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Michael B. Merchant

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Portland, OR

Black Helterline LLP
805 Southwest Broadway, Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-224-5560
Fax: 503-224-6148
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed in Oregon Since: 1988
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Insurance Coverage, Securities Litigation
Attorney Profile

Michael B. Merchant is a highly regarded civil litigation attorney and a partner at Black Helterline LLP. His firm is based in Portland, Oregon, and he provides representation to his business and individual clients throughout the greater metropolitan area and other parts of the state. 

Mr. Merchant is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, the U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Merchant has handled a variety of complex matters since joining the firm in September 1997, and he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants at the trial and appellate levels. The cases on which he has worked have involved insurance coverage, real estate, business torts, securities violations, contract breaches, environmental disputes and employment law matters. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Merchant also provides risk management advice and counsel to business attorneys at his firm as well as to many of their clients. His superior track record has earned him a Distinguished* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell along with many other honors and awards from his colleagues.

Mr. Merchant studied at the University of Washington and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1985. He then went on to attend the University of Oregon School of Law, graduating with his juris doctor degree in 1988. He is active in the Multnomah Bar Association and in numerous civic organizations as well.

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Business Litigation
  • 20%Environmental Litigation
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Insurance Coverage
  • 10%Securities Litigation
Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Insurance


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021

About Michael B. Merchant

First Admitted: 1988, Oregon

Professional Webpage:


  • , Oregon Super Lawyer in Business Litigation since 2012

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of the Oregon Sports Authority
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Court Liaison Committee, Chair
  • Portland Neighborhood Association, Board Member
  • Portland Neighborhood Association, Chair

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Author, Oregon State Bar, Civil Practice and Pleading treatise chapter on settlement and compromise, 1994

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. District Court of Washington (Eastern District)
  • U.S. District Court of Washington (Western District)
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon
  • Washington
  • Co-Author, Oregon State Bar CLE, Insurance, Reformation, 2020
  • Oregon

Educational Background

  • University of Washington, B.A., 1985

Industry Groups

  • DRI
  • OADC
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Office Location for Michael B. Merchant

805 Southwest Broadway
Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97205

Phone: 503-224-5560

Fax: 503-224-6148

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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