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Michael A. Risley

Expungement Attorney at Oklahoma City, OK

4.9   35 reviews

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Expungement
    50%
    Expungement of Felonies & Misdemeanors, Post Conviction Relief, Sentence Modifications, and Sex Offender Deregistration

    14 years

  2. Government
    50%
    Applications for Governor's Pardon

    14 years

Michael Risley received his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. As an undergraduate, Mr. Risley spent seven months in northeastern Thailand doing human rights work, where he learned the value of doing the right thing, even in the face of adversity. 

In 2008, at the University of Tulsa College of Law, Mr. Risley was awarded the American Bar Association's Curtin Fellowship for his work in alternative sentencing for homeless defendants.

Unable to refuse the call of home, Mr. Risley returned to O.U. in 2009, where he did pro bono criminal defense work for low- and no-income clients at the O.U. College of Law's Criminal Defense Clinic. He was awarded his J.D in 2010 and admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in the same year. 

Mr. Risley was born in Singapore to his Norwegian mother and American father, and split his childhood between England and Oklahoma. His out-of-the-ordinary life experience has instilled in him a long standing respect for diversity and a commitment to serving others, which he puts at the forefront of his legal practice.

Licensed for 12 years
State OK
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/21/2022

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

Contact Michael

Michael A. Risley
3700 Classen Blvd
Suite 150
Oklahoma City, OK, 73118

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Amber | November 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expungement
This office and Michael were amazing to work with! They were always very responsive to any questions or communication I sent, and really helped me walk through this whole process with minimal effort or worry! I can not thank them enough for all of their help and will definitely recommend them to anyone in need of their services!
Posted by Lisa | August 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pardon and Expungement
Michael and his team provide excellent service! When I first made contact they explained what they could do, as well as what they could not do, to help me. They performed exactly as described in our conversations and delivered on time. Very efficient! I'm so glad I made that first phone call. Money very well spent.
Posted by David | May 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expungement
My case was an older one and very violent. Michael did not baulk at taking the case on. Long story short we were granted the expungement. Money well spent. Thank you Michael and team, this is life changing. Thank You.
Posted by Shawn | May 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me
They took my case and walked me thru everything, I was treated with respect and always had my questions answered. I would recommend them to anyone needing help getting their records clean and having a new future
Posted by Paige | May 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Need a expungement he is your guy!
Very professional. He worked out a payment plan for me. The whole process took less than 90 days and for the last three years I have worked in the field I have been wanting. I was able to go back to school as well. The whole team is awesome.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expungement
Legal issue was taken care expediently with little time taken of mine. Would recommend highly this law firm.
Posted by jeff | July 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
awesome
Michael and his team was able to expunge my felony quickly and with little effort on my part. Feels great to be able to own a gun again. Thanks again Michael, couldn't be happier with your service...Jeff
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb representation
My expungement was completed without issue on the timeline I was originally given. All my questions were answered accurately and succinctly by an attorney. Payment was straight forward with no hidden fees. I was not bothered needlessly after my initial conversation, but I always felt they were available if I needed them.
Posted by Cody | June 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This man hands down is the best!!! I would highly recommend Michael Risley for any legal issues.
I went to see Michael Risley for an expungement from 7 yrs ago and I sold. He made it seem like no big deal we can take care of that no problem in which he did and had my expungement granted within a few weeks and it was final. He’s very honest, He stays in touch with you regarding your issue. He gets things handled quick. I will definitely spread the word and use this man if I ever have any legal trouble.
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Posted by Eric | June 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pardon Granted - Grateful
Michael Risley and Nidia Warner helped me with my Pardon from start to finish. Firstly they helped me put together a great application and gather all of my past information needed from courts. Michael actually appeared with me to the District Attorney in the county in which I had all the charges, to discuss progress, and detail of the changes I had made in my life since the mistakes of my youth. He and Nidia also appeared with me and helped me present my case to the Pardon and Parole Board. I received my pardon today. I am so very grateful for all their help. They stuck with me and helped me all the way through!! Grateful!!
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Posted by Chris | February 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Bar None he is the best attorney for a pardon in the state. He is honest hardworking and will not give up. The first time in front of the board in March 2016 was a 1-3 vote against my case. The second time in front of the board in February 2018 was a unanimous decision in favor of a pardon, I cannot thank Michael and Nidia and the whole staff enough for everything. They will forever have my deepest gratitude. Would not recommend any other attorney. You will not regret hiring him.
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Response from Michael Risley February 27, 2018
Thank you for the kind words Chris! It was a pleasure.
Posted by Denise | February 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The only lawyer to hire if you are seeking a pardon
If you are wanting to file for a pardon Michael Risley is the attorney you want to hire. The application that has to be filled out and filed is overwhelming, you want Michael and his staff doing this for you. I knew going in after my consult I had a 50/50 chance because of an old case (over 20 years old) that was considered violent. I am happy to report I received my pardon!!!
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Posted by Sam | April 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael Risley is a rockstar.
I have worked with a few lawyers in my past, never anyone as awesome and hardworking as Mr. Risley. I contacted him for deregistration back in 2014, it's been a hectic and stressful 3 years, but as of today I have won my case. Mr. Risley has worked hard, been amazingly polite and straight forward with me the entire time. He has always responded to my emails in a very timely manner. Answering all of my questions, no matter how stupid they were at times. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a hard working, professional, nice, all around amazing lawyer.
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Posted by Robert Andrews | March 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Be Very Patient
I hired Mr Risley in 2014 and to no avail my first attempt was turned down, I own that mistake. Mr Risley was very forthcoming in his work and took the bull by the horns in round 2, he has a very strong court room professional attitude and the pardon board responds to him very well. As of to Date my pardon was "recommended" by the board and I'm awaiting the approval from our fine Governor Mary Fallon. any other Attorney is a waste of time and money, Michael Risley is your man for the job!!!! thank you, Robert
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Posted by Donnie | March 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT SERVICE
I didn't want my charges hanging over my head for the rest of my life. Michael Risley made them disappear!! It was a painless (except for payment) process which we handled through email and phone. I couldn't be happier. Great communication with Michael and his staff.
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT!!
People make mistakes when they are young, and unless you want them to follow you all your life, you have to hire an Attorney to help you wipe your slate clean. After trying two different Attorney's in 4 years, we were about to just give up. Then, we contacted Michael Risley . We don't live in Oklahoma, but the ease of the process after trying two other times, surprised us. That 40 year old mistake is not hanging over my shoulder anymore.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional and Responsive
I live in California and needed help in getting my Oklahoma conviction expunged. Mr. Risley immediately responded to my inquiry and was very knowledgeable about these procedures . He knew how to handle this matter without my having to travel back to Oklahoma to take care of it. I needed this done as soon as possible, and Mr. Risley and his associate Paul took extra steps to expedite this matter. They kept me informed and got this done in less time than it would usually take, which was what I really needed. I highly recommend Mr. Risley as an attorney who is knowledgeable, courteous and effective.
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Posted by Cheryl | March 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional and Very Helpful
We worked directly with Michael Risley and his assistant Paul. They told us exactly what steps they would be taking and about how long the process would take. They know what they are doing handling expungements in different counties. They kept us informed along the process and did not mind at all when we would email and ask questions. They also responded very quickly anytime we emailed or called. We will recommend Michael Risley Law Firm to anyone we know that may need legal counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2015
Excellent service
I hired Michael based on the initial conversation I had with him about a process I was seeking. He was extreemly knowledgeable about the topic and was professional. His quick response got him the job. I was nervous as I live in a different state and told him I needed a lot of communication. He provided me with updates constantly and always replied to my emails and phone calls. The process went very smooth, and quickly. I would highly recommend hiring Michael. Job well done.
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Posted by Sherry | February 27, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable
Very impressed. Michael answered the phone first time I called his number. He called me back within a couple of days to give me an updated. Told me he could take care of another issue I wasn't aware of all for the same fee. He made me feel very much at ease. I would highly recommend him.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney - Owner
  • Michael A. Risley, Attorney & Counselor at Law, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Clinic
  • University Of Oklahoma Law School
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Curtin Fellowship
  • American Bar Association
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Oklahoma
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • See our Website for Results
  • http://www.michaelrisley.com/results
  • [Client] v. State of Oklahoma
  • Expunged
  • [Client] v. State of Oklahoma
  • Expunged
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Associations

  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • University of Oklahoma Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Robert T. Rennie Scholar
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • 2009
  • The Curtin Fellowship
  • American Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Three Time Dean's Honor Roll
  • University of Tulsa College of Law
  • 2008
  • University Fund Scholar
  • University of Tulsa College of Law
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law Guest Speaker Series
  • Clinical Experiences
  • 2014
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law Guest Speaker Series
  • How to Start Your Own Law Practice
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Friend
"Mr. Risley is one of the top criminal expungement and pardon attorney's I know in Oklahoma. I gladly endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is incredibly smart and a tireless researcher. He will always find the most relevant authority to prove a clients' case and has quickly established himself as an expert in certain areas of law. Despite being a recent member of the Bar, I consider him a great resource as well as a committed colleague who works to find the very best outcome for his clients. He conducts himself with integrity and cares deeply about helping people achieve their legal goals."
Expungement Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael knows expungements. He is devoted to providing his clients with the best representation possible. He is not only an incredible attorney but also a man of integrity. I confidently refer clients to Michael because I trust that he among the best in the business."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Risley is quickly establishing himself as a very knowledgeable and tenacious advocate for his clients. I have no reservations in recommending him as a primary choice for anyone looking for an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is extremely knowledgeable and works very well with his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Risley is a talented, compassionate attorney, who will work tirelessly for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone of my clients, friends, or family."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Risley is a very capable attorney, and I would happily recommend client's of mine to him when seeking an attorney in Oklahoma."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Risley is a very intelligent lawyer. I would not think twice to send a client his way. If you are looking for an honest lawyer that charges a reasonable fee, Mr. Risley is your man."
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