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Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
I found Michael Fluke on the AVVO.com web site late one night after my wife informed me our marriage was over after 37 years with no notice or discussion. I met him for an appointment the next day after visiting another attorney who scared me to death with his comments. Michael is highly experienced and very calming thru a difficult process. Further more, he is excellent at mitigation and negotiation with your spouse. His fee's are more than reasonable and his skill at getting you a fair settlement are the best I have ever seen. I just want to thank Michael and his asst. Donna for their incredible dedication and work. Being right at retirement age, it was extremely scary and because of his ability, I am able to move on with my life. I would rate him and Donna both 5 stars across the board. Thanks again for everything you did for me and others in the future!!
Posted by Ileana, a Child Custody client, Flag
We hired Mr. Fluke to represent our son in a custody situation involving two motions for relocation of his pre-school age son after reading reviews in this website. Mr. Fluke was always professional, confident and prepared. He took the time getting to know the facts of the case and getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of each parent and how it applied to the Florida Statutes. The case went to trial and just last week, the verdict was announced giving our son primary physical custody with visitation for the mother. This was a great victory that our family is still celebrating. We don't think it could have been possible without Mr. Fluke's expertise, perseverance and desire to give his clients the best possible representation. I recommend Mr. Fluke to handle your divorce or custody case without hesitation!
Posted by Lucy, a Divorce client, Flag
This lawyer is nothing short of excellent, and I highly recommend him, for any person wanting the best possible outcome for their case. He is worth every penny.
I'm from Canada, and needed a lwayer to represent me in Tampa, to settle a divorce after 12 years. Having done a bit of research on the web, and Mr Fluke topped the charts. After an introductory phone call, I was convinced that Mr FLuke is the lawyer I wanted representing me. With his experience and professionalism, Mr Fluke was with us every step of the way, and was always 9 steps ahead of my husband's lawyer. You'd be wise to follow his advice, for he is very well connected in the legal community in Florida. I'm glad i took his counsel, he proved correct every time. Mr Fluke, is very easy to talk to, answers every single question you ask with confidence, and always tells you the facts, straight up, no confusing double-talk. Even though I was distraught with emotion over the divorce, Mr Fluke's empathy and compassion, shone through, and he kept me focused on the facts of the case, that would give me the best possible result for my own future.
Mr Fluke made the whole process be as painless and efficient as one could expect, and I had a settlement in my hands only a short time after.
On a personal note, I want to thank Mr Fluke, who is a genuinely authentic person, and would recommend him with no hesitation whatsoever. I'm tellling you from my own experience, this is money that is well worth it.
Posted by Vincent Owens, a Divorce client, Flag
I hired Mike when my current lawyer just wasnt getting the job done and was just draining me of money. I have never been to court prior to my divorce so I did not know what good representation was. Mike was there for me and always available to answer my questions. This has been a very big learning lesson for me in many ways and I must say that it is impairative to have this man by yourside if you are going through legal issues.
Posted by Dolores, a Divorce client, Flag
If you need to hire a lawyer, please talk to Michael..My son was going thru a divorce for over 2 1/2 years. We fired the first lawyer because she never got anything done. Meeting Michael was the best thing that happened to our son. He was always available for questions and his advice was so encouraging. Michael works hard for his clients as we found out. The divorce was settled the first and only time Michael was involved. We wish we hired him from beginning, because going thru a divorce is painful for all, but Michael helped every step of way..If you need a lawyer, this is the person to call..Michael helped our family thru a difficult situation and we will always be thankful that he was our lawyer..
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Michael Fluke is a wonderful lawyer. He treated me more like family than he did as a client. He truly cares about his clients and wants what's best for them. I would highly recommend Mr. Fluke.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
After several horrible experiences with attorneys, most recently a divorce attorney, I called Mike up after reading his reviews here on AVVO. I didn't realize the way to find an attorney was to do a search on all the attorneys in the area, check their bar complaints and/ or AVVO complaints, and work backwards to the folks who actually had GOOD reputations. I could have saved myself the pain of hiring an overpriced psychologically unbalanced jerk of an attorney if I'd known this three years ago. So I called up Mike and he took my case, only to find it in a state of disaster. He was honest with me about the issues, he set my expectations knowing it would be painful for me to hear, and he painstakingly cleaned the mess up and prepared my case for trial in months doing work that hadn't been done properly for years. We had a situation where I thought we had a difficult opposing counsel, a moron for a parent coordinator, and an obnoxious judge. He made excellent progress with the difficult opposing counsel, he managed the parent coordinator situation beautifully, he found me another forensic CPA who was not a hack, and he actually proved to me that I had a seemingly reasonable judge. Mike is smart, he's fair, he's hard working, and he's dedicated to his clients. I wish I'd found him years ago because he could have saved me alot of time, money, pain and suffering sooner. I highly recommend this attorney whether you are new to divorce court or domestic violence representation or if you're unhappy with your current attorney and need a second opinion and/ or new representation. He's outstanding.
Posted by Jim, a Divorce client, Flag
If you are looking for an honest divorce attorney who does what he says he can do and delivers real value, I recommend Michael Fluke.
I was involved in a very lengthy and contentious divorce made even more difficult by a previous attorney who not only nickel and dimed me to death, but literally caused more problems than he resolved. I eventually fired him and began representing myself. That didn’t work so well either. After interviewing several new attorneys a friend of mine personally recommended Michael to me.
Michael was very up front and honest about his fees and what I should expect. He listened to my complaints and explained how he would work within the “system” to get the job done effectively and quickly. After hiring him he focused exclusively on resolving the issues, protecting my rights and preserving my relationship with my children.
I give all the credit to finally ending my divorce difficulties to Michael and the professional manner in which he navigated our legal system to resolve the remaining issues. If we had met sooner I would have saved tens of thousands of dollars and years of frustration.
In court, hearing the Judge rule in my favor regarding the children was fantastic; hearing that the ex-wife’s claims were frivolous was wonderful, the look on the face of my ex-wife’s attorney when the Judge said no fees awarded….priceless.
Posted by Greg, a Divorce client, Flag
Michael did an great job for me on my divorce.
First off, he spent the time and attention required on my case to assure the outcome. He was thoroughly prepared and always in touch with the specifics of my case. Nothing more annoying than a lawyer who is so out of touch that you have to remind them of the basics of your case. That was definitely not Mike, he was on top of all the details.
While my case was relatively simple, there were some wrinkles that he did a great job ironing out. He was very helpful throughout the process and brought a lot to the table. Not only is he very experienced, he is very creative and came up with some great thoughts. This proved very, very helpful during mediation, where several of his suggestions broke an impasse and led to a successful conclusion. In addition, he did a great job of explaining the process to me and what I should expect at each step of the way.
All in all, I felt that his judgement was first rate and I could rely on it, which took a lot of the pressure out of the process. And bottom line, he won a settlement that was better than I had hoped for.
Posted by Richard X., a Divorce client, Flag
After being served with papers from my wife, my brain went numb and I couldn't think clearly for days. I had just started a new job, so taking time off to research, interview, and hire an attorney was something I was not looking forward to. Luckily, I came across Mike's website when I GOOGLE Tampa attorneys, and was amazed with the amount of positive feedback he had gotten. I thought for sure this was just all self-promotion under the guise of fake names and situations…until I finally me the guy. The first impression I got was – Jeez, this guy is a monster; Mike is very tall and I fashioned him as an intimidating figure in the court room. Funny, though, because after speaking with him, he came across as articulate, determined, and actually, quite personable. There was no need for me to interview other attorneys, I had found the one. Long story short: we went to mediation, I got a favorable decision, and I avoided the mental and financial stress of going to divorce court. Michael Fluke is the real deal and I would highly recommend him to anyone going through the same ordeal that I had endured. A++
Posted by a Domestic Violence client, Flag
Michael Fluke was successful in getting a restraining order in a repeat-violence case....Was very satisfied with the way he handled the case...
Always kept me informed and advised me on what our Best options were in this case..... very objective
I've had several lawyers in the past and in my opinion,Mike is one of the best..liked the fact that I always had direct access to Mike...very accessible and prompt in returning calls
... highly recommended
Posted by Matt, a Family client, Flag
Mr. Fluke help me navigate very complex and often acrimonious negotiations with my wife. His counsel was always spot on. His ability to identify the salient issues helped me reach an agreement which was fair and equitable. During mediation, he knew instinctively when we should stand our ground and when we should give back a little. In the end, our agreement has several protections for myself that will serve me well. Additionally, there were several times during the process where my wife's antagonistic behavior got the better of me. Invariably, Mr, Fluke calmy convinced me to just ignore the actions (he was spot on). He is a great, down to earth gentleman who has values and is respected by his peers.
Posted by Derrick, a Family client, Flag
I strongly recommend Michael Fluke to anyone as well. I found myself being falsely accused of Domestic Violence injunction in Hillsborough County, and I live in Miami, Fl. so I had to drive all the way 3 to 4 hrs.
I was so pleased because the case got dismissed on the grounds of insufficient evidence. I felt like the money was well spent, he listens, extremely patient & on time. I'd definitely recommend him.
Posted by Robert, a Domestic Violence client, Flag
I strongly recommend Michael Fluke to anyone in need of council for civil/criminal proceedings. I found myself being falsely accused of Domestic Violence in Pinellas County. Needless to say, I was highly concerned; and after seeing the results of a â€œGoogleâ€ search for â€œfalsely accused of Domestic Violenceâ€ I was terrified. I scoured the internet searching for quality representation and finally found AVVO and Michael Fluke. I read Mr. Flukeâ€™s reviews and decided to contact him. I cannot adequately express how thankful I am for finding this attorney. Every kind word that was written was true. Michael gave me a free consult and did not rush me. He took the time to understand the issues at hand and my concerns. Michael gave me outstanding council and helped me prepare for what to expect in court. Most importantly Michael Fluke gave me piece of mind, he has a natural gift for bringing sanity and a sense of â€œcalmâ€ to any situation. I cannot really comment on Mr. Flukeâ€™s courtroom demeanor because his pre-work had the case dismissed in 5 minutes but I am sure he is great at that too!
â€¢ Michael answers the phone when you call, Personally!
â€¢ I feel that this attorney is fair in his billing practices
â€¢ I believe Michael is truly concerned about his clients
â€¢ Michael acted with great professionalism and integrity
Posted by a Family client, Flag
My case was regarding establishment of a parenting plan, child support, father's desire for a last name change, and rights to tax exemption.
I first met Mike in the spring of 2011. He impressed me from the very first time I contacted him; it was well after typical "business hours," but he still answered the phone. Not a secretary. Not a paralegal. He answered the phone.
My case was, compared to others, relatively simple. The other party and their lawyer were the source of the most difficulty. For the entire duration of my case, Michael was always a few things. A realist, for one. He never got my hopes up and was always realistic as to what I should expect during each step of the process. This kept me from being shocked or caught off-guard by anything my ex and his lawyer could throw our way. He kept me level-headed and grounded about the entire process. Michael defines the term "hard-working," and then some. He works harder than what is expected and typical of a lawyer, and the success he has proves it. He's honest, responsive, personable, and always kept me in the loop of what was going on. I trusted his judgement calls, got returned calls within an hour or so (although I rarely had to leave a message), and always felt informed of where my case stood.
Mike made me feel at ease with his realism, obvious expertise, and humor. I never felt I had to put on any sort of facade or try to "stay strong" when attacks from the other side felt personal.
If I had to offer any advice... It'd be to hire Michael Fluke.
Posted by George, a Divorce client, Flag
I found Michael Fluke to be a very fair and knowledgeable attorney. He got right
to the point and took care of things for me in an efficient and cost effective
manner which is not the case with some attorneys. He made it as painless as
possible for me while dealing with a sensitive and emotional situation. A no
nonsense straight forward attorney that I would use again in the future for
other matters as need be. I would highly recommend Michael Fluke to anyone
looking for an honest, helpful, and reputable attorney.
Michael truly cares about his clients and will always talk to you, even if it is
just to make you feel better about what you are going through.
Posted by Michael, a Child Custody client, Flag
Mr. Fluke did a excellent job in my case. So good, that we did not have to go to court or mediation. He answers is phone personally and is always available for questions. Can't thank him enough for what he did on my case. Will definitely use in the future if I have any custody issues.
Posted by Barb, a Divorce client, Flag
I came to Michael with what resulted in being a very tough divorce case regarding the inequitable distribution of assets. After our initial meeting I was immediately comfortable with Michael and knew he was the attorney I wanted to represent me. He listened with compassion, answered all my questions, and explained in detail how Florida law may affect my case. It was comforting to know (and I was impressed) that he was reachable by phone at any time day or night if needed. Michael is passionate about his cases and I was never in doubt that he wouldn't give my case that same attention. He is extremely knowledgeable about Florida divorce law, goes above and beyond the normal due diligence in researching relevant cases, and while working within the law he is able find those small but significant arguments to support a tough case. Michael feels strongly about what is right or wrong with Florida divorce law and is not shy about expressing his feelings.
Michael was always up front with me on the risks of moving forward through each phase of my case. Weighing the risk/reward of the situation I felt Michael gave me the right legal advice at the right times. He did not pressure me into risky legal actions, nor would he allow me to agree to a settlement that was not in my best interest. Instead he guided me to what he felt was best for me in the long term. The result was a decision I could live with and one that was no doubt the best for me in terms of cost, risk, and reward. Thank you Michael!!
I highly recommend Michael Fluke as a divorce attorney. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by Satish, a Divorce client, Flag
I visited him today for consultation. He does not charge for this which is very rare. He listen to me with no hurry. Suggest what you should do best. I did not decide my case , I mean what i should do.but No doubt I will come to him.
I feel and have a belief that He is right person and help me to come out of my problem.
Posted by robert, a Divorce client, Flag
i had consultations with 8 other lawyers when i started the divorce procedure. i was very impressed by michael when i first met him. i was pleased that he was very knowledgeable with the subject and explained the procedure and my rights. he listened to my concerns and spoke to me clearly without using complex legal words. i felt very comfortable talking to him. i was married to a very vindictive woman who tried many dirty tricks to try to win her case. every time, michael would correct the situation. even with a professional witness on her side, and a judge that normally sides with the woman, michael made my case be the winning one. i feel he goes beyond what other lawyers would do and actually does care about his clients situations. i would recommend him for any legal help or advice. thank you very much michael for the great job you did with my case.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
I came to Michael at a time in my life when I had so many questions.I felt more comfortable once I had him on my side.I had a difficult case that required alot of out of the box thinking and I am very satisfied with the results.
He was always there when I needed him.Returned all my calls promtly and had rock solid advice.I'm realy glad I chose him to represent me.
I have already recomended Michael to two of my friends and I would definitely use him in the future should the need arise.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client, Flag
After my son idiotically got himself in prision. Mr. Fluke was not only able to shorten his sentenced, but also was able to avoid additional charges being placed. If it was not for Mr. Flukes dedication to my sons case he would probably still be in prision. I have recommended Mr. Fluke to several people and highly encourage the use of his services.
Posted by John, a Divorce client, Flag
I can't recall ever having the need to hire an Attorney during my first 55 years other than for Real Estate transactions. But as life presents its challenges I found myself in the yellow pages looking for a family law lawyer after my wife of twenty years told me she had other plans. I refined my search to three lawyers, based on some gut feeling qualification, I called and spoke to each of the three as a sort of pre-interview. One man sounded just alright, so I made an appointment to visit with him, the second was so arrogant I immediately crossed him off my list and the third, Michael Fluke, seemed to have an open mind and although he asked questions he also let me ask many questions. I made an appointment with him as well. My second step was to have a face to face interview with these two lawyers, after meeting with lawyer number one I just didn't seem to have confidence in him. When I met with Mike I was impressed with his knowledge, his staure, his quick thinking on legal matters, and his hourly rate. I thought his rates were fair and his office was convenient to my home. I signed on with Michael D. Fluke and throughout the entire divorce proceeding I always had faith in his abilities and his tactics. I am satisfied with the result of my divorce and have since recommended Michael to a friend's father for his divorce and he was pleased as well. and thanked me for suggesting Michael. As luck would have it, I found myself in a situation that I again needed the services of an attorney once again when my son was arrested. This time I did not hesitate to call Michael, ironically my ex-wife had to "by in" on using Michael to defend her son. This really bothered her but she knew that comapred to her divorce attorney, Michael was far superior. Michael defended our son (17 yrs old - first offense) and on drug paraphanalia, grand theft and larceny charges and convinced the judge to give him a fair, reduced sentence.
I would use Michael if any other issues come up, although I pray I won't ever have to, and I would recommend his services and expert legal counsel to anyone in need of an attorney.
Michael is a fair, kind, smart attorney whom you can put your faith and trust in for a favorable resolution of your unfortunate situation.
Posted by Charlie, a Divorce client, Flag
To have gone through what I have gone through in the past two years and to have been lucky enough to have found someone that is everything you ever wanted in one person was lucky for me. Mr. Fluke is the best of the best with the heart of gold.
Posted by Anne, a Family client, Flag
Mr. Fluke handled our child custody case. He did an excellent job and really knows family law. We have recommended him to several people for divorce, child custody, and consultations. He is upfront and honest and an outstanding professional in the legal field. I would highly recommend Mr. Fluke and will go to him again for legal advice when necessary.
Posted by a Family client, Flag
Has helped me so much.