Above and beyond!
I am active duty, but I hired Mr. Berens for a civilian case. During the entire process he kept me aware of what was going on and the potential outcomes of each situation with genuine concern for me and my case. He was always approachable for any little question or concern I had (and there were a lot of them with my career on the line). Throughout this ordeal, he also handled my chain of command, kept them calm, and played a huge part in preventing a knee jerk reaction to throw the book at me. I would recommend him to anyone that needs a criminal attorney.
- Former Client
Best Military Lawyer
Mike Berens is the best military lawyer to hire in the state of Washington. He was very direct, honest and compassionate with me and the military investigation and case against me. Last year, I was faced with a serious criminal sexual conduct investigation and possible charges. My case in the civilian sector was dismissed but quickly turned into a federal investigation as the military can charge you with the same crime even if your case was dismissed in the civilian court. I called three other military lawyers prior to contacting and hiring Mike Berens; and it seemed like Mike was the only lawyer who showed compassion towards me, my family and our future. He assured me that he will do everything possible to clear me from the investigation and explained how he would go about the process even if I was court martialed. He led me every step of the way from the beginning to the end. He definitely knows what he is doing and is very strategic at how he does it. He was always prepared and did his homework for every step I had to take. He followed up A LOT, asked many questions and ensured I understood and am comfortable with the whole process I went through. Mike will not overly charge you for fees or services that he did not render. He is not expensive but not cheap and he makes time for you to come into his office if you have any questions or want to speak to him personally. He is the one military lawyer you need to hire without a doubt. I am with my family today and living in peace not worrying about whether or not I will see them again or if I will be incarcerated for a very long time. Look at his background and look at his reviews. He knows what he’s doing and knows how the military system works. Don’t hire these Hollywood lawyers that charge a fortune and don’t represent you 100 percent get the most experienced and hard working man “Mike Berens”.
- Former Client
Outstanding Service, Care, and Involvement.
I was facing one of the hardest battles of my life when I hired Mike Berens. Everything seemed as though my career was over and I would live the rest of my life with severe consequences. Through months of careful planning and numerous letters to my chain of command Mike was able to get my General Court Martial canceled and was able to see that I would not have to deal with any lifelong issues from the event. When it came time for my summary trial, Mike was very well prepared, he presented my case the best that anyone could have, and was able to ensure that I faced no confinement and that I kept my rank. Even after the trial, Mike has gone above and beyond our initial contract, and has continued to check in on my family and I to be sure that we are still doing well and moving forward with my career. I definitely recommend Mike, he is very competent, resourceful, and he just takes charge of the court room and orchestrates it in a way that gives you the best possible outcome. I am sure that without Mike, my case would have ended a lot worse for me, I just wouldn’t have had the years of experience and knowledge, that Mike has, to be able to give myself the best defense.
Mike Berens, A Class Act!
Mr Berens represented me at a military administrative separation board. Originally charges were going to be sent through to a court-martial, however circumstances saw fit for an administrative separation board only.
Mike has a way of presenting and counter arguing like I’ve never seen. Confident, speaks well, doesn’t back down. That is Mr. Berens in a sentence. He takes personal pride in his work which is evident and tells it like it is. I would highly recommend him to anyone in the military or otherwise who needs a great defense lawyer at reasonable rates!
Michael was very thorough in his investigations regarding my case. He even visited the scene of the infraction/crime twice and took pictures as proof of damage unchanged. He was very informative on explaining what need to be done. He was very courteous to the judge and myself at all times. I could not have had my positive outcome without his expertise. I am truly grateful.
Excellent Attorney who worked for the best possible outcome
From the moment I called Mike and asked for his representation my wife and I felt at peace with my legal situation. He didn’t charge outrageous fees or make it impossible to work together towards the desired outcome. When I had my first meeting with Mike going over the case, he made it clear that his goal was to help me move forward and separate from the Army with an Honorable Discharge. He did exactly that. Mike always took the time and effort to respond immediately and work towards the desired outcome. No matter how big or small your situation is, Mike will always handle it with the utmost care and sensitivity. The great thing about his service is that he is VERY knowledgeable about the justice system in the Military. Mike knows the people, the laws and regs, and the appropriate steps to take when dealing with the military justice system. There’s literally isn’t a better person to hire especially if your in the military. Having his representation alone makes the Military think twice before pursuing you and whatever misconduct they believe you have committed. I felt safe knowing Mike was always a phone call away. He works hard, he’s incredibly intelligent, he knows his stuff, and he knows the system. There isn’t a better lawyer out there. Thanks Mike! My wife and I are extremely grateful.
- Former Client
After I was contacted and questioned by the Army CID I knew I needed a lawyer with considerable experience and knowledge. My parents and I interviewed a couple lawyers however, Mike gave me the best sense of hope and confidence in his abilities. From the onset he provided realistic expectations for the future, playing out multiple scenarios based on dynamics of the case. He constantly checked in to probe for status updates and to provide his own and was always reachable. My case was eventually resolved favorably and I do believe it was so because of his commitment and know how.
- Former Client
With a military background, Mike Berens was both very knowledgeable and able to explain the process to us. He was flexible to make himself available throughout and stuck with our case until the very end. A consummate professional!
- - Former Client
My husband and I hired Mike during one of the most difficult times in our life and we couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer. Mike is smart, persistent, hard working, and aggressive in all the right ways. He has a passion for what he does and is also very caring and understanding. Even after my husbands trial, he still takes time out of his busy schedule to keep in contact just to check in sometimes. If you want a lawyer that you know will put all of his time and effort into your case, then I highly recommend having Mike Berens by your side! Thank you Mike!
Michael J. Berens was the civilian attorney hired by my son to defend his interests in a military court-martial. Mr. Berens, in collaboration with an Air Force attorney assigned to the case, hired an appropriate and competent psychological expert witness and executed the Defense case in a professional and competent manner and was able to convince the judge of the appropriate facts in the case. I would highly recommend Mister Berens as a defense counsel.
Best Decision I Ever Made
Mike went above and beyond in every way! I was facing a court martial with a penalty of up to 12 months in confinement and a bad conduct discharge. Instead of asking for a deal he went every avenue he could think of and got a discharge in lieu of court martial approved. My family and I owe him my life and I couldn’t be more happy we chose to hire him. He was always available to answer any and all questions we had right away. The best thing you can do if you need assistance is hire this man!
Mike is a truly exceptional lawyer.
My daughter is a 9 year veteran of the US Air Force who found herself due to a series of unfortunate circumstances facing a courts martial proceeding with a likely outcome of a felony conviction, confinement and a bad conduct discharge at a minimum. She was assigned a defense counsel whom to put it bluntly was a waste of her time. After almost every consultation my daughter was left in tears. It appeared to us that all he was doing was negotiating with the prosecutors office and was only offering her what he was being given, i.e. Plead guilty and maybe they will be lenient. After watching my daughter being bullied by the very system my wife and I had both faithfully and honorably served we had had enough. I started researching attorneys intending to retain outside counsel and found Mike Berens. Mikes resume and credentials are impressive enough but along with that the fact he is a Air Force veteran with JAG experience and the large number of reviews by other military members he has aided clinched it for our family. We contacted Mike initially by email and he responded within the hour asking for some basic info and set up a meeting within a day or two. At the initial meeting my daughter and I found Mike to be cordial, interested in getting to know us and he was perturbed to hear the details as to how our daughter had been represented to this point. Mike was refreshingly honest on what he thought he could do for her and straightforward about costs and possible outcomes. Mike took her case and went to work immediately. What I particularly was impressed with was his almost immediate response to any question from myself or my daughter. Mike never failed to respond to either of us within minutes If only to acknowledge and say he would contact us further if he was tied up, a quality I really appreciate. Mike was also able give my daughter something else her previous counsel never was able to, hope, when things were at there worst Mike was always in contact and gave us the feeling that we would prevail. Mike Berens attention to detail carried the day for my daughter. He tirelessly went over all the evidence, followed up with witnesses and spent the time to thoroughly know her case. The final outcome was a package requesting discharge in lieu of courts martial approved by all base and wing clients and numbered AF Commanding General. No felony conviction, no confinement and a discharge with all her veterans benefits. I shared with Mike at our last meeting my long held feelings about lawyers and the legal justice system. In short, I had lost trust in it and the lawyers who practice the law. In my daughters case it was a blatant example of overreach. Multiple overlapping charges just to see what they could make stick. Mike saw through all of that and basically told them that they were going to have to prove each and every item they were charging and I am positive they took a hard look and decided that they couldn’t do it. In closing, I would highly recommend if you or someone you care for find yourself facing a situation like our family did you could do no better than put your trust in Mike Berens. It is my true pleasure to recommend Mike without reservation.
An Attorney That Cares
When I met Mike, I was greeted with dignity and respect. I had never been in the situation I was in before. Mike not only just did his job, he showed he took his job to heart. I have spent many years in the military as he. Mike has served his country here and abroad honorably. He understood where I was coming from. He fights for what is right even after the case is done. This family man and veteran was the best man for the job. If you are a vet or active, Mike Berens is the man to hire.
- a client
Performed a Miracle
I hired Mike to represent my brother who was arrested in June 2014 and held in pre-trial confinement at JBLM for 16 months awaiting a trial. Based on illegal activities by the Army and the fact that my brother was not allowed his right to a speedy trial Mike was able to convince the judge to dismiss the entire case against my brother. All charges were dropped and my brother was finally set free. Without Mikes hard work, diligence and persistence I am convinced my brother would not have received a fair trial and would still be confined today!
A Cut Above the Rest
Well this is I believe the fifth case Mike has represented me on and yet again he has gone the extra mile to ensure the best possible outcome for myself and my family. Mike has stood by me through thick and thin with unwavering dedication. One could not ask for more dedicated representation than Mike Berens.
His hard work, dedication, and selfless demeanor has kept me out of jail and with my family. If you are like me and have been staring down some serious charges with extreme penalties then this is the man that you want to enter the fray with.
Mike will work tirelessly to ensure the system does not swallow you whole and forget you ever existed. He treats you with the utmost respect and is on top of every single facet involving your case.
Without Mike Berens in my life I would have lost more than I owed which would have effected my family greatly. I wish I had met mike when I was a child so that I could have enjoyed his friendship and mentoring from a young age. He is true friend and straight shooter. No surprises from this guy.
Thank you yet again Mike. I’ll try to keep it between the lines from here on out!
Mike is my go-to-guy regarding all legal matters. Whether it’s going to trial or just asking for some advice. He possess supreme tact when dealing with Judges and Prosecutors. I’ve hired Mike twice and he has came through both times. It’s a really good feeling knowing I have a world class lawyer in my corner because you never know what life is going to throw at you.
- a client
Smart, Strategic and Presence is how I would describe Mr. Mike Berens.
Not only is he is a fantastic attorney and great to work with, but he cares about his clients. If I ever needed to hire an attorney again, I would have no hesitation in hiring Mr. Berens. If you are searching for an attorney to represent you, you should definitely contact him.
Outstanding Lawyer, Outstanding Person
After 6 deployments and serving 8 honorable years in one of the Army’s most elite units I found myself in Pre-trial confinement facing a laundry list of felonies. What did I do? I did what any military service member should do, if and when they are facing any sort of military punishment. I hired the best lawyer that I could and that lawyer was Mike Berens.
Mike Berens is by far the best lawyer in the Puget sound area and perhaps the country. My family and I did extensive research on all the military lawyers in the JBLM area. I talked with most that are on the AVVO website and after careful consideration we chose Mike Berens. I cannot say enough good things about him, but I will try anyway. He is a man of the highest caliber. He is dependable, trustworthy, hardworking, and transparent. Mike is everything that a lawyer should be. Somebody who can help give you peace of mind, someone who will work his butt off for you to get the best possible result. If you find yourself in a tough situation let Mike put the burden on his shoulders and he will carry you through. And when you have your day in court and your ass is on the line, you better make sure you have Mike standing there with you. I did and I have the utmost respect and gratitude for what he did for me. Do not take the hiring of a lawyer lightly. It can and will make all the difference in your outcome.
All charges dismissed! What else do I need to say. Do yourself a big favor and contact this man now, let him help you and soon you will be back on this AVVO website extolling the outstanding work of Mr. Mike Berens.
- A Client
I was being charged with a handful of things that would have put a felony in my record or given me a discharge characterization of other than honorable with none of my benefits. I needed someone who I knew would fight for me. Someone not just appointed and just going through the motions. After meeting Mike and going over everything, my wife and I felt very confident he would represent me greatly. He was able to bring to light my entire story and my great career record. He was able to not have my case go to court martial. Taking a general discharge to where I would upgrade it once I’m out of the service. All in all Mike was one of many attorneys my wife and I consulted with regarding my legal situation. I can honestly say we are very happy with the professionalism and work ethic he put forth for us. I would recommend him to any one seeking legal advice.
I can’t put in words how helpful Mr. Berens was in my case. I was facing a number of charges that could have put me away for life, but with the hardest working lawyer in his field he stuck with me every step of the way. I credit him for really being there when I needed him regardless the of the situation with his hard work. I got a way better result then I could even hope for I was returned to duty and I avoided a BCD or a DD. Under the circumstances I was facing he went above and beyond just to make sure I got the best possible outcome. I would refer anybody to Mr. Berens and I would feel confident that he will get the job done. You can’t go wrong with Mr. Berens. He is the best hands down!!
One of the best!
Mike Berens was very informative and clarified everything that dealt with my case. He gave me great suggestions and also supported my suggestions. The max time I was facing was 3 years 7 months and I only served 100 days. I was release with nothing on my record. He came to see me every week, if he could not come see me he would put in for a phone call. He went out of his way to get characterization letters to support my case. He kept my wife informed with everything. He is a great man and lawyer! He would be the first I recommend to anyone.
Involved, helpful and experienced.
Nothing but good things to say about Mike. Stays in touch with you, answers questions and takes everything into consideration involving the case. Professionally handled my case and could tell he was experienced, which was what I was worried about when I searched online for a lawyer at first. Hopefully I can help someone else out with this review by recommending him.
Did a great job.
I was on trial for a rape accusation in the military. I got Mike as my lawyer since the military affords you one. I was skeptical at first after the article 32 hearing. We did nothing to defend me but this was his plan that he told me. I figured my life was over and i was going to prison for something I didn’t do. When the court martial came around, Mike came out with guns a blazing. He got evidence that was obtained incorrectly thrown out. He also fought very hard for me and got pulled aside by the judge at one point for how passionate he was being. At the end we got a full acquittal of the charge. He is a great lawyer and I recommend him.
Administrative Separation Board and Court-Martial Client Review
I hired Mike Berens after he saved me in a terrible court martial. Now I was facing and administrative discharge and my commander was recommending an other than honorable characterization. So I hired Mike yet again to keep the wolves at bay and he came through just as he had done before. His professionalism and genuine caring work ethic saved me from an other than honorable discharge to a General Under Honorable conditions. This was extremely huge for me and had Mike not been able to make this happen I would have been faced with even more troubles for the rest of my life.
I am dealing with some other legal matters and have already paid other lawyers to handle those cases because I had not met Mike back then. If I had the money to fire the lawyers I have and hire Mike I would. Basically I will never hire another attorney for the rest of my life or recommend another attorney for that matter.
Mike gets it done and he genuinely cares when he’s doing it. He’s a man amongst men and a true inspiration for an old washed up soldier like myself. Do yourself a favor and give him a chance to save whatever your looking at losing.
Court martial and separation characterization
There are not enough words to describe the excellence of Mike! As a parent of his client I highly recommend Mike to take on any aspect of the law. We are more than happy with the results of all of his knowledge and hard work that he exuded for or son. He is a bulldog in the courtroom! He is also very empathetic with the emotional side of his client and their family members. He is very prompt with returning phone calls and emails as well. Always kept us in the loop in a timely fashion.
If you are facing any legal proceedings especially a court martial this is the guy you hire.
I found myself in quite a bind after 12 years in the military I had accumulated a fair amount of awards and had climbed my way up the the so called enlisted ladder. A few poor decisions that accounted for merely a few seconds of my entire enlistment sent me into ruins. The severity of my circumstances was astounding. In short order I had lost my freedom, my family, my career and my pride.
I was fortunate enough to come to know this man who is not only knowledgeable in the legal system world but caring and compassionate. After speaking with him only a few minutes I knew that Mike would be the person if there was one on this earth to drag me out of the mess I had created. The entire duration of my legal proceedings I felt well informed and confident that I was in good hands. Mike was very attentive to my every question and concern no matter the time or day.
He knows all the right people in all the right places and is one hell of a lawyer. I had long ago believed that men of Mike Berens character didn’t exist any more in todays society. There is absolutely nothing I could say that would retract for who he is and his work ethic. Mike asked a fair and honest price for his expertise and for the work he did I would gladly have paid him more.
Long story short this man saved more of the things that I had lost than myself or anyone i knew thought possible. His work ethic and devotion is unwavering, he will not quit until he has exhausted every option.
Do yourself a favor and give Mike Berens a call, my family and I are certainly glad we did.
Army Board of Inquiry – Warrant Officer Recommendation
Mike Berens accepted my case, he worked diligently to prepare and execute the case. He stayed in constant communication while leading up to the board and even after the board to ensure I was doing well. After the board was over he also ensured my appeal was reviewd prior to submission. I would recommend Mike Berens to any Military member that needs legal assistance. Thank you Mike for everything that you did for me.
- Warrant Officer
Comments from Attorney Jeff Coats
Mike is the right kind of lawyer. He is smart, he is thoughtful and deliberate, he is reasonable and fair. I first met Mike when I was legal advisor (judge) on a discharge board and he was the recorder (prosecutor). I was so impressed by his work that when he became available for hire I was very happy he chose the Washington Air National Guard. We now have him part time where he runs the legal office for a large diverse wing. As the HQ JAG I am very confident legal services at the wing are well managed under Mike’s careful, focused eye. You can’t go wrong with Mike.
Comments from fellow Military Defense Attorney
Michael Berens is an exceptional attorney, and I would recommend him for the toughest criminal or military justice cases. Michael is an excellent advocate who consistently delivers outstanding results for his clients.
Peer Endorsement from Criminal Defense Attorney Mike Sheehy
Mr. Berens is an exceptional lawyer. I watched him supervise and co-counsel a young military lawyer at a discharge board hearing. Mr. Berens superior litigation skills resulted in a favorable outcome for his client on a very challenging case. His honesty, intellect and zealous advocacy make him an easy choice to refer family and friends.
- Mike Sheehy
Peer Endorsement from Litigation Attorney Jesse Belcher-Timme
I have known Mike Berens personally and professionally for nearly 15 years. In all those years, Mike has always been a consummate professional who excels at communicating with different people in numerous different settings. Whether he is dealing with a client, opposing counsel or a judge, I have no doubt about Mike’s ability to make a strong connection, while being courteous, respectful and persuasive. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking representation of any kind.
- Jesse Belcher-Timme
Saved my career!!
Mr. Berens represented me before a panel of officers in an administrative separation board when my commander recommended me for discharge from the Air Force after nearly 19 years of active duty service. I opted for Mr. Berens to represent me because he has an excellent reputation and I was facing life-changing ramifications. I needed the best lawyer I could find and one that I could trust. My retirement that I worked so hard and sacrificed so much for was at risk. Mr. Berens did an excellent job representing me and fighting for me. He saved my career and I was able to retire with full benefits and an HONORABLE service characterization!!!
- TSgt H. (Retired), a Military Law client
A Great man.
This is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to write. I have a hard time putting into words how much respect, trust, and admiration I have for Mr. Michael Berens. Mr. Berens represented me in a military general court martial. The charge was sexual assault . The consequences of a guilty verdict would have been catastrophic for both myself and my family. During the time leading up to my court martial I always felt that Mr. Berens listened to me and heard what I was saying. I always knew I had his his full attention and that any decision he made was in my best interest.
From the moment that I met Mr. Berens I had no doubts that he was who I wanted to represent me. He is a true honest professional with drive, integrity, and determination. Because of these qualities that are Mr. Berens, I received a full acquittal. In return I give him a lifetime of gratitude.
- TSgt P USAF(retired), a Sexual Harassment client