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Michael D. Finley

Family Attorney at Valencia, CA

3.7   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    70%
    Divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, adoptions, juvenile dependency (DCFS/CPS), domestic violence, prenuptial agreements, etc.

  2. Estate planning
    10%
    Wills, trusts, advance health care directives, estates

  3. Litigation
    10%
    Business, real estate, legal actions, civil harassment, personal injuries.

  4. DUI and DWI
    5%

  5. Entertainment
    4%
    Collaboration agreements, NDA's, submissions, etc.

  6. Intellectual property
    1%
    Copyrights and trademarks (no patents)

Free consultation! Doctorate degree. American Jurisprudence and other awards. Four nationally-published law review articles. Licensed in the state and federal courts. Call me at.

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Location

MICHAEL D. FINELY,ESQ
28212 Kelly Johnson Parkway, Suite 195
Valencia, CA, 91355-5088

Reviews

3.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Michael Finley, an attorney with soul.
I met with him for a free consultation as I was desperate, destitute and in great need of legal advice. He was so clear and neat on his advice and explanations but most of all it his generosity what amazed me the most as he spent all the necessary time to make sure I was clear about my situation. He spent over an hour of his time at no charge. There are no many attorneys left like him.
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mother/Certified Teacher
Michael Finley is the most caring and sincere lawyer I have ever met. He went above and beyond to give me the time, attention and advice I needed in the most difficult time of my life. His trustworthy and respectful manner helped me make some very tough decisions for my daughter and me. Even after I had to move away, he still answered questions and guided me with his kind and knowledgable advice. I appreciate him very much, and have yet to find another lawyer anywhere that can compare to him.
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Posted by Mark | August 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just an amazing attorney!
I have utilized the services of Attorney Michael Finley on several occasions and am never ever disappointed. He is aggressive in dealing with our legal issues, yet rational and realistic about outcomes. His decades of experience is always readily apparent. You cannot go wrong hiring this attorney.
Posted by Tamara | August 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A very effective lawyer
My husband and I hired Michael Finley in May 2013. He gave sound advice, and was always well prepared. For example, he filed paperwork with the court to have hearsay, double hearsay, and even triple hearsay evidence that was damaging to us struck from the case. (Basically, he eliminated "evidence" that consisted of baseless accusations made by people who had no direct contact with us or any of the actual facts.) The paperwork to do so was filed at the exact time required to be permissible while leaving the opposing side with the least amount of time possible to modify their strategies after losing access to their hearsay arguments. Without the hearsay, they had nothing but actual facts to go on, which left them with basically nothing. Consequently, the judge dismissed the case with prejudice immediately after opening arguments. We wouldn't hesitate to use him again if the need should arise.
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Posted by Christopher Wright | May 12, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely disappointing experience with Michael Finley
I recently had the unfortunate experience of working with Michael Finley on a legal matter regarding visitation rights and child support with my daughter. Initially, I was hopeful as he appeared attentive during our initial interview. However, once he received the retainer fee, the level of service plummeted drastically. Communication was virtually nonexistent after the initial meeting. I found myself unable to reach him when I had questions or concerns about my case. This lack of responsiveness resulted in a missed court date, which had serious consequences for my case. Furthermore, Michael Finley failed to advise me adequately about potential legal ramifications, such as the possibility of being held responsible for the opposing party's attorney fees. I was blindsided by unexpected fees and expenses that were not disclosed upfront. What's most egregious is that Michael Finley violated our agreement regarding the retainer fee. We had agreed that he would notify me if the retainer was about to run out, so I could make an informed decision about continuing his services. However, I was shocked to receive a bill for $25,000, far exceeding what we had initially discussed. The agreement that he had written had been worded to favor his interest. He took advantage of my lack of legalese. Overall, my experience with Michael Finley was extremely disappointing and frustrating. I felt misled, ignored, and taken advantage of. I would strongly advise anyone considering his services to proceed with caution and ensure that all agreements are documented in writing. While I cannot recommend Michael Finley based on my experience, I must emphasize that my intention is not to threaten or defame him in any way. Rather, I hope that my feedback serves as a cautionary tale for others and encourages Michael Finley to reconsider his practices and prioritize the needs of his clients in the future. Sincerely, Christopher Wright
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Posted by Tina | December 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Unprofessional Attorney
This attorney is the most unprofessional attorney we have ever encountered. He yells and belittles his clients, not to mention he hangs up on you as a client if he feels you challenge him. We have been working with him for 6 months with no resolution to our case at all. He is non responsive and does not follow up. We have had to track him down to find out the status of our case. His behavior is very unprofessional and we have encountered this multiple times since we hired him.
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Work Experience

  • President
  • Law Offices of Michael D. Finley
  • 2004 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Finley & Finley
  • 1993 - 2004

Education

  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Mount San Antonio Coll
  • 1988

Publications

  • Journal of Juvenile Law, volume 14
  • Anti-Gang Legislation: How Much Will It Take?
  • 1993
  • Journal of Juvenile Law, Volume 14, Page 209
  • (Digest article): Doe v. Holt
  • 1993
  • Journal of Juvenile Law, Volume 14, P. 234
  • (Digest article) Shuldt v. Mankato Independent School, District No. 77
  • 1993

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Valencia Family Lawyer Michael D. Finley
Michael D. Finley
Family Attorney
Valencia, CA
Licensed for 30 years