Michael Hallas


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  • WA
  • mckinleyirvin-oregon.com_Portland
  • OR

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Family law involves the aspects of life we value most. Therefore, my clients can trust they will get the answers they need from me, my complete support, and a strong plan to move forward.

Michael Hallas

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 Portland and 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.


  • Oregon State Bar Family Law Section
  • Settlement Negotiation Group
  • California State Bar
  • J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Michael regularly represents clients in:

  • Klickitat County
  • Washington
  • Benton County
  • Oregon
  • Wahkiakum County
  • Washington
  • Lewis County
  • Washington
  • Multnomah County
  • Oregon
  • Washington County
  • Oregon
  • Columbia County
  • Oregon
  • Hood River County
  • Oregon
  • Yamhill County
  • Oregon
  • Clatsop County
  • Oregon
  • Tillamook County
  • Oregon
  • Marion County
  • Oregon
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon
  • Clark County
  • Washington
  • Skamania County
  • Washington
  • Cowlitz County
  • Washington

While Michael practices primarily in these counties, he represents clients throughout Oregon, Washington, the U.S., and internationally who are involved in Oregon or Washington State family law matters. Contact us if you think you have a family law issue we can help you with.

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