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Donald J. Baranski

Thirty years in general practice

Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Education, Criminal, Consumer Bankruptcy, Divorce mediation, Adoptions-Direct Placement, Family and Step-parent

www.smallclaimscourtinmichigan.com

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Donald J. Baranski received his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities Pre Law, from Michigan State University. This was a triple major of American History, Philosophy, and Psychology. He then received a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from Michigan State University. He then obtained his Doctorate in Law from Michigan State University College of Law. Baranski has been a licensed Attorney and Counselor at Law in the State of Michigan since 1988. He clerked for a trial judge for two years. He worked as a City Attorney, and as a public defender. Baranski has handled a general practice of law including: family law, criminal law, juvenile law, adoptions, contracts, real estate, landlord/tenant, probate estates, wills & trusts, guardianships and conservatorships, mental health law, social security disability, workers compensation, unemployment compensation, education law, collections and bankruptcy. Baranski has conducted jury trials and bench trials in District, Probate and Circuit Courts. Baranski is also admitted to the Western District of Michigan and Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courts.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
In all of my cases I make a big difference to the client. As far as results to particular cases, I did a criminal felony trial where the client was found not guilty on a directed verdict. This means that after the prosecution presented its case, I won without having a single witness for the defense having to testify. I obtained funds for my clients in a deceased estate where the family had taken funds during the lifetime of the deceased improperly. However good the results, every case is unique on the law and the facts on that particular case.

How did you build a successful practice?
I began my practice with a card table and chairs, an electric pencil sharper, a telephone and electric typewriter. I built my practice one client at a time by doing excellent work and service for each of my clients. It has now been thirty years and I still get referrals from clients when I first began.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
The attorney should not take days or weeks to respond to a client's inquiry. Failure to timely respond is a sign that the attorney just doesn't care, or is just too busy to take on a new client. Clients should look for an attorney that is hard working, ethical, and honest on the merits of the case. Often, a realistic assessment of a client's matter especially in litigation is not profitable for the attorney but is immensely desirable for the client. Each case is unique on the law and the facts, and a good attorney does not make false promises or give false hope on any particular case. The attorney should have an express written contract spelling out exactly what the representation entails, and how much and what the client will be charged. A client should look to see how knowledgeable an attorney is in the field that they are practicing in. The attorney should have written articles and/or given seminars in their field(s) of expertise.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
The local customs of a particular court are important, but it is quite easy to talk to brethren counsel in any area who will fill-in an out of town attorney in on how things are done.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
The most important information in an initial free phone consultation is to determine whether the client has a case at all or if the client may use a government agency to handle the problem for free for them. The next step is to determine whether there is any merit to the case. Clients can learn how likely they will be successful, how long, and much it will take to complete their legal objective.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
If there has been any litigation before the call, the type of case, and a sequence of events in chronological order. It is most helpful if a client has any legal document(s) relating to the case at hand in front of them. Clients need to remember that usually the telephone consultation for the attorney is like asking a physician to read an x-ray over the telephone.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I have been practicing law for over thirty years. I have an excellent reputation for honesty and integrity. I am very conscientious and hard working. I realize that every case that I work on is THE most important case for my client. I am extremely easy to reach and I respond quickly to my clients. I have written numerous articles, texts, and blogs on various areas in the law. I have taught paralegal courses at college, and law courses at law school. As a teacher, I take time to explain legal concepts to clients so that they can make informed decisions.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Working with clients and have them tell me that they can sleep at night after discussing their case with me.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
Spending time with my wife, Angela. Reading history, philosophy, and fiction. I also have a vast DVD collection of films.

Are you involved in your community?
I began a legal clinic at the Women's Center of Greater Lansing where I spend every Friday afternoon giving free legal advice. I have given seminar presentations to many organizations including the local bar, churches, and schools. I regularly volunteer to assist law schools in teaching their students ethics. I also have acted as a judge for law student competitions in oral arguments to sharpen the skills of the students.

Position Organization Location Duration
OwnerDr. Donald J. Baranski1988 - Present
School Degree Major Graduation
Michigan State University College of LawJD Law School1987  
Michigan State UniversityMastersPhilosophy1985
Michigan State UniversityBachelor of ArtsHumanities-Psychology, History and Philosophy1982
Harvard Law SchoolCertificate of AchievementBioethics:The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics05/2018
State / Court Date
U.S. Eastern District of Michigan1988
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals1988
U.S. Western District of Michigan1988
Michigan1988
  • Michigan State Bar Association | Member
  • Effective Teaching Award | Western Michigan Cooley Law School | 1998
    Effective Teaching Award | Western Michigan Cooley Law School | 1997
  • https://www.courtlistener.com/pdf/2018/06/07/people_of_michigan_v._dakota_lee_shorter_3.pdf
    People of the State of Michigan v Dakota Shorter Michigan Court of Appeals-Published This was a jury trial where an adult, competent witness was provided a support dog and support dog handler while she testified in open court against the criminal defendant. Michigan only allows a support dog in situations where there is a child under the age of 16, or a developmentally disabled person, or a vulnerable adult testifies. The Michigan Court of Appeals in a published opinion stated that the criminal defendant did not receive a fair trial by giving an adult, competent witness a support dog. The conviction was reversed, and the defendant given a new trial.

  • 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
    Book | Small Claims Court in Michigan | 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
    Book | Emergency Medical Technicians | 2004
    Booklet | Adopting a Newborn In Michigan | 1999
    Planned Parenthood | Adoption Law for newborns | 1999
    Book | Adoption Law and Procedure | 1998
    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
    Book | Setting Attorney Fees | 1994
    Book | Law Office Management | 1993
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(1988) Licensed as Attorney in Michigan. Verified with State Bar of Michigan.May 17, 2018

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4125 Okemos Road
Suite 23
Okemos, MI 48864
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