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Michael Charles Schwerin


4.5   15 reviews

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State CA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1988
Updated 12/07/2022

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4.5 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent choice
Mike Schwerin helped me through a difficult divorce which involved multiple financial issues including valuation of real estate, spousal support, and complexities regarding businesses owned during the marriage. His calculations were right on and he encouraged me throughout the process when I did not think I could go on with the negotiations. He is succinct and intelligent and will not waste your time or money. Thank you Mike.
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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Meticulous and thorough gem of an attorney
Michael represented in my in divorce. He is an extremely sharp, competent and considerate attorney. Usually competent and considerate do not go together, but Michael is a unique blend who doesn't drag things and at the same time gives you precise advise. There is no unnecessary sympathy and handholding - just meticulous attention to detail and honesty. I would recommend any day.
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Posted by Joyce | August 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Ethical and Professional Lawyer
When my husband wanted divorce, I am very stressed out to find a good lawyer represent me. As Chinese, I have no clue about California family law at all. Also, I heard many bad feedback regarding unethical lawyers try to rip clients off from my friends. I interviewed 5 lawyers before I met Michael, unlike other lawyers who just want to make money by make a fight between my husband and me, or try to make more money procrastinate the process. Michael give me the most honest opinion for my case. He gets things done very effectively and professorially. With his background in CPA, he also gave me excellent analysis how to divide the mutual property. Finding an ethical lawyer make the case much easier when we have deal with the divorce tension same time. I only met him twice so far, I almost get my case done.
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Posted by Henry Christ | September 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great job Mike!
I hired Mr Schwerin to file a motion to quash a divorce summons on my behalf. Residing in New York, I consulted with various California based attorneys before selecting Mr Schwerin. I was immediately impressed with his vast knowledge of the CA family laws and his willingness to explain them in detail during our initial phone consultation. Shortly thereafter, he gained my complete trust and confidence. More importantly, not only was Mike able to deliver as promised, he also was successful in helping me maintain my sanity during the entire process. I highly recommend hiring Mr Schwerin.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, efficient, and results-driven - knows how to get things done.
My divorce case was quite complicated, and I was at my wit’s end trying to resolve all the issues: real estate, mortgages, other complex financial issues. The other party was quite combative and negotiating with her didn’t yield any results. I tried a mediator, and other attorneys, without success. After more than a year, I finally called Mike. When he took over the case, I felt that the case was in good hands. He was able to quickly get to the heart of the issues and resolve them to my satisfaction, in spite of the challenges the other party presented. Mike was always ready to listen, but also offer frank advice which I eventually saw was in the best interest of resolving the case for the protection of my interests. He helped me not just to understand the process, but guided me through it, and thus made my life so much easier. He also understood the financial implications of every aspect of the negotiating process. After the successful resolution of the case I am back to my normal life, and happy. I would give Mike my highest recommendation for any divorce related matter.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2014
Ethical and Effective
Mike helped me navigate a divorce. The issues in the case were primarily financial, so I was very confident in Mike's abilities and advice in this area given his accounting background. I recall my first meeting with him was quite a break-through as I went from having a significant amount of anxiety and a lot of questions to having enough answers to feel I was making informed decisions. Throughout the case he was responsive, trustworthy and level headed. For my case, I think Mike Schwerin was an excellent choice - highly recommended.
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Posted by Matthew | January 10, 2014
Great Advocate who listens and gives you realistic expectations of your case.
I hired Michael to represent me on a child support adjustment case. At first I tried to represent myself, but the other attorney tried to draw things out for months and take advantage of the situation. Michael was a great advocate, listening to my needs / concerns and giving me a realistic outcome (which is all I wanted). He promptly replied to emails and phone calls and I would absolutely hire Michael again and have recommended him to others.
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Posted by SC | January 5, 2013
"Highly Recommended"
I received excellent professional services from Atty. Mike and his staff. He was competent, reliable, organized with paperwork, always kept me well informed, and provided me with experienced advice and unlimited support. I will continue to recommend him highly to those who need an outstanding lawyer!
Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2012
"Great Lawyer"
Atty. Mike is a professional in his field. His wisdom, attentiveness, and countless efforts was more than I could have ever imagined when I sought his services. He fought for me until the very end. Thank you Atty. Mike for handling my case!
Posted by PC | September 26, 2012
Reviewing my lawyer Mike
My divorce lawyer Mike is excellent. He is very conscientious, honest, no-nonsense, and yet compassionate to the client's needs. He is very knowledgeable, thinks on his feet quickly, and scrupulous and meticulous. He does not give false hope, and is mindful of the client's resources--i think he has rare and unique combinations of skills and instinct.
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Posted by Jonathan | March 2, 2012
I wish all the lawyers I hired were like Michael Schwerin
I hired Michael Schwerin for both family law work and immigration. He successfully obtained my Geen Card. Overall, Michael is responsive, fast and competent, and doesn't overbill like most lawyers. I wish I could hire him to do my trademarks, patents, and everything I need!
Posted by Tom | March 1, 2012
Highly competent, Approachable and Efficient
I have had several different types of engagements with the legal system over the years. In this particular instance I found myself in a complex and somewhat overwhelming and not so good financial situation. It was actually another lawyer I knew that highly recommended I give Michael a call for a consultation. After one brief meeting I could tell he completely understood my situation and had several options for me. I hired him immediately and it was the best move I made. Within a short period of time we were taking action and getting things under control. Michael was easy to talk to, easy to work with and it felt like he cared about my situation and the outcome. Besides being knowledgeable and competent I felt he was very efficient with his time which resulted in a reasonable cost. I highly recommend Michael when it comes to financial matters, family matters and the legal system.
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2012
Highest integrity, empathetic, financially astute, savvy litigator and legal adviser
Mike is a calm, empathetic, and professional attorney who "knows his stuff." Most important and impressive to me is his incredibly high level of integrity. He "shoots straight" and honestly lays out realistic expectations -- not willing to do anything that is not completely above the bar and by the book. Mike is detail-driven and highly knowledgeable in many legal and financial arenas. With his CPA background, he is particularly effective with financial nuances in the law. He does his best to avoid court appointments and so can be very successful in negotiations. However, he also is very experienced with all aspects of California Divorce and Family Law and knows how effectively to work through the court system as a litigator, when required, as well. I felt I could trust Mike implicitly with every aspect of my case. It was great to be able to feel confident letting my attorney deftly handle everything -- knowing that he wanted to do right FOR me (even trying to help keep my legal costs down as much as possible as well). I very highly recommend Mike as a trustworthy, empathetic, financially astute, and savvy litigator and legal adviser.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Terrible lawyer
I reached out to Michael to help me with a custody case. After charging me over $40,000, his advice was for me to agree to something that didn't have any real merit based on meeting conditions. His strategy and planning were infantile compared to his opposing attorney. Furthermore, he seems more concerned with losing a case that he positioned badly versus fighting for his client.
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Response from Michael Schwerin February 11, 2021
I am sorry but I have gone through my records and have no case matching the description of this review. If you identify yourself I would be able to respond. Otherwise, I am unable to address what may or may not have happened in this matter if it is in fact a real case. I have been practicing over 30 years with an excellent reputation. One review by an anonymous poster with no meaningful facts to enable me to identify the case does not change that.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Sloppy, Naive, Non-strategic
Michael seems to make up for his short temper, ego, condescending tone, and judgmental nature by touting his experience, yet I was not impressed with his performance. Imagine being forced into making a decision impacting the course of your life in 10 minutes and having to trust your attorney only to realize afterward that he sold you out and didn't advise you properly. Even other attorneys recognize that his strategy and advice were poor. Michael did not think through things in advance and got me into a terrible situation that has been virtually impossible to reverse giving my corrupted X the time, freedom, and power to turn my kids against me. He literally coerced me into agreeing to give all the control to the opposing side convincing me that things would rapidly change in my favor. Nothing could be further from the truth. He overexaggerated and emotionally reacted to weak evidence from opposing counsel instead of standing strong, being logical, strategic and looking for ways to refute their false allegations or give us time to react. Maybe Michael is good in other parts of the law, but family law is not one of them. His "deal" has cost me 3x more but worse than that has set the stage for a strained relationship with my kids during critical developmental years. His "deal" gave opposing counsel the chance to drag my divorce out for 2 years and counting, manipulating things every step of the way. Advice: DO NOT DO AN EMERGENCY SCREENING IN THE MIDDLE OF CUSTODY TRIAL, especially when the alienating parent has control. Do not agree to something that you didn't do just because Michael says it will all change in 6 months. It doesn't change. What's worse is when I spoke to Michael about how his deal was not panning out, he said he didn't care and that it as my fault for creating the situation. A complete lack of accountability, responsibility, and empathy are behavior characteristic of a narcissist. THE GUY HAS NO KIDS. Don't take advice from someone who doesn't understand a parent's love for their kids in a custody trial. Just like a bad doctor can severely hurt people with their mistakes, so can a bad lawyer.
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Response from Michael Schwerin December 20, 2018
Please read all my other reviews as this anomaly is the result of getting into a domestic violence case which was, in hindsight unwinnable. I am sorry Walter but I was not the person who put you into your terrible situation. You did that yourself with your own conduct toward your wife and kids and there was nothing I could do to rescue you despite giving it a good effort. I cannot go into more detail without breaching the attorney-client privilege and therefore I will leave it at that.
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a lawyer who knows how to get results for his clients. He is compassionate when necessary and fearless when required."
Family Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is a very knowledgeable family law attorney who is dedicated to his clients. Michael is a strong advocate for his clients but will not take an unreasonable position. This benefits his clients and enables efficient resolution of the case."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had a number of cases against Mike over the many years we have been practicing family law and always appreciate the opportunity to do so. He is pleasant and fair to deal with while also pushing hard for his clients. I look forward to working with Mike again in the future."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Schwerin always provides cogent and precise answers to the forums here on Avvo. He provides an important service to the legal community. He is also highly respected within this legal community and known as a zealous advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Schwerin consistently gives thoughtful and practical responses in this forum. His writing is cogent, which is unsurprising given his fine credentials. His legal analysis demonstrates his considerable knowledge and skill. I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An attention for detail; a committed advocate."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mike for over 20 years and have always found him to be very competent."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Michael Schwerin is a top notch attorney. His responses in public forums such as AVVO showcase his experience, expertise, and a deep understanding and knowledge of the law. Any person in need of an attorney will be greatly served by this superior attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Schwerin. From his credentials Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community and striving for more and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His advice on Avvo is thoughtful and practical."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have read a large number of Mr. Schwerin's responses to AVVO inquires and can attest to his accuracy and quality information presented n his responses. In terms of his responses when he is at the plate, to date, I have not seen him hit any foul balls."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected in the legal community, Has excellent attorney/client relations and is known for being a zealous advocate for his clients and thorough and well prepared for handling all his cases."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Schwerin. He generously provides consistently great responses to AVVO questions and is a benefit to the AVVO community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have come to respect the wisdom and experience of Mr. Schwerin's advice on the Question and Answer Board here on Avvo. It is clear to me that his family law clients are in good hands and i am happy to provide this endorsement of him."
Family Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Schwerin is a direct and practical lawyer who gives common sense answers to Avvo askers. I've reviewed several of his answers on Avvo and he clearly understands how to represent his clients well. With his analytical and accounting background, I can see why he is such a good choice for a managing partner."
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