Posted by anonymous
I hired Michael upon making the decision to leave a very devious partner. I knew the divorce and related custody, support and parenting plan issues would be likely result in a long and trying process. My goals were to stay out of court and achieve a plan that was in the best interest of my child. It was scary as I knew nothing about family law. I was put at ease the moment I met Michael. He made an effort to connect with me and understand the unique nature of my case. He was clearly a seasoned expert with issues related to family law. The road was indeed long, but ultimately successful. Michael and his assistant were always responsive and I felt as if I was their only client over the course of many months. Further, Michael was incredibly honest and enjoyable to work with. He expertly coached me in my negotiating, giving me confidence and, ultimately, results I was happy with. I also felt assured that if I had to go to court, he would be tenacious in his effort to get the results I cared about. I’ll be honest- it cost a fortune, but securing my child’s best interest was priceless and so worth every penny. I would definitely hire him again!
Posted by Amy
I put my trust in Michael Hallas and I was not disappointed. Michael has a quick and intuitive intellect. He is approachable and compassionate. He was quick to answer my many questions and was thorough and very patient. Michael's many attributes allowed me to make tough decisions with confidence. My settlement was far more favorable that it would have been had I not hired him. I would definitely recommend Michael Hallas.
Posted by anonymous
Michael represented me through the process of my divorce. I had a somewhat complicated situation, divorcing a spouse who was a service member living overseas. Michael did a wonderful job explaining the legal process to me, ensuring that my custody concerns were met, and making sure we came away with the best outcome possible for my children and me. Michael went above and beyond making himself available to me and responding to any of my concerns or questions. Michael was very empathetic and I knew he cared about my situation and wanted to do everything he could to help during a very stressful process.
Posted by Laurie
Despite the stress that comes naturally with going through divorce, I am extremely grateful that someone recommended Michael Hallas, with Mckinley Irvin, to me. He and his paralegal, Phillip, were extremely professional, responsive, thorough and efficient in helping me get through this process. My questions were always answered in an impressively timely manner, with clear and detailed instructions. I truly feel that they worked above and beyond to save me money and get me to my next life stage as quickly as possible, while providing excellent and sound legal advice. I would highly recommend Mr. Hallas if you are in need of legal services.
Posted by Darrek
I hired Michael Hallas at McKinley Irvin for a custody case. It was not exactly your normal custody case and odds were not exactly in my favor.
Michael worked hard, quick and was very professional. You could tell he cares about his work and isn't a "yes man" type lawyer. I also respected him for his ethical standards. The case did go in my favor but had it not I wouldn't have regretted hiring Michael.
Posted by Jessica
Michael helped me through a divorce and child custody case. It truly was a battle. He kept me grounded and gave clear perspective. Michael helped me to not get angry and just retaliate when hurtful things were said and done by the other party. He is witty & genuine. Michael has a way of talking to the other lawyer, even when they punch below the belt - standing strong and firm, and eloquent with his words.
I highly recommend him. You won't be disappointed.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Hallas, took genuine concern for our case considering all of the circumstances surrounding it. He was extremely professional and forthright in all matters surrounding the case. Not only was he a matter of the fact type of guy, he was approachable and listened. It was noticed throughout the course of the case how much Mr. Hallas sacrificed, worked and studied our individual case -- working countless hours on our behalf -- even at the cost of his own time and sacrifice from his family.
He is a man of principle with a high moral compass, and great character.
Posted by Amy
I hired Michael Hallas to assist in the divorce from a very difficult man. Michael listened, empathized and then got me through it quickly and painlessly. Well, as painless as these things can go anyways. His paralegal Noah Zimmerman was also excellent and above par. He would email simply to check up on me and how I was doing. I felt very supported by them and confident of the legal work they were doing on my behalf.
Posted by Christina
We liked him a lot until we went to trial, then we realized he had procrastinated on our case. 10pm the night before he was asking us questions and to send him pictures and documents. He failed to inform us that not only were we going to trial, but that it was decision day, until the day before.
Afterwards, he failed to respond to they other party's attorney for several WEEKS. This made the other party angry because they thought we wereintentionally stalling, who then refused to negotiate with us, when prior to that we were working together to come to the agreement. There were details he failed to catch that a judge easily would have had removed from the agreement that hurt us. After he returned from vacation (evidently that was why he failed to respond, he is supposed to tell the court and have someone cover/file acontinuation in that situation) he went back to court but told us it was just too finalize paperwork. Turns out we should have attended, they finalized our case and the lawyer agreed to a bunch of stuff WE didn't agree too because the other party was there with their lawyer to be heard. Bottom line? He procrastinated, failed to notify the court he would be leaving or had someone cover him and made things difficult for us. Will he do the same to you? Judging by these reviews it seems we might have just caught him at a bad time, so maybe the odds are low? I know given he deals with children's lives, i would not take the odds. Especially when he says that what he did in our case was his "best" when confronted with his obvious procrastinating and failure to inform us or the court he was leaving town. I know people post reviews on here or if anger that they lost. This is not one of them. I truly believe the quality of his work was good until the day before trial, and had we had that quality through the end, we would have had a more balanced result.
Posted by Jolanta
I didn't know that there are Divorce Attorneys who fight for you! Honestly. I had an experience of most of them being desperate to make a deal with opposing party and move on. Not Michael! He won't stop until he gets what he wants and that is 100% fair. My family had a horrible experience in being cheated into retainer fees and laughed at that, while told that we won't have fare hearing in Vancouver, WA Clark County. That the party who makes money, will end up paying no matter what... And it was true, until we met and hired Michael. THANK YOU, MICHEAL!!!