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Michelle Kathleen Freed

Consumer protection Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   35 reviews

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Consumer protection
    35%
    We regularly represent Oregon and Washington consumers subject to wrongful debt collection, unfair credit reporting and unfair business practices.

  2. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    25%

    15 years

  3. Debt settlement
    20%

    13 years

  4. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    10%

    13 years

  5. Debt collection
    10%

    15 years

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Licensed for 18 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/25/2022
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 10/10/2022
State ID
Status Resigned
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/20/2022

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Michelle Kathleen Freed
1040 NE 44th Avenue, Suite 4
Portland, OR, 97213

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Posted by Alan | May 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recover hacked funds
From my first encounter and conversation with Michelle I knew I was in good hands. She did everything possible and used her legal skills to apply the needed pressure to get this Internet bank to respond and ultimately recover my hacked funds. I am grateful to have met Michelle through this transaction and legal advice and would highly recommend her services to anyone in my sphere.
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Posted by Jennifer T | March 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Garnishment
Michelle was super helpful with information in dealing with a creditor. Thanks to her, I have some hope in getting my problem fixed. Thank you, Michelle!
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fraudulent Credit Card Transactions
We traveled internationally in November 2019 and had $11,000 of fraudulent transactions made on our credit card. After trying to resolve this directly with Citi for 6 frustrating months without success we engaged Michelle. Michelle and team were responsive and transparent. I felt like I knew what my options were at every point in the process and had enough information to make an informed decision on next steps. Michelle started by trying to navigate similar channels we had tried (lower cost option for me) and when it became clear that wouldn't be effective, we changed course to take legal action which fully resolved the matter within less than 6 weeks. I was happy with the settlement - we were reimbursed for all fraudulent charges, legal fees and a couple hundred dollars for statutory damages. Would definitely recommend Michelle!
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Posted by Leslie | March 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms.
Michelle Freed helped me resolve my issue quickly and professionally. A subrogation service was asking for money to settle an insurance claim after a car accident. If I hadn't hired Michelle, I would have paid much more and perhaps not ever legally gotten a resolution to my case. I even got a check back for monies that were not used from the retainer.
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Posted by Karen | September 20, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome Lawyer
I consulted Michelle Freed regarding sizable credit card debt/possible bankruptcy. She reviewed my circumstances efficiently (and sympathetically) and offered advice in plain english. I especially appreciated her calm demeanor. I would certainly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and reliable
Michelle and her team have been fantastic to work with over the last 5+ years. Her knowledge of the law is extensive and she always gave good advice. She helped me navigate the legal system and all the intricacies of a chapter 13 bankruptcy over 5 years. A lot can happen financially during that time, and she always responded very quickly to my questions (even the really dumb ones). She was patient, and explained everything in detail, including all my legal options. The office staff is also very friendly and professional. During a very scary and stressful time she gave me reassurance and went to bat for me when I needed it. I would highly recommend her services!
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Posted by Scott | October 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy
Michelle handled our Chapter 13 filing. She answered all our questions, and was able to communicate any concerns or questions to the court. She also helped us deal with unlawful attempts of collection during our bankruptcy, and other misrepresented correspondence. Michelle was very accessible during our five years.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
debt collections
Michelle was very helpful in guiding me through the options where in disputing a contractors charges, which were grossly inflated. Michelles approach was in my best interest both legally and financially. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to any client in need of her speciality in law.
Posted by Chris | May 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Debt Collections
Michelle helped me through a difficult situation with my business regarding a contractor who hides fess, charges. She was very knowledgable with the law, and helped me understand my options and what the best coarse of action to take. I received Michelles contact through referral, she is excellent representation to have and will fight for your rights.
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Posted by Jim | February 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hard Lesson Learned
A Portland attorney I had hired in 1994 to handle a personal business matter referred me to Michelle because he didn't deal with clients who are attempting to collect bad debts of a personal nature. Initially, I found Michelle to be very well spoken and very approachable. By the time the case was "wrapped up", I still felt very positive about the fact that I had hired her. Unfortunately, and Michelle advised me of this possibility at the very beginning of my pursuit for justice, I did not receive the justice I was seeking. This was not because of anything Michelle did or neglected to do. It was simply a matter of me not having done my due diligence with someone I thought was a friend in good financial standing in the community. Had I not assumed that this personal loan would not be a problem and had I done some basic verification about this person's ability to repay a debt, I would have saved an awful lot of money, not to mention also attorney fees (which were actually quite reasonable). So, although I'm unhappy with the outcome, I want to be clear that I am very satisfied with the work Michelle did for me. There was communication, advice given when it was sought, as well as explanations of what the law is and how it is applied in Oregon, etc. This was a very tough and expensive lesson in my life but a lesson I believe I will never forget. If I ever had another legal issue over a bad debt, however, I would not hesitate to contact Michelle at the first sign of trouble. Jim
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Posted by Scott | January 19, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
My spouse and I were referred to Michelle for some help with resolving a judgment. She was incredibly knowledgeable about all of the relevant options and legal issues. Her advice was straightforward and very helpful. And she was generous with her free initial consultation. I did not feel rushed at all. She was very attentive and thorough.
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Posted by Rand | January 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful Consultation
I was referred to Michelle by another attorney and set up a consultation to discuss the details of a judgement against me from an HOA from a condo I foreclosed on. There were a lot of extenuating circumstances and she was honest and forthright about what could and could not be used to negotiate a smaller settlement. She offered advice for the next steps (which did not need legal representation) and only agreed to be on retainer if the settlement offer was rejected. Thanks to Michelle's advice, we were able to reach a settlement, but should we have needed legal representation, I would have felt confident in retaining her services.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
I couldn't be happier with this firm, especially Michelle Freed. I was referred to her by a different attorney, and retained her to negotiate a settlement with an old credit card debt, which involved a judgment and lien on my house. She did it in an efficient and professional manner with a positive outcome. Due to their efficient no nonsense way of doing business, the matter didn't cost me an arm and a leg like I had expected. Would definitely use this firm again if needed for most any legal maters pertaining to debt and/or bankruptcy.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Trustworthy
Michelle is very straightforward and easy to talk to. She's experienced and very knowledgable about debt and bankruptcy issues. She listened carefully when I explained my situation, looked into every possible complication, and gave me great advice. I hired her and my case was handled very professionally; all went smoothly. I would recommend Ms. Freed without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Consultation
When I called Eblen Freed and spoke with Michelle Freed about my financial difficulties I was anxious and somewhat dubious about the outcome of the phone call. Michelle instantly put me at ease. She was patient and understanding, allowing me to tell my story without interruption. She took the extra time to make sure that I understood my position and the steps I needed to take to resolve my problems. Her advise was sound and simply put and has helped me to save a considerable amount of money.
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Posted by Kevin | June 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Michelle helped me settle my credit card dept with a collection agency law firm. She was very helpful and I would definitely recommend hiring her to help with debt settlement situations.
Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Credit Card Suit
I was quite pleased with the outcome and settlement that was worked out. A great load was lifted from my shoulders. I felt a sense of peace and confidence initially meeting her.
Posted by Delores | September 24, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Review of appointment with Michelle
Wonderful consultation with MIchelle, who offered advice a very concerning issue. Her advice was 100% accurate as to how I may be able to handle the situation myself. I followed her advice and within 1 hour had complete resolution on a problem that was frightening to me as it could have garnished my income. Thank you MIchelle I will also pass this on by word of mouth to anyone asking about litigation help.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2015
Assistance with debt collection
Michelle reviewed my debt collection case, determined the potential outcome, and provided outstanding legal assistance to a successful result. Her assistance with the process and communication was professional, fair, and timely. I would highly recommend Michelle.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2015
Student Loan Problem
College graduation is a great celebration leaving one with satisfaction of completing a major challenge; also leaving one with huge student loan debt that needs to be repaid. I struggled over the years to make any payments I could but my health was declining and my physical abilities left me walking with two canes. I reached the painful decision that I would probably not be able to work again. I contacted my student loan holder to discuss a payoff amount on my loan but the amount they wanted was more than I could pay. I contacted Ms Freed and asked her to act on my behalf and negotiate a settlement amount that I would be able to honor; she was able to do that. I am very grateful for Ms Freed's time, energy, skill and determination to see this through - I have no doubt that I would not have been able to accomplish the same result on my own.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Eblen Freed PC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Smith and Greaves, LLP
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Todd Trierweiler & Associates
  • 2005 - 2007

Education

  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004

Associations

  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Consumer Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Debtor-Creditor Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Oregon Civil Justice Initiative Task Force
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board
  • 2017 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Pro-Bono Award; Legal Aid Services of Oregon Bankruptcy Clinic
  • Oregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Section
  • 2012
  • Pro-Bono Award; Legal Aid Services of Oregon Bankruptcy Clinic
  • Oregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Section
  • 2011
  • Pro-Bono Award; Legal Aid Services of Oregon Bankruptcy Clinic
  • Oregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Section
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Family Law 2012 Cumulative Supplement, Oregon State Bar Publications
  • Chapter Author: Bankruptcy and Family Law
  • 2012
  • Family Law 2008 Cumulative Supplement, Oregon State Bar Publications
  • Chapter Author: Bankruptcy and Family Law
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Oregon State Bar Family Law Section Annual Conference
  • Retained, Represented, and now a receivable
  • 2019
  • OTLA
  • Thinking like a judgment creditor
  • 2017
  • OSB Consumer Law Section
  • Nuts and Bolts of Attorney Fee Petitions
  • 2017
  • Oregon State Bar Family Law Section Annual Conference
  • Planning, Prosecuting, Panicking
  • 2016
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Bankruptcy Basics for the new business lawyer
  • 2013
  • Public Forum
  • Dealing with Debt
  • 2012
  • NALS Spring Conference
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2012
  • Oregon State Bar Family Law Section Annual Conference
  • Collections in Family Law
  • 2012
  • 2012 AAML Spring CLE
  • Bankruptcy and Family Law
  • 2012
  • Public Forum
  • Dealing with Debt
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Freed is a very effective and knowledgeable attorney who is very passionate about her clients."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been practicing bankruptcy law in Portland for nearly a quarter of a century. When I am dealing with a complex bankruptcy matter, my first call is to Michelle. She's fabulous. In fact, I referred two potential clients to her just today."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is highly intelligent and a passionate advocate. She fights hard for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Debt collection Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is professional and extremely knowledgeable. She brings a real-life approach to the law, offering creative options and practical resolution. She is well-liked in the legal community, and always fosters mutual respect with adversaries."
Debt collection Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is a thoughtful, patient, and accomplished attorney that cares about the quality of her work and her clients."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is a highly qualified, knowledgeable attorney who cares about her clients and their issues. I absolutely recommend her to both consumers and businesses seeking her expertise."
Debt collection Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is one of the most intelligent and practical lawyers I have had the privilege to work with during my 30 year professional career. She is dedicated to finding and achieving an appropriate and affordable solution to each legal matter she works on, whether it be debt collection, debt settlement, litigation or general business matters. She is a stickler for details. She has a sparkling personality which endears her to clients, court personnel and adversaries alike. I endorse her legal abilities without qualification."
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