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Michael Eli Bryant

Divorce and separation Attorney at Toledo, OH

4.9   62 reviews
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  • Licensed for 15 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Whether the end of your marriage is amicable or adversarial, you'll want Attorney Bryant's diligence and focus on you during your divorce. Stop worrying, call him today for a free consultation.

    15 years

  2. Child custody
    40%
    Sometimes divorce is just about money, but a lot of times it’s really about the kids. Divorce and custody matters are traumatic for the whole family, but especially the kids.

    15 years

  3. Juvenile law
    10%
    If your child is charged with a crime it is important to have an attorney well versed in the Juvenile System. Juvenile Court is very different than the adult system. Attorney Bryant has focused on Juvenile Law his entire career.

    15 years

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I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  I eventually moved to Toledo, Ohio to pursue my Law Degree at the University of Toledo, graduating three years later.   During Law School I was active in the Moot Court Association and worked for the Ohio 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  In November of 2008 I was sworn in by the Supreme Court of Ohio as a member of the Ohio Bar.  I was admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in May 2009.    

 

I am active in the Toledo Bar Association as a Member of the Young Lawyers Committee and the Bar Admissions Committee.  I have been appointed counsel by judges in the Lucas County Common Pleas Court for both original criminal cases as well as appeals, and in the Lucas County Juvenile Court. 

 

I am a board member of the Pat Miller Foundation for the Eleanor M. Kahle Senior Center in West Toledo.  I am a national member of the Order of Barristers and have received public service recognition from the Equal Justice Works/Pro Bono Legal Corps/AmeriCorps and Supreme Court of Louisiana & Louisiana State Bar Association. 

 

I take a hands-on approach to the practice of law.  I am enthusiastic about the law and enjoy solving problems.  I look for creative ways to best represent my clients and won’t shy away from a difficult case.  I understand that hiring an attorney is always done out of necessity, and compassion is a must in my business.  Therefore I try to be the type of attorney that I would want to hire.  I make every effort to return phone calls within a reasonable amount of time.  I am willing to explain in great detail the law and how it relates to your case.  I am honest with my clients 100% of the time.  I attempt to be reasonable with everyone that I come in contact with, whether they are clients, opposing parties or counsel, or court personnel.  However, I take every step to make sure that my clients get the representation they deserve and all the rights and defenses they are entitled to.    

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 2 ...

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Location

Michael Eli Bryant
1119 Adams Street
Second Floor
Toledo, OH, 43604

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  62 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jessica | September 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Grateful!
It's never a good situation when you find yourself seeking legal counsel. We were in a stressful situation and Mr. Bryant was professional and fair, making our ideal a little easier to deal with. He got the matter taken care of with professionalism - yet was personable. He is very conscious of your time and very responsive to communications. I pray I don't need his services again, but if I did - I wouldn't hesitate to call on him.
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Response from Michael Bryant September 17, 2019
Happy you found me personable AND professional. It's not always easy to do both. But I've found that if I talk to people the way I want to be talked to - in plain, easy-to-understand language - it goes a lot further than big, fancy Latin words or legalese. Glad it worked this time!
Posted by Melissa | July 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Choice
Michael was referred by a good friend of mine familiar with his work on custody cases. My custody battle was extremely ugly and painful, but Michael took as much time as I needed to make me as comfortable and confident as possible in the process. We worked together for 10 months to bring my children home, and I could tell he actually cared about us and my family. I probably was not his easiest client, because I asked a LOT of questions and had a LOT of worries. However, I felt like he handled everything professionally and took the time to talk to me when I needed it. He set realistic expectations, and came through on his commitments. Wouldn’t want to go through this process with anyone else!
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Response from Michael Bryant July 10, 2019
Thank you! You did have a lot of questions and a lot of worries. But I appreciate a client who is invested in their case. I appreciate that you put your trust in me to help you through this difficult time, and am glad that you were satisfied with my work. I wish you and your family the best with everything in the future.
Posted by Tiffani | February 22, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied
Michael was very detailed and thorough with what we were looking to resolve in this case. He was straight forward with us both. He made several attempts to contact the opposing counsel and refunded our money due to their not being any response back from opposing counsel.
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made life easier
Took my dissolution by the horns and made a process that I thought was going to take months to even get into the courts weeks. He was not only professional, but he always made time to discuss matters that were of concern. I feel like this process was so much easier because of his expertises. Couldn’t have been happier with how he handled things.
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Posted by Gina | November 10, 2023
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Highly recommend
Attorney Bryant was highly recommended to me and I would also highly recommend. Attorney Bryant was straightforward and honest with me throughout my case. I had been trying to get custody of my grandchild for 7 years and was unsuccessful. I hired Attorney Bryant and within 4 months the judge awarded me full custody. I am so grateful.
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Response from Michael Bryant November 13, 2023
Thank you! And though I would love to claim credit for the quick results, much of it was the result of timing. But, I guess, there is something to be said for being opportunistic. It also helps to have a reasonable and responsive client! Most importantly, when we are dealing with kids, we always try to be mindful of the fact that they grow, develop and change so rapidly that they exist on a different time scale than adults do. I am glad that my team was able to get you a positive result for you and your family. I wish everyone the best.
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Posted by Lejla | September 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
2022 Dissolution
Michael Bryant made the dissolution process as simple and quick for me as feasible while also assisting me in understanding it and what I needed to do. For anyone going through the dissolution process, I heartily suggest him.
Response from Michael Bryant September 11, 2023
Thanks for the endorsement. Dissolutions should be simple and easy. I have a system that makes them as painless as possible. I'm glad me and my team were able to make it as easy as it should be. Best of luck to you!
Posted by Joshua | August 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Right Attorney For The Job
Michael was real, personable, ethical and timely. Answered emails and phone calls with information and kept things on topic. If in the event I ever need legal counsel again, I will be hiring him.
Response from Michael Bryant August 15, 2023
Thank you for this. I know how important each case is to my client, and I try to keep things moving and timely. I hope you never need me in the future, but if you do, you know where to find me.
Posted by Elizabeth | July 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Michael!
I don’t know how to thank Michael enough! After interviewing several lawyers, my gut told me to go with Michael Bryant. I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason and without him our family wouldn’t be where we are today. I needed a lawyer for a custody battle. I had one vision for an approach and he had another. His expertise in the field was what made the difference! Michael was always very respectful and honest and I felt that he had our best interest in heart. I hope we never need a lawyer again but Michael will hands-down, be the first person I ever call! Pick him!
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Response from Michael Bryant July 28, 2023
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'm so happy that my office was able to get you the result you and your family deserved. I hope you never need me again either, but I would be happy to represent you. Having a cooperative client with a clear vision for the result (even if we don't always agree on the path to get there) makes my job easier. I wish you and your family all the best!
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Posted by Sarah | May 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Your Search is Complete - Hire Him!
Highest ratings for Michael E Bryant! I contacted him for a free consultation, prepared questions, and he answered all of them. Michael also helped me with the free educational resources on his website! I hired him & my divorce was finalized in 84 days. This is credited to hard work from me, my ex, and each attorney. representing us. He is a great lawyer who has expert guidance for complicated issues, including divorce in an adoptive family. He is a professional and is thorough in his work. I am very grateful for his excellence in his profession! Also, Michael is intentional, and he maintains email threads on the subject matter being discussed. If you know what I mean, you know how valuable this work is! Best of luck, and take care of yourself, reader!
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Response from Michael Bryant May 17, 2023
Thank you! I appreciate your kind words, but you deserve a fair amount of credit yourself. It just goes to show what can be accomplished when we all work together as a team. I wish you the best with everything.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce, Spousal and child support
Michael was very thorough and helpful regarding the details of my case. Michael and his staff communicated all details of my case in a timely manner. I was very happy I chose Michael Bryant.
Response from Michael Bryant November 8, 2022
Thank you. I'm glad that I was able to meet expectations. I wish you the best!
Posted by A.Smith | October 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Client
I was very pleased with Michael’s services. He was very professional and prompt. He added depth details regarding my situation and responded in a timely manner.
Response from Michael Bryant October 27, 2022
Thank you for that. I'm glad I can meet your expectations regarding the level of information you wanted. Some clients want a deep dive and to be involved in all aspects of their case; Some just want me to handle the heavy lifting and give them the "big picture." It's not always easy to get it right. Glad I was able to with you. I wish you and your family all the best!
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Posted by Heather | August 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very responsive and helpful!
Working with Mr. Bryant was a very positive experience and he was able to close my case quickly and with the best possible outcome. He was also very responsive, answering my questions quickly and providing helpful guidance.
Response from Michael Bryant August 29, 2022
Thank you for the positive review. I'm glad we could get to a positive result quickly. I wish you and your family the best!
Posted by Beth | August 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Michael is a great lawyer. He always was 100% honest with us about everything and didn't just tell us what we wanted to hear. He doesn't take no BS and has no problem standing up for what is right. I would recommend him to anyone for anything .
Response from Michael Bryant August 19, 2022
All I can say is "thanks." Those are my core values - always tell the truth. Don't take any BS. Stand up for what is right. It worked in your case, just like it works in pretty much every case. Glad we got a decent result. I wish you and your family the best.
Posted by Denise | April 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Michael E. Bryant - Highly Recommended
Michael is very thorough and knowledgeable. He is very supportive and personable and always available with quick response/assistance. He was extremely supportive and reassuring during very stressful circumstances. I highly recommend Mr. Bryant.
Response from Michael Bryant April 22, 2022
Thank you so much! Those are all the things I strive to be on every case. Good to know that I succeeded this time and was able to help you through this difficult time. I wish you and your family all the best.
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Marriage Dissolution
I got Lucky to find Mr. Bryant on google, all the reviews were very encouraging and true thank God, Mr. Bryant was very professional, explained the whole process, answered all my questions and gave me the right advise.. in these tough times you need a good and trust worthy representative and Mr.Bryant was the right person..
Response from Michael Bryant April 12, 2022
Thank you so much. I try to make the dissolution process as easy and streamlined as possible. It is so much easier on everyone, especially kids, if we can move the process along quickly and quietly. You had enough to worry about. I'm glad I could take a little off your plate. I hope you never need me again, but if you do, you know where to find me.
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Posted by Nathan | February 22, 2022
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Michael Bryant
Michael was very attentive & genuinely did an amazing job in representing me when I was trying to get my son away from a terrible situation with his mother & step father. I fought for years, 7 to be exact. During these years, unfortunately, I had pleaded with CSB on more than one occasion & further battled my sons mother in court several times. After acquiring Michael Bryant to represent me, I was able to get full custody of my son. Michael was the first attorney who I felt understood the depths of my sons situation & I hired him to represent me in again what would eventually lead me to get full custody for my child. Michael did an amazing job & I will forever be grateful for his services.
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Posted by Krista | February 16, 2022
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Excellent
Michael Bryant represented me during my divorce. He did a great job. He is very thorough, considerate, professional, knowledgeable, and very easy to talk to. I highly recommend him!
Posted by Nikolas | December 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A very satisfied father
Early in 2021, upon deciding to pursue custody of my daughter, I contacted Michael along with multiple other lawyers. Following the completion of my free consultation, I knew that he was the best choice to represent me throughout what was sure to be a long and emotional journey. I couldn't be happier with my decision. Michael represented and advised me with the highest level of professionalism, both in and outside of the court room. In the end, Michael ended up getting me everything I wanted as a father seeking full custody. I highly recommend hiring him if you find yourself in a custody battle or are considering pursuing legal custody.
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Response from Michael Bryant December 14, 2021
Thank you for the kind words, and for putting your faith in my office in the first place. I'm really happy that we were able to get you the results you wanted. I wish you and your family the best.
Posted by John | December 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Adoption
Michael was very helpful in completing the adoption of our girls. He is extremely knowledgeable and clearly has a great relationship with the Court. Thank you
Response from Michael Bryant December 9, 2021
Thank you. I am happy we were able to come to a quick and positive result. I wish you and your family all the best.
Posted by Nicholas | December 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
Mr.Bryant answered all my questions, he was always very responsive, always answered or called me right back if he was busy. He took full control on everything with my case. I highly recommend him.
Response from Michael Bryant December 6, 2021
Thanks! I know that when you have questions, it can be agony waiting for a call or email back. I can't always response right away, but I try to keep my client's up to date on their case. That is what I would expect. Glad to know I succeeded this time. Best of luck to you!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Michael E. Bryant, Attorney at Law
  • 2008 - Present
  • Adviser/Fundraising Coordinator
  • Kenneth Phillips for Judge Campaign
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Adviser/Fundraising Coordinator
  • Kenneth Phillips for Judge Campaign
  • 2012 - 2012

Education

  • University of Toledo
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • Toledo Bar Association, Juvenile Court Committee
  • Co-Chairman
  • 2016 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Committee Member - Juvenile Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Association, Domestic Relations Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Association, Bar Admissions Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Committee Member - Young Lawyers Committee
  • 2010 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Co-Chairman - Domestic Relations Committee
  • 2013 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Recognition
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • New Lawyer CLE
  • Best Practices for the Beginning Solo Practitioner
  • 2016
  • Annual Juvenile Law Seminar
  • Juvenile Law
  • 2016
  • Paralegal Association of Northwest Ohio
  • Juvenile Law Update
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Michael
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
General practice Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a great lawyer and I gladly endorse him."
Juvenile law Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I proudly endorse this lawyer. Michael is extremely hardworking, intelligent and passionate about his cases. I have had the privilege of working with Michael on a juvenile matter and not only is he extremely knowledgeable of the law, he was always prepared and was great advocate for his client."
General practice Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Attorney Bryant on cases involving Divorce and civil matters and found him to a pleasure to work with. He is the attorney to whom I refer my Bankruptcy and Juvenile Court clients. I am comfortable doing so because I know he is knowledgeable and compassionate and will represent my clients with the skill and professionalism they deserve."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Michael Bryant. In my experience, he is a strong and diligent advocate. I have seen Michael "go the extra mile" in reaching a favorable resolution for his client. He is zealous in his representation, while also being sensitive to his clients' needs."
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Toledo Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael Eli Bryant
Michael Eli Bryant
Divorce and separation Attorney
Toledo, OH
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available