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Michael D O'Brien

About me

Michael D. O'Brien is the Managing Partner of Michael D. O'Brien & Associates PC - an insolvency boutique law firm emphasising legal solutions to debt problems.  Although born in Seattle, Mike has been an Oregon native since he was 3 months old.  He is a graduate of Wilson High School and the University of Oregon where he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree with a major in History.  After graduating from the University of Oregon, Mike attended the University of Wisconsin Law School and completed his studies to earn the Doctor of Law degree in December 1994.  Mike was admitted to practice law in Oregon in April of 1995. He was admitted in Wisconsin in May of 1995, and licensed in Washington in September 1997.


Mike's practice focuses on bankruptcy for small business owners and complex chapter 7 and 13 cases.  Mike also represents individuals and small business owners in chapter 11 reorganization proceedings.  In 2007, Mike received Board Certification as a Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification.  He is a frequent speaker on Debtor Creditor issues and an active member of the Oregon State Bar Debtor/Creditor section.


Mike is married to his darling wife Cheri, and they have four children - Kyle, Toran, Maguire and Jocelyn.  Although his legal practice keeps him busy Mike is a dedicated husband and father who never misses his kids sporting events and is frequently camping with one son and the Boy Scouts.


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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 80%
    21 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Foreclosure: 10%
    21 years, 250 cases
  3. Litigation: 10%
    21 years, 250 cases



Hourly ($180-340/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Clarke Balcom

    I endorse this lawyer. Mike is smart, knowledgeable, and able to gear the available solutions to the situation a debtor is in. I recommend setting up a consultation and getting his opinion before making any major decisions regarding debt or financial situations.


    Clarke Balcom Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
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  • Ted A Troutman

    Mike is a fantastic attorney who routinely handles very complex bankruptcy cases. You could not go wrong hiring Mike as your attorney.


    Ted Troutman Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
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Contact info

Michael D. O'Brien & Associates PC

12909 SW 68th Parkway
Suite 160
Portland, OR, 97223


WAAdministrative Suspension199707/16/2016
WISuspended Dues199503/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardOregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Section2015
Pro Bono AwardOregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Section2014
Top 10 Attorney Award - Bankruptcy LawNational Academy for Bankruptcy Attorneys2014
Top 10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys2014
Pro Bono AwardOregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Section2013
Board Certification as Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneyAmerican Board of Certification2012
Pro Bono AwardOregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Section2012
Pro Bono AwardDebtor Creditor Section - Oregon State Bar2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerMichael D. O'Brien & Associates PC2014 - Present
Managing PartnerOliveros & O'Brien, P.C.2000 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2002 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Debtor-Creditor SectionMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Specialty Contractor - Painting operationLiquidating Plan in Chapter 11
Home Saved and Lien StrippedSuccess Discharge
Small Business Owner Navigates Chapter 7Chapter 7 No Asset Discharge
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Publication nameTitleDate
NACTT QuarterlyVesting of property in chapter 13 - Does it restore the "Fresh Start"?2016
Web BlogDo I "qualify" for bankruptcy?2015
Web Blog10 Things you MUST know about Nonjudicial Foreclosure in Oregon2015
Web Blog10 things you MUST know about Judicial Foreclosure in Oregon2015
Web PostGarnishment Options Explained2014
Web BlogA Hidden Benefit of Owing Lots of Business Debt: It’s Easier to Qualify for Chapter 72010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of OregonHistoryBS - Bachelor of Science1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly Continuing Education for RealtorsShort Sales in Real Estate2012
Foreclosure RoundtableBankruptcy solutions for Individual facing foreclosure2012
Winter CLEForeclosure Defense and MERS Issues2011
Monthly Continuing EducationFamilies in Transition - Bankruptcy and Family Law impact on Real Estate2011
Individual and Small Business Chapter 11 CasesChapter 11 Practical Considerations2009
Oregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Section Annual MeetingIntersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy2008