Michael Willes

Michael Willes

Tonkon Torp LLP

Recognized since 2022

Portland, Oregon

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

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Michael is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. He has represented companies in a broad range of business matters, including contract disputes, securities litigation, and class actions. In addition to civil litigation, Michael has assisted clients with regulatory issues and criminal investigations.

Before joining Tonkon Torp, Michael practiced in the Litigation Department at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP for four years. He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Alexander Hamilton Fellow, and Managing Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. While a law student, he held an externship with Judge Michael W. Mosman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.


  • Pioneer Tower, Suite 1600
    888 Southwest Fifth Avenue
    Portland, OR 97204


  • Brigham Young University, B.A., graduated 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, State Bar
  • California, State Bar of
  • Washington, Washington State Bar Association


  • Multnomah Bar Association - Member
  • Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section - Member, Board of Directors
  • Oregon State Bar House of Delegates - Region 5, Delegate
  • Portland Workforce Alliance Board - Member
  • Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation - Board Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Districts of Northern and Central California
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Tonkon Torp LLP
Headquarters: Portland, Oregon

53 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

16 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation


  • Super Lawyers2017-2018, 2020, Oregon Rising Star – Business Litigation
  • Multnomah Bar Association2016, Young Lawyers Section Rookie of the Year

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