Michael J. Berens

Bailey Onsager, PC
1020 One Union Square
600 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101-1374

206.623.9900 Main
888.407.5707 Direct
206.624.6885 Fax

Michael J. Berens

Michael J. Berens

Mike is an of-counsel attorney in the firm. His primary area of practice is military law. Mike defends service members facing general court-martial, special court-martial, or administrative separation. Mike served over eight years on active duty in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. He has deployed as an attorney to Iraq and Afghanistan. Learn more about Mike's military practice and experience by clicking here.

Mike’s practice also includes civil litigation in state and federal courts. Mike is accredited by the Veteran’s Administration and he is expanding his practice to include representing veterans seeking benefits from the Veteran’s Administration.

Mike is an active member in the community. He supports a number of local educational, youth-sports and Veteran-oriented causes. Mike also serves as an officer in the Washington Air National Guard. Mike enjoys spending most of his free time with his extraordinary wife, Whitney Berens, and their three remarkable children. The Berens family’s favorite pastimes include golfing, running, visiting beaches, camping in Washington State Parks and downhill skiing at Crystal Mountain and beyond.

New England School of Law, J.D. 2004 (with honors)
Ripon College, B.A. 1999
U.S. Air Force, 2006 – 2014
Washington Air National Guard, 2014 – present
Memberships and Service
Washington State Bar Association
Department of Veterans Affairs – accredited
Veterans of Foreign Wars
•  United States Peace Corps
Parent – Teacher Association
Honors and awards
•  Meritorious Service Medal – 2014
•  Defense Meritorious Service Medal – 2013
•  NATO Medal – ISAF (non-Article 5) – 2013
•  Meritorious Service Medal – 2011
•  Air Force Commendation Medal – 2009
•  Joint Service Commendation Medal – 2007
•  Air Force Commendation Medal – 2006
New England Scholar – 2004
Types of Cases
General Courts-Martial
Special Courts-Martial
Administrative Separations
Flying Evaluation Boards
Veterans Administration Disability Claims
Civil Litigation
Recent Representative Cases
Represented a Soldier in Superior Court charged with 2nd degree Assault
DV with a deadly weapon (no confinement)
Represented a Veteran in Municipal Court charged with violating a No Contact Order (no confinement)
Represented a Soldier at a General Court-Martial for multiple drug offenses, AWOL, and more (all charges dismissed with prejudice)
Represented a Plaintiff in Superior Court in a civil action against a municipality (jury ruled in Plaintiff's favor/awarded damages)
Represented an Airman at a Special Court-Martial for a drug offense (no punitive discharge)
Represented an Airman at an Administrative Separation Board for a pattern of misconduct (preserved VA benefits with a Under Honorable Conditions (General) service characterization)
Represented a Soldier at a General Court-Martial for Accessory after the fact to Premeditated Murder, Obstructing Justice and more (no punitive discharge, limited confinement)







Military Law
Veterans Disability
Civil Litigation
  All Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court Western District
Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces 
Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals