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 “We don’t really eat here, it’s too expensive.” 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 Willamette:
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 Olsen Daines law firm during my 2L and 3L years in law school.
Olsen Daines Law Firm
Chair, Olsen Daines PC, Consumer Litigation Group, 2011-current. My consumer law practice exclusively handles class actions, bankruptcy enforcement, and collector harassment. My rate is $410 per hour and about 20% of my cases are pro bono. My class action rate is $525 per hour.
Lewis & Clark Law School
Adjunct Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School, Consumer Law 326.
Board Member Positions
Oregon State Bar. 2017 Board Member, Debtor-Creditor Section.
Oregon State Bar. Past Chair, Consumer Law Section, 2016.
Oregon Consumer League. 2017 Chair, Consumer Finance Committee.
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. 2017 Guardian, Leadership Academy.
National Association of Consumer Advocates. Past Chair, Oregon State Chapter.
American Bar Association. Past National Co-Chair, YLS Bankruptcy Committee.
Super Lawyers® Magazine, Rising Star, 2017-2015
Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent, 2017-2015
Avvo®, 10.0 Superb, 2017-2015
Urban Achiever, Most Philanthropic, 2016.
Oregon Federal Court, Pro Bono Cert., 2016-2010
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CLE’s and Presentations
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.
Harris v. Mt. Hood Meadows, 16CV39854 (2017). Obtained court-approval of maximum statutory damages of $200 per class member and billable rate of $385 per hour in Unlawful Trade Practices Act case.
Buehler v. Dodd, 2015 Bankr. LEXIS 268 (2015). Obtained favorable verdict as pro bono Portland attorney for plaintiff against a landlord for violation of the automatic stay 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, Case No. 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.
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.