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To begin with, I had a very ugly case. One that had already been started and I dropped the ball on it and left it alone as I was in agreement with my child's father... When my daughter was returned to me abused from her fathers house, Matthew was the one I knew I needed to go see, as he was my husband's childrens' mothers attorney and did an amazing job. He may seem to some as satanic however he is a man with an enormous amount of knowledge, most definitely willing to fight for everything you want and at the same time with be 110% honest with you on if you are being reasonable or not and has enough experience to know what the wonderful judges of Spokane will go for as well and the satanic-ness is simply a form of knowing that he knows his jobs and will fight for you as that is what we all hire him to do. Over all my satisfaction with Mr. Cuddly - Dudley was beyond anything I ever imagined.
After being absent for most my child's life, my child's mother decided she wanted to get clean, and obtain joint custody. Mom went out and hired a slimy lawyer and started rapid firing legal documents at me, that were not properly filled out, or the correct documents for parenting plan modification. They fabricated some lies as their justification for needing this modification, and postured up all tough.
So i sought legal advice, and found Mr Dudley highly recommended. I looked up his reviews here, and read some kind of negative things, and other rave reviews. I decided to go into his office and talk over the case, and I am so thankful I did. Matt saw everything moms attorney was trying to pull, and knew exactly what to do. He is very direct, and does not waste time, which is awesome when your on the clock. He is extremely honest, and will tell you what you need to know, not pat your bum and sugar coat things. He is direct, and fair.
The only thing that worried me was his appearance, and his office's appearance when we met. However... the man cleans up nicely, is 1000% professional on court day, and he doesn't mess around. When court day came, mom was late and the session started without her. Moms lawyer fumbled through his case, and got reprimanded by the judge for failing to follow proper procedure, and he was out. Matt leaps into action and absolutely picked the entirety of BS apart. Like straight up, destroyed their case. The judge also saw straight through what was going on, and reprimanded both mom and her slime ball attorney, and ordered that the moving party (mom) to pay for my attorney fees for wasting everyone's time.
Granted, my case was a slam dunk due to circumstances; but Mr. Dudley, made sure everything in my position was stated clearly, and professionally As well as pointing out piece by piece how they didn't have a case. He made sure I was 100% squared away, everything worked out for the good guy, and especially for the child, who's life hung in the balance. I cannot tell you what a blessing hiring this guy was. If you need a strong advocate, with good morals, you NEED Matthew Dudley.
Only thing he could improve is keeping you 100% up to date. I had some questions after court was done on the long term plan, but didn't exactly get a clear answer, so follow up could use some work, but hey, the important stuff couldn't have been handled any better.
Mr. Dudley did a great job for me. He was knowledgeable, professional and very accessible. I switched to him during the middle of my divorce and he was able to pick up right where my former attorney left off without a hitch. Two friends from work recommended him to me and I am very thankful that he represented me. I would use him again as well as tell anyone I know that he is the lawyer to have if you are going through a divorce.
He was unprepared, unorganized, rude and unprofessional. I have nothing positive to say about him. Don't make the mistake I made when I hired him for my child custody case. I lost because of him. He did not educate me and in the end he wasted my time. I would have been far better off if I had represented myself. DO NOT HIRE HIM AND IF HE REPRESENTS YOU NOW... RUN!!!!
The best recommendation I could ever give came from another Family Law attorney. Upon finding out that Matthew was my attorney she said "He's the best attorney in Spokane, when I come up against him, I charge my clients more."
I have been fighting for custody of my children for a long time. Previously I retained one of the top rated law firms in Spokane, they charged me thousands and did nothing for my case.
I heard about Matthew from a friend of mine. I called Matthew, he reviewed my case and took over. His advice was spot on, he was amazing in court and really seemed to take a personal interest in my case. He absolutely left my ex AND her attorney spinning.
I would be writing this review whether I won or not because in the end it is up to the judge but I felt that Matthew presented the best possible case as to why my children should be placed with me. His fees were also VERY reasonable.
Is he warm and fuzzy and will he hold your hand and pat your back to make you feel better? No. Is he somewhat acerbic on the phone (and in person)? Yes. I have read some of his past reviews and saw some of the complaints...boo hoo. Put on your big boy pants, get over yourself, focus on your children and use Matthew Dudley.
Would I hire him again? YES! Am I thrilled with his performance? YES! Would I recommend him to any of my friends or family that needed a Family Law Attorney? YES! Would I ever want to see him on opposing counsel in family court? Never.
This guy is a great attorney.
I lost my case to this man! He is an SOB in the courtroom and I wish I had got to him first!!! My children are back with me now (their choice) but in 2002 I walked out of that courtroom wanting to slap Malone (my attorney) in the face!!! Mathew Dudley was WAY more prepared than my attorney could have ever been! I am recommending him to my son now. You really can't go wrong with this man. Yes, it hurt me. Yes, I wanted to hurt him for making me look like a fool and taking my kids from me... But years later I see he would have been the only one I would want on my side! I can't wait to see how he handles my son's case. My granddaughter needs stability and it certainly isn't going to happen until Mathew takes over!!!
Ok, on this site it says finding the right lawyer is crucial, I dont know what there punch line is. Bottom line this is the best lawyer in Spokane, I almost want to say state wide, but, I dont want to be to crazy sounding. My story: I hired Matt Dudley in a panic back in November of 2013, I heard from a source he is a bulldog in the court room, with my case, it was deffinately needed and I didnt care what it cost. I came to him with my story. First thing he says is to take the emotion out of it, get to the point. I paid him and the battle began. His personality is direct, to the point, no emotion, no holding your hand, but isnt that what you want in the courtroom???? Stop being sensitive people of Spokane, a 6.5 rating is bullshit. Matt took my case, gave me the facts, and told me what my responsibility was. Answered all my questions. The first day I appeared in court I didnt know what he was going to pull, but I knew if he had the bulldog attitude with me he would deffinately have it with my ex's attorney. By the end of the first temporary plan hearing Mr. Dudley had her attorney choking, and scrambling for facts. My ex fired her attorney it was so bad. So then she got another attorney, and Matt just stayed humble, and too the point. Once the final court date came which was on May 19th, he nailed every fact in the plan, some facts I didnt even know were in hers. Had her lost for words on the stand, and hitting key points acting like it was his last case. He had her second attorney doing the same thing the first one did, and I won shared custody of my son even when people told me it wasnt going to happen. THIS IS THE BEST ATTORNEY YOUR MONEY WILL BUY, if you care about being heard in court, and winning. THIS Lawyer has the most confidents in the courtroom, trust me when I say he is a blessing. He made sure I was represented and made sure my son got the time he deserved with his dad. I will never hire anyone else from here on out. He needs a 10 rating.
Matthew will represent his clients to the best of his abilities. I have read his other reviews and the negative remarks left here, I believe they are his strongest points. People below have said he is short on the phone or when answering questions, I say thank you Matt for keeping it short, this stuff cost money. People say he is rude to them or have talked down to them. I call this the Matthew Dudley pre trial, If you can't cut it in his office , you are going to do far worse in court. Matthew never told me i was going to win, actually he let me know that nothing was ever carved in stone. I have spent twice the money on other attorneys whom didn't have have the knowledge needed to make my case work.
All I can say is ... I emotion you Matt.
I was so happy to find Mr. Dudley after many attempts on my own and with other attorneys help. Going into a court room is always nerve racking and stressful. I am no lawyer, and I don't understand the language. I only want not to be taken advantage of, with Matthews knowledge, kind heart and great understanding the importance of children being with both parents, I feel he is fair and very respectable and would recommend him for all family law, my only regret is I did not find him earlier.
Matthew Dudley represented me in the Fall of 2013 in regards to my divorce/parenting plan. Mr. Dudley was able to adequately explain processes to me, supported me in gathering the necessary depositions, returned my phone calls in a timely manner, provided me with advance information of impending court dates. Mr. Dudley proved to be an excellent representative in the courtroom, adequately presenting information to the court and responding to the other party. In my interactions with him and throughout this process I continuously felt that his actions were related to the best interests of my children as well as in line with the law. I found him to be extremely ethical.