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Michael A. Yates

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Portland, OR

Yates Family Law, PC
1140 SW 11th Ave, Suite 400
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-224-7077
Fax: 503-224-8080
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in Oregon Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Family Law
Languages Spoken: English, German
Attorney Profile

Michael A. Yates is the founder of Yates Family Law, PC. Focusing exclusively on that practice area, he provides representation to people throughout the greater Portland area. Admitted to practice in Oregon since 1983, Mr. Yates is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

In his practice, Mr. Yates primarily assists people whose marriages are coming to an end and who are accordingly having to deal with such issues as property division, spousal and child support, and child custody and visitation. In many cases, he is able to help them come to an accord on these matters through negotiating a comprehensive settlement agreement. However, when litigation becomes necessary, his extensive trial experience makes Mr. Yates a forceful courtroom advocate.

In addition to his divorce practice, Mr. Yates represents clients whose marriages have already been dissolved and who are now seeking modifications to or the enforcement of existing support and parenting court orders. His family law experience has also encompassed the preparation and review of prenuptial, post-marital, and separation agreements. His successful track record in all of these matters has earned Mr. Yates the respect of his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2003.

Mr. Yates is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and his other professional affiliations include the Multnomah Bar Association. A recipient of a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Kent State University, he obtained his legal education at what was then known as The Ohio State University College of Law, and in 1983, he was awarded his Juris Doctor with honors and inducted into the Order of the Coif.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Michael A. Yates

First Admitted: 1983, Oregon

Professional Webpage:


  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Oregon Super Lawyer
  • Oregon Super Lawyers Top 10
  • Super Lawyers, 2006-2015
  • Best Lawyers, Family Lawyer of the Year Portland, OR, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2003 - Present
  • Best Lawyers, Family Lawyer of the Year Portland, OR, 2011
  • Admitted in 2013 as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Listed for several years in Best Lawyers in America, Family Law

Bar/Professional Activity

  • President, Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners, 2003
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member, Clackamas County Bar Association
  • Member, Washington County Bar Association
  • Board, Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners, 1994 - Present
  • Member, Family, and Juvenile Law Section, Oregon State Bar, 1984 - Present
  • President, Young Lawyers Section, Multnomah Bar Association, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit,1987
  • Member, Young Lawyers Section, Multnomah Bar Association, 1986 - 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon,1987
  • Oregon,1983

Educational Background

  • Kent State University, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Major: German, Political Science, Honors:Phi Beta Kappa
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Office Location for Michael A. Yates

1140 SW 11th Ave
Suite 400
Portland, OR 97205

Phone: 503-224-7077

Fax: 503-224-8080

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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