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Darren Legato was born and raised in southeast Michigan, having spent a majority of his childhood in Macomb Township. He graduated from L’Anse Creuse High School – North in 2005. Darren enrolled at Michigan State University where he double majored. In 2009, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Pre Law. Darren attended Florida International University’s College of Law in Miami, Florida. In homage to the university’s international focus, he did a Study Abroad program following his 1L year, where he spent almost two months living and studying law in Seville, Spain. He graduated and received his Juris Doctorate in 2012.

In an effort to obtain the training and experience he felt he needed, Darren then accepted a position working as an associate attorney for an insurance defense firm focusing his practice on the defense of claims in the areas of personal injury, premises liability and motor vehicle accidents. He spent the next four years of his career defending these claims on behalf of some of largest insurance companies in the state. During this time, he was trained and developed his abilities to conduct depositions, research and present oral arguments on complex legal issues, as well as objectively identify strengths and weaknesses of cases so as to provide the proper litigation strategies to his clients.

Darren stopped working for the insurance companies in 2018 and he joined Serafini, Michalowski, Derkacz & Associates. His practice focuses on Personal Injury, Premises Liability, General Litigation, and 1st and 3rd Party Automobile Negligence claims. Darren’s prior experience provides him with a unique prospective, and the ability to think like, and predict the next move of, insurance companies and defense lawyers working on their behalf. He uses this experience and knowledge to aggressively litigate cases on behalf of his clients, refusing to settle for anything less than what the client deserves.

Practice Area
  • Personal Injury
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
- Current
Vandeveer Garzia, PC
Hackney, Grover, Hoover & Bean
Hewson & Van Hellemont, P.C.
Elassal & Associates
Certified Legal Intern
Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office
Florida International University College of Law
Michigan State University
Professional Associations
The Florida Bar
State Bar of Michigan
Social Media
Contact & Map
Serafini, Michalowski, Derkacz & Associates, P.C.
44444 Mound Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Toll-Free: (866) 529-3537
Telephone: (586) 264-3756 Ext. 123
Fax: (586) 264-3783