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Michael Anthony Razo

Family Attorney at Riverside, CA

5.0   73 reviews

also known as Mike Razo

  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Michael Razo is a Certified Family Law Specialist dedicated to providing exceptional service to clients in a solution-focused and expeditious manner in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Michael’s practice focuses on all aspects of family law, having significant experience litigating and negotiating on behalf of clients in dissolution and paternity actions, child custody and visitation matters, domestic violence proceedings, spousal and child support issues, and division of property. 

Michael was born and raised in the Inland Empire. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Michael returned to the area to attend the University of La Verne College of Law, where he was awarded an academic scholarship to attend law school. During law school, Michael externed with the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) where he participated in negotiating Individualized Education Plans with school districts to ensure children received the special education services they need.

Upon graduation with the degree of Juris Doctor and admission to the State Bar of California, Michael worked at law firms with offices in Ontario and Riverside. Michael utilizes this valuable litigation experience in exclusively practicing family law, having joined William and Pamela Bratton in January of 2016. Michael believes the firm’s expertise combined with a compassion for its clients allows the attorneys to provide a distinctly unique service to clients who are facing a difficult and emotionally challenging process.

Michael is also active in the Inland Empire legal community as a member of the Riverside County Bar Association (RCBA), San Bernardino County Bar Association (SBCBA), and East West Family Law Council (EWFLC). Michael has presented, and continues to present, continuing legal education to several bar associations and legal organizations on the topics of professional responsibility and competence.

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Location

Bratton & Razo
4046 Chestnut Street
Riverside, CA, 92501

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Posted by Lilian | January 10, 2024
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Best family attorney in Riverside.
Mr. Razo represented me during my divorce I'm giving him and his firm 5 stars but he and his team are a definitely 10! He guided me and really looked after me and my rights, he took his time went above and beyond to help me and I really appreciate all his support he's very knowledgeable, supportive and honest. Thank you Mike and Alma his assistant was always on top of everything willing to explain the process. If you are looking for a family attorney Mike Razo is the best.
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Posted by Wende | September 6, 2023
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Best lawyer ever.
A word about Mike Razo, Our family was represented in a way that honored exactly how we wanted to be heard. Calm, cool and collected, with wise and thoughtful words that were never catty or slanderous. We had a very complicated, out of ordinary case that Mike navigated with bold kindness. Every hearing he was always was extremely prepared, focused, well spoken and can pull family law from memory. He is clearly respected by all at the courthouse. His response time was always quick and we felt like we were his priority. After watching many hearings and seeing first hand how important it is to be represented well we would choose Mike a million times over. Watching him in action, he is absolutely on a higher caliber in his field than others. “Some lawyers got As some lawyers gots Cs they’re all lawyers, Mike got As” as my husband says. Mike saved our family and we are eternally grateful. Absolutely worth every penny.
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Posted by Richard | August 5, 2023
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Knowledgeable, Prepared and Professional
Mike Razo is at the top of his game. I had a long, arduous case and Mike performed exceptionally from start to finish. I have already implored friends to retain his skill set and I will continue to refer anyone having to deal with the difficulties that arise from divorce, child support, alimony and custody to use Mike Razo to help properly guide them through the process.
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Posted by OC | July 7, 2023
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Michael Razo
I really appreciate everything Mr. Razo and his team did for me. It was too stressful not knowing what's going to happen. Mr. Razo explained to me what to expect and what the likely outcome would be regarding my case. Throughout the whole process he was very helpful, intelligent and patient. He always responded promptly to my phone calls and emails. Thanks a lot Mr. Razo, for your hard work, emotional support and professional guidance. I'm happy with the outcome of my case and I'm so glad I didn't have to see a courtroom. Mr. Razo is a competent and experienced attorney and the office staff is polite and caring. Highly recommend this team.
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Posted by Pamela | June 4, 2023
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Skilled negotiator
Michael was able to secure a settlement that was completely unexpected and surprising. My case went to trial and Michael prepared me for the best and worst case but to managed my expectations. Unbelievably, he negotiated more than expected and infuriated me ex which told me everything about my case. I think even the judge was surprised. I could not be happier after 3 1/2 long years.
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Posted by Fred | April 24, 2023
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Mike Razo is the Best Attorney! 10/10
From my initial consultation with Mike, I knew he was the right person. I am forever grateful for everything he has done. As a single father, he was godsent for my family law case. He handled my complex and long case (due to the pandemic) from start to finish. From the beginning, Mr. Razo and his paralegal Alma Suarez were always available to answer all my questions and explain everything to me regarding my case. I was well informed and always updated throughout the entire process. Mike is very professional and caring. He is also very cost-conscious and doesn’t drive up your fees and cost to make a profit. He tries to avoid unnecessary legal expenses whenever possible. He has integrity and will always give you his professional opinion. He is a super lawyer that is dedicated, intelligent, kind, compassionate, efficient, and is always upfront with you the whole time. Mr. Razo worked diligently and expeditiously in my long complex case. With exquisite attention to detail and phenomenal memory retention he is always ready in every court hearing and for trial. You will always have the best representation with Mike Razo! In the end, Mr. Razo and his amazing team obtained the best possible outcome for me and my child. I will always be thankful and appreciate all the hard work and support Mr. Razo and his team provided me and my family throughout this. Mike and his team are amazing! The best family law firm anywhere! I would highly recommend Mr. Razo to anyone for any of their family law needs. Thank you, Mike for everything you have done for me and my family.
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Posted by Rocio | February 6, 2023
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The best attorney
I highly recommend Mike Razo. Divorces and restraining orders are never easy. My world was turned upside down. During this difficult time, I was referred to Mike. I would like to thank you and Alma from the bottom of my heart. From the first time I spoke with Mike on the phone I knew I was going to be very well represented. Mike has always been very professional, compassionate and empathetic. Always communicating each step of the way. I am very grateful and impressed with the final outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2023
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A difficult case!
When I had to go to trial, Mr. Razo presented my case clearly and confidently. He was able to draw out the anger and bitterness from my ex-husband. The judgement was in my favor! More importantly, Mr. Razo escorted me to my car when I felt threatened. I appreciate the professionalism and expertise of Mr. Razo!
Posted by Hunter | November 7, 2022
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Solid attorney
Mr. Razo is an excellent attorney who tells you exactly how it is and what your chances are. He doesn’t cut corners or provide you with false hope. I can’t recommend him enough. He and his team work diligently to fight for you. I will return to Mr. Razo should I have any needs in the future.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2022
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Glad I hired Michael and team
Michael and team were great in helping me navigate an unexpected child support case. I am on the East Coast and they were great with their communication and I never had to make a trip to California at any point. Michael is very knowledgable and provided all my options every step of the way!
Posted by Richard | September 12, 2022
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5 star representation
Words cannot describe the service that I received being represented by Mike Razo and his team.The results were beyond amazing.Mr. Razo was always up front and honest on what could and could not be expected during my very difficult divorce.The number one priority is and was the well being of my son and Mr. Razo made that a priority from beginning to end.Mr.Razo is well respected throughout the court system as well as with other attorneys.I felt confident walking into court with Mr. Razo in my corner. He fights for what is right and just.He guided and fought through a long custody and move away battle for me in which he was able to award me the move away and full physical custody of my son.I would highly recommend Mr.Razo to anyone who would have to deal with the unfortunate event of a divorce.
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Posted by Donnie | March 1, 2022
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Life Changing
You hear a lot of horror stories about divorce. The fighting, the heartache, your kids hurting and you hurting for them… It’s all awful. My experience was no different. I have a particularly difficult ex wife who is very manipulative and methodical in the way she handled me, the kids and the divorce. She was emotionally and physically abusive in our marriage and blamed me for all of it. She used my job and work schedule against me to try and claim that I was unable to have the kids because my schedule wasn’t good for them. I work 12 hour shifts at night, 3-4 nights a week and have flexibility in what days of the week that I work. I have plenty of time off to spend with the kids but was being kept from the kids and not allowed to see them except when she thought it was necessary. My ex told me at the beginning of our separation that for custody and visitation we would start with a 1 hour afternoon visit, once a week. Then once she decided that the kids were ready, we could talk about changing it. She also told me that overnights were out of the question and we would revisit that idea in 3 to 4 years. My kids were 5 and 3 years old at the time. She even kept the kids from me for a month without letting me see them at all because she said I gave her my work schedule to late and the days off that I had didn’t work for her and the kids. I had a very difficult time explaining to an attorney, what was exactly going on because of how sneaky and manipulative things were being done. I was being left out of medical decisions. I was being left out of educational decisions. I was being lied about to the kids and talked bad about to the kids and would have to answer questions from my kids about why I had done the most recent lie she had told them. No one would listen to me. No one would help. I was told to settle. I was told to stop fighting because I was the Dad and had no chance of significant custody time. But I could not give up. I saw the hurt in my kids’ eyes when I would have to take them back before any of us were ready. I just needed to find someone who would listen to what was actually happening. One day I read a review much like this one. This person was talking about his work schedule and how he worked 12 hour shifts. He talked about how Mike Razo helped him get significant custody time with his kids even though his work schedule was being used against him. When I read that, I knew that I needed to speak to Mr. Razo. We set up a meeting to discuss the case with Mr. Razo and get his thoughts on the matter. It took no more that 2 minutes for me to realize this guy was different. He was listening. His responses to my information and questions were like he already knew what was going on. And more than that, he gave me hope that it wasn’t over and that he would do everything in his ability to help me. That began a journey with Mr. Razo that lasted several years. My ex fought everything in court, wouldn’t move forward unless ordered by a judge and dragged everything to a halt any chance she could get. It was bleak. I was way behind the 8 ball and fighting an uphill, seemingly impossible battle. All through this process I would get frustrated and upset about the process and the things she was “getting away with”. And every time, Mr. Razo was there to tell me the truth. It wasn’t always what I wanted to hear and wasn’t always the best news, but he always, 100% of the time, told me the truth. He always made me feel like someone was in my corner, someone was hearing my concerns and understood them and actually cared about what was happening to my kids. If he told me he was going to do something, he did it. If he told me this is what’s going to happen, then that’s what happened. He always called me back, emailed me back or contacted me whenever I had concerns or questions. He never gave up on me and my kids when others told me that I should just settle because she was going to win anyway. See p. 2
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Posted by Laila | February 5, 2022
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Integrity
If I had to describe Mike Razo in one word, it would be Integrity. This word has come to mind time and time again over the last two and a half years working with Mike and the team at Bratton & Razo. As I reflect on my experience with Mr. Razo as my attorney, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. My divorce process has been long, drawn-out, and highly stressful for me. Having an attorney who is knowledgeable, confident, honest, and communicative has made such a difference and has provided so much reassurance during a time of continued uncertainty. Prior to working with Mike, I had two other attorneys. I felt that although they were both reputable, they did not have the expertise, knowledge, and assertiveness that Mr. Razo possesses, and I did not feel confident that my case would be resolved in my best interest. As soon I became a client of Mike Razo, there was a radical difference in not only the way my case was handled but in the peace and reassurance that I felt knowing I was in good hands. Mike is willing to go above and beyond to keep clients informed and to make sure they feel heard. On many occasions, my anxiety and fear about my case would become overwhelming, and I would send multiple emails with questions to Mr. Razo; these concerns were consistently met with respect and patience. Mike always took the time to call me and explain the process and clarify anything that was confusing or worrisome. He provided extensive guidance to make sure that I did not agree to anything that was not in my best interest as well as validating any concerns that I had. This took a great deal of weight off of my shoulders and gave me a sense of relief to not have to go through this alone. Mike is very straightforward and honest and provides realistic expectations. He is very sharp, organized, and thorough. One thing that I noticed right away and really struck me was the way he speaks about colleagues and other associates. He does not badmouth opposing counsel or anyone for that matter. He is respectful and complimentary whenever he speaks about other people. He is professional and maintains a positive attitude, even when things don’t go as expected. Throughout the Covid pandemic, Mr. Razo and everyone at Bratton & Razo remained dedicated and communicative and made every effort to keep my case moving forward. I feel extremely fortunate to have had Mike Razo on my side. If you are looking for an expert family law attorney with integrity and professionalism you are in the right place. In fact, every staff member that I have been in contact with at Bratton & Razo has been helpful, kind, and professional. They have all made this very difficult process that much easier.
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Posted by R.N. | November 3, 2021
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*Best family law lawyer in Southern California*
First I want to reiterate that Atty Mike Razo is not only is the best family law lawyer in Southern California but also the most experienced. My former lawyer who recently retired, who has been doing this for over 30 years personally recommended Atty Mike Razo. If I can give 10 stars ⭐️ I would. For the following reasons: Mike took on my case from my former lawyer who retired in March 2021 with finesse, grace and he was honest and upfront from the beginning. Secondly, the team at BRL law firm is a class act. They respond to your emails and phone calls like almost right away. Thirdly, Mike knows how to maneuver and set the tone of the negotiations with the opposing counsel and honestly I don’t have to give consent before he does it because he has his client’s best interest in mind. Fourthly, Mike has been working hard and would really be your advocate during the hearing and he is very sharp, professional and a gentleman even though the opposing counsel is being unprofessional. My case ended in July 2021 and I received the utmost respect and courtesy and professionalism from the people at BRL and Mike personally handles all the discussions and will explain to you every step of the way. I will use Atty Mike Razo’s services again. I am a true believer!
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2021
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Divorce lawyer
I don’t usually write review, but I am very pleased to write this review for Mr Razo. Mike Razo was not the first lawyer in my divorce case, he was actually the 3rd one. I really wish I have hired him from the very beginning. He was very thorough, respectful, prepared, and professional. He always communicates and keeps me updated. From the moment he started representing me, I felt like a weight has been lifted off me. He listens, does his research and comes prepared to court. He did not bill me unnecessarily as some other lawyers do who seems to care more for your money more than your case.
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Posted by James | March 31, 2021
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Wonderful experience
Working with Mr Razo and his team was just amazing. They made the entire legal process easy to understand and assisted with every step in the process. Mr Razo was great at explaining what the next steps were and I felt like I was part of the process. He and his team represented my family and I better than I could have ever hoped for. Mr Razo and his team are amazing and took great care of us.
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Posted by Katie | March 19, 2021
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Divorce
I retained Mike Razo as my attorney in my Divorce. I consulted with a few attorneys, but Mr. Razo had a far better understanding of the unique issues of my case, in particular the financial nuances involved in separating our assets and debts that were entangled from our 10-year marriage. We had one particular asset that required specialized knowledge. Emotions were running very high and I could not have handled this matter without him. He was always available and extremely knowledgeable. He kept me from agreeing to things that were against my best interest. I would recommend Mike Razo and highly recommend you retain him at the onset of your divorce or separation so that you don't make any decisions that go against your best interest. Thank you, Mike, for helping me through one of the toughest experiences of my life.
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Posted by Sarah | January 20, 2021
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BEST FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY
If I could rate higher than a 10 I would. Mike is a patient,  compassionate and respectable lawyer. I had gone through two lawyers for my case which gave me good insight on the quality of lawyer Mike is. With Michael, you have a lawyer who genuinely cares for you, guides you properly, doesn't try to squeeze every dollar out of you and gives his 100% for you. It is apparent everything he does is to charge you as fairly as possible. He will always be honest with you and tell you the reality of the situation instead of telling you what you want to hear. He turned a dire situation I was put into and corrected many issues. He is a honest lawyer with etiquette who wants to help you instead of taking your money. The quality of work Michael offers is truly a bargain and he has a vast amount of knowledge in his profession.
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Posted by Jessica | September 23, 2020
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Such a great lawyer!
After getting blindsided by my daughters dad I was so lost and worried it was going to go so wrong. After having a consult with with the firm we decided to go with Mr. Razo and it was such a blessing. He reassured it me it would be a little long but it was going to be ok. I was always in the loop of everything that was happening and he always made sure to keep my daughters best interests. I can not thank him enough!
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Posted by Sharon | September 11, 2020
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Proud and Blessed to write this review....
I was first referred to Mike Razo by a dear friend who was also an attorney. At the time, I was confused and very afraid. My marriage was ending, I was facing criminal charges and I was broke....In EVERY sense of the word. There were so many "moving parts" that seemed to be spinning out of control, my entire world was crashing. But then I met Mike.....and things began to change. Just in talking with him, I knew that he saw not only all the legal stuff, but he saw ME and my pain. He is a very kind and genuine person. I left his office feeling a sense of calm and hope. He was able to stand back and look at the "big picture" of what I was facing and immediately started helping me to get all my "ducks in a row", so that each problem was dealt with in a deliberate and methodical way. I really wasn't the ideal client most of the time, I seemed to drop the ball quite often. When I look back over the process now, I know that he practically carried me through a lot of it. I never had any doubt that he truly had MY best interest behind any decisions or compromises that we dealt with. And hes really SMART with all the legal stuff too !! Im very happy with the outcome of everything......he was able to get the criminal charges dropped and the divorce settlement was very fair for all parties. I feel very blessed to have him, not only as my attorney, but now as a friend as well. Im a strong believer in the fact that "everything happens for a reason" so if you're reading this, more than likely, there's a reason for it. Call him.....you'll see! : )
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
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Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Bratton & Razo
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Bratton Razo & Lord
  • 2018 - 2022
  • Attorney
  • Bratton Bratton & Razo
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Catherine A. Schwartz
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Sabbah & MacKoul, APC
  • 2010 - 2013
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Education

  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Associations

  • East West Family Law Council
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Selected to the 2021 Southern California Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Selected to the 2020 Southern California Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS)
  • Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California
  • 2020
  • Selected to the 2019 Southern California Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers - Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
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Speaking Engagements

  • RCBA Annual MCLE Marathon
  • Competence
  • 2022
  • WSBCA MCLE
  • Competence
  • 2021
  • Annual MCLE Marathon
  • Competence
  • 2020
  • RCBA MCLE Madness - 2019
  • Competence
  • 2019
  • MCLE Madness 2018
  • Competence
  • 2018
  • MCLE Marathon
  • Competence
  • 2017
  • Riverside County Bar Association - Annual CLE Marathon
  • Competence
  • 2016
  • Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County (CDSOC)
  • Professional Responsibility
  • 2016
  • University of California, Riverside Extension
  • MCLE Madness
  • 2015
  • Riverside County Law Library (RCLL)
  • Competence
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Razo. He is a terrific advocate for his clients. I enjoy working with him on cases because he is a consummate professional, honest and ethical, with an excellent knowledge of the law. He is and will be a staple in the family law community for years to come."
Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Razo is knowledgeable, aggressive and a strong advocate for his clients. He maintains the utmost professionalism and is a pleasure to work with. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael Razo is a highly skilled attorney and advocate. He is respected by judges and achieves excellent results for his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is an excellent attorney and an excellent man. I am proud to have him as friend. If you are looking for an outstanding family law attorney, look no further."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Michael Razo on numerous matters and am always impressed by his ability to focus in on the main issue. He is meticulous, imaginative and aggressive. He is an attorney who doesn't leave any stone unturned and offers the highest level of representation to all his clients, big or small. I was proud to work side by side with Michael and will continue to endorse such an attorney as he shines above many others !!"
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