When you need an attorney who is a Soldier’s Soldier
If you have stumbled upon this review you are more than likely looking for an attorney to defend you against UCMJ actions or another form of Military non-punitive action. I would say look no further Mr. Michael J. Berens aka “Mike” is the only attorney you need. Speaking from my personal experience he is a Veteran who speaks the JAG language, but knows how to cut through the bullshit and red tape. Nothing in this world is free and that includes justice, do not count on the Military appointed attorneys to have your back. When it matters the most and you have everything to lose no matter the cost, Berens Law Firm is who you want watching your six. This is coming from a two time Combat Veteran Master Sergeant with 19 years of service, who was facing a separation board. The dedication and hard work from Mike guaranteed that I as well as my family retain my retirement benefits and continue to serve this great nation.
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Mike Berens is without a doubt the best defense counsel you could hire. Mr. Berens treated me like family. Look no further in your search for a very talented attorney who will work harder for your case than ANY other attorney. Mr. Berens is fierce in the courtroom and a savvy negotiator. Your search for an attorney should end with my review.
Admin separation board
Mike hands down has gone above and beyond what I would have expect for a military lawyer. Not only did he travel with me to Washington DC for a board that was over 2 days but he continuously worked the case before and after. His attention to detail was outstanding and was able to add a second military lawyer when the military was saying otherwise. I was facing a less then ideal discharge and was able to secure a honorable with the possibility of future retention. I would not have felt as comfortable with the board if it wasn’t for mike.
Choosing The Sound Military Lawyer, Michael J. Berens to represent me…was the right move.
If you don’t have time to read then know this, if you are in serious military justice or administrative separation trouble and need support, Mike Berens is the guy to call.
I am a Major in the US Army, a husband, a father of four, and a proud mustang (NCO to Officer) with over 18 years of service. I never thought I would be put in a situation that would require me to need a military defense lawyer. Unfortunately, there are individuals that have malicious intent and have learned how to weaponize the military justice system for their own vengeance or personal means. I happened to be the victim of a rather extreme case.
After 5 months of allowing the military system to run its course, enduring a criminal investigation flag, and being removed from my resident ILE assignment, I had enough. My accusers were manipulating the system and I wanted resolution. The judge advocate military lawyers were unable to assist me so I started researching civilian military lawyers in the area. After reaching out to several lawyers and through my own process of elimination, Mike Berens agreed to meet with me face to face. After only a few minutes I knew he was the no bull, honest, and dedicated individual that I needed.
My case ended up dragging out for over 14 months and Mike, though handling his intense trial schedule, supporting other clients, and excelling in his position in the Washington State Air Force National Guard, never let me down. After 2 days of an intense trial I was presented the best possible outcome…complete acquittal. He listened, he learned the facts, he knew my case and the individuals involved. He is the individual you want defending you in a court room. I am pretty confident that he saved my credibility, my career, and my retirement worth over $2.5 million. Choosing The Sound Military Lawyer, Mike Berens to represent me regardless of the outcome was the right move. If you are reading this review trying to decide…stop and give him a call, you will be thankful you did.
Mike was incredibly helpful, patient and thorough in helping me navigate the military legal system. I truly appreciated his passionate and committed defense of me and helping to facilitate a fair judgment. I have no hesitancy in recommending this experienced and professional attorney to any military personnel or families.
Nursing Credential Peer Review and BOI- two hearings MAR 2021
I can not say enough about Mike except that I had experienced other Large Firms and local attorneys and was very refreshing to work with Mike. He was very objective and challenged me because the charges were malicious, but he was able to review a lot of documents (three years of correspondence and investigations). He earned my trust and respect through his dedication and hard work. When you are facing charges, you are very vulnerable and can be victimized by unscrupulous firms, please do not go with anyone else because it can make you feel further victimized. Mike Berens had my trust and respect because of his ethical values and sincere approach to his clients. I am forever grateful and thankful for his amazing attorney skills during my two hearings. Due to his hard work I will be allowed to continue to serve in the US Navy until I am eligible for retirement in 2024 and will keep my nursing credentials.
- Reynalda, LCDR
If you need help with military law, you need to call Mike!
I was falsely accused of domestic violence by my spouse after I informed their command of their infidelity and suicidal threats. I sought out Mike for his expertise in military law. He consulted with me numerous times and gave me sound, professional advice and peace of mind. He walked me through the process, told me what to expect, and was there for me every step of the way and any time that I needed him. He is very knowledgeable, polite, and respectful, and he genuinely wants to help you through what is likely the most difficult and trying time of your life. I highly recommend Mike to anyone dealing with military law or criminal defense.
- Anonymous Client
Attentive, Caring, Passionate, Responsible, the BEST
Act Now! Don’t wait any longer! Mr. Berens will surpass every expectation.
I reached out to Mr. Berens for legal advise regarding my military career. I was facing UOTHC for something I didn’t commit. Mr. Berens or “Mike” heard me, cared for me, and advised me right away! We then met face to face. At the time, I was hesitant due to pricing on lawyers. I reached out towards the end of the legal process; I didn’t realized it but I wish I would have contacted him from the beginning. If you need help contact him now!
Mr. Berens studied my case heavily and intensively. Not only he had the patience to hear my stories, my complaints, my fears he also kept his composure on every moment of the process. The process took months and he was there, checking in, giving me updates, etc…
Alas, we were scheduled for court where we could show our innocence. Mike went into court like a LION. He showed detailed and accurate evidence, he memorized my story, he advocated for me like no-one else did, and stood by my side when no one else believed me. After 3 extensive days, Mike delivered. He saved me from the UOTHC. He proved my innocence! To this date he still helps my the legal processes that are following up; he is still helping me.
I’ve got nothing but admiration for Mike – a veteran lawyer. Overall, he is Attentive, Caring, Passionate, Responsible, and the BEST!!!!
If you are ever in need of someone looking out for you Mike Berens is who you need.
Hello all, I hired Mr. Berens back in April of 2020. We finished our case in March of 2022. I was acquitted of all three charges against me. These three charges where nothing to be messing around with, which is why I hired Mr. Berens. From that date he has been nothing but supportive, professional and most important to me, very caring. This was no easy case. It had a lot of challenges…especially, dealing with the military. That didn’t deter him from his dedication to helping me and ensuring I was treated fairly and within the spectrum of the law. Mike is a very smart and hard working individual who stand ups for justice and righteousness. Apart from getting acquitted, the one thing that resonated with me and I could never be grateful enough for…is that even though I was a paying customer Mr. Berens never once treated me as such. His behavior with me was if I was a family member, making sure I was doing well, keeping me updated, making sure I was given the treatment I deserved by my branch of service, and many more to list. Overall, I could never repay Mike Berens for the gratitude and service he rendered to me and my family. My family and I are finally free from this dark moment in our lives thanks to Mike’s dedication and countless hours of examination. I highly recommend his services 1,000 times.
Thank you Mike…you’re the best and you’ll always have my gratitude.
Mr. Berens is very professional, respectful, smart, and honest. He really cares about what he is doing and the people he represents. His knowledge, expertise and passion in the courtroom stand above the others. Mike is a fearless lion defending his client. Also, he kept the lines of communication open and was very considerate throughout the entire case. His diligence, integrity, kindness, and compassion did not go unnoticed. He is an outstanding lawyer and also a wonderful person. That’s why, we really trusted and respected him. Mr. Berens, thank you for all your hard work. You put your mind and your soul on the case and for that our entire family is forever grateful. Highly recommended!!!
Mr. Berens is the best lawyer I have had the pleasure of working with. The military came down hard on me and he was there every step of the way to help me out with whatever I needed. Don’t think I would of been treated as well or got what I did without his direct help. My command wanted to kick me out with an Other than Honorable discharge and with his help I am able to get out with an Honorable. If your looking for a lawyer that will go up to bat for you and will do everything he can. Mr. Berens without a doubt is who I would chose.
- Former Military Client
Caring, Professional, Charismatic, Reasonable Lawyer
- Former Military Client
Mike is an excellent Lawyer. I was in a very bad situation, had extremely serious charges, and I hired Mike. He was able to get the case dismissed three days before trial. I highly recommend.
So happy with the decision to bring Mike onto my defense team
Mike hit the ground running with my case since the first time we met and he heard my rather emotional story about my deployment, mental health issues, and possibility of a general court martial. He tried to resolve the case with an alternate disposition but the commander and his legal advisors wanted to use me as an example. Despite the commander going against mental healthcare provider’s recommendations, a “no cry zone” in the commander’s office, being denied leave for months, and all the way to post-trial legal administration involuntarily extending my service; Mike was proactive, a bulldog, experienced, and has a genuine dedication to justice. He fought for me. He’s still fighting for me. After the trial result of three out of four charges being found not guilty, he still continued to fight for a full dismissal. There’s no doubt this was the hardest year of my life, but with Mike on my team, going to bat for me, all the hearings and preparation, I have trust and faith in my defense team. The peace of mind his experience and authenticity gave me was invaluable. Mike treated me like a person, not just another case. 10/10 recommend.
Incredible Attorney, Transparent Communicator and Reliable Resource
I highly recommend Mike to anyone facing military legal action. He is responsive, highly experienced with military law, and truly concerned about you as a person, not just a client.
At the end of a 21 year career, with an approved retirement date within months, I became the subject of a 15-6 investigation for an exhaustive list of allegations from fostering a toxic work environment to preventing combat action badges from being awarded to unit members during our recent deployment. Although TDS was helpful in explaining all the possible outcomes, the officer did not voice concern over the investigation since it would not affect my actual approved retirement date and suggested a wait and see what happens approach.
Facing anything from a GOMOR to reduction of rank board, I consulted multiple civilian attorneys with military law experience. Mike was immediately responsive and accommodating meeting me near JBLM despite being located in Seattle. He spent a great deal of time listening to the allegations and what had occurred. He asked straight forward questions and worked with me to define what exactly I was looking for with legal representation and outlined the expected cost for the initial representation and additional costs if the case continued down multiple possible avenues.
As the investigation progressed, Mike was there every step. He helped me formulate responses to the investigating officer’s questions. He met with me prior and attended my in person interview with the investigating officer. He was truly concerned about me as a person when the interview did not go well, no fault of Mike. He assisted me with responding to e-mails when I started having difficulty with attachments due to having to use guest accounts because I no longer had computer access at the unit. He helped me formulate a response to the GOMOR the investigating officer recommended and submitted a separate response to the action authority as my attorney.
In the end, we had the best possible outcome with every allegation being unfounded and the proposed GOMOR being overruled. I cannot thank Mike enough for his work, willingness to care about a high stakes outcome when others did not, and treating me as a friend and not just another client. I highly recommend Mike to anyone facing military administrative or legal action.
Likely SAVED MY RETIREMENT with his expertise
Mr. Berens did a terrific job with my complicated, nuanced case. Although my case had many unique considerations (I’m an officer with the expected additional command interest, I’m retirement eligible yet still have obligation for training) Mr. Berens handled it all with poise and sound judgement. Gave me expert recommendations/advice all along the way, while still being willing to listen to my input. He went out of his way to advocate on my behalf with my chain of command, reached out to his own network of subject-matter-experts to weigh in on my case, and worked well with my witnesses and detailed Navy defense lawyer. He has a competent, poised manner that seemed to reflect well with senior officers in my chain as well as with senior players on the legal side of the house. Definitely made the right decision in hiring him and would do it again without reservation. Recommended highly.
- Former Client
Outstanding Military Lawyer!
I selected Mike after interviewing several attorneys locally in Seattle and on the west coast. Mike was recommended to me by another lawyer who had just relocated from Seattle to CA. We hired Mike for our young son who is in the Navy. He had a drug and a UA charge. This was a case that went to Court Martial. Being out of state, civilians and not having a lot of information to go on, we were naturally very distressed about our son’s situation.
Reasons for selecting Mike were simple for us:
-he’s local and had access to the base my son was located
-impressive military career & skill set as a attorney/leader, working cases across various military branches
-empathetic demeanor and compassion, confident
-excellent communication skills, very transparent
-breaks complicated legalese into layman’s terms
-readily available and sets expectations when he’s out on leave or in the middle of a court martial, but responds very quickly if so
-pricing is fair and expectations are set upfront
-all communications come from him and not someone from the office
Ultimately I was far more comfortable knowing he was in my son’s court, protecting his rights and ensuring his comfort/safety through this process. He visited my son or called him weekly, which matters a great deal. I highly recommend his services!
Discharge Upgrade Attempt
I contacted Mr. Berens over two years ago to take on my case for an upgrade of my discharge. Two years is a long time to go through the process but it was never anything on Mr. Berens end. He was very timely in all his responses and thorough in what he needed from me and what to expect on things.
The meticulous nature in which he put together my package was great. The outcome wasn’t what I hoped for but that isn’t anything to do with Mr. Berens. I had worked with another lawyer on this same issue and this was by far a better experience for me. The knowledge level and professionalism by Mr. Berens was second to none.
If you are looking for someone to look at your case and see it from all sides and give you the best routes to take to maximize efforts toward a successful outcome I would recommend Mr. Berens.
Challenging Dual Military DV Case
Mike was recommended to me by a senior NCO (Non- Commissioned Officer) who had been in the Military Police Corps over 20 years. In the course of his career he had to participate in or observe a large number of courts-martial. He said Mike was the best litigator he had seen in action. I trusted that particular NCO’s judgment greatly, so I called and set up a meeting with Mike. Within the first minute or two of our meeting I could discern Mike was very sharp, a natural leader, and that he exuded a strong presence. I hired him immediately. My ex-wife had made some pretty serious accusations of abuse against me and I felt like with the current environment of general hostility against men, I stood a very good chance of being convicted for some things I didn’t do. Mike did a great job of pointing out the inconsistencies and implausibility in her story in a way that didn’t make us look like we were just trying to attack the “victim”. His cross examination of the complaining witness was very effective. His use of medical experts was especially potent during the trial. Mike also had a good strategy in how to deal with the younger and very aggressive trial counsel (prosecutor). There were several times when I felt like the trial counsel was getting the better of us and able to suppress some evidence that could have been helpful to the defense. In the end, it backfired on the prosecutor because the panel (jury) was able to see that there was a lot to hide about the complaining witness’s character. Mike had the experience to know that would be the case, and kept me calm throughout the trial. In the end I received a full acquittal! Not guilty on every charge! The whole legal process from the date of the incident, lasted just over a year. Mike was always easy to get a hold of when I needed to talk through something and I felt like we were a team. This was not an easy case by any means, and Mike helped me and my Family get past one of the most stressful events you can ever go through, with an outstanding result. Thanks Mike.
- Former Client
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After reading these reviews, I hired Mr. Berens to represent me for a drug charge on Base and he organized a judgement on the first court date.
Exceptional expert and legal Mind….Spot On! Attorney Mike Berens leads from the “front” without hesitation. He is a true professional and always prepared to give his all….to every case. His preparation and adept knowledge of both sides, defense and prosecution, made him an awesome asset for this “critically complex” case of our family member. Additionally, he ensured the health and welfare of his client from day one, making sure he was being treated not just as an inmate but as our loved one. It did not stop there. Mike Berens was dedicated to his clients welfare, but also ensured he was treated within his “legal” rights according to UCMJ standards. Again, his consistent dedication and unmatched preparation while interviewing witnesses, researching legal cases, bringing in Medical and Forensic experts made all the difference in this case, as noted by the Convening Judge of the Military Court Martial. Meeting with the Prosecution and staying three steps ahead was a daily routine. All the while, he always was exceptionally transparent to his clients family to ensure our available options.
You may think these are standard qualities of every Attorney but you would be far from the truth. It is evident, Attorney Mike Berens has the “right stuff.” His DNA is made of the “Core Values” we lived in Service with the Air Force: Integrity First; Service before Self; and Excellence in all we Do! Here’s what separates Mike: Integrity every step of the way; Compassion for the client; Passion and dedication to serve; and dogged mentality to get to the “truth.” His work ethic brings new meaning to “Shock and Awe” in a courtroom setting. Let me be clear, as a 30yr Senior Air Force Leader, Warfighter and Veteran, I have seen the “best of breeds” in the field of great legal minds in and out of the Military. Attorney Mike Berens is easily in the Top 1% and the “very best” anyone could ask to represent them or a love one. He builds and earns your trust everyday and once onboard you have a teammate for “life.”
- Colonel (Ret.)
Mr Berens defended my brother, an Army Soldier, when he was accused of assault. Mr Berens is very knowledgeable of the UCMJ and his professionalism is to the highest standard. He was more prepared than the Army prosecution team that was in charge of my brother’s case. He made sure my brother received proper treatment while sitting in confinement waiting for his trial. Many plea deals were offered, but he make sure my brother had the final say on what route to take. We are satisfied with the results we got, and if we can do it all over again we will choose Mike Berens.
You want this gentleman in your corner!!
I initially reached out to Mr. Berens when I was accused of drinking with my Soldiers while under General Order #1, in addition, my command was convinced that intercourse occurred. He provided sound advice and applied no pressure to retain him. He was more than willing to answer minor questions and provided some relief that things would be ok. After this situation worsened with my unit, I immediately hired his services and the battle began. I was facing a GOMOR and involuntary separation with fives years left to retirement and a flawless career. Mr. Berens dedicated every ounce of time that I needed to answer all of my questions and instill some comfort as I could possibly lose everything. The day of my separation board I would offer an image of the Battleship “U.S.S Missouri”, Mr. Berens opened with guns blazing and destroyed the prosecutors statement and lack of/no evidence. Our prep work days prior paid off huge as I beat the board and was found not guilty and retained. That day will be the 3rd biggest day of my life, and I couldn’t of achieved success without Mike Berens. This man is solid, professional, extremely diligent in researching and understanding your situation and most of all he understands the military life as he wears the uniform himself. Don’t bother looking elsewhere, you want this guy in your corner.
- James, SFC USA
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
He has your back!
From mission brief he was on the job, I can’t imagine what would have happened if I hadn’t hired him. The system is totally against you and if you think you can go it alone you’re a fool. Mike’s Military background gives him the expertise to defend you, he’s professional, he knows what it takes to serve because he serves. For those of us who love our country and have sacrificed so much for what we love Mike has understands that and goes the extra mile to make sure he has your back. I 100% recommend him to anyone who may be in need. COL (Ret.)
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
Amazing hard worker
Mr. Berens was personable, professional while caring. He said that he would work hard and do everything he could to try to get a positive result and that man went above and beyond. He definitely dug into my case and thoroughly prepared an impeccable case showcasing the truth, while I hope I don’t ever need a lawyer again…in the event I do I’m only calling him. If you’re in the area and you’re in trouble and need the best lawyer ever…please please contact Mr. Berens.
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.
Definition of professionalism.
When I researched into hiring a lawyer for my case Michael was one of the first that was recommended to me. After seeing him work I have personally recommended him to fellow patrons. My case was not a normal one and after about a year we achieved an outcome that was a complete 180 compared to how it looked when we first started. Michael was quick to respond to any questions that I had. Even when he had went through a personal loss in his family, he still took time to ensure that I got the best quality attorney. Michael is an amazing lawyer who will get the job done. I feel grateful that I had him next to me when I went to court martial.
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