Michelle Baird-Johnson


Michelle Baird-Johnson directs the firm-wide acquisition of ‎lawyer talent in conjunction with the firm’s strategic plan, ‎from law students to practicing attorneys. She also leads ‎the integration activities for lateral attorneys, including ‎orientation topics and assignment into the firm’s ‎mentoring and developmental advisory programs.‎

Michelle has been involved in legal recruiting since 1999, ‎and works directly with the firm’s Chief Executive Officer ‎and other firm leadership to help identify talent growth ‎needs and opportunities. She manages the recruitment and ‎integration of lateral attorneys from the beginning, and ‎works with them to ensure a smooth transition to the firm. ‎She also oversees the firm’s Summer Associate Program, ‎including the 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. ‎



  • Over 20 years of experience in legal recruiting.
  • Has mentored and coached associate attorneys in their career development.
  • Developed and administered numerous Summer Associate Programs.
  • Worked as a Bankruptcy Paralegal before transitioning to a recruiting role.

Memberships & Awards


  • SHRM, Member (2017-present)

  • Professional Development Consortium, Member (2010-present), Annual Conference Planning Committee (2018)

  • National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Member (1999-present), Regional Coordinator (2005)

  • Oregon Legal Recruiting Association, Member (1999-present), President (2001-2004, 2014)

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Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, Board Member (1999-present), Board Secretary (2016-present)


Outside The Office