Michael D. Levelle
A lawyer in Oregon for more than 28 years, Michael joined Catalyst Law as Of Counsel in 2018 after 16 years with an established firm in downtown Portland. His practice includes complex estate planning, estate and trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships, general business, as well as litigation and alternative dispute resolution involving his areas of practice.
Michael is an experienced mediator focusing on resolving contested matters involving his areas of practice – assisting the parties to share their concerns, understand each others’ point of view, and find common ground to preserve and mend valuable relationships.
In addition to his law practice, Michael is dedicated to participating in various civic organizations and serving our evolving and diverse Oregon community. As part of his transition to working with Catalyst Law, Michael serves as part-time Special Counsel to our non-profit affiliate, The Commons Law Center, to support its mission to revolutionize access to basic legal services, information, and support for underserved people.
Michael currently serves as a member of the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates and in 2017 served as the first African American President of the Oregon State Bar. He also serves on the board of Medical Teams International, an international health organization dedicated to providing life-saving medical care for people in crisis. He also Chair-Elect on the board of Self Enhancement, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to guiding underserved youth to realize their full potential.
As a frequent author and presenter, Michael enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with others, most recently speaking and writing on the following topics:
- Estate Administration Procedures: Common Issues To Be Prepared for in Litigation and Probate;
- Fundamental Principles of Estate Planning;
- Charitable Giving and a Donor’s Legal Capacity;
- Assessing and Maximizing Decision-Making Capacity; and
- Alternative Dispute Resolution in Protective Proceedings -Guardianships and Conservatorships
Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Montana and his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, where he earned a Dispute Resolution Certificate. He is admitted to practice law in Oregon and Washington.
In his spare time Michael likes to spend time with family, hike and camp, photography and is a fan of live baseball at all levels. His children have also taught him how to appreciate soccer.