Michelle Barton Smigel is a shareholder with expertise in business litigation, employment law, and education law. Michelle believes in helping clients reach solutions for legal disputes whenever possible but is passionate about being willing and able to represent clients aggressively and efficiently in the legal process up to and including trial in order to defend their rights.
Michelle is an experienced litigator. She has taken and defended over 100 depositions, successfully argued numerous substantive motions such as motions for summary judgment, and represented clients in multiple state and federal jury trials.
Michelle has a breadth and variety of litigation experience in complex commercial disputes involving insurance coverage, contracts, energy, patent, and products liability. She has additional expertise in representing both K-12 and higher educational institutions and a special interest in working with Portland’s vibrant and growing tech community.
Michelle has been recognized in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star. She previously clerked for the Honorable Frederick J. Martone, United States District Court, District of Arizona.