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Michael Owens

Employment and labor Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   11 reviews

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Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Licensed for 12 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 10/10/2022

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

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Meyer Stephenson
1 SW Columbia St Ste 1850
Portland, OR, 97204

Reviews

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Posted by Tanya | September 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent and kind
I hired Michael Owens and Christina Stephenson as a team to represent me in an employment dispute. Life is certainly not fair and not every dispute requires legal intervention, but when it does the fallout is typically ugly. When I first hired Michael and Christina to look into a Whistleblower retaliation claim, I was reeling from the aftershocks and uncertainty of an unfair termination just days before Christmas. Would I lose my house? Would I be able to afford to keep my child in school? How would I regain my confidence that I could find a job where I wouldn't be punished for trying to do the right thing? This isn't the state of mind from which a person typically has the presence to right a wrong or set the record straight and the law provides some remedy, but on a pretty tight timeline. Michael and Christina both took the time needed to listen, understand the case, and sort the legal issues involved from perception and emotion. They were able to help me understand the difference between what is illegal and what is unfair and to direct me to seek the appropriate remedies for each. When it came to what was illegal, they were perceptive, smart, organized and thorough in their review and presentation of the facts. When it came to what was unfair, they respectfully listened, but also encouraged me to continue seeking the remedy of time and introspection to heal. In this way they were skillful advocates. Knowing that they were capably handling the legal arguments related to my values of transparency, efficiency and accountability allowed me to shore up my life, make sure my child and home were safe and to process what had happened. Prior to ever pursuing a legal remedy for a dispute, I would caution anyone to ask if your values compel you to spend years reliving something unfair and disruptive to your life. If the conclusion you reach says, "I couldn't live with myself if I didn't do this," then you would be lucky to have the professional, capable and kind representation of Michael Owens and Christina Stephenson.
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Posted by David | October 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert, Caring Attorney
I hired Mr. Owens to help me prepare my case for an unemployment benefits appeal hearing. His input was invaluable in helping me put together a very solid and concise case to prove my side of the story. He was clearly an expert in the state employment code, and pointed me to the most important and relevant statutes to my case therein. He also showed that he really cared about me and the results of my case, and was conscientious about follow-up. I would highly recommend Mike Owens to anyone in need of an employment attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Fair, honest, outstanding representation
Mike was a fantastic resource to have in my corner! With his skillful representation, I was able to obtain a positive result that I would have had no chance of reaching otherwise. Mike is sharp-minded, very ethical, and personable. He made me feel validated and supported, with an honest and realistic approach to explaining how the law views the issues. He never pushed me toward a particular decision, but rather made sure that I completely understood all of my options at all times, and provided his best recommendations so that I could decide myself. Mike truly cares about fighting for the best possible outcome for each individual, whatever that takes. His fee structure is fair, and made representation accessible to me. I can't thank him enough for his help! Thank you, Mike!!!
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Posted by Brett | August 12, 2015
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I felt Mr. Owens was always up front and honest about my case and the legal process. I felt Mr. Owens was very skilled in his knowledge about employment law. I believe Mike has a lot of passion for what he does and when working with him I trusted his judgement and ethics.
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2014
Gave me hope that I was doing the right thing when that was hard to come by!
Michael was very honest with me about the difficulty of entering into litigation, and let me know the challenges I would likely face. He was helpful and kind, and also took no nonsense from the opposing side of my litigation. In other words, he was also tough when he needed to be!
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2013
Thanks for being there for me!
I was referred to Mike regarding a loss of employment / wrongful discharge issue I was having. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case. Mike was very knowledgeable, and always kept me informed of the process AND was very respectful when responding to my (sometimes) what must have seemed like "off the wall" questions / comments. He was very professional and he always made me feel comfortable and at ease. I would recommend Mike for anyone who needs a great attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2013
Very pleased
I hired Mike in regards to an employment issue I was having. I was very very pleased with the outcome within my case. Mike was very knowledgeable, and always kept me informed within the process. He was very professional and he always made me feel comfortable. I would recommend Mike for anyone who is in need of a good lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2012
Thank You!
Mike helped my wife and I through a very difficult situation involving a wrongful termination. We were very stressed and did not know what to do. Mike armed us with knowledge, and helped us understand our rights and the legal process we were facing. He kept us informed and took a lot of the stress from the situation. Mike helped us reach a fair settlement without having to go through a trial. I hope you call Mike if you have been mistreated by your employer.
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Posted by Nicholas | October 26, 2012
Fantastic work!
Michael Owens did a great job from the start. After having a run in with an area of the law I knew nothing about I turned to Mr. Owens. Throughout the process he was attentive, provided good insights and didn't ever try to sell me on his services. But, knowing that I was a little over my head I decided to retain him as my attorney. In the end, he saved me a lot of money and sleepless nights. If you are in need of any attorney give Mike a call.
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Posted by Kelli | June 27, 2011
My official Will
Mike Owens was so professional during the entire process of the writing of my Will. This was a first experience for me, both in deciding on the Will and using Mike as an attorney. He completely met and surpassed my expectations! He knew what he was talking about, and used words and metaphors I could understand to help explain the details and process to me. He even drew me pictures so this visual learner could better understand! I trust Mike's character and professionalism, and will definitely refer my friends to him!
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Posted by Bridget | June 27, 2011
Outstanding attorney, will work with him again!
I retained Mr. Owens for a real estate transaction that was highly stressful for me to deal with. He was incredibly polished, informative, and professional. He listened patiently, and then took it entirely off my plate and dealt with everything for me in a way that gave me the utmost confidence about the outcome, and more importantly- gave me peace of mind. I was extremely impressed with his work. Best attorney I've ever worked with!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 240-280 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Public Speaking Instructor
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Summer Associate
  • Stoel Rives LLP
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk, Appellate Division
  • Oregon Department Of Justice
  • 2008 - 2009

Education

  • Willamette University College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, magna cum laude
  • 2010
  • Oregon State University
  • Master of Arts
  • 2007
  • University of Wyoming
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2004

Associations

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Publications Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Legislative Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Employee/Individual Rights Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Membership Committee
  • Secretary
  • 2012 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Membership Selection
  • Order of the Barristers
  • 2010
  • Member of the Year - 3L
  • Willamette Law Review
  • 2010
  • Inaugural Inductee
  • Wyoming Debate Hall of Fame
  • 2009
  • National Champion
  • National Parliamentary Debate Association
  • 2003
  • Top Debate Speaker
  • National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence
  • 2003
  • National Champion
  • National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence
  • 2003
  • Top Debate Speaker
  • National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence
  • 2002
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Publications

  • Trial Lawyer (OTLA)
  • Social Media in Employment
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Employment Law for the Family Law Attorney
  • Employment Law for the Family Law Attorney
  • 2016
  • Willamette University College of Law
  • Starting a Law Practice
  • 2013
  • Willamette University College of Law
  • Starting a Law Practice
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (21)
Endorse Michael
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an intelligent, talented, and passionate attorney. He has my highest endorsement as a tireless advocate for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike brings incredible research and writing skills to all of his cases. In addition, he is a compassionate, hard-working advocate for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is one of rare well-rounded lawyers with a big heart and employment law chops to boot. I recommend him without reservation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Friend
"Mike's knowledge of the law is second to none, and he is a great advocate for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Michael on several cases and he is an exceptional lawyer. He is an employment law specialist who is knowledgeable, hard working and an excellent writer. He is also enjoyable to work with. I would highly recommend Michael to anyone seeking counsel for employment law matters."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"While working for Mike, it didn't take long for me to see what his clients and colleagues already knew, that he is an incredibly intelligent and caring attorney. Mike has a unique ability to rapidly process complicated issues from many different areas of law, which any lawyer will tell you is no small feat. I highly recommend retaining his services."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a terrific lawyer who is well-regarded by his peers, and he is supported by three partners who make up one of Portland's up-and-coming firms."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an exceptional attorney, highly capable and compassionate about his clients. His warm personality and genuine concern for those he represents brings great reassurance in troubled times. He is the kind of lawyer clients can feel at ease with and confident in his abilities as their attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Owens is a superb member of the attorney community. He is a highly skilled, efficient, and effective professional. I would recommend Michael to anyone looking for a great attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Incredibly smart, creative, passionate and dedicated. I support this lawyer's work."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have no hesitations referring clients to Michael for employment law matters. Michael is quick witted, a zealous advocate, and a real person."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a brilliant legal mind who works tirelessly for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is great with people and an exceptional attorney. Clients should feel confident entrusting their legal matters to his expertise."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a strong lawyer and works diligently for his clients. He is hard working, dependable, and overall, a great person who is easy to deal with."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I admire Michael Owens and his partners for the way they formed their law firm right out of law school. They showed a great amount of courage, even audacity. Our profession needs more lawyers who have the fine qualities which are exemplified by Mr Owens and his partners! I wish them and their clients well."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer's work. Michael is an extremely intelligent, thorough and capable attorney whose knowledge, professionalism, thoughtfulness and diligence makes him an excellent advocate for all of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is an effective advocate for his clients in a variety of civil practice areas."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is a dedicated professional who goes the extra mile for his clients, and I would recommend his services without hesitation. He is intelligent and creative, and always understanding and responsive to his clients' needs."
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Portland Employment and labor Lawyer Michael Owens
Michael Owens
Employment and labor Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 12 years