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Michael Alexander Alvarez

Family Attorney at Gilbert, AZ

5.0   36 reviews
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Hello, I’m glad we have found each other. My name is Michael Alvarez and I look forward to helping you and your family through this difficult time in your lives. First things first, you will get through it and I will be there to help you along the way.

Now a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I attended Arizona State University for my undergraduate and law school education. I am an attorney practicing in the areas of family and juvenile law throughout all of Arizona. I represent persons and families in a variety of different legal matters including dissolution of marriage (fancy term for divorce), legal separation, child support, paternity (establishing parental rights), parenting time (where the child/children will live on a day-day or week/week schedule), legal decision-making (which parent gets to make major life decisions for the child, mainly educational and non-emergency medical decisions), spousal maintenance (aka alimony), modifications and enforcement of existing orders, relocation, orders of protection, injunctions against harassment, Department of Child Safety (DCS) cases, dependency, termination of parental rights, guardianship, and adoption.

I’m currently happily stationed at Barreda Law, PLLC as a Partner with an amazing team of attorneys and paralegals. Prior to my current position I worked in one of Arizona’s largest family law firms in Downtown Phoenix. In this role I represented hundreds of Clients in over 9 counties in Arizona. Prior to entering private practice, I was an Assistant Attorney General with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, where I represented the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) in dependency, guardianship, severance, and adoption matters. While with that office, I appeared in several hundred court hearings, including trials, evidentiary hearings, and mediations. As a result of these diverse experiences, I have extensive in court experience as well as settlement and mediation skills.

I look forward to speaking with you soon.

 

Location

Barreda Law
67 S Higley Rd, Ste. 103-609
Gilbert, AZ, 85296

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Work!
Michael (and Josh) were exactly what I was looking for! I had a previous attorney that would not listen to me and it cost me so much anxiety, stress, frustration, and money. These guys listened to me, provided guidance, and took me out of things that I didn't need to be involved in which let me breathe and not freak out unnecessarily. My case was complex and difficult to prove. I wasn't sure I would find someone that could help me but Michael did just that! Can't recommend them enough!
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Posted by Nick | May 10, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Helpful
Michael is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He was always available to answer my questions and concerns. He put me at ease throughout the legal process and he always came prepared and ready for court. I highly recommend Michael as securing him as your attorney.
Posted by Bill | October 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Counsel
We've worked with Barreda Law and Michael Alvarez frequently on multiple topics - and will continue to do so if needed. Michael and the firm are excellent advisors, communicators and in-court representatives. While no one can always predict the outcome of any case with perfection, the pros and cons and reasonable-ness are very much appreciative and spot-on.
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Posted by Sadie | April 18, 2023
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Beyond grateful!
Having Mr. Alvarez as my attorney was a pleasure. He represented me for my case in which my ex was just filing documents to essentially waste everyone's time and he was able to wrap the case up very quickly. I appreciate Mr. Alvarez's ability to be direct and aggressive when needed. He communicated to the other party and myself clearly, effectively, and in a timely manner. He understood my intentions and my concerns and took them seriously instead of trying to get me to settle like some attorneys do. I have had attorneys in the past, however, none like Mr. Alvarez. 10/10 recommend him for any family law needs!
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Posted by Tengxi | March 30, 2023
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The best lawyer you can find
I know Michael and have him as my attorney for more than four years back to 2019. I had very good experience working with him and his team. He’s very experienced, coming up with great strategies to reach my goals and always putting clients’ best interests in the first place. Best wishes and big thank you!
Posted by Dave | February 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Ex Hired 'The Best AZ Atty' ...but Alvarez Proved Better
Short Story: Hire Michael Alvarez with confidence. Easy to work with, responsive and knowledgeable, you can’t hire better at any price. My vindictive ex used her mom’s money to hire ‘the best divorce atty in AZ’ who pulled every trick in the book, dragging out proceedings for 2+years. Mike parachuted in 30 days before trial, quickly reviewed the case and skillfully rebutted and addressed all the issues, and achieved an ideal result. So despite my ex outspending me by 8x, Alvarez & Barreda Law was the right answer at the right price and highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2023
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Happy Client
The team at Barreda Law is top notch. I have worked with attorneys in jurisdictions across the globe. What I look for is command of the law, responsiveness, and communication ability. The team at Barreda scores high across each of those attributes. I highly recommend them, and I will be back if/when the need arises.
Posted by Dan | November 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
I came into this custody battle with no knowledge and low hopes as I did not understand how things would work out. Michael and his team put my mind at ease and worked with me diligently to make sure I would be able to have 50/50 custody of my child. I had a few different options when choosing someone to help me, and I fully believe that you get what you pay for. I would most definitely recommend Michael to anyone who is having issues deciding who to hire for a case regarding family/juvenile law, which for me included custody of my child.
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Posted by Ruth | August 23, 2022
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7 year Battle!!! and now relief!
Michael was an asset to us, as we have had a long battle with making sure our grandson was in a safe, loving environment. We have been through Family Court and Juvenile Court (the third DCS case) Michael came on board with us and in 11 short months we were able to get resolution and permanency. I feel the asset because, his knowledge, he was able to navigate through all the parties involved the legal system as well as DCS and communicate with them in a timely manner which brought resolution. But the most important thing Michael was always there to answer our questions, calm our fears, and was realistic and insightful ....as long waiting goes on and on in our case, how grateful we are that today there is resolution. Thank you Michael
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Posted by Rebekah | July 28, 2022
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Super great experience!
Mr. Alvarez was super helpful in my family court case! He and his team would always follow up with me quickly, I was able to contact them easily with any questions I had and I felt I was taken care of every step of the way. And we ended up winning the case and it went better than expected. My children are safe definitely thanks to them! Thank you guys so much!
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Posted by Elena | June 21, 2022
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Recommend 100%
Michael Alvarez was absolutely amazing. He was on top of everything and seemed a step ahead. He explained everything step by step and put my mind at ease for a difficult case. I appreciate how Mr Alvarez made himself available anytime. I would recommend Mr. Alvarez and his team 100%!
Posted by Ryan | April 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome!
All the attributes you are looking for in legal counsel, you get with Michael. He is simply amazing in everything he does. In times like this when you have so much on the line, align yourself with this Attorney. You can’t go wrong with Michael, or his staff. You will be happy you hired these guys!
Posted by Bart | February 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not your "ordinary" lawyer
I was recommended by another lawyer who was too booked up to take my case. He did not know of Michael, other than he had litigate against him and highly recommended me to him if he had the time. That takes a pretty good lawyer for another one to recommend "out of the blue" to some guy calling in for help. Thank god he did, nothing but the best. Very professional and very thorough and made sure I was taken care of in every way. Even when I was going nuts at times, he was extremely patient and assured me I was good to go, which I ended up being. Nothing but 5-start all the way around for Michael.
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Posted by Tiernan | December 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Amazing Divorce Lawyer
Michael helped me through an amicable divorce with a child and made it a painless process. He was there every step of the way to answer questions and simplify the complicated and overwhelming divorce process. His calm and understanding demeanor was much appreciated. Would 100% recommend him. Thanks Michael!
Posted by ivy | December 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The best attorney!
Michael Alvarez did an incredible job representing me as my divorce attorney! My ex wouldn't let me see my daughter (parental alienation), Michael changed all that with temporary orders. Michael was always calm and professional, especially during court. Due to his hard work and diligence, I received equally divided parenting time. During my trial, he fought and eliminated the temporary spousal maintenance I was paying!!! Debts were divided equally, everything worked out in my favor! His fees are very reasonable and his billing is fair and accurate, I was never overcharged. I highly recommend Michael because he is the best divorce attorney! 100% satisfied!!!
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Posted by Dan | December 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Collaborative-type divorce
We worked with Michael for a divorce. Great to work with - easy to talk to, helpful, and thorough.
Posted by Sally | November 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Understanding and experienced
Michael was very thorough and was available to explain the process, answer my questions and I felt heard by him and confident he did the best he could to help me and my family during a very difficult time.
Posted by Debbie | August 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Went above and beyond
Michael was not only very professional but very compassionate with my very ugly, highly contested divorce. He is very knowledgeable of family law. He responded within minutes to all my emails even on weekends. I was constantly attacked by the OC but Michael had my back every time, protecting me and letting the OC know when they crossed the line. I am very pleased with the outcome and I highly recommend Michael Alvarez .
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2021
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Post-Decree Assistance
Michael and his team handled my post-decree issues related to changing child support, parenting time, legal decision making very efficiently. He jumped into the case that’s been going on for seven years with post-decree issues, got up to speed quick, and helped achieve a wonderful outcome. I wish I could say I won’t have to use him again but I’m sure I will, and when I do I’ll hire him and the team again!
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Posted by Zahira | July 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best Experience!
For my time ever getting a lawyer i couldn’t be happier with Michael & Barreda law firm they were honestly the best ! Never struggled to get a hold of them made everything so easy always hands on Michael and staff are so generous and will go the extra mile for you I definitely Recommend!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Barreda Law, PLLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Barreda Law, PLLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Cantor Law Group
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Arizona Attorney General's Office
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • ASU Law Group
  • 2016 - 2017
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Education

  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • Arizona State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2013

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Minera Vs. Baca
  • Case Dismissed in Favor of Client

Associations

  • Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2018

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 Rising Star
  • Southwest Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Bar Leadership Institute
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2021
  • Peer Reviewed
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Pro Bono Distinction
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • 2015
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona Public Defender Association
  • Family Law for Dependency Attorneys
  • 2022
  • Chicano Latino Law Student Association
  • Speed Networking
  • 2019
  • ASU Law Speed Coaching
  • Speed Networking
  • 2018
  • ASU Law Admitted Students Day
  • Law School Tips and Tricks
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (33)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a true advocate for his clients and fights hard for them while also remaining courteous and respectful and I truly appreciate the consistent professionalism despite him being on the other side. I endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked closely with Michael while we were colleagues at the Attorney General's office. I have seen his formidable litigation skills first hand. Michael destroys the overpriced competition in the Family and Juvenile arenas. I have referred a number of clients to Michael directly and endorse him fully."
Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent attorney. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of family and juvenile law matters. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael has the work ethic it takes to get results. I strongly endorse this lawyer for family law."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Michael. He is a great attorney and will fight for his clients."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is an excellent attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable in all family law matters. He always goes above and beyond for his clients to help solve their problems. He is also always willing to help another attorney if needed."
Juvenile law Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is a wonderful attorney who is skilled in both Family Law and Juvenile Law. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is a calculated litigator who has a multitude of experience in and out of the courtroom. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is an experienced and detail-oriented family attorney. He always strives for the best solutions to his client's family law issues. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is a knowledgeable and dedicated attorney. He gets fantastic results for his clients. is I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is hard working lawyer with a calm demeanor. He is very effective in court."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is incredibly knowledgeable in both juvenile and family law, and works hard to achieve his client's goals. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is an aggressive and intelligent attorney that produces effective results for his client. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Michael is an excellent attorney who treats his clients with caring and compassion."
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Gilbert Family Lawyer Michael Alexander Alvarez
Michael Alexander Alvarez
Family Attorney
Gilbert, AZ
Licensed for 8 years
Free Consultation