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Michael’s comment: “Discipline based on client representation in 1992, not 2002.”
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Land Use and Environmental Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2006 - Present|
|Chemical Dependence Professionals of Washington State||Member||2004 - Present|
|National Strength and Conditioning Association||Member||1996 - Present|
|American Motorcyclist Association||Life Member||1993 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||N/A||1986 - Present|
|Phi Alpha Delta||N/A||1982 - Present|
|Highline Community College||Chemical Dependency Professional||Human Services||2004|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|University of Puget Sound||Chemistry, Philosophy, minor in Biology||B.S. Chemistry; B.A. Philosophy||1978|
Posted by anonymous
I had a VERY complex legal issue that started out poorly and kept getting worse. I couldnt find anyone to help me even file documents, let alone assist me. When I called Micheal, he was out of town, but still made it a point to get a hold of me to discuss my legal situation. In less than 45 mins of speaking to him, I learned more, and got better guidance than I did in the previous 4 months of calling over 40 lawyers, the Courts, Advocacy groups, and even the Washington Bar Assn itself! He gave me guidance on the procedural issues lawyers usually take for granted, and even provided me with rules, statutes and some case law that I previously had no idea could help me. He made no promises that I would win or lose, just that I would at least stand a fighting chance, and to be heard was all I really ever asked for. This may sound like exactly what one should expect from their lawyer, but that is why I am taking the time to review this man...I wasnt even his client! In the first 5 mins of the phone call, it was clear that my financial position, and the progression of the case so far, that he wouldnt be able to provide me with representation, yet over the next 45 mins, he helped me, and prepared me as if he had already been on retainer! Every other lawyer I spoke to had hung up the phone on me the second they concluded that I wasnt financially "worth helping". The opposing party has one of the largest firms in Washington representing them, yet thanks to Micheal, my fear and anxiety has literally become hope and confidence... I wonder what position I would be in right now, had I been able to hire him from the beginning!
Posted by Calvin
I really never had a reason to hire a lawyer until my divorce which began in the middle of 2005. After searching I thought I had found a good attorney through multiple recommendations. I hired him and after paying him through the course of my divorce more than $30,000 and I still have a balance owing. What a mistake. I have been in business for 32 years and deal with customers every day and have always tried to treat them as I would like to be treated. Well, after awhile it was obvious he had too many cases going on and huge overhead. Since mine had turned into something more than a simple divorce he really never put out the effort to put together a real case for me. I feel this contributed to my divorce turning into a real mess.
After having him working on my divorce for 3 years, this attorney on the phone actually said: “have you ever thought of reconciling with her?” Ouch! At that point I tried to hire another attorney but after giving a little history of my case, they all bowed out. I really felt stuck. I ended up getting divorced February 2009 and signed a bad settlement agreement that I thought I could handle to make it happen, and my lawyer encouraged me to sign. I was wrong. The attorney wasn’t in my corner, and he did not explain to me what would happen if I signed the papers. He just caved in to the other attorney. I was stuck with a lot of debt and maintenance to pay my ex wife. My attorney bailed on me after the divorce was final. I had to represent myself at a couple of hearings after that, and that was really stressful. My ex wife kept taking me back to court and piling on attorney fees that I had to pay to her or her attorney. I felt like I was all alone and that I had no one to help me.
Michael came into my situation with the encouragement of a mutual friend. I was getting dragged back into court for contempt for third time since the divorce, and I really needed help. Representing myself was not working for me. After he heard some history of what I had been dealing with and knowing he was getting into a mess, he still agreed to represent me. Right after the first meeting with him, I had a good feeling that he was the person that was going to get me out of this mess. We started working together, and I found him to be very energetic at putting together the best case possible for our hearings (there were several). He is very thorough, researching and finding case law, and talking to colleagues. I felt he did everything to present the best case in court. At one court appearance, the Court Commissioner used the financial documents Michael presented, and recalculated and modified what she had previously ordered, so it was even more in my favor. There were so many hurdles to overcome with the mess I was in, and Michael was there for me. He always returned my calls promptly and I could also communicate with him by email or in person, and sometimes by text message. If somebody is in need of legal help I recommend him whole heartedly. In fact, now my brother now needs some help and I want the best for him: Michael Pratum.
Posted by Toby
I didnt know what to do since the summons we recieved happened a year after we had moved out of state. I searched the internet and found Mr.Pratum who practiced in the same city where the simmons came from. I did see that years earlier he had made some mistakes but so had my son so who better to be on your side. Mr. Pratum was responsive and acted on our behalf quickly and effectively. He was able to move the date for our apperance toalater date and then was able to work out a reduced sentence that we were very happy with. He is honest and kept us in the loop with lots of e-mails of what was happening. He made sure every T was crossed and every I recieved a dot. I would highly recommend him.
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