|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1981||11/21/2016|
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
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||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
Posted by Anna
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.
Posted by anonymous
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 happening....you don't have a winnable case or the attorney is substandard .
Posted by anonymous
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.
Kevin Matz, Trusts Attorney
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.