Skip to main content
Michael William Bugni

Michael Bugni’s Client Reviews

     3.0 stars 13 total

Write a review

  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a client

    worst experience of my life

    The offices filed my divorce papers wrong and when I found out their offices said that I had known and so far has given me a hard time and is not fixing the mistake they made. I hired them because they are suppose to know how to file papers correctly. Why would anyone just sit there and agree to having incorrect papers filed? I did not know that the reason they were unable to get my pension released was that they had not filed the papers that it said were filed in the body of the divorce document. They kept telling me that they needed someone to delve into the pension plan and for a while I was paying for this. The truth was that they had failed to include one of the pensions and had instead filed two copies of another pension. To this day I have not gotten my pension as they are not fixing their mistake.

    More 
  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a client

    STEER CLEAR! WORST LAWYER IN THE STATE

    Boy, what a HUGE mistake it was to go along and actually hire this man! I thought about filing a complaint with the King County Bar Assoc. over his complete lack of ETHICS and the humiliating way in which he sent written communication to my ex-wife's lawyer. Granted, it was my ex-wife's lawyer, but I felt that Mike Bugni's hostile and angry tones were reflecting poorly on ME as a client of his. I was given Mike Bugni's contact information from an acquaintence when I needed legal representation to modify the parenting plan my ex-wife and I had agreed to a few years earlier. Fast forward a year later and not only did he do an extremely poor job of being honest and educating me on the legal nuances pertaining to my case, but he overcharged me for a job that he clearly didnt do or even care about. His emails to me were extremely hasty and he was constantly "too busy". My family and I were repeatedly left disappointed and unsure of the status of our case because of this. Is he running for public office or something? Why is he so busy??!!

    More 
  • 2.0 stars

    Posted by Your former client

    A business man first, and a lawyer second.

    I would have to preface this review with a disclaimer: Mike Bugni isn't the worst offender of legal ethics 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 into my case, bill me more than sufficient for it. He was sympathetic, much more genuine than the dozen of other divorce lawyers I've encounter 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 contracted in Mike's office to work with me instead of Mike because he said the other lawyer would be a better fit for my type of case, 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 (whom I hired before him) behind the scene. I learnt about this incestuous relationship long before seeing their mutually beneficial endorsements of one another on Avvo here.
    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 into my case, bill me more than sufficient for it. He was sympathetic, much more genuine than the dozen of other divorce lawyers I've encounter 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 contracted in instead of Mike, although I was billed Mike's rate for the work. Mike has a chummy relationship with another divorce legal leech with questionable ethics but got a 10.0 rating on Avvo here. I 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 here.

    More 
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Morley

    Perfect Silver Lining

    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.

    More 
  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a Child Custody client

    MIKE BUGNI IS THE WORST ATTORNEY FOR FAMILY LAW, WASTE OF MONEY, NO RESULTS, ALL HE WANTED WAS MORE $$$! DO NOT RETAIN!!!!

    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!!!

    More 
  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a Family client

    Waste of money and time!

    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.

    More 
  • 3.0 stars

    Posted by a Family client

    B to B+

    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.

    More 
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Child Custody client

    Dedicated, highest integrity, tireless and aggressive advocate

    We hired Mike to help us with a custody matter 3 years ago. He worked as hard as anyone could to help resolve the situation, and when it didn't resolve, he dedicated his all in fighting for us. He was a tireless advocate, thoroughly prepared, and was excellent in court through 3 hearings and on appeal. Mike has the highest standards, morals and values. He is smart, an excellent writer, good in court and dedicated to his clients. He has an excellent support staff as well. I am a lawyer (I don't practice family law) and Mike is as capable as any lawyer I have ever known. I recommend him highly.

    More 
  • 2.0 stars

    Posted by a Divorce client

    I wish I had known better

    Mike handled my divorce over ten years ago. If I had known then that the way he structured the child support order would have required me to go back to court with a lawyer EVERY TWO YEARS I would have never agreed to the terms! His incompetence has cost me thousands of dollars over the years.

    More 
  • 3.0 stars

    Posted by a Divorce client

    Great Paralegal - Good Lawyer

    I would recommend his paralegal, Susan. She is smart, up-to-date and experienced. Sue dealt w/ me online & Mike kept wanting to meet w/ me (I don't want to drag myself down to his office! Why not just work electronically?!).

    Don't try to reach Mike, and don't bother with Cyndee who can't speak English (but seems very sweet & dedicated). Mike will try to get you to work together & settle, if possible. Even though you don't think it's the right thing to do, do it because the courts are just going to divide things evenly and (barring any abuse, or other circumstances) put everyone back where they were before the marriage & make you share the kids. Sue explained this best.

    More