June 2012

Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Provides High School Seniors with an Important Platform

June 18, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

Attorney Michael A. DeMayo’s scholarship program for North and South Carolina high school seniors has been in action now for ten successful years. Certainly with the cost of a college education today, any amount of a scholarship is a help, however that is not the main purpose of this particular scholarship. The goal is to honor students for scholastic and personal excellence, measured not just by grades and SAT scores but also by applicants’ extra curricular activities and involvement in their communities.

However, the main purpose of this annual award is to help raise awareness and educate teens about the dangers of underage drinking and driving. As word spreads of this program, the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo receive applications from more and more interested students with each passing year. The amount of the scholarship has grown as well, starting in 2003 with five $1000 awards. This year DeMayo law handed out a $2,500 award to each of the fifteen 2012 winners. In total, there have been 97 scholarships awarded to high school seniors in the twentythree eligible North and South Carolina counties over the past decade.

DeMayo is frequently asked about the requirements for the scholarship. He’s set it up so that a student needs to have at least a 3.0 GPA and be attending a four year college to be eligible to apply. To see all the specifics of this scholarship, students are advised to look at the DeMayo scholarship webpage.

As a personal injury lawyer, Michael A. DeMayo sees firsthand the damage and devastation done to individuals and families as a result of drinking and driving accidents. In fact, the scholarship is ingenious as it affords a platform to write about new ideas and possible solutions to this crisis to the very people who are most affected by this issue – the teens themselves. DeMayo has been particularly impressed this year with the diversity of the applicants as well as the clarity and ingenuity of the presentations made by the students. He says it’s clear that they deeply care about this issue and have put in a lot of time, creativity and effort into their presentations, which can be done via video or website, power point, brochure or essay.

Click here to see a list of the 2012 scholarship winners as well as all the previous years’ winners. 

Michael DeMayo says his goal for this scholarship is to raise awareness of the problems related to underage drinking and driving, believing that if even one life is saved as a result, this scholarship program is a success. He believes that the creative suggestions and presentations made by the scholarship winners can indeed have a significant impact in raising teen awareness of this problem, and that raising awareness is always the first line of offense with any major public issue. Certainly, drinking and driving is a major issue that affects us all. And even more certainly, our future is in our young people’s hands – and their hands are on the steering wheel. 

Is the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo the Right Law Firm to Handle Your Case?

June 4, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

What do dog bites, defective products, dangerous drugs and drunk drivers all have in common? According to attorney Michael A. Demayo, they can all land you in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit. If you are the victim—the one who’s been injured or disabled, the one who has had your life shattered—then choosing which law firm to represent you in your case could not be more vital.

Of course, you want a firm that can win your case for you, but you also want to be treated professionally, personally and compassionately. Here are five things to look for:

  1. Experience with your type of case: The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo have handled over 35,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases since 1992. Their legal team brings over 110 years of experience to the table, with cases running the gamut from dog bites to semi-truck accidents and everything in between.
  2. Ability to win settlements: Although most personal injury cases (over 90%) do settle out of court, Michael DeMayo notes that if a law firm has an aggressive reputation and is more than willing to take the case to trial, the defendant may offer a higher out-of-court settlement in hopes of avoiding a trial. In fact, the American Association of Trial Lawyers selected Mr. DeMayo as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for the last two years. Please take a look at these verdicts and settlements to give you an idea of just how successfully our lawyers advocate for their clients.
  3. Professionalism: The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo have a team over 80 strong, whose primary focus is to help their clients. The DeMayo law firm assigns each client to a case manager who can answer any questions and keep them informed with regular updates about the status of their case. Customer service and professionalism in all aspects are priorities of this firm.
  4. Professional rating: Mr. DeMayo has a professional rating of AV Preeminent (5.0 of 5.0). This is the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell, an independant national organization that’s mission is to accurately rates attorneys and law firms. According to Martindale-Hubbell, the AV Preeminent rating reflects the fact that a lawyer’s is ranked by his or her peers at the highest possible level of professional excellence.
  5. Personal, caring and compassionate service: This is one of the areas where the DeMayo law firm excels. If you have been seriously injured, you are at a fragile period in your life. You need all the care and support you can get, including from your lawyers. Clients actually use the words “caring”, “respected”, “wonderful kindness” and even “relaxing” when describing their dealings with this firm. Obviously, there is nothing at all relaxing about a lawsuit, so if any client can use this term (and more than one has) it is a testament to the skill and compassion of DeMayo and his staff. Check out what our clients have to say about us in the top right-hand corner of our DeMayo Law home page.

The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo offer a no-cost, no obligation initial consultation about the merits of your case. We also offer a free downloadable book, Carolina Injury Law.


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