Portland Attorney Michael Fuller’s Career
I love my career as a Portland attorney! As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a lawyer. To view my curriculum vitae for use in court, click here.
At age 15, I got my first job at Subway. During my interview I was asked “So kid, what’s your favorite sub?” I said “My family can’t afford to eat here, we eat at home.” He said “You’re hired.” And that was the start of my career!
Senator Gordon Smith
At Oregon State University I worked every job I could find. The summer after graduation I interned with Senator Gordon Smith in Washington, DC.
After working for the senator, I pumped gas at Chevron in West Salem and worked as a hod carrier to pay for my law school seat deposit.
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Below is a quote from my 2005 law school application to law school:
I want to expose poor families to good financial advice, and empower them with the financial knowledge many in the entitled class take for granted.
During law school Professor Tamayo let me pick weeds at her house on the weekends for beer money. I started clerking at the OlsenDaines law firm during my 2L year in law school.
OlsenDaines Law Firm
Chair, OlsenDaines, Consumer Protection Group, 2011-current. My practice focuses on consumer protection, including class action and bankruptcy litigation. My rate is $525 per hour and about 20% of my cases are pro bono.
Lewis & Clark Law School
Adjunct Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School, Consumer Law 326.
Board Member Positions
Oregon District Court Historical Society. 2019 Board of Directors.
Hillsboro Schools Foundation. 2019 Board of Directors.
Oregon State Bar. 2019 Local Bankruptcy Rules Committee.
Oregon State Bar. Past Chair, Consumer Law Section.
Oregon Consumer League. 2019 Chair, Consumer Law Committee.
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. 2019 Chair, Consumer Law Section.
National Association of Consumer Advocates. 2019 Chair, Oregon State Chapter.
American Bar Association. Past National Chair, YLS Bankruptcy Committee.
PDX Investment Club, Most Philanthropic, 2016.
Super Lawyers® Magazine, Rising Star, 2019-2015
Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent, 2019-2015
Avvo®, 10.0 Superb, 2019-2015
Oregon Federal Court, Pro Bono Cert., 2019-2010
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CLE’s and Presentations
Seattle, Dec. 12, 2018, Speaker, Debt and Credit Litigation CLE, KCBA.
Portland, Sept. 10, 2018, Speaker, Maximizing Case Values CLE, OTLA.
Portland, Aug. 9, 2018, Speaker, Advocacy using Social Media CLE, OSB.
Boise, Feb. 16, 2018, Speaker, Consumer Law CLE, Idaho State Bar.
Portland, Nov. 16, 2017, Keynote, Annual Dinner, OSB Securities Law Section.
Portland, Oct. 26, 2017, Panelist, Pro Bono CLE, Multnomah Bar Association.
Salem, Oct. 16, 2017, Speaker, Student Loan Law CLE, Convention Center.
Portland, Oct. 13, 2017, Panelist, Annual Conference, Financial Beginnings.
Portland, July 19, 2017, Panelist, Student Loan Law, Neighborhood Partnerships.
Portland, March 20, 2017. Street Law. Lewis & Clark Law School.
Portland, March 3, 2017. The Life of a Student Loan. Portland State University.
Hillsboro, January 27, 2017. Financing College at Century High School.
Portland, July 14, 2016. Consumer Protection CLE at Senior Law Project.
Portland, June 1, 2016. Consumer Protection New Lawyer CLE at OTLA.
Portland, April 22, 2016. Consumer Law at Century High School.
Portland, April 6, 2016. Public Interest Litigation, Lewis & Clark Law School.
Portland, March 1, 2016. Consumer Law Litigation at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Portland, Feb. 8, 2016. Rule 68 Offers after Campbell-Ewald CLE at OTLA.
Portland, Nov. 19, 2015. FDCPA Litigation at OSB Consumer Section CLE.
Sunriver, Sept. 18, 2015. Bankruptcy Litigation at OSB Debtor-Creditor Section CLE.
Portland, Sept. 9, 2015. Automatic Stay Compliance CLE at OTLA.
Hillsboro, May 15, 2015. Street Law at Century High School.
Portland, May 13, 2015. Federal Court Discovery Practice CLE at the Benson Hotel.
Portland, May 11, 2015. Consumer Bankruptcy Litigation at OTLA.
Hillsboro, May 7-8, 2014. Street Law at Century High School.
Portland, February 12, 2014. Bankruptcy Compliance CLE at OTLA.
San Antonio, February 7, 2014. Student Loan Litigation CLE at NACA.
Eugene, January 21, 2014. Bankruptcy Violations CLE at Lane County Bar Ass’n.
Portland, June 10, 2013. Enforcing Bankruptcy Protections CLE at OTLA.
Hillsboro, May 8, 2013. Street Law at Century High School.
Portland, August 17, 2012. Bankruptcy Litigation CLE at National Business Institute.
Hillsboro, May 2012. Street Law at Century High School.
Portland, 2012. Bankruptcy Litigation CLE at Oregon Bankruptcy Attorneys.
Toronto, August 6, 2011. Bankruptcy CLE at National ABA Conference.
Hillsboro, May 2011. Street Law at Century High School.
Atlanta, 2010. Bankruptcy for Seniors CLE at National ABA Conference.
Swisher Sweets Class Action 16CV27621 (2019). Appointed lead counsel, obtained $2.5 million UTPA class action settlement. Preliminary approval granted.
Grand Central Bowl Class Action 16CV27621 (2019). Appointed lead counsel, obtained $40 per class member in UTPA overcharge settlement. $525 hourly rate approved. Final approval granted.
Sonic Drive-In Data Breach Class Action 3:17-cv-01528-MO (2019). Appointed by N.D. Ohio District Court to plaintiffs’ steering committee in credit card data breach class action. $4.23 million settlement pending.
Collis v Rushmore Mortgage 6:17-cv-02062-MK (2019). Obtained order denying motion for summary judgment, permitting homeowner with pre-2010 mortgage to bring UTPA claim against mortgage servicer.
CenturyLink Bankruptcy Class Action 17-06100-tmr (2018). Obtained order denying motion to dismiss. Pending discovery.
Lopez v Senator Monroe 17CV32857 (2018). Obtained order denying motion for summary judgment. Settled confidentially.
Grecco v Cascade 17CV36094 (2018). Obtained $16,000 plaintiff’s verdict after three-day jury trial in Multnomah County.
Harris v. Mt. Hood Meadows 16CV39854 (2017). Appointed lead counsel, obtained $200 per member UTPA class action settlement. $410 hourly rate approved. Final approval granted.
Buehler v. Dodd 2015 Bankr. LEXIS 268 (2015). Obtained plaintiff’s verdict after one day trial for automatic stay violation in bankruptcy court.
Klemp v. Columbia Collection 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149546 (2014). Obtained summary judgment on FDCPA claim against debt collector. Settled by Judge Velure for $95,000.
Hall v. Columbia Collection 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140825 (2014). Obtained an order granting sanctions against a debt collector for failing to honor its rule 68 offer of judgment.
In re Culpepper 481 B.R. 650 (2012). Obtained contempt order and $35,000 damages against Wells Fargo for unwanted communications after bankruptcy. Trial verdict upheld on appeal.
Oregon v. Armstrong 11-03359 (2012). Obtained complete defense trial verdict in pro bono case for family accused of unemployment fraud by the Department of Justice.
Barker v. Belleque 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8041 (2011). Obtained order denying motion to dismiss as pro bono Portland attorney of inmate on an 8th amendment claim. Settled by Judge Coffin for $80,000.
Editor, 2018, Consumer Law Chapter, ADR Oregon State Bar Books.
Editor, 2018, Resisting Arbitration Chapter, ADR Oregon State Bar Books.
Editor, 2017, Consumer Law Chapter, Oregon Statutory Time Limitations, PLF.
Writer, 2017, Consumer Bankruptcy Protection, Oregon State Bar Newsletter.
Author, 2016, Oregon Student Debt: How to Discharge Student Loans
Writer, 2016, How to Stop Harassment After Bankruptcy, Oregon State Bar Newsletter.
Writer, 2015, Consumer Law, Lewis & Clark Law School Curriculum.
Editor, 2013, Consumer Leasing Act Chapter, Oregon State Bar Consumer Law Bar Books.
Writer, 2012, Consumer Enforcement of the Discharge Order, Oregon State Bar Newsletter.
Writer, 2011, Just the Facts about Consumer Dragnet Clauses, Oregon State Bar Newsletter.
Editor, 2010, Personal Bankruptcy Chapter, Oregon State Bar FEMA Manual.
Writer, 2010, Reaffirmation Agreements in Oregon, Oregon State Bar Newsletter.