For those of you who take an interest, I was checking out Attorney C. Michael Budlong's listing on AVVO and found the following link. See below:
Apparently, according to the listing, Attorney C. Michael Budlong was reprimanded and the notation on that was posted on AVVO with the intention that a public statement would encourage Attorney Budlong to refrain from bad behavior in the future. I am not sure if it did, but I am all for powerful aspirational statements!
It is Budlong & Barrett, LLC that was involved in trumping up a false Amber Alert in Colleen Kerwick's case which led this lovely young mother to lose all access to her 4 year old son. I believe that the Judge in the case found the accusation believable because Ms. Kerwick is a native of Ireland and many foreign nationals who find themselves in family court end up under suspicion of wishing to flee the country with their child, even when there is absolutely no cause to believe it.
While Attorney Budlong himself has not been involved in this case, it is his partner, Attorney Campbell Barrett who is, along with Attorney Jon Kuckucka who was featured in a prior blog. See the link below:
I am assuming this is a birds of a feather flock together type thing. The one former client who left a comment in regard to C. Michael Budlong stated as follows:
Mr Budlong missed his calling as an actor. He is more concerned with his own personal show in court than his clients
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
- I do not recommend C Budlong.
- I hired C Budlong more than 3 years ago.
- C Budlong handled my Divorce / Separation matter.
Upon recommendation of a friend, I retained Mr. Budlong. I thought I was in good hands when he showed me all his pictures of him with famous people. That was the first sign that his ego was more important than my case. Mr. Budlong does not take the time to educate his clients. He pushed me to make snap decisions that I have regretted for years. As I was being steam rolled by the other attorney's, Mr Budlong kept asking me "do you want to get divorced or not".
So doesn't look like the Statewide Grievance Reprimand did a lot of good! I will say that it is remarkable that C. Michael Budlong received any kind of reprimand at all. I have submitted my own complaints in regard to attorneys who violated their professional ethics, and I know many other people who have submitted complaints regarding attorneys whose conduct has been absolutely outrageous, yet they are not reprimanded. I can only guess at what Attorney Budlong must have done to get one! My imagination is going wild!