Michael R. Levine

Michael R. Levine

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Portland, OR

Levine & McHenry LLC
 | 1050 SW 6th Ave, Suite 1414
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-546-3927
Fax: 503-224-3203
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2012, 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Appellate (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Michael Levine has been practicing criminal law for over thirty-five years.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University in 1966 and his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974, where he was an associate editor of the California Law Review. After starting his career as a prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Levine was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in California in the late 1970s and early 1980s, where he received the Outstanding Defender award.

         From 1982 until 1990, he served as the District of Hawaii's first Federal Public Defender, appointed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  From 1990 to 2002, Mr. Levine practiced as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon. In 2002, Mr. Levine entered private practice, opening the Law Office of Michael R. Levine. In 2010, he formed his current partnership, Levine & McHenry LLC, with Mr. McHenry.

         Mr. Levine has argued numerous times before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and has argued twice before the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Oregon, Hawaii, and California State Bars .  He was "Oregon Super Lawyer" from 2006-2012, is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell,  and a "10" (Superb) by the AVVO rating service. He was chosen by his peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."  

          Mr. Levine is the author of "171 Easy Mitigating Factors,"  a highly  acclaimed publication used in federal sentencing proceedings  around the country. 

         Mr. Levine handles criminal cases in state and federal courts through trial, appeal, and habeas corpus proceedings.. He is a successful and highly effective advocate both at trial and on appeal.  He has been publicly praised by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for his zealous advocacy.  He has taught law at UCLA, the University of Hawaii, and Lewis and Clark Law School and has lectured widely on a range of subjects dealing with criminal defense.

    About Michael Levine

    Admitted: 1993, Oregon

    Professional Webpage: http://www.levinemchenry.com/Attorneys/Michael-R-Levine.shtm...


    • On the basis of a writing competition, designated an Associate Editor of the California Law Review., California Law Review, 1973
    • Appointed Adjunct Professor Lewis and Clark Law School, 2008-2010
    • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
    • Elected President Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys 1988.
    • Praised by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for representing his client "with vigor and diligence," for submitting a "substantial and impressive" brief, and for exerting "exceptional effort" on behalf of his client.  United States v. France, 886 F.2d 223, 228  (9th Cir. 1989).

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Licensed in California, Hawaii and Oregoon

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Judge, Oregon Bar Disciplinary Board.  Life Member, National Associaton of Criminal Defense Attorneys and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.  Member, Oregon Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (member Education Committee).

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • I am the author of this sentencing treatise which I update periodically.  The latest edition (August 1, 2013) is about 170 pages.  It contains argument with supporint precedent for achieving the lowest sentence possible in a criminal case.  It is widely acclaimed and used throught the country, particualry by federal defense attornesy., Author, 171 Easy Mitigating Factors, 2002
    • Author "171 Easy Mitigating Factors," a widely acclaimed publication, updated monthy, compiling arguments and cases that support the mitigation of sentences imposed in federal court. Appointed Adjunct Professor Lewis and Clark Law School, 2008.

    Industry Groups

    • California Attorneys For Criminal Justice
    • National Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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    Office Location for Michael R. Levine

    1050 SW 6th Ave
    Suite 1414
    Portland, OR 97204

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    Last Updated: 2/23/2020

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