Posted by Jim
I've worked with Mike and have found his knowledge, expertise and dedication to his clients in matters involving family law to be particularly helpful for people faced with difficult family circumstances.
Posted by John
Mike represented me in my contentious divorce. He listened, remembered and respected what I told him, and used it to craft an effective position. He was very efficient (compared to the divorce lawyer I tried first, and my ex's lawyer). He helped me rein in my emotions (not an easy thing to do at that time). He was realistic about the pros and cons of pursuing alternative goals.
Posted by ek
Mike was full of great advice and helped in navigating the anti-dad laws well. His experience and advice have been proven correct years later. Several attorneys turned me away because of the complexity of my case. Mike pealed back the layers and explained as we went.
Posted by a client
Mike literally saved my life. Before I found Mike my husband had moved to another State stole my two sons. Got a restraining order against me so I could not see my children and left me with nothing. He scorched to cinders my reputation as a good mother, a therapist a friend. My ex completely alienated our mutual friends from me and destroyed every professional and religious connection I had. He could do it. He had all the money your average person did not. He hired one of the most feared lawyers in Seattle and all I had was a prayer to save me. No one would touch my case and basically said I lost and there wasn't a hope to save me. Then I connected with Mike on the telephone. I had no money, no fame, no one I could refer him to to vouch for my personal integrity, nothing. Mike listened. He clearly saw I was a mouse and my ex was the lion that roared. He took on my case on the phone without even meeting me first. I couldn't even afford to fly up to meet with him. He believed in me when I had given up on myself. In a few short months Mike didn't just represent me but he put together a team to go after my ex. It was an ugly fight but Mike with his great compassion and insight had quelled the fury on both sides so that an equitable resolution could be found. He got my ex to pay to fly me up to see Mike and my children on regular visits. It was not out of the goodness of my ex to do it. It was all Mike. While my ex was racking up literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in his legal fees of his own Mike was barely charging me enough to cover his costs to defend me. In the end I got my house back, my children's love back, my children back and a comfortable settlement so I could live without ever having to beg my family members for money to live on. In essence my life back . If angels ever became lawyers my angel was Mike W. Bugni who changed my life for the best. Mike is my hero although he is much to humble and gracious to except to accept such compliments.
Posted by a client
Mr. Bugni took on my child relocation case with constructive skepticism and blunt honesty. He scrutinized the legitimacy and motives of my case to his satisfaction, and counseled me with no false expectations; he insisted I feel the circumspection I would be viewed with. I was concerned initially that he didn't believe in me. I came to realize that what he was doing was making sure he could believe in me. My other initial insecurity was whether or not this man who clearly had a potentially distracting constant flow of work responsibilities could adequately focus on my case to retain the necessary details I needed him to in order to cover all aspects faithfully and accurately. When it came time for the proceedings of deposition and then trial, he not only had me prepared - but most importantly to me, I saw how completely prepared he was. I would recommend Mr. Bugni without reservation. He helped me win the toughest and most important conflict of my, and my son's, life.
Posted by Your former client
I would have to preface this review with a disclaimer: Mike Bugni isn't the worst in family law community. To put this review into proper context, one must examine carefully this group in its entirety. Consumers BE WARNED:
THIS AREA OF LAW CONSISTS OF THE WORST TYPE OF LAWYERS. (hey Avvo, please do not suppress my First Amendment right!) There's an incestuous relationship that goes on beyond collegiality among the lawyers of this group.
Mike Bugni is a businessman first, and a lawyer second. Nothing wrong with that. After all, we live in a capitalist society. But that is the point of this review, is to point out this fact so other consumers can benefit from my experience.
Mike devoted substantial amount of time in my case, billed me more than sufficient for it. He was sympathetic, much more genuine than the dozen of other divorce lawyers I've encountered before and since my time with him.
His office is a money making machine, with associates staff attorneys billing other clients the highest rate the market will bear. Because he is the head of this office, this review not only covers his performance in my case, but reflects the impressions, observations I have duly noted. I ended up working with another attorney from Mike's office instead of Mike because he said the other lawyer would be a better fit for my type of case, and he would still oversee the work - although I was billed Mike's rate for the work. This was just his businessman talking, because the other lawyer was not as competent as Mike.
He has a chummy relationship with another prominent divorce legal leech behind the scene. I learnt about this incestuous relationship long before seeing their mutually beneficial endorsements of one another on Avvo here.
I've always suspected his loyalty was not with me, and that sentiment is confirmed as valid after seeing their mutually beneficial glowing endorsements of one another on Avvo.
Posted by Morley
Michael Bugni turned what is normally a difficult and traumatic experience into a process that was seamless. He is knowledgeable, compassionate and just a really lovely person to work with. I am so grateful that I found such a perfect Attorney, and excited to walk the beautiful new path ahead of me.
Posted by a Child Custody client
Mike Bugni was hired to do a relocation trial between my ex-husband and I. He from the GET GO was demanding a $5k retainer. Long story short, he kept demanding more and more money ( In the end, I spent over $38k!!!) and he ended up LOSING my relocation trial and my ex got to move with my kid. He tried to put a different attorney on the case towards the end, and I felt that it was a very lazy move on his part, because she didn't know the case AT ALL!!! OH! To top it all off, I gave Mike a referral for my friends divorce and relocation and she forked over $35k!!!! She wasn't happy with the results either!!! The best part is, after the trial was over, he had some aggresive, threatning guy call me telling me "when are you going to pay your balance of $32k off??????? " MIKE BUGNI DIDN'T EVEN SEND ME A BILL, AND HE HAS SOME GUY THREATNING ME, TELLING ME THAT HE HAS CHECKED MY CREDIT AND HE WILL GET EVERY DIME THAT IS OWED TO MIKE???? DISGUSTING!!!! Attorneys like Mike Bugni should get their license taken away. He is very greedy, and doesn't care about your situation, he just wants money. One time, I emailed him, and in his bill, he charged me $397.00 to REPLY TO MY EMAIL????????? NO thanks! Save your hard earned money and get an attorney that can be fair and passionate about your case. I am going to the BBB and the Washington State Bar Association about his behavior and professionalism. After MY $38+k, and my friends $35K, he still tried to charge me another $32k??? SAVE YOUR MONEY AND TIME, GET A LAWYER THAT WILL CARE AND NOT RIP YOU OFF!!!
Posted by a Family client
Bugni is a joke. Went in for help with a DV and parenting plan case and he wouldn't even listen to what I had to say about what had happened with my child's father. He just grouped me with the rest of his cases and went about it in a generic way. I wasted close to 3000$ so far when I had originally asked that visitation be at my house and DV classes be put in place for my child's father. Bugni told me that would never go through court and I believed him so my sons dad had three days a week visitation when he had never had our son alone and no classes to deal with his anger. 4 months and 3000$ later, he's in court ordered DV class for violating a temp protection order and at my house for visitation because he couldn't handle the stress of parenting alone. Literally a waste of my time and money and I wish I would have gone with another lawyer.
Posted by a Family client
I'm not sure I would recommend Mike to my friends. I'd recommend him to someone I wish would spend a lot of $ for mediocre result. In other words, someone I hate.