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About me

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.


Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 75%
    20 years, 45 cases
  2. Federal Crime: 12%
    20 years, 10 cases
  3. Medical Malpractice: 7%
    17 years, 16 cases
  4. Nursing Home Abuse: 5%
    13 years, 2 cases
  5. State & Local Law: 1%
    30 years, 6 cases



Hourly ($350-400/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

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  • Lake James H Perriguey

    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.


    Lake James Perriguey Family Attorney
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  • Benjamin Cox

    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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Contact info

618 NW Glisan Ste 203
Portland, OR, 97209


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerMichelle R. Burrows P.C.2000 - Present
PartnerKohler & Burrows P.C.1999 - 2001
Sr. Assistant County CounselWashington County Counsel1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Gus Solomon Inns of CourtMember2008 - Present
National Lawyers GuildMember2008 - Present
Trial Lawyers Collegeparticipate2007 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Federal Practice and Procedure CommitteeMember2007 - Present
National Police Accountability ProjectMember2007 - Present
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - Present
Civil Forfeiture Asset Oversight Committe to Oregon LegislatureMember, Attorney General Appointee1998 - Present
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember and former Vice President1997 - Present
United States District Court for Northern District CaliforniaAdmittee1989 - Present
United States District Court for District of OregonAdmittee1987 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmittee1987 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1986 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Local Professional Responsibility CommitteeMember1998 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Anstett et al v. State of OregonSettlement changing medical conditions in prisons
Lisa Dunn v. City of EugeneSettlement for $900,000
Gill et al v. State of OregonSettlement inmate medical claims plus atty fees
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Publication nameTitleDate
Civil Rights Litigtion Seminar Manual: NW Constitutional Rights CenterChapter on 4th Amendment and Municipal Liability2007
Oregon Defense Lawyer2000 Forfeiture Legal ChangesN/A
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Search and Seizure ManualForfeiture ChapterN/A
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers NewsletterIn Praise of Famous MenN/A
OTLA Civil Rights NewsletterThe Right to PrivacyN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJuris Prudence1986
Ohio State UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Litigation Seminar: 6 weekCivil Rights Litigation2009
Civil RightsOverview of Civil Rights Litigation2008
Civil RightsCivil Rights Litigation: Muncipal Liability2007
6 Week Civil Rights Litigation ClassA six week overview of Civil Rights ligitation2007
DUII and DRE RecognitionVehicle Forfeitures2006