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     4.5 stars 16 total

Review Michael Gainer

  • Run away

    1.0 star

    Posted by Katie

    Dec 2014 I hired this lawyer to Handel my simple uncontested divorce at which time I signed a contracted stating I was going to make monthly payments until my divorce was paid for,,,I religious made payments for 14 months then Feb 2016 I contacted mr gainer at which time he stated he was having personal problems but would call me back with 72 hours, he never did...6 weeks later waiting for mr gainer to call me back I fired him and asked for a refund of my $1000.00 minus 1hr of his time for my initial intake,,,I have not gotten my money back....MR GAINER STOLE MY MONEY,,,,This was the first time I have ever hired a lawyer and I got screwed over,,,,I will never trust any lawyer ever again whatever I need legally done I will teach myself to do,,,,RUN AWAY FROM THIS MAN HE WILL ONLY STEAL FROM YOU

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  • Parenting plan change, moved to a different state with sole custody

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    From the moment I met Mike Gainer I knew he was going to be the perfect attorney for my situation. He was quick, but not curt, professional but not stuffy or condescending, and believed me when I described my fear of my ex and the legal system. My Ex-husband was a bully. He made a lot more money, and had learned how quickly he could cause costs to mount while using delaying tactics. He could afford this, but other lawyers I'd tried had underestimated how determined he was, and for years he always caused me to go broke before I could make any changes in court. He'd had supervised visitation, just once a month, and I wasn't changing a thing, but he was still fighting our move and my wedding day was fast approaching. Somehow Mike Gainer managed to cut through the delaying tactics that had always worked before, and calmly handled his frustrating behavior. In the end, it was a piece of cake... wedding cake that is! Everything went off without a hitch. Four years later the kids are still happy, and I'm still glad I trusted Mike to handle this important legal transition. I keep on recommending him from afar. Thank you again.

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  • Divorce & Separation advice session

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a Divorce client

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    The attorney that contacted me was excellent! He gave me a very informative answer and let me know what options I had. He also gave me information on what forms I needed to file with the courts to get my issue resolved. Great help!! Thank you!

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  • Does what's right to the best of his ability

    4.0 stars

    Posted by Bobbie Schwartzenberger

    If you are looking for an attorney to hold you hand, Mike gainer is probably not for you. After meeting with him, I made the decision to trust him completely and though there are no promises, he has done his best so far to get the outcome I am hoping for. He can be gruff, doesn't always get back to me in the most timely fashion, and has even told me he can be a bit "a** hole-ish" at times. However, he is competent, knowledgeable and fights hard for me.
    I will admit that I am probably not the most desirable client, I have bad marks against me in this custody "war" that Mike is helping me fight. I can be demanding, and have bothered him on weekends, when I am sure that he would much rather be spending time with his family. But he has not once made me feel that any of this will effect the work he is willing to put into my case.
    Mr. gainer has spoken of sleepless nights, thinking about my case. This tells me that each client, each case he takes on means something to him. He takes his work seriously and will do his very best for each client.
    In a perfect world, I would have an attorney that would be able to drop everything to return that call or email right away. Unfortunately, my world is not a perfect one. Given that, I am so grateful to have Mike on my side!

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    Michael John Gainer’s response: “Thank you Bobbie. Each case and client has to be handled differently. When we're in the fight or figuring out what to do, I'm the one doing battle and trying to keep the client off the battlefield as much as possible. I have to balance that with doing my best to be efficient and keep the costs down for my clients. Usually, that means the client letting me know if something has come up that affects the case . . . :) and me letting the client know if something has come up that affects the case, but not wasting my client's time and money communicating about things that don't matter to the legal case. It's a hard balance for a busy lawyer getting paid by the hour. My motto is "I'm here to help!" and I am. Part of that help is protecting clients from themselves. I could make a lot more money chatting a lot with my clients about general stuff, but I want to make sure they can afford my services for the long haul. Sometimes that does mean being blunt or "cutting to the chase." I purposely limit the amount of cases I take so I can give them the personal attention they deserve.”
  • Smart, thorough, experienced

    5.0 stars

    Posted by N M

    Michael Gainer was very helpful and informative. He went above and beyond. I felt supported, understood and empowered after our first exchange. He has a lot of experience and seems very thorough. Be sure to read the details about him on this site and on others.

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  • Michael Gainer, the GREATEST Attorney out there!

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Delmar

    I put myself in a tight situation, while going through a nasty divorce, thinking I could do it myself. I could not do it myself! Mike came in and did an outstanding job getting me out of the hole I had dug for myself. Lesson to be learned, don't do it yourself go to Mike! He then help me again a year or two later to adjust my parenting plan and modify my child support to reflect my down grade in employment. He did a great job by mediating with my "ex" and things went flawlessly! I would trust Mike with my life, he has definitely been a life saver, and I cannot thank him enough for being there for me in some very tight and serious situations. THANKS!

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  • Highly Recommended!

    5.0 stars

    Posted by James

    Prepared a prenup agreement for me which was very thorough and complete. Very knowledgable, and looked out for my interests. Simply outstanding!

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  • Mike Gainer, the "Anti-Poplawski" Solution

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a Divorce client

    MIke Gainer is an attorney who seems more balanced and transparent than your typical family law attorney. Speaking with Mr. Gainer reminds me of speaking to friends or family members who were judges or attorney generals - his outlook and advice is deeply considered and designed to be useful and well taken.

    Mr. Gainer will not trick you into using his legal services as some attorneys can by tailoring their emotional responses while inferring unlikely outcomes. Mr. Gainer speaks truth from a well considered perspective of experience and hard-won legal knowledge.

    His dialogue is coupled with wisdom, kindness and compassion for your situation - and a straightforward bias free assessment of how the court may likely view your plea.

    I recommend Mike Gainer without reservation as a competent and accomplished legal tactician and man of letters.

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    Michael John Gainer’s response: “I really appreciate the kind words. However, I do not condone bashing other attorneys I work with. Ms. Poplawski is an ethical, aggressive advocate on behalf of her clients. Ultimately, she fights the fights her clients have hired to fight. It may make things very expensive, but she is doing what she was hired to do. There are a lot of different approaches to resolving family law issues. Unfortunately, clients do not get to pick the other side's attorney. :)”
  • One of Spokane's best Lawyers/Mike has been a blessing to us.

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a Child Custody client

    Mike has given us a voice in court. He articulately, professionally, and accurately advocates for us in court and is supportive throughout our continual case. He listens to our concerns and offers professional guidance that has proved to be invaluable. We no longer feel like we are just “another case” we feel like he genuinely cares about what happens. We are dealing with an opposing party and representation that is significantly confrontational and resistant to attempts to mediate and resolve issues outside of court. Mike has dealt with this situation with the upmost of professional and ethical conduct at all times. Our confidence in Mike is high and only continues to grow with each issue that he tackles involving our case.

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  • helped me get the ball rolling

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Dana

    Mr. Gainer responded quickly to my first phone call and gave some good advice and peace of mind regarding my child custody matters as a father.

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