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Description of Practice
Michael has been consistently recognized for his work in mediation and conflict resolution. Listed in Best Lawyers and Oregon SuperLawyers, Michael provides the highest quality mediation and collaborative law services for families.
He has taught divorce mediation at the Straus Institute for Conflict Resolution at Pepperdine College of Law. He is committed to providing client-oriented mediation and collaborative law services customized to the needs of his clients.He has been listed in Best Lawyers of America for Family Law Mediation since 2009 and in Oregon SuperLawyers for Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2007.
Michael also has a long, distinguished career as a trial lawyer. He has litigated or reached successful settlement in hundreds of litigated cases. He has long been an Preeminent AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest lawyer rating given to a lawyer by his peers for skill and ethics.
Michael served as the 2008-09 President of the Multnomah Bar Association.
My intention is to serve all my clients with intelligence, compassion and dedication. I truly wish for each one of my clients, and all members of their families, to be happy and to resolve their conflicts successfully. I want them to thrive.
I am committed to listening deeply to my clients, to understanding their deepest needs and goals, and to helping them achieve the fairest, quickest, least expensive, and most satisfying resolution possible.
I am committed to solving problems for my clients and their families, and never inflaming conflict. I am committed to helping clients avoid unnecessary, expensive and damaging court battles. Whether I am working as a mediator or lawyer, I am committed to crafting a fair settlement agreement.
But I will never sacrifice fairness and justice to promote a settlement agreement. That creates false resolution. On those occasions when the parties cannot reach a fair settlement agreement outside the courtroom, I will help my clients obtain the justice they deserve at trial. If I am unable to represent clients myself, such as when I have been serving as a mediator, I will help my clients obtain high quality representation.
Clients do not pay a retainer. We want satisfied clients who feel that the cost of our service is fair and reasonable.
- Selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Family Law Mediation, 2009-2020
- Distinguished as an Oregon Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers, 2007-2020
- Peer Review rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the “highest level of professional excellence"
Areas of Practice
- Adoption (4 mediated)
- Appellate (10 mediated)
- Divorce (all issues) (1,500 mediated)
- Divorce (parenting) (1,400 mediated)
- Estate Planning (4 mediated)
- Family (1,500 mediated)
- Personal Injury (10 mediated)
- Probate (10 mediated)
- Mediating Lawyer
- Collaborative Professional
- Online Mediator