Michael Sterner

Firm Overview

Real Estate; Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts) and Probate; Tax Planning and Defense; All matters related to forestry and natural resources.

Example cases

Successful representation of clients in audits and Collection Due Process hearings before the I.R.S. and Oregon Department of Revenue.
Advised clients on federal and state timber tax planning.
Real estate litigation, boundary line disputes, adverse possession, quiet title actions, and easements.
Drafted wills and trusts for individuals and married couples.

Main Office
P.O. Box 82487
Portland  OR  97282
  • (503) 358-8521
  • (206) 400-2722


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, 15 minutes. Hourly rate thereafter.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Fixed price for some services (wills and trust drafting; business and non-profit entity formation). Hourly fees for all other services.
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Evenings and weekends by appointment.
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Spanish and French.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?


What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

All work is completed in a cost-effective manner by the most competent person for the task.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Arbitration is required of civil court cases in Oregon.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?


What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Michael Sterner is a former I.R.S. lawyer. He also worked in the private sector as a forestry consultant, gaining practical experience in real estate and business management.
He is committed to public service, having served three years in the Peace Corps. As a lawyer, Mr. Sterner does extensive volunteer work.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Clients should learn what they can about their issues before contacting an attorney.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?


Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?


Michael Sterner

Michael Sterner entered the practice of law after ten years working in forestry consulting and land conservation. He gained tax experience as an attorney at the Internal Revenue Service. Now in private practice, he applies his knowledge of property and land use law to represent clients in real estate transactions, probate and property disputes. He applies his knowledge of tax law to counsel individuals, businesses and tax-exempt entities. He advocates for taxpayers in federal and Oregon tax controversies. Mr. Sterner frequently speaks to rural landowner groups on estate planning and tax issues.

All work is completed in a cost-effective manner by the most competent person for the task.

  • Bar Number: 101564
    Oregon , 2010

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