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Michelle R Burrows

Civil rights Attorney at Hillsboro, OR

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    I primarily practice in the area of suits against government for excessive force cases, unlawful arrests and misuse of governmental process. Of my civil rights cases, approximately 30% are prisoner rights cases.

    28 years

  2. State, local, and municipal law
    This can subsume termination cases, civil service cases, jail cases, administrative proceedings.

    38 years

  3. Medical malpractice
    Primarily this area is related to prisoner medical treatment cases and can also be a civil rights matter.

    25 years

I have practiced law in Oregon since 1986, but have taken cases in California, Washington, Idaho, Missouri. I enjoy mountain biking, traveling, writing, entertaining friends, hiking and taking care of my family. But mostly I work at the practice of law. I love my job and the folks I am able to represent in serious and important areas.


Law Office of Michelle R. Burrows, P.C.
1333 NE Orenco Station Parkway
Suite 525
Hillsboro, OR, 97124


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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2015
One of the most amazing/knowledgable bold lawyers I've ever met!
Michelle came highly recommended from another lawyer. I reached out to her and she quickly educated me about several things in my case. She was bold, knowledgable, and honest. The most important traits you can ask for in an attorney. Not all cases are winning cases, but Im willing to bet that if its winnable, Michelle is who you want on your side. Thanks Michelle!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 450-500 per hour
  • Contingency 40%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Michelle R. Burrows P.C.
  • 2000 - Present
  • Partner
  • Kohler & Burrows P.C.
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Sr. Assistant County Counsel
  • Washington County Counsel
  • 1993 - 1995


  • NW School of Law at Lewis & Clark
  • Juris Prudence
  • 1986
  • Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Anstett et al v. State of Oregon
  • Settlement changing medical conditions in prisons
  • Lisa Dunn v. City of Eugene
  • Settlement for $900,000
  • Gill et al v. State of Oregon
  • Settlement inmate medical claims plus atty fees
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  • Gus Solomon Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Trial Lawyers College
  • participate
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Federal Practice and Procedure Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Civil Forfeiture Asset Oversight Committe to Oregon Legislature
  • Member, Attorney General Appointee
  • 1998 - Present
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member and former Vice President
  • 1997 - Present
  • United States District Court for Northern District California
  • Admittee
  • 1989 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Admittee
  • 1987 - Present
  • United States District Court for District of Oregon
  • Admittee
  • 1987 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Local Professional Responsibility Committee
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2000
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  • Civil Rights Litigtion Seminar Manual: NW Constitutional Rights Center
  • Chapter on 4th Amendment and Municipal Liability
  • 2007
  • Oregon Defense Lawyer
  • 2000 Forfeiture Legal Changes
  • N/A
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Search and Seizure Manual
  • Forfeiture Chapter
  • N/A
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Newsletter
  • In Praise of Famous Men
  • N/A
  • OTLA Civil Rights Newsletter
  • The Right to Privacy
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Litigation Seminar: 6 week
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • 2009
  • Civil Rights
  • Overview of Civil Rights Litigation
  • 2008
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Rights Litigation: Muncipal Liability
  • 2007
  • 6 Week Civil Rights Litigation Class
  • A six week overview of Civil Rights ligitation
  • 2007
  • DUII and DRE Recognition
  • Vehicle Forfeitures
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Michelle
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I met Michelle at a trial lawyer conference in Toledo, Ohio and I was totally impressed for the passion she has for her clients. She is an inspiration."
Civil rights Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Burrows is a fearless and creative advocate. She is professional and thorough in her claims against powerful interests, law enforcement, and prisons when these institutions harm individuals. Ms. Burrows is very effective."
Civil rights Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"To anyone who meets Michelle, it is instantly clear that she will work harder than anyone else to fight for justice for her clients. At a point in her career where lesser attorneys might be content to coast on prior experience, Michelle goes to every length to continually sharpen her formidable negotiation and trial skills. With Michelle, clients always know she will do whatever it takes to be the most effective, and the lawyers unlucky enough to be opposing her clients know it, too."
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