Michael Dwyer

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215 SW Washington Street
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97204
503 241-9456
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Description of Practice

Michael Dwyer is Lawyer of the Year 2017 for Family Mediation in Portland by Best Lawyers of America. Michael was also named Lawyer of the Year 2015.Listed in Best Lawyers and Oregon SuperLawyers for his work in alternative dispute resolution, Michael provides the highest quality mediation and collaborative law services for families in relationships, including divorce, parenting issues, and probate, elder, and workplace conflict. He is committed to providing client-oriented mediation services customized to the needs of our clients.

Professional Background

Michael Dwyer has served clients as a mediator for fifteen years. He has been named 2017 and 2015 Lawyer of the Year for Family Law Mediation in Portland by Best Lawyers of America.

Michael has been consistently recognized for his work in mediation and conflict resolution. He has been listed in Best Lawyers of America for Family Law Mediation since 2009 and in Oregon SuperLawyers for Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2007.

Michael also has a long, distinguished career as a trial lawyer. He has litigated or reached successful settlement in hundreds of litigated cases. He has long been an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest lawyer rating given to a lawyer by his peers for skill and ethics.

He frequently speaks, trains and educates other lawyers, law students, mediators, and the public in the areas of conflict resolution and collaborative problem-solving, mediation and negotiation, and communication skills.

Michael served as the 2008-09 President of the Multnomah Bar Association after serving on the Board of Directors. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Chapter of the American Family and Conciliation Courts.


Michael Dwyer has mediated over a thousand family and divorce cases since making the transition from trial lawyer to mediator-lawyer many years ago. In making that transition, he underwent extensive training with some of the country's finest teachers of conflict resolution, including Jim Melamed, Ken Cloke, Gary Friedman, Chip Rose and Robert Benjamin. Today, in addition to providing mediation and collaborative law services, he teaches conflict resolution, most recently at Willamette Law School and Maitripa Buddhist College.


University of California Los Angeles, B.A. (1974), magna cum laude; Loyola of Los Angeles Law School, (1977)


I strive to offer clients leadership, guidance and support as they experience the enormous pain and stress of family conflict and upheaval.

My intention is to serve all my clients with intelligence, compassion and dedication. I truly wish for each one of my clients, and all members of their families, to be happy and to resolve their conflicts successfully. I want them to thrive.

I am committed to listening deeply to my clients, to understanding their deepest needs and goals, and to helping them achieve the fairest, quickest, least expensive, and most satisfying resolution possible.

I am committed to solving problems for my clients and their families, and never inflaming conflict. I am committed to helping clients avoid unnecessary, expensive and damaging court battles. Whether I am working as a mediator or lawyer, I am committed to crafting a fair settlement agreement.

But I will never sacrifice fairness and justice to promote a settlement agreement. That creates false resolution. On those occasions when the parties cannot reach a fair settlement agreement outside the courtroom, I will help my clients obtain the justice they deserve at trial. If I am unable to represent clients myself, such as when I have been serving as a mediator, I will help my clients obtain high quality representation.


Michael Dwyer charges $300 per hour for mediations that are not in active litigation. We are willing to talk if you need a financial accommodation to obtain our services.

We do not ask for a retainer, but Clients are asked to keep fees current. We want satisfied clients who feel that the cost of our services is fair and reasonable.

Other Information

  • Selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Family Law Mediation, 2009-2015
  • Distinguished as an Oregon Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers, 2007-2015
  • Peer Review rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the “highest level of professional excellence"

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Appellate
  • Divorce (all issues) (20 collaborated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (20 collaborated)
  • Elder
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator


Ken Cloke Ken Cloke Dispute Resolution Center Professor Sukhsimranjit Singh Willamette Law School, CDR Leonard Riskin Law Schools -- Northwestern, Florida Joshua Kadish Kadish Wyse in Portland; Attorney-Mediator Zvi Strassberg, Ph.D. Psychologist; Forensic Evaluator; Coaching Linda Sherman, Ph.D. Psychologist; Forensic Evaluator; Mediator-Coach Jim O'Connor Mediator-Lawyer in Portland Laura Rackner, attorney Gearing Rackner law firm Portland Thomas Bittner Schulte Anderson law firm Portland

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