Michael Dwyer has been named 2019 Lawyer of the Year for Family Law Mediation in Portland by Best Lawyers of America.  This is an unprecedented honor from his colleagues and peers, as he is the only multiple-year recipient of this prestigious award.  He received the same honor in 2017 and 2015 (rules prohibit winning the award in consecutive years).

Michael has been consistently recognized for his work in mediation and conflict resolution. He has been listed in Best Lawyers of America for Family Law Mediation since 2009 and in Oregon SuperLawyers for Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2007.

Michael has taught divorce mediation at Pepperdine Law School, Willamette Law School, and Maitripa College.  He also frequently speaks to other lawyers, law students, mediators, and the public in the areas of conflict resolution and collaborative problem-solving, mediation & negotiation, and communication skills.

Michael also has a long, distinguished career as a trial lawyer. He has litigated or reached successful settlement in hundreds of litigated cases. He has long been an AV-Preminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest lawyer rating given to a lawyer by his peers for skill and ethics.

Michael served as the 2008-09 President of the Multnomah Bar Association after serving on the Board of Directors and Chairing three different bar committees. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Chapter of the American Family and Conciliation Courts.

Michael attended Notre Dame and graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1974. He obtained his law degree in 1977 from Loyola of Los Angeles Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.


  • Lawyer of the Year for Family Law Mediation by Best Lawyers of America 2019-2017-2015
  • Selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Family Law Mediation, 2009-2015
  • Distinguished as an Oregon Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers, 2007-2019
  • Highest Rating for Law and Ethics by Martindale Hubbell
  • Ranked Tier 1 Law Firm in Portland Metro Area by Best Lawyers in America
  • Certified Mediator, Senior Mediator, by Mediate.com


Michael and Jane Bell met and married in Hawaii and moved to Portland 26 years ago.  They have two adult daughters who are deeply involved with the arts.  Michael likes to dabble in art (especially drawing), play Christmas songs on the piano for friends and family, swing golf clubs in good weather, hike amidst wildflowers at Mt. Ranier, attend Shakespeare plays in Ashland, and listen to all sorts of music.   There are too many, and not enough, books on his shelves. He meditates for sanity.  He comes from a sports-crazy family, which included his father who was a defensive back for the Los Angeles Rams.  Michael played four sports in high school and college football for one year.

Michael can help mediate any conflict.