Michael D. O'Brien & Associates, P.C.

Firm Overview

At Michael D. O'Brien & Associates, P.C., our attorneys have decades of experience representing individuals and businesses in Oregon bankruptcy courts. We take a caring, balanced approach, making sure to gain a clear view of each client's financial picture before recommending a strategy.

Originally we operated as Oliveros & O'Brien which was established in April of 2000. The two partners worked together since 1996 prior to forming this entity. Now Michael O'Brien continues to serve the community under a new firm name Michael D. O'Brien & Associates, P.C. with the same experience and commitment to assist clients in need.Example casesRepresentative clients cover a broad array between:

• Single working mother of three, recently divorced, with over $50k of debt left over from marriage earns Chapter 7 no-asset discharge and gets a fresh start on her financial life.

• Elderly woman on fixed income with $120,000 unsecured debt successfully navigates Chapter 13 to protect her residence and repays 20% dividend to unsecured creditors.

• Residential home builder/developer with nearly $5 million in debt and substantial non-exempt assets successfully completes Chapter 7 and earns discharge after nearly a year of pre-bankruptcy planning.

• Small business owner successfully completes Chapter 13 repayment bankruptcy solving tax problems, curing mortgage arrears and retaining necessary business assets.

• Medical doctor with successful practice but failed land development venture left owing nearly $2 million successfully completes Chapter 7.
Main Office
12909 SW 68th Pkwy
Suite 160
Portland  OR  97223
  • (503) 786-3800
  • 503-272-7796


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, so long as debt is less than $1 million. We charge for consultations when debt exceeds $1 million.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We generally provide flat fee Chapter 7 cases and do provide a discount to people who are referred by existing clients. I would consider a similar discount if they specifically mention Nolo at the initial consultation.
Hourly Rates
Varies by staff member between $75 and $340

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Emergency After Hours

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I have an affinity for numbers and I enjoy the strategic side of bankruptcy practice. I learned very early that there is a huge difference between the results obtained with the help of a skilled, highly experienced bankruptcy professional versus an attorney who dabbles in the field and thinks bankruptcy is simply form preparation.

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

I welcome people to educate themselves in advance. I have a high success rate of Chapter 13 clients and believe that this is in part caused by the extra steps we take to make sure that people are knowledgeable about the process prior to taking the plunge.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

No.  In my experience it is more efficient and economical to do the entire case.  When in the past I have coached or reviewed documents we end up generating more questions than answers.

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

Not willing to do so.

Michael O'Brien

Sole Practitioner, Associate with Grafe, Oliveros & Associates prior to current partnership.

My strong dedication to my family makes me a better lawyer. I often counsel people on their decision making and help them to focus on long term needs of themselves and their family and how often bankruptcy can solve an immediate problem and help them to meet those long term needs. As I often say - Visa does not care if you have food on the table at home, and your family would rather have food than a stellar credit rating.

I am empathetic to the financial situation my clients find themselves in. I am not judgmental and recognize that most people want to avoid bankruptcy like the plague. I educate my clients on bankruptcy options and non-bankruptcy alternatives so that they can make an intelligent choice. I have the integrity to advise potential clients when I do not think bankruptcy is their best option and to help them formulate a different strategy.

Personal interests:

If I am not working, I am spending time with my wife and four kids enjoying the Pacific Northwest outdoors, and the many sports activities of my children.

  • Bar Number: 951056
    Oregon , 1995
  • University of Wisconsin
    Doctor of Law , 1994
    Madison, WI
    International Law Review, Focus on Space Law.
  • University of Oregon
    Bachelor of Science , 1991
    Eugene, OR
    Major - History
    Minor - Political Science

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