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Michael T. Smith

Civil rights Attorney at Roselle, IL

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Licensed for 41 years
State IL
Status Active and Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 1981
Updated 01/06/2023

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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2009
Micheal is a outstanding lawyer and i would let everyone i know that he is a upstanding and respectful lawyer and i was very scared and he was with me all the way................... And i won !!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Sudhir Kumar | May 14, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Discrimination Case.
I was approached by this lawyer to represent me after I placed an advertisement for a lawyer. All he was interested in was to get a retainer of $2500 from me anything I ask in emails for clarification, he would cut and paste the same sentences from past emails. I realized that this is a cut and paste guru and ended up hiring Mr. Antonio Jeffery whose retainer is 1K more but is doing an excellent job in representing me in federal court.
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Posted by Anna | June 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
So so for filing paperwork, very bad for representation
I hired this attorney to appeal the decision after my unemployment hearing. I had no representation at my first hearing and failed to present any of my exhibits. This attorney took $ without any written agreement. Then he bailed out two days before a new hearing date saying he didn't promise me representation. Good that I kept one email which confirmed what he promised. He didn't prepare himself, so he fought to move my hearing date by ONE month. This is for an umployment hearing. I already waited three months to get a new hearing date. I wasn't paid any benefits. He had three months to prepare. After the referee agreed to move the hearing date which he prelonged by another month, he bailed out again one week before the hearing telling me I'm difficult to work with and he won't represent me. He said I won't be able to find an attorney in such a short time and told me to do it alone. He said he won't be giving me money back for not representing me at the hearing date though he agreed to provide services for a flat fee. What concerns me is that lawyer never gave me a written contract. He bailed out twice before the hearing leaving me without representation. He didn't ask for my trascript from my first hearing when he appealed even though I asked him to. He told me to prepare all the bullet points. I had to hire a paralegal since I was too close to see what's objective or not. He set an appointment when he was supposedly work on my case. When I got there there was nobody there. He never seemed to care about my unemployment hearing. He was more concerned to start discrimination case trying to get a deposit for next presentation. When I said I was never treated this way in such a disrespectful manner, he answered. "That's not true. Your employer did that." Wow. Who was he representing I wondered. I contacted the Chicago Bar Association. I made an appointment with another lawyer in two days who promise to represent me in three days and prepare. And the new lawyer did an outstanding job! Now, I'm waiting for the outcome. At the end I was happy he dropped it. This lawyer was very irresponsible and didn't really care.
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Response from Michael Smith February 1, 2018
The client did not provide correct information about her case and therefore I couldn't handle a case where I was mislead.
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2014
This is a dangerous attorney , I hired him 2 years ago on a handshake a bunch of false promises (no written agreement, my fault) and a lot of money , once he received the "retainer" nothing much happened, all he did was file the free claim with the EEOC ..which anyone can do themselves then did nothing . His communication is all but non existent. He blew my case in many ways, if you have an employment discrimination case STAY AWAY from this Bully ! He only takes your case with money up front, as I've learned the hard way .. If you have a good case a reputable attorney won't take a dime upfront . If any attorney asks for upfront $ in a case one of 2 things is don't have a winnable case or the attorney is substandard .
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Response from Michael Smith February 1, 2018
Since the client refuses to state his or her name, it's impossible to give any merit to these allegations. In Federal Court I have had over 500 filed case with my being an advocate for the client.
Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2014
Run, don't walk, away from this "attorney"
I had engaged Michael for a labor case. I found him to be a very low-grade attorney. His work was poor/minimalistic - his filings were little more than copy/pastes of what I provided him. Michael is highly unresponsive - he spends most all of his time in a different state in the southwest, so this at least in part contributes to his lack of client engagement. I eventually had to hire a different attorney to try to fix the mistakes and other shortcomings of Michael's work. Also, check his record with the bar - he has a past infraction with them.
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Response from Michael Smith February 1, 2018
Since the client refuses to state his or her name, it's impossible to give any merit to these allegations. In Federal Court I have had over 500 filed case with my being an advocate for the client.


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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1995.

Censure issued in IL, 1995
updated on 03/15/2010

Censure means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Business Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael Smith is a highly skilled litigator who works hard on each and every matter he accepts. On the matters that we have worked on together, he has jumped in with both feet and gotten very good results for the clients."
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Michael T. Smith
Civil rights Attorney
Roselle, IL
Licensed for 41 years