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215 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97204
Fax: 503 241-7708
Description of Practice
Michael has been consistently recognized for his work in mediation and conflict resolution. 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 AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest lawyer rating given to a lawyer by his peers for skill and ethics.
He frequently speaks, trains and educates other lawyers, law students, mediators, and the public in the areas of conflict resolution and collaborative problem-solving, mediation and negotiation, and communication skills.
Michael served as the 2008-09 President of the Multnomah Bar Association after serving on the Board of Directors. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Chapter of the American Family and Conciliation Courts.
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.
We do not ask for a retainer, but Clients are asked to keep fees current. We want satisfied clients who feel that the cost of our services is fair and reasonable.
- Selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Family Law Mediation, 2009-2015
- Distinguished as an Oregon Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers, 2007-2015
- Peer Review rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the “highest level of professional excellence"
Areas of Practice
- Adoption (4 mediated)
- Adult Family (200 mediated)
- Appellate (8 mediated)
- Divorce (all issues) (1,000 mediated)
- Divorce (parenting) (1,000 mediated)
- Elder (3 mediated)
- Estate Planning (2 mediated)
- Family (950 mediated)
- Personal Injury (10 mediated)
- Probate (2 mediated)
- Mediating Lawyer
- Collaborative Professional
- Online Mediator