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Michael J. Olson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Howell, MI

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1997
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    When you are getting divorced or separated you have to make some of the most difficult decisions that you will ever make. A qualified and experinced family law attorney can help you understand the consequences of your choices and guide you through the mine field of family court.

    26 years

  2. Litigation
    If your case needs to go to Court, you need a litigation specialist who understands how the system works and how to get results. Litigation is not for "general practitioners" or amateurs.

    26 years

  3. Personal injury
    Injuries resulting from the negligence of another can be life changing. You need a qualified, experienced attorney to navigate the changing laws in order to maximize your recovery.

    26 years

  4. Real estate
    In today's economy, you cannot take any real estate transaction or question for granted. You must have qualified legal advice to avoid issues that can cost you thousands.

    26 years

  5. Alimony
    Alimony/Sposual Support is an issue in many divorce cases, whether the parties had children together or not. If there is a significant difference in your incomes, the issue of alimony/spousal support should be considered.

    26 years

  6. Business
    Business law can be complicated because there are a nearly infinite number of questions that can arise. You need a qualified and experienced business lawyer. Consider choosing a lawyer who has experience representing business owners and who has experience operating a business.

    26 years

  7. Car accident
    Auto accident injuries can be life changing. You need a qualified, experienced attorney to navigate the changing laws in order to maximize your recovery.

    26 years

  8. Child custody
    Child Custody is often the only thing that really matters when you are getting divorced or separating from the other parent. You need an experienced and qualified attorney to make sure that the best interests of your child is being protected.

    26 years

  9. Child support
    Many people here things about Child Support and how it is calculated that simply are not true. An experience and qualified lawyer can help wade through the myths and get to the right result.

    26 years

  10. Wrongful death
    When someone you love dies as the result of the actions of another, you need a qualified, experienced attorney to help bring closure.

    26 years

Mike Olson has been practicing law in Michigan since his graduation from Thomas Cooley Law School in 1997. He focuses his practice on Civil Litigation, Family Law, Personal Injury, Business Law and Real Estate. Mike has successfully represented clients in Courts throughout Southeastern and Central Michigan including District Courts, Circuit Courts, Courts of Appeal, Federal Courts and Bankruptcy Courts. He is admitted to practice in Michigan state Courts, Federal Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mike has a reputation as an effective, prepared and honest lawyer who has earned the respect of his clients, colleagues and Judges. Mike is often appointed as a Mediator and Arbitrator in both Family Law cases and Civil Litigation cases by the lawyers he practices with and the Judges he practices in front of. Mike is also often selected by the Court to serve as a Case Evaluator for complicated Civil Litigation cases.

Mike was elected by the lawyers of Livingston County to serve as the President of the Livingston County Bar Association and to serve as their representative on the Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan. Mike also served as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Livingston County Chapter of the American Red Cross after being chosen for this leadership role by the other Board Members.

Mike has been married to his wife Laura since 1983. Mike and Laura met at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. Mike started Law School at the age of 30 after spending a number of years managing small businesses. He has volunteered at his Church as a Religious Education teacher for middle school children since 1998. Mike and Laura have four grown children, the youngest of whom is currently serving in the United States Army.

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Posted by Wayne | June 18, 2014
A great lawyer for one of the worst divorces on the century.
Mike has a desire to be successful in his services and representing myself. This was first demonstrated to me when Mike did his research on me to determine if I was being honest with him in the beginning. When he was certain that he was given all the correct facts, he took on the case. I really appreciated this, because when he accepted my case, he was committed to it and to me. Mike would review every aspect with me and explain the alternatives including the potential cost impacts with the various options before proceeding. Mike dealt professionally with everything that needed to be addressed. He discussed the issues with me and listened to what I had to say without making any pre-judgments. Mike would summarize the issues well and keep to the facts even though the other party attempted to “rabbit trail” at every opportunity. My “after-divorce” problems continued for years as the other party would continually challenge the final order. Even in this, Mike dealt professionally and worked to keep my interests protected. Mike is a professional individual that is first looking for a mutual agreement in a divorce but when a mutual agreement is not obtainable, he worked aggressively for my interests. I truly give Mike my highest recommendations.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2012
Understands the Emotions - Clearly Provides Your Options for Resolution
I had an ugly divorce and (1) year after the judgment was final…it got worse. I selected Mike to replace my original attorney. What a great decision! Mike stepped in and helped us through the unresolved issues and battles. He provided great legal counsel and shared wisdom that resulted in solving problems others had been unable to conclude. Since the divorce, I have worked with Mike on a couple of business matters, with the same result. I would recommend Mike to anyone needing an attorney that understands the emotions involved and will help you see your options for resolution. I will continue to work with Mike in the future and I count him as a great business associate and a member of my “legal team.”
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Posted by Jeff | April 7, 2012
Top Notch
Mr. Olson is a profeesional in every sense of the word. He is knowledgeable, prepared, practical, and personal in all respects of his practice. Mike provides insight on legal issues beyond most attorneys I have worked with in the past.
Posted by nicole | April 5, 2012
very sharp divorce attorney
I hired Mike for my divorce attorney and was very satisfied with his services.He came highly recommended from another local attorney and I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2012
Long-term Health Care Coverage Continuance
My lawyer represented me in my challenge to get a health care premium paid by my ex-husband as part of his responsibility from our divorce decree 3 years ago. He had been paying it before he retired and we were divorced and decided to discontinue paying after two years. We proved that it was still to be part of his responsibility, not mine, and the judge ordered that he must continue paying it. If I hadn't brought the problem forward and had Mike's help clarifying it, I don't think I would have won the contest. He was concise and swift in his argument and I appreciated his expertise and help.
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Posted by Ray | April 3, 2012
I am a CFP that has worked with Mike on several cases. He has consistantly showcased his professionalism and ethical characteristics on each of the cases I have been involved in. He takes the time to really learn about the client and seek the best solution.
Posted by Renee | April 3, 2012
Outstand Results
I have worked with Mike and Matecun, Thomas and Olson PC for approximately 6 months now. Mike and his team are very professional and I enjoy doing business with them. I was going through a possible foreclosure on my condo and Mike and his team assisted me in preventing it. I was confused, frustrated and at my wits ends with my mortgage company. I called Mike and his team for their help and was calmed down and reassured that they would assist me and take care of what was going on. A letter was promptly written to my mortgage company that day advising them to work with me on a loan modification. Because of Mike and Matecun, Thomas and Olson PC, I was able to obtain a loan modification with my mortgage company and keep my condo. Mike and his team made me feel like they were on my side and would do whatever it took to help me. I am forever grateful to him and his team! I will recommend them to everyone I know who is looking for a honest and professional attorney.
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Posted by John | April 3, 2012
I recommend Michael Olson
Michael has been very helpful and responsive in his handling of my divorce. I have been particularly pleased with the level of sensitivity with which he has addressed matters with both myself and my ex wife.
Posted by Michael | April 2, 2012
A lawyer with a heart
When you’re dealing with the legal system, you often feel like you’re just another case number. But Mr. Olson is a lawyer with heart. He expresses his compassion for your situation and wants to help you win. He has the local experience necessary to navigate the local courts. He will keep you informed and explain how each step of the process will take place.
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Posted by Scott | April 2, 2012
Business and personal
Fantastic experience working with Mike and all of MTO Law. Experienced and helpful on both business and personal matters. Have worked with them on several matters and always have been knowledgeable and informative with me and my company.
Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2012
Livingston County Family Law Attorney and Mediator
Mike was involved in a very complex divorce case involving a tricky real estate dispute. There were several lawyers involved, and he stood out as the only one with a thorough knowledge of real estate and divorce law, as well as practical procedure. He knows the Livingston County Court system inside and out. Mike is empathetic towards clients, and is always accessible. He is respected by attorneys and is often chosen as a mediator in cases because of his reputation of trustworthiness. His fees are very reasonable given his high level of experience and expertise. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Amanda | April 1, 2012
A truely exceptional attorney
I have known Michael going on 2 years. He helped me with a settlement from an insurance company due to an injury, and was always willing to help. He also just recently helped me through my divorce. No divorce is nice, but he made it the best that it possibly could be and was always there to answer any of my questions, and always was able to get ahold of him when an issue arised. Michael puts the real meaning behind; Trustworthy, Knowledgeable, Honest, Helpful, Kind, and Exceptional. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone that I know.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 295-295 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Matecun, Thomas & Olson, PLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • The Kizer Law Firm, P.C.
  • 1997 - 2011


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Juris Doctor - JD
  • 1997
  • Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Foreclosure nullified
  • Client still in house after foreclosure
  • Wrongful Death Settlement
  • $400,000 settlement
  • Client received 100% of his pension benefit after divorce
  • Cleint kept his entire pension
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  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United State Bankruptcy Court for Eastern Michigan
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth District
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Sixth Circuit Eastern District
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Livingston County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Livingston County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2006 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Elected Representative Assembly Member
  • State of Michigan Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Clara Barton Honor Award
  • American Red Cross
  • 2007
  • Elected President
  • Livingston County Bar Association
  • 2006


  • Livingston County Press & Argus
  • Ask The Lawyer
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Justice In Mental Health Conference
  • Guardianships / Conservatorships
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (21)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I never hesitate to recommend Mike to clients looking for quality representation in Livingston County. He is respected by the bench and bar. Mike is always prepared and has a compassionate demeanor. He is also an excellent mediator."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a highly intelligent and experienced attorney who also possesses consummate interpersonal skills. He is able to interact and communicate effectively with individuals from all walks of life, which is a great factor in his success. I would recommend him without hesitation as a mediator and family law attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mike on several matters over the past several years and very much value his knowledge and judgment."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Olson. He is an experienced, knowledgable and skilled lawyer and is well respected in the legal community. Most importantly, he is a great communicator and a strong advocate for his clients. Mike Olson presents his cases with the highest level of professionalism."
Car accident Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Other
"All you have to do is read his reviews to know that Attorney Olson is an excellent advocate. I endorse him fully."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Olson is an exceptional attorney. He is an experienced advocate and skilled litigator. He is extremely knowledgeable about the law, and is a man of integrity. I would want and trust Mike Olson to handle my legal matters."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is a strong and aggressive advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly endorse him. We have worked together on several matters, and he is always able to achieve the best results possible for his clients. He is also very well respected by the attorneys and Judges in the community. On a personal level, Mike is able to identify with people from all walks of life. He is kind, he is generous and simply stated, just a good human being. I have referred several of my clients to him, and will continue to do so."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with and against Mr. Olson in a number of cases over the years. He has a high ethical standard, common sense, a keen sense of the law, and a dedication to his client's causes. These attributes combine to make Mr. Olson a very effective attorney. I endorse Mike Olson."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is very knowledgeable and trustworthy. He is well-respected by other attorneys and Judges. I would highly recommend his services."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr.Olson on several occassions I find him to be extraordinarily sharp and knowledgable. He is highly professional and ethical in seeking the best possible outcome for his clients. I enthusiastically recommend him"
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Olson. After reviewing his profile and his answers to questions posed on Avvo, it is quite evident that Mr. Olson is a common-sense attorney who cares about those he serves. His answers are clear and to the point and yet based in sound legal principles. I am proud to endorse Attorney Olson and call him a Michigan colleague (and Cooley grad.)."
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Howell Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael J. Olson
Michael J. Olson
Divorce and separation Attorney
Howell, MI
Licensed for 26 years
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