About

I received my B.S. degree from Portland State University in 1982 and a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 1986. I am member of the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, and American Bar Association with over 30 years’ experience in the legal field as a lawyer and legal assistant.

I practiced with a personal injury firm in Portland and provided pro bono legal services through the Volunteer Lawyers Project for over 8 years. Before joining the Professional Liability Fund (PLF) as a Practice Management Advisor in May 1996, I served as Legal Placement Director and Associate Executive Director of the Multnomah Bar Association for 8 years.

I am a frequent speaker on a variety of practice management, technology, and malpractice avoidance topics for the PLF, Oregon State Bar (OSB), law-related associations, and Oregon law schools. I am also a contributing author to The Ethical Oregon Lawyer, published by the OSB and A Guide to Setting Up and Running Your Law Office, Planning Ahead: A Guide to Protecting Your Clients’ Interests in the Event of Your Disability or Death, and A Guide to Setting Up and Using Your Lawyer Trust Account published by the PLF. When I’m not busy blogging, I write articles for the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, In Brief, and other publications.

At my “day” job, I provide confidential practice management assistance to Oregon attorneys to reduce their risk of malpractice claims, enhance their enjoyment of practicing law, and improve their client relationships through clear communication and efficient delivery of legal services.

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Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this blog are those of its author, Beverly Michaelis. Readers should conduct their own research on the topics presented. Any reference to a product or service is not an endorsement.

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This blog is exclusively the property of the author, Beverly Michaelis.  The posts and content are written on personal time, typically scheduled for publication on Mondays, and are not “work for hire” within the meaning of the copyright laws of the United States.  This blog was created in 2009 solely at the initiation of its author.  Its domain and all maintenance costs are borne by the author.  From time-to-time the author may allow select content from this blog to be reproduced by the PLF.  Examples include, but are not limited to, blog posts converted into articles, CLE handouts, or forms on the PLF Web site. Such content is used with the author’s permission.  Upon its use and reproduction by the PLF the content (in the form and format published by the PLF) becomes PLF property.  At all times the author maintains her copyright and ownership of the original blog posts reproduced by the PLF in the manner described. Copyright 2009 to Present – Beverly Michaelis.