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Michael J Ross

Employment and labor Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 32 years
    Minnesota - MN 31 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1993
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Reasonable Accommodation, and Wage & Hour

    33 years, 1,013 cases

  2. Landlord or tenant
    Fair Housing Cases and Evictions

    33 years, 1,013 cases

Michael Ross grew up on the east side of the Cascades.  His first impression of the law came from his father, who was a small town lawyer.  The practice of law appeared to be a never-ending grind of client appointments, paper work, and court appearances.  Michael had no plans to be a lawyer. In college, Michael majored in mathematics and computer science.  However, during his senior year, Michael had a conversation with his father about the parallels between the study of mathematics and the study of law.  That conversation is when Michael discovered his passion for the law, both the challenge of the legal analysis and the satisfaction of representing someone in need of an advocate.  Michael graduated from law school twenty-five years ago, but his passion for the law and for those needing representation has not diminished.


Michael J Ross
9999 SW Wilshire St, Suite 101
Portland, OR, 97225

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Posted by Jodi | February 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent attorney and a fine person!
Michael represented me in my complicated employment case. His knowledge, patience, and experience gave me confidence and peace of mind. He always kept me updated in a timely manner. With his expertise and negotiating skills he was able to resolve my case with a positive outcome. My well being was always his first concern.
Posted by Marjorie | February 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
I highly recommend Michael Ross to help with legal needs. He was a great asset to my case and never stopped helping me through out the process. He stayed in contact with me and let me know what was going on along the way. His obligation towards dedication was on point. He remained focused and accepted any challenge that came about.
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Posted by Karen | January 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding competent Employment -- Labor Lawyer
Michael Ross provided excellent legal advice to me, both timely and competent representation, while manifesting high quality negotiation skills. I feel justice was served and I was well represented with an honest, forthcoming and communicative attorney, who was pleasant to work with.
Posted by Joseph | July 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Wrongful termination victory.
Michael Ross is very good at what he does! He accompanied me highly with every step of the way of my wrongful termination case. His work ethic and legal expertise were way more then what I expected and I would absolutely recommend his services to my friends and family!
Posted by Susan | February 4, 2014
Problem with the Room-mate from Hell
Michael, helped me with a room-mate who managed to turn the Tenant/landlord rules to his favor. He realized I was in a tough spot and helped me find the quickest and least expensive way to get rid of the room-mate from Hell. I appreciate his Integrity and knowledge. I felt like I wasn't facing this con artist alone and it was a big relief.
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Posted by Aleksandra | January 23, 2013
Exceptional Professional.
Michael Ross represented me in an employment case and did an outstanding job. Michael's experience, professionalism, tactfulness and effective communication resulted in an incredibly speedy outcome that exceeded all my expectations. I am grateful and relieved M.Ross handled my case, and I highly recommend him to anybody in a need of legal representation.
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Posted by Lily | October 18, 2012
A truly stellar attorney!
Michael Ross is a kind, compassionate attorney. He spent 2 hours with me discussing my wrongful termination and is extremely knowledgeable about many aspects of law. Although he was unable to help me with my case, I would not hesitate to refer friends and acquaintances to his firm, and I should I require the services of an attorney again, I will most definitely turn to Slater Ross for help.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-450 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Michael J. Ross
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Slater Ross Attorneys
  • 2002 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • The Ross Law Office
  • 1992 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Cummins, Brown, Goodman
  • 1991 - 1992
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  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Evangel University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Swoboda v. Viterra Energy Services
  • Refund of unlawful fees.
  • McDuffy v. Interstate Distributor Co.
  • Recovered lost wages, emotional distress damages and attorney fees.


  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Partner in Providing Access to Justice
  • Campaign for Equal Justice
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • FHA & ADA Seminar
  • Unlawful Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation
  • 2016
  • Continuing Education Class
  • New Landlord Tenant Laws
  • 2016
  • ORHA - Continuing Education
  • Landlord Tenant Law Update
  • 2015
  • ORHA - Continuing Education
  • Evictions 101
  • 2015
  • Landlord Tenant Law Update 2014
  • Housing Maintenance Code Enforcement
  • 2014
  • Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodations
  • Making Sense of Fair Housing
  • 2014
  • 2013 Legislation Review
  • Reinstatement of Injured Workers
  • 2013
  • Workers' Compensation CLE
  • Employment Law: Old Issues & New Twists
  • 2008
  • Eviction Court: The Vexing Issues
  • What Fees Can a Landlord Charge
  • 2005
  • Landlord-Tenant CLE
  • Eviction Court Practices
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (9)
Endorse Michael
Employment and labor Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a workers' compensation attorney and I have referred several of my clients over to Michael to see if they should pursue an employment claim. He is a smart, tenacious lawyer and has done a great job for the folks I've asked him to help. I highly recommend him."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael is honest, smart, hard-working, and a wonderful advocate for his clients. His friendly demeanor and strong character show in his work, but he also stands up for his clients. He was great to work with, had great vision, and I would not hesitate to refer him a case or to work with him again."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael is a talented advocate for his clients. We represented separate clients in an employment discrimination case that was joined for discovery and trial. I'd jump at the opportunity to work with him again."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael Ross is an excellent attorney. He works hard for his clients and is a tireless advocate for them when it comes to obtaining a good outcome for his clients. I highly recommend Michael."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this attorney. Mr. Ross comes prepared to either work on an negotiated settlement or try the matter before the court with experience and knowledge. His clients can count on a professional who will protect their interests."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Mike years ago when he spoke at a continuing legal education seminar. Mike knows employment law, and he knows it well. Since then, I have referred several clients to Mike, and the feedback is always positive. Whenever I have a question about employment law, or have a client to refer, Mike is my first choice. I endorse Mike without hesitation."
Discrimination Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a seasoned litigator who posesses a keen mind, a sharp intelllect, and a passion for the underdog. Michael and I have spent many hours discussing cases and legal issues, sharing war stories and even making a few new ones. He brings a valuable, uniques, and insightful perspective to all types of cases. I particularly recommend Michael to anyone seeking an attorney specializing in the areas of employment law and employment discrimination."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a talented Portland lawyer. He has repeatedly stood up for the little guy. I recommend him highly."
Discrimination Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Ross works extremely hard for his clients. He is not afraid to take on difficult cases when a wrong has been done. Michael is incredibly knowledgeable about employment law. I would not hesitate to refer him friends, family or clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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Portland Employment and labor Lawyer Michael J Ross
Michael J Ross
Employment and labor Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 32 years