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Michael R. Johnson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Boise, ID

4.8   9 reviews
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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State ID
    Acquired 1993
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Ludwig Shoufler Miller Johnson, LLP
401 W Front St Ste 401
Boise, ID, 83702-5122


4.8 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Mark | May 14, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael Johnson embodies both legal expertise and exceptional human qualities.
I had the privilege of working with Michael Johnson on my divorce case recently. Throughout the process, Michael demonstrated exceptional skill in guiding me through what was often a challenging and contentious negotiation. Not only did he bring his extensive knowledge of family law to the table, but he also helped me grasp what was fair and equitable in my case. There were moments when the emotional weight of the situation felt overwhelming, yet Michael's empathetic approach provided much-needed support. Despite it not being explicitly part of his job, he took the time to help me navigate the difficult emotions and realities associated with divorce proceedings. Thanks to his guidance, I was able to find peace with the outcome and move forward with confidence. Michael's professionalism and compassion truly made a difference during this trying time. I have the utmost confidence in him and recommend him without hesitation. He exceeded my expectations, and I am grateful for his support throughout the entire process.
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Posted by Frank | April 8, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Attorney
Michael Johnson was able to take on an extremely complicated case on short notice and complete what was requested in a reasonable period of time. I had spent a bunch of money with another law firm who kept saying they were doing things but never actually doing what was asked. Michael picked up the case and was able to figure out what was going on and complete what was requested in the amount of time requested and did it for an extremely reasonable price! I've had over a dozen attorneys to date and definitely the best by far! Highly professional and recommended for anyone that wants to make sure they're getting the most value for their money!
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Posted by Pete | November 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
You want him on your side
My wife and I hired Michael to facilitate the adoption of our grand-daughter. A few years prior, we had a different lawyer help us establish guardianship of her and we were not at all pleased with that lawyer so, needless to say, we were skeptical of lawyers prior to meeting with Michael. In our first meeting, Michael told us what to expect in this process from beginning to end and stated his fee up front and advised us to expect a few other court costs as well. Everything he said on day one is pretty much how the entire process unfolded. No unexpected charges or unexpected hoops to jump through. A lot had to be done to accomplish the adoption, but none of it was unexpected. Also, Michael was very patient with us, answered phone calls or returned them promptly and always answered emails promptly. For our needs and expectations, Michael was and will be a great asset. We plan on using him again early next year for some estate planning. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Thomas | November 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent legal counsel and representation !
I engaged the services of Mr. Johnson for an uncontested divorce. I was impressed beyond my expectations with the service he provided. He always made sufficient and timely availability to discuss my situation. I was extremely impressed with his knowledge and found him to be thorough, ethical and compassionate. I would recommend without reservation !!
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
I do not want to get into the details of why I needed Mike's help; however, I have hired him three times with three great results.
Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A client
Michael represented me in a complicated custody modification case that seemed an uphill battle from the very beginning due to being an active duty service member getting ready to leave the state. Active duty service members often get the short end of the deal because it is difficult to prove "stability" in court when one is changing duty stations every few years, especially as a single parent. When I first met Michael, the first thing that instantly stood out about him is that he is very pensive and thinks about what he is going to say before he says it. Yet, as he continued to represent me for the 14 months following, I discovered that he is well-experienced and able to handle the overly-aggressive type of attorneys (such as my ex-spouse's in my case). Michael did a fine job researching military options. For example, he assisted in allowing my side of the family to be granted some time while I am on deployments who otherwise would have never been allowed to see my child if my ex-spouse had his way. I was also granted to have my child with me outside the state for much more time than I thought would ever be possible. Michael was always available on the phone/email and personally responded to my queries promptly. I appreciated his honesty, professionalism, and attention to detail in my case. With Michael's dedication, I was able to keep my child in my life while serving our country. I will continue to take all my future post-divorce legal issues to Michael. Highly recommend!!!!!
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Posted by kevin | February 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I hired Michael to help me get custody of my son 2 years ago. At this time I had no rights to my son at all and I was a single father. Getting custody seemed like a far stretch for me and the position I was in. Michael was extremely professional and paid great attention to detail, which was a relief for me because i have retained lawyers in the past who were less than competent. Michael got me primary physical custody of my son which was much more than i had expected to happen. 6 months ago my sons mother retained a lawyer and filed for a custody modification. I retained Michael once again and this time the case was more complex than the first. With my previous experience of having Michael representing me it was a no brainer that Michael would be able to successfully assist me in retaining primary custody. Michael once again did a fantastic job and I couldn't be more satisfied with the outcome. I would refer anyone who needed an excellent family attorney to Michael R. Johnson.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2013
I had been through a couple attorneys before I hired Michael. I have now been with him for several years, and many court hearings, regarding post-divorce issues. Michael is the first attorney who didn't waste my time—every minute counts when being billed by the hour! As soon as we'd sit down, we got right to business. I liked that! He's the only attorney who's ever taken consistent notes, and actually reviewed them. Even better, ALL communication was directly with Michael. All my previous attorneys would have me communicate with their paralegals. Very little got relayed to my attorney, of whom it mattered, and what did was choppy and inaccurate. What's the point?! That was never the case with Michael. My nickname for Michael is Rainman. (Although he doesn't know it.) During my intake meeting, he asked how old my kids were. I told him. He clarified by asking, "do you mean X?" He was right! I was so embarrassed! One had had a birthday and I was wrong! Michael caught that from actually reading my form! What a breath of fresh air! His attention to detail has continued to be impressive over the years. I have come to realize all attorneys will want to help you settle, in your best interest. Prepare for the worst (court), hope for the best (settle). The Boise Judges always seem annoyed. You have a 50/50 chance of winning/loosing. Not good odds. They blame you both for being there, regardless of what you have on the other party. However, you will want a good attorney to guide you through the process, protect your interests, and write up your legal documents in detail and without ambiguity. If you do go to court, you want someone who is well prepared. Either way, Michael is that guy!
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2015
Didn't work out favorably
Good attorney for simple cases. Complex cases against experienced attorney's are over his current capabilities. Review his case history- he often waits to the last minute to file as was our experience- and while this typically works in cut and dry cases-challenged cases and those requiring trial may not be in your favor as the previous reviews state.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ludwig, Shoufler, Miller, Johnson Attorneys At Law
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Bevis, Cameron and Johnson
  • 1992 - 2008


  • University of Idaho College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Boise State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989


  • Idaho State Bar
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Idaho State Bar, CLE Committee
  • Child Custody
  • 2010
  • Idaho State Bar, CLE Committee
  • Community Property-CLE
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and have worked with Mike over many years. He is a fine attorney and one to whom I would refer persons needing family law services, should there arise a conflict with my offices."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Boise Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael R. Johnson
Michael R. Johnson
Divorce and separation Attorney
Boise, ID
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available