Welcome! I am a law practice management educator and technologist. Prior to forming Oregon Law Practice Management, I served as a Practice Management Advisor at the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund from 1996 to 2016.
With over 35 years in the profession, I possess the experience and problem-solving skills to help you make your law practice more efficient, effective, and profitable. Contact me today to inquire about speaking or writing engagements.
Credentials, Affiliations, and Honors
I received my BS degree with high honors from Portland State University in 1982 and a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1986. I am a member of the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, and American Bar Association.
I practiced with a personal injury firm in Portland and provided pro bono legal services for over eight years in the areas of family law, probate, estate planning, and disability through the Multnomah Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, from whom I received an Outstanding Volunteer Award in 1991.
Before joining the Professional Liability Fund as a Practice Management Advisor in May 1996, I was Legal Placement Director and Associate Executive Director of the Multnomah Bar Association for eight years. I recently served on the Oregon State Bar eCourt Task Force, and am known for my eCourt expertise.
Professional Speaking and Writing
I am a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of technology, practice management, office systems, and malpractice avoidance topics for law-related organizations. In addition to blogging and writing feature articles and columns, I am an author, co-author, and principal editor of multiple legal publications:
- Principal editor of the PLF publications, A Guide to Setting Up and Running Your Law Office (1999 to 2016) and A Guide to Setting Up and Using Your Lawyer Trust Account (2005 to 2016).
- Contributing author, The Ethical Oregon Lawyer (2005 and 2015), published by the OSB
- Contributing author, Planning Ahead: A Guide to Protecting Your Clients’ Interests in the Event of Your Disability or Death, published by the PLF.
The content on this site is offered for general information and educational purposes only. It is not offered as legal advice and does not constitute legal advice or opinion. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations included 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.
Although I intend to keep the information on my site current, I do not promise or guarantee that the information is correct, complete, or up-to-date. You should not act or rely upon the information on this website or in my blog without seeking the advice of an attorney.
All Rights Reserved for Content Published in this Blog
In 2009 I started blogging in my spare time as an outlet for personal expression. While it was never a “work for hire” endeavor, my passion was certainly fueled by issues I encountered professionally. Bearing the cost of maintaining this blog has been a very worthwhile personal investment.
In recent years, I have willingly allowed others to reproduce my content and will continue to do so with attribution and permission. I retain ownership and copyright of all original posts and content.
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