutor I am familiar with the strategies and tactics used by law enforcement and prosecutors, and know all too well how these practices can steamroll those accused of crimes. As your attorney I will guide you through the often unfamiliar and intimidating criminal justice system and provide you with the information you need to make important decisions. Your case will be thoroughly prepared before we ever set foot in court and you will be kept informed as to everything that happens. Unlike many criminal defense attorneys I am not shy about taking cases to trial in order to protect your rights. Please call to schedule a free consultation.

I am a lifelong resident and native of the Grand Rapids area. After high school, I joined the United States Marine Corps where I served in the infantry and took part in several combat deployments. While serving in the Marines, I also attended Grand Valley State University. Following my graduation from MSU College of Law in 2012 I served as an assistant prosecutor in Kalkaska County where I gained experience in conducting trials and handling a variety of criminal matters. In 2015 I returned to Grand Rapids and now focus primarily on criminal defense and litigation defense

Awards

Client's Choice 2020,2019
Client's Choice
2020 2019

Location

McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane PLLC

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2022
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Jakob Clausen
Rick was able to make accommodations with the court for my hearing and sentencing which was a major help given that I was not in the same state as the crime was committed, I was able to do it remotely. He was also able to get it reduced to the minimalist charge possible, strongly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2022
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Rick Szymanski excellence at work
Excellent work was very knowledgeable and conveyed all my concerns to me through his excellence and dedication to his work I will use him again and again and again whatever the calling is necessary
Posted by Robert | July 26, 2021
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A good lawyer for me
Richard is a consummate professional dedicated to helping veterans in need. He met and surpassed all expectations and would definitely get my business should I ever need him again.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2021
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Happy
I received a 'operating while impaired by liquor' misdemeanor even though I blew under the legal limit. I obtained this gentleman as my representation. I was pleased with how things went.
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2020
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Reassuring, knowledgeable, and effective attorney!
Recently, I was in a car accident that resulted in an OWI. My parents got me in contact with Rick and he was extremely helpful through the entire court process. He explained what to expect and provided me with sound, clear legal advice, helping me to get the best possible outcome for my situation. Thank you Rick!
Posted by Marcus | November 23, 2020
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Criminal Defense
Rick represented me over an extremely long duration as the courts navigated the pandemic, I found that he always remained in contact with me and kept me informed as to all the changes in dates and times and always extremely helpful guiding me through a very stressful process. Rick was always a quick phone call away to awnser any questions and or concerns of mine and very knowledgeable.
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2020
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Retail Fraud 3rd
Richard was a saving grace for me. He didn't take no for an answer when it came to get me a deferred sentence. He was incredibly easy to talk to and explained everything to me and made sure I understood. He was professional and friendly and very easy to work with and always easy to get a hold of. I would recommend him to anyone who is seeking an attorney.
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Posted by Tracey | May 27, 2020
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SHOPLIFTING
Richard Szymanski was very helpful and the service was excellent. Kept in touch with me the whole time and everything was resolved to my satisfaction! I would really recommend Richard Szymanski to anyone who is looking for an outstanding attorney to represent them.
Posted by Matthew | March 19, 2020
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Great Experience
Everything went well and Richard helped me resolve my legal matters both efficiently and professionally. Very helpful and friendly throughout the process.
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2020
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3rd degree retail fraud
I was very pleased with the work Rick put into my case. I was accused of 3rd degree retail fraud and he handle the situation in a highly professional manner. I was thrilled to have him represent me and would strongly recommend him to anyone in need of a great lawyer.
Posted by Dave | November 9, 2019
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License Restoration
Richard Szymanski represented me during my drivers license restoration process with the secretary of state. Mr. Szymanski did a very thorough job of advising as well as preparing my application, and he was available to answer any questions or concerns that I had during the entire process. Iam very happy that I had Mr. Szymanski representing me at my hearing. Thank you.
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Posted by Lucas | October 21, 2019
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Great lawyer
Very professional, he only billed me for the hours he worked on my case and did not spend unnecessary time on my case. He also got my possession of a controlled substance charge dropped in a plea deal in an owi case.
Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2019
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Professional, Effective, knowledge
Richard Szymanski handled an expungements case for me. He was very efficient in his communication and the timeline that the case needed to be finalized by. The expungement was granted successfully and the vast majority of the process was handled by Richard which allowed me to continue my busy life.
Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2019
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Car Accident
Rick Szymanski was a godsend to my family at a time when it did not seem like we would make it. We got a positive resolution against the odds (auto incident), and he was a responsive, professional, logical, and calming presence through a very difficult and uncertain time. My wife and I are very thankful for his talent and I wholeheartedly recommend Rick for anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2019
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The Man for all Seasons
Rick really saved the day for me after I was involved in an accident. He was extremely courteous and professional, and he really took the worry out of the whole situation for me. I hope that I’m never in a situation where I need to prove my innocence again but Rick will definitely be the person I call if I am.
Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2019
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Advisor
Rick was able to help me out of a litigation with my insurance company. He was very honest, professional, and efficient.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McDonald Pierangeli Macfarlane PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • Kalkaska County
  • 2013 - 2015

Education

  • MSU College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2012
  • Grand Valley State University
  • B.S.
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Richard
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I refer Rick Criminal cases and he always takes care of the client - highly recommend."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Rick Szymanski is a talented and professional advocate. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rick 100%. He is an extremely aggressive advocate that serves his clients well."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is a diligent and dedicated attorney. I highly recommend his services."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Grand Rapids Litigation Lawyer Richard Ward Szymanski
Richard Ward Szymanski
Litigation Attorney
Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed for 11 years