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W. Michael Gillette - Appellate Attorney - Portland, Oregon

W. Michael Gillette


503-796-2927 Direct
503-317-2075 Cell

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Professional Experience
W. Michael (Mick) Gillette was admitted to the Bar in 1966 and has been a lawyer and judge ever since. He joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as a shareholder in 2011, after retiring from the Oregon Supreme Court. He had served on Oregon's highest court for the preceding 25 years, and on the intermediate Oregon Court of Appeals for over eight years before that. His earlier years of practice involved prosecuting criminals, representing state agencies, and serving as the chief appellate lawyer for the State of Oregon.

During his service on the bench, Mick was recognized by the national magazine Lawdragon as being one of the best judges in the United States. His long service on the bench exposed him to the broadest imaginable range of legal issues, and he was a prolific writer of opinions on behalf of the courts. His earlier practice gave him a clear picture of the strengths and weaknesses of American bureaucracy, and he especially enjoys litigating with administrative agencies.

Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Gillette is a long-time teacher, having taught various legal subjects at both law schools and colleges. He has also taught for over 30 years at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, where he has received the school's Payant Award for outstanding teaching. Together with his wife, Judge Toni Boone, he is widely known nationally for teaching course for administrative law judges in many different states, including Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, North Carolina, and Florida.

Mr. Gillette's other professional involvement includes:

  • American Bar Association: Appellate, Administrative Law and Judicial sections
  • Oregon State Bar: Former member Bar/Press Committee; Criminal Law Committee; Appellate Section
  • Oregon Museum of Science & Industry: Former member, Board of Trustees

Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
High Court of American Samoa
United States District Court, District of Oregon
United States District Court, District of Vermont
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Supreme Court

Harvard Law School, Juris Doctor degree (1966)
Whitman College, Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) (1963)

The Playful, Plainspoken Prose Of Justice Elena Kagan, Law 360, July 7, 2015
That Signed Agreement Might Not Hold Up, Daily Journal of Commerce, January 27, 2015

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