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Yates Family Law, PC - Portland Family Law Attorney
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Important Announcement:Yates Family Law, PC has been monitoring and continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Our firm has taken and will continue to take all proactive measures recommended to prevent the spread of the virus within our work environment. Our priority is the health and safety of our employees, clients, and vendors. In light of Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-12 (“Stay at Home”), effective March 23, 2020, Yates Family Law’s employees and attorneys will work remotely. Currently scheduled in-office meetings will be rescheduled as telephone calls, or face-to-face meetings using the Zoom platform. We appreciate your patience and flexibility in this dynamic time. Please be sure to utilize e-mail as the primary means of contacting your lawyer or paralegal team. Phone access may be limited due to remote work arrangements, but e-mails will be checked routinely by attorneys and staff. Our office will remain open, although working remotely, and we are still accepting new clients at this time.

Michael A. Yates

  • Shareholder
Portland, OR

With thirty three years experience, Michael Yates is recognized as one of Portland's preeminent family law attorneys. He has been included in the annual editions of The Best Lawyers in America since 2003, and is consistently named as an "Oregon Super Lawyer", a recognition of the top 5% of practicing Oregon attorneys, as determined by a rigorous peer review process. Michael was recently named in the Oregon Super Lawyers Top 10. Michael was also named the Best Lawyers' 2011 and 2016 Portland, OR Family Lawyer of the Year. The Lawyer of the Year award is an extremely prestigious honor named to only one lawyer per practice area within each metropolitan region, based on the highest peer ratings received.

Michael obtained his undergraduate degree from Kent State University, and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Law with honors in 1983. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Oregon. Michael is a member of the Multnomah, Washington County and Clackamas County Bar Associations.

Michael serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners, and was its 2003 Board president. He also is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and is active in its Oregon Chapter.

He maintains an AV® Preeminenttm rating from Martindale-Hubbell - the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.


American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - AAML

Areas of Practice

  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Divorce
  • Dissolution and Domestic Partnerships
  • Parenting Time
  • Post Divorce Enforcement
  • Post Divorce Modifications
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Spousal Support

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1987


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: With Honors, Order of the Coif
  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: Summa Cum Laude
    • Major: German
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2003 - Present
  • Best Lawyers, Family Lawyer of the Year Portland, OR, 2011 and 2016
  • Super Lawyers, 2006-2015
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1986 - 1991; President 1989
  • Oregon State Bar, Family and Juvenile Law Section, Member 1984 - Present
  • Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners, Board 1994 - Present; President, 2003
  • Washington County Bar Association, Member
  • Clackamas County Bar Association, Member
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. R. William Riggs, Judge, Oregon Circuit Court, Law Clerk, 1983 to 1984
  • Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson, Yates & Howe P.C., Former Shareholder, 1990 to 1998