Michael Hallas practiced general civil litigation before turning his focus
to family law in 2007. He now uses his civil litigation experience to
help married and unmarried parties fight for their fair share of marital
or partnership assets when the relationship ends. Michael currently serves
family law clients at McKinley Irvin's
Vancouver law offices.
Michael approaches cases with practical experience and empathy as he helps
his clients navigate the complex legal and practical obstacles that arise
in family law. He recognizes that it is in his clients' interest to
handle cases with sensitivity and creativity to reach the best possible outcome.
Michael fights hard for his clients' rights, but will also help identify
reasonable resolutions. Where possible, he works with opposing parties
and counsel to reach agreements that help preserve the parties' dignity
and lower the emotional and financial costs of the dispute.
"I like family law because I get to practice law in a substantive
area where I have the opportunity to help individuals, rather than institutions,
navigate a difficult and complex process," says Michael. "I
like this personal connection, and it helps me commit to achieving the
best result I can for my clients."
Michael's ability to deal well with people in crisis allows him to
help his clients see that the difficult transitions they are facing are
not the end of their lives. This approach helps the client to be pragmatic
and work toward resolution.
He also helps clients advocate for their children's interests as they
move into a different type of familial relationship.
In addition to his family law work, Michael can occasionally be seen surfing
on the Oregon Coast wearing a very thick wetsuit.