Mr. Illikainen is a highly competent and skilled attorney. Although my child custody battle took two years to settle, he kept me informed, while being accessible throughout the process. He was a blessing during this period of my life. The amount of money I paid for his services were well worth it! I've had attorneys want to charge me more money just to start my case. He understood the complexities of my situation (deployed service member, with residence in another state, going through a divorce hearing in the state of residence). He always took note of my concerns and addressed them truthfully. He never made promises he could not deliver, and I respect that. In the end, he cared; I didn't get the feeling my case was about money, but about justice. I must admit, his then, office staff had issues with customer service and lacked competence, but his demeanor and professionalism overshadowed their negative qualities.
Posted by a client
I hired this attorney to assist me with a legal matter I was facing in the Army. He supposedly is a military law expert and has worked as a military attorney. I can't speak to his knowledge of the law, except to say that when requesting counsel, he either ignored me completely, or responded with a ridiculously unhelpful and obvious answer. If I ask whether I should pursue course of action A or course of action B, and your response is that I can do either one, you are not providing me expert legal counsel and are, in fact, just wasting my time and money. Furthermore, you get the feeling that when you're in his presence he's just annoyed by you all the time and that's probably not a great way to treat the guy paying you. If you're looking for someone to help you understand the process or to aggressively represent you, this is NOT the guy. I found another attorney who was the polar opposite of this guy and got a great outcome. Look elsewhere for military law assistance. Thanks for nothing.
Posted by a Child Custody client
Mr. Illikainen is a great Lawyer. I had a custody case with him over a year ago, he was very well educated with the laws and help me out so much. I would hire him over and over again. Mr. Illikainen and his staff kept me well informed of my case and addressed all my concerns. I would recommend him to everybody.
Posted by a Child Custody client
This has been my only experience dealing with an attorney and hopefully it will be my last! It is obvious the only thing this attorney is concerned with is the amount of money he can make off you. I was not informed of the happenings of my case. When I asked questions, I was charged for asking and then given the run around. In numerous occasions I was provided with incorrect information which in turn prolonged the legal process and costs me more money. Not only was the attorney not willing to look out for my interest, but the staff was rude. As individuals in a customer service position, they could certainly benefit from an attitude adjustment.
I spent over $10,000 for nothing. This was a child custody/support case that should have been relatively easy. Instead, it costs me a small fortune and my interests were not represented. I highly recommend finding representation elsewhere. After this experience, I hope I never have to deal with another attorney. If I do, I hope they are not all the same.