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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Washington State Patrol||2010|
|Distinguished Servide Award||Clallum County Pro Bono||2000|
|Partner||Mogren, Glessner & Ahrens, P.S.||2012 - Present|
|Attorney||Private Practice||2000 - 2012|
|Attorney||Mogren & Glessner||1988 - 1990|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|US District Court, Western Washington||Attorney Member||1989 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1987 - Present|
|Clallam County Bar Association||President||2007 - 2008|
|Clallum County Bar Association||Member||1996 - 2012|
|University of Puget Sound||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|University of Washington||Political Science||BA||1983|
|Planning for End of Life||Issues in Estate Planning||2016|
|Marriage||Divorce Attonrey's Guide to Staying Married||2015|
Posted by Lorie
I had previously reviewed Michelle last year after my divorce was finalized. I should have waited to review considering 1. The restraining order against my ex in my divorce decree was not filled out correctly, so technically it wouldn't hold up in court. When my ex did violate the restraining order it was the police who told me the restraining order was basically not enforceable because it was not filled out correctly. (I should have recognized the red flag as during the divorce I was consistently editing her paperwork, but hindsight is 20/20). When I brought this to her attention, she told me she would have to re-file and it would cost me more money. So money, I would have to pay because her office lacks attention to detail. 2. After the divorce she had told me I had a case to change the parenting plan. So we filed a motion. When my ex put up a stink, she actually said to me, ' this is why I didn't think you should do this'. Not ONCE did she ever say that to me. I had to bite my tongue as we were already months into it and wouldn't help to argue. So, after months of pursuing changing the plan she had me withdraw. Of course, after withdrawing my ex got himself a lawyer and tried to finally have his supervised visits without following up on the other parenting plan conditions. When I pushed back Michelle basically said I need to let him have supervised visits regardless if he followed through on the other conditions. This surprised me as why were those conditions in the parenting plan in the first place? Finally, afters weeks of going back and forth with his lawyer, she tried to push me into a corner to acquiesce to my ex because she was going on vacation and his lawyer was threatening to file a motion of contempt on me. I still pushed back and told her I need to think about it and she told me she would call me back. However, two days went by and I hadn't heard from her, even after leaving her a voicemail. When I finally talked to the receptionist she told me Michelle went on vacation and NO ONE was covering her cases for her while she was out (even though Michelle assured me someone was covering). With that said, I immediately found another lawyer. While switching, I had to escalate to another lawyer within Michelle's firm to send an email to my ex's lawyer (an email I had to dictate verbatim to a lawyer who sounded irritated that he had to help me) to let my ex's attorney know that I am not trying to restrict my ex from visitation and that I am switching attorneys. With that said, within days of switching my new attorney got my ex's lawyer to start backing off, in fact my ex's lawyer withdrew from his case. The last straw I have with Michelle and this firm is I just called them as my files were never sent to my new lawyer, even though we requested those when I switched firms. They sent the copies today with a bill of $65. A bill, my new lawyer doesn't believe I should have to pay and a bill I wasn't told I was going to get. When I called to ask about it, I was told this is standard. Even if it is, it would have been nice to know I was going to get charged. No apology at all from them. With that said, if I could give 0 stars to this firm and to Michelle, I would. Michelle's legal advice seem to change based on what fit in her schedule. I didn't feel she fought to represent me or my best interests. On top of that, her lack of follow through and attention to detail were mediocre at best.
Posted by James
Michelle was extremely helpful with her advice and direction through the entire divorce process. She was honest about what I could expect, defended me and my interests well in court, and I felt confident with her representing me. I never thought I would go through a divorce and the paperwork is almost overwhelming, but Michelle allowed me to do as much of the work as I wanted so she didn't have to charge me to write or arrange it, and she was very insightful reviewing all the submissions with me before filing. I would highly recommend Michelle if you are looking for a thorough and experienced lawyer that returns your calls and keeps you on track. She was exactly what I needed.
Posted by Lisa
Michelle was recommended by a coworker of hers when my divorce got complicated. She is a first rate negotiator, a no-nonsense lawyer with a heart. She talked me down when I was upset, she explained anything I had questions about, and helped give me the courage and strength to face what I had to deal with. Luckily, we did not have to go to trial, as she expertly defended myself and my assets during Mediation. Even if we had gone to trial, she and her fabulous paralegal Janis, were SO prepared, that I had all faith and trust in what the outcome would have been. Thank you, Michelle.
Jan Olson, Sex crime Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Michelle and I had a case together wherein I represented the fellow in criminal court, and she represented him in family court. She was a fearless advocate, We had an uphill battle, due to the allegations leveled against our mutual client, but Michelle was able to obtain great visitation, essentially joint custody, for our client. I strongly recommend her in family court matters.
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