Okemos Civil Trial Work Lawyer
Mr. Spagnuolo maintains a practice which emphasizes civil trial work, business law, insurance defense litigation, real estate, and municipal law. He earned his undergraduate degree with high honors from Michigan State University and received his Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1979. Mr. Spagnuolo served with the Michigan Attorney General's Office as a Research Assistant, and with Michigan State University Legal Services as Staff Attorney. He has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a nationally recognized legal directory. Mr. Spagnuolo has been admitted to practice in the state and Federal courts and the United States Supreme Court. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He has also been appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan. He is a member of the American and Michigan Bar Associations. (Specialist U.S. Army 1968-1970, active duty).
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
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- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.