|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2009||11/21/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Magna Cum Laude||Southern Illinois University||2005|
|Diploma With Honors||Defense Language Institute||1998|
|Partner||Swanson and Sackett, P.C.||2012 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Lewis and Clark Community College||2013 - 2015|
|Lead Attorney - Child Support Enforcement Division||Madison County State's Atorney's Office||2009 - 2012|
|Chinese Translator||United States Air Force (Active Duty)||1998 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Madison County Bar Association||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Madison County Bar Association, Scholarship Committee||Co-chair||2011 - 2012|
|Doe v Doe (Names redacted for client's privacy)||After hearing, order of protection denied and children returned to client.|
|Doe v Doe (Names redacted for client's privacy)||Successful result after contested trial. Court date denied attempt to terminate.|
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|Saint Louis University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Defense Language Institute||Mandarin Chinese||Certificate||1998|
|ISBA Panel on Law School affordability||Law School||2012|
Posted by Ray
I have been going through an ugly divorce with my ex wife. After spending over 18k on another lawyer that got me absolutely nothing, I decided to switch to Mike Swanson. After my consultation I felt relieved that I had finally landed a lawyer that would help me get the parental time with my children that was awarded to me. The first two weeks went great. He returned my calls. He emailed me back answering my questions. The court date got postponed for another month to allow the opposing party time to review information. From then on, everything has went downhill.
I knew what I wanted from the get go and that was just to specify times and dates which I would be with my children. I sent Mike a copy of the proposal that I had typed up and he said he would review them. A few days later, I received a parenting agreement typed up in the parental agreement format, which at this point was unnecessary. The entire agreement was NOTHING like what I had sent over. There were many spelling errors and references to the wrong party. The documents she typed up were completely useless.
After confronting Mike about the agreeement put together by his paralegal Yvonda, he had me send him the proposal for his review. At this time, we had three weeks left until court. I had repeatedly stated how important it was to get this done and sent over to the opposing party and stressed the urgency, as this will be my last summer with my son. After calling multiple times (more than 10-with no success) I spoke to his receptionist about my concerns. She told me that the proposal would be sent out on friday and Mike would call me after it was sent.
It is now the following week, Wednesday and I have yet to receive a phone call or an email back. Even after calling another 10+ times... the proposal has still not been sent and we are a week and a half away from court.
Also, my ex wife has been taking my children out of state without me knowing, has been keeping my children from me and has not followed any of the divorce agreement or parenting agreement. I was basically told that I just have to let it be and there are no consequences for her actions and to keep documentation of everything she is doing. I have done so and sent all information I have over to Mike. It has been almost 3 weeks now and I have not heard anything from Mike.
If you enjoy wasting your time and your money, I highly recommend Mile swanson because he has that part mastered! He is GUARANTEED to take your time and patience away from you and accomplish nothing!
On the other hand, if you want something handled in a timely manner, go elsewhere because this is not the lawyer for you!! Good luck! And please use your better judgment before deciding to pay Mike any of your money because it will be a waste of time and energy and will set you back even further than you already feel!
Posted by Rick
I don't normally review people or business's for that matter. But in this instance I feel the urge to get a good word out there. I'm a recent client of Michael Swanson. I went through a separation and decided I wanted more time with my son than the mother was willing to allow. After consulting with several attorneys and spending money that could of of been used elsewhere I found M. Swanson. To make a long story short he exceeded all of my expectations from the consultation to the advice, strategy and overall representation. Not to mention he is way more affordable than most others. When all was said and done (in a very timely manner) I was given 50/50 custody and visitation. I couldn't be happier!
Posted by anonymous
I highly recomend Michael Swanson. He is an amazing attorney and will be with you every step of the way to get you where you need to be. I couldnt have asked for any better. He has changed my life in many ways for the better and really listened to me and my concerns. He helped me to not be so scared in moving on with my life and kept my children and I safe. He helped me with a Oder of Protection for my self and my children which is for 2 years and has walked me through a nasty divorce and child custody in which I am receiving Sole Custody of our children. Thank you Michael you are amazing at what you do. My children and I are able to laugh again and be happy and its ok.You gave us our lives back Thank you too the staff as well. Also Jeremy Sackett his partner has jumped in to help with different questions which was much appreciated. I will forever be grateful to everyone at Swanson & Sackett.
Bryant Michael, Family Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I highly recommend Mr. Swanson's legal services. Michael's honesty, easy-going demeanor and professionalism make him a great attorney to work with. Furthermore, his vast knowledge of the various areas of Family law, respected reputation within the legal community and strong work ethic make him an exceptional attorney.
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