From my initial conversation with him, Michael has to be one of the most honest, kind, and forthcoming lawyers I've discussed and had a good conversation with. I called him anticipating an answering machine, and woke him up in the middle of the night (boy would I have been upset if someone did that to me.... and then didn't even have a urgent case/matter!!!) He was extremely kind and very genuine (with some psychology background, its extremely easy to tell his manners and authenticity were top-notch). This professional is here for you 24/7 and I can guarantee (who knows when) that I will be using him the next time I need legal assistance in such related manners. I called him regarding a potential wrongful illegal detainment (where nothing was subsequently found) even with an invasive search on me, and he was nothing but an all-star. I would have loved for him to represent me in a previous matter when I was living in Arizona (too bad he's not licensed to practice there) as I hired a known 'competent' lawyer that still was far below the ranks of Michael. This guy knows his stuff, he's got broad range of knowledge of International regulations and laws that I can confirm (as I have lived overseas and worked in more countries then I can count) - I've had my fair share of lawyers, talks, and retainment of services, and I have to say Mike deserves all the money he needs to charge as you are getting someone who really can do the research and right-off-the-bat let you know 'where you stand' and wont try to 'wiggle you in' like other lawyers try. While I haven't retained him because I don't have a very probable case, we did have a great chat and he really is down to earth (unlike some lawyers) so thats the only reason for the 4/5 star on kept me informed - because he does keep everyone informed via his free postings online, but I have not retained his services (yet!) so I wouldn't be able to comment on taht aspect - but in regards to being a genuine, very knowledgeable, and extremely well-rounded individual of high-caliber, I would recommend him to anyone who asked for my guidance.... and believe me, I don't really give out recommendations unless I know other individuals will have the same level of high-class service I received, if not better - Michael is one of two individuals I know would do anything to help, enjoys his profession, and is extremely respectful yet far more knowledgeable than most lawyers - the other recommended person? Well that's someone being a medical doctor, so non-applicable. If your thinking of having a lawyer, just call Michael for a chat and you'll see for yourself his quality level and genuine personality compared to other lawyers.