34 years of practice - exclusively family law. 14 attorneys. Serving you in North Seattle.34 years of practice, exclusively in family law. 14 attorneys. Serving you in North SeattleMediating family law disputes since 1987. King and Snohomish Counties.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2017|
|Washingtn Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2016|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2015|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2014|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2013|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2012|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2011|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2010|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2009|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2007|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2006|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2005|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2004|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2003|
|Washington Super Lawyers||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2002|
|Urban Law School||Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||1994|
|Board of Directors||Northwest Family Life||1999 - 2001|
|Family Law Commissioner Pro Tem||King County Superior Court||1998 - 2007|
|Board of Directors||Center for Conflict Management||1995 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||President (2008 and 2009)||2004 - 2017|
|Seattle King County Bar Association||Volunteer Mediator||1996 - 2010|
|DAWN||DV Clinic||1996 - 2005|
|Northwest Family Life||President (2002 - 2004)||1987 - 2004|
|Center for Conflict Management||President (1998 - 2000)||1987 - 2002|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1983 - 2017|
|Archway (Simon & Schuster)||CONSUMED||2014|
|University of Washington School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|Whitman College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|
|8th Annual Wechsler Symposium for Judges||Seminar Chair||2017|
|Mary H. Wechsler Family Law Symposium for the King County Bench||Substance Abuse Detection and Treatment||2015|
|Complex and High-Asset Divorce||Advising Clients on Media Relations||2015|
|7th Annual Wechsler Symposium for Judges||Seminar Chair||2015|
|6th Annual Wechsler Symposium for Judges||Seminar Chair||2014|
|Community Property in Washington||When will the court invade separate property?||2013|
|5th Annual Wechsler Symposium for Judges||Seminar Chair||2013|
|4th Annual Wechsler Symposium for Judges||Seminar Chair||2012|
|Wechsler Symposium for Judges||The housing crisis of 2009||2009|
|CLE for Judges||Relocation 101||2008|
|AAML Annual Conference||Working with Financial Declarations||2008|
|CLE for Judges||Recent Developments in Child Support||2007|
|AAML Annual Conference||Seminar Chair||2007|
|Family Law Trials||Effective Closing Arguments||2006|
|AAML Annual Conference||Exploring the New Frontiers||2006|
|Drafting Marital Contracts||Property Settlement Agreements||2005|
|AAML Annual Conf||Motions Practice - Avoiding the Pitfalls||2005|
|Clash of the Titans||The Seven Deadly Subjects||2004|
|Family Law Institute||Where the Truth Lies||2001|
|Family Law Institute||The Blame Game||1999|
|Family Law Basics||Conducting the Initial Interview||1994|
Posted by anonymous
I'm confident that if I had not used Michael as my divorce attorney, my divorce would have been ugly, very expensive and ended up in court. Most importantly, my children would have been the ones most adversely affected.
Michael helped me with my strong but seemly impossible desire to keep my divorce amicable and out of court, primarily for the sake of our children. My ex’s lawyer tried to pull a bunch of dirty tricks to antagonize me every chance he could and force the case to go to court. Even though it was tough, Michael and Bita Soltan-Qurraie (another wonderful lawyer in Michael’s firm) helped me get the divorce settled out of court and without any hearings.
Unlike what I’ve heard other lawyers typically do, when things happened where I got upset with the process and with my ex’s lawyer’s constant badgering, Michael didn’t encourage me to become more aggressive too but rather keep to the high-road which he knew was paramount to me. He made it clear that I hired him to be the objective party when my ex and/or I lost objectivity. Unlike the one-sided, aggressive and demanding communication's my ex's lawyer always sent to us, Michael always kept our communications respectful and with as fair language as was possible.
A key turning point happened when we finally had an agreed upon four-way meeting with my ex and her lawyer just so we could solve some key procedural issues and proceed with the divorce. Michael effectively turned it into a mediation meeting instead when he discovered after talking to my ex and her lawyer that SHE was willing to settle all of our remaining divorce issues right then. After assuring I wanted the same, in fairly short order, we settled all the issues that hadn’t settled in nearly six months of conflict. Michael's mediation experiences made this all seem natural. Also, since he is a part time judge at the family court in Seattle, it gives him further insight into what will happen in court if it leads to that.
Michael's firm also has an outstanding staff of paralegals and assistants.
I’m happy to say that once my ex’s lawyer was out of the picture after the divorce settled and was done with, we have become friends again and have remained good parents which has made the divorce much easier on our children. I can’t imagine what would have been the outcome if her lawyer would have got his wish and pushed us to fight in court. My key recommendation, if there is no abuse or other behavioral or criminal factors forcing a divorce, keep it out of court and hearings. One day your children will thank you.
The disappointing thing is that my ex's lawyer is rated quite high on this service. Reading his reviews mostly explains why. He typically gets exactly what his clients want, regardless of reasonability. That lawyer seems to shield his clients from really knowing everything he is doing and not let his clients know of less aggressive options. It seems to have nothing to do with fairness and with what is best for the children and even his own client but all to do with the spouse's lawyers who weren't as experienced, balanced and objective as Michael Bugni.
Posted by anonymous
Mike literally saved my life. Before I found Mike my husband had moved to another State stole my two sons. Got a restraining order against me so I could not see my children and left me with nothing. He scorched to cinders my reputation as a good mother, a therapist a friend. My ex completely alienated our mutual friends from me and destroyed every professional and religious connection I had. He could do it. He had all the money your average person did not. He hired one of the most feared lawyers in Seattle and all I had was a prayer to save me. No one would touch my case and basically said I lost and there wasn't a hope to save me. Then I connected with Mike on the telephone. I had no money, no fame, no one I could refer him to to vouch for my personal integrity, nothing. Mike listened. He clearly saw I was a mouse and my ex was the lion that roared. He took on my case on the phone without even meeting me first. I couldn't even afford to fly up to meet with him. He believed in me when I had given up on myself. In a few short months Mike didn't just represent me but he put together a team to go after my ex. It was an ugly fight but Mike with his great compassion and insight had quelled the fury on both sides so that an equitable resolution could be found. He got my ex to pay to fly me up to see Mike and my children on regular visits. It was not out of the goodness of my ex to do it. It was all Mike. While my ex was racking up literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in his legal fees of his own Mike was barely charging me enough to cover his costs to defend me. In the end I got my house back, my children's love back, my children back and a comfortable settlement so I could live without ever having to beg my family members for money to live on. In essence my life back . If angels ever became lawyers my angel was Mike W. Bugni who changed my life for the best. Mike is my hero although he is much to humble and gracious to except to accept such compliments.
Posted by Jim
I've worked with Mike and have found his knowledge, expertise and dedication to his clients in matters involving family law to be particularly helpful for people faced with difficult family circumstances.
Susan O'Brian, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I endorse this lawyer. Mike is an accomplished attorney and knows how to get things done in the best possible way. If it means negotiation, he's incredible; if it means trial work, he's superb. You couldn't ask for better representation.