"Making Molehills out of Mountains"

Michelle Slater Law
     OSB Sustainability Partner
About Me

I have been practicing law since 1996, first with Miller Nash, LLP, and since 2012 at Michelle Slater Law LLC. My clients are individuals and businesses that benefit from my experience with complex commercial transactions, navigating regulatory frameworks, and general business law. My areas of experience include general business and corporate law, tax, energy, insurance transactions and regulatory compliance, and international and domestic complex commercial transactions.

At Miller Nash, I started out in tax litigation, then migrated to business transactions and general business work. Because the phrase "business transactions and general business work" doesn't tell you much, here are the specifics.

Beginning in 2012, I expanded my practice to include insurance transactions and compliance work. Here is more about my Insurance Practice.

Over the years, I have worked with clients on a variety of complex transactions in a diverse collection of industries. See Representative Clients.

Because of my diverse legal background and experience, I am able to help my clients handle the myriad of important details critical to the success of their projects and transactions. At the same time, I understand the big picture and keep their broader goals in focus.

I translate business understandings and needs into clear, understandable legal documents and work efficiently and effectively to protect my clients' interests and minimize their risks.

I have a direct style, communicate clearly, and deliver exceptional service. If you have a project that may benefit from my services, please do not hesitate to contact me to find out more.

Contact Michelle


Michelle Slater Law LLC
1631 NE Broadway #606
Portland, OR 97232

(503) 577-1446

Insurance Transactions and Regulatory Compliance
Business advice, strategy and management
Complex transactions
Bankruptcy | Workouts | Trusts | Tax
Energy & Sustainability
Mergers & Acquisitions
International Business

Lewis & Clark Law School (formerly Northwestern School of Law), J.D.,
Federal tax certificate
Vassar College, B.A., English literature
Bar Admissions
Oregon, Washington
Representative Clients - Insurance

Affordable Housing Risk Pool
Housing Authority Risk Retention Pool
ODS Companies
Unified Grocers Insurance Service
Utah Medical Insurance Association
Representative Clients - Business

Aequitas Capital Management
Assured Equity Inc.
CBC Fitness Consulting
ContiFinancial Corporation Liquidating Trust
Invenergy LLC
Obsidian Finance Group, LLC
Outback Solar, LLC
PV Technology, Inc.
Southern Pacific Funding Corporation
SPFC Liquidating Trust (Jeffrey H. Beck, Trustee)
The Bridgetown Group
U.S. Bancorp
Vulcan Power
Weyerhaeuser Corporation
Willamette Industries, Inc.
Examples of Work


In the insurance area, I represent insurance companies and risk retention pools before state insurance authorities. I have also represented clients in connection with a variety of insurance company transactions, including acquisition by stock purchase agreement, demutualizations in connection with merger, redomestication in connection with reorganization, and acquisitions of additional businesses.

I have experience with regulatory filings, including for newly-formed insurance companies, existing insurers, and insurance holding company systems. I assist with the formation and start-up of insurance companies, mergers and acquisitions, business expansion, management and other forms of agreements, and securing regulatory approvals for a variety of transactions.

Combining my experience working in complex regulatory frameworks, creative problem solving, and sophisticated corporate transactional experience, I provide my insurance clients with effective and efficient transactional and compliance advice.
  • Redomestication of a reciprocal insurer in connection with a merger

  • Conversion of a reciprocal insurer to a stock insurance company

  • Regulatory filings related to obtaining and amending certificates of authority

  • Regulatory filings related to changes within insurance holding company systems

  • Filings related to ongoing regulation of risk retention pool in four-state region

  • Participation in regulatory hearing related to change of control transaction

  • Assisted in-house counsel of client negotiate and review multiple supply contracts; interfaced with sales staff, ensured business terms complied with legal requirements, negotiated terms sheets and contracts

  • Helped client sell part of his company to a key employee

  • Prepared consulting agreements, confidentiality agreements, joint development agreements, and purchase and sale agreements for both large and small companies

  • Represented "hard money lender" in negotiations with bank for revolving line of credit and other financial tools

  • Helped clients move assets between multiple subsidiaries to prepare for sale of one company and financing transaction with respect to another transaction

  • Represented a private equity company in its two-year effort to acquire a publicly traded company; negotiated confidentiality agreements, performed due diligence, drafted multi-party agreements between bidding partners, purchase and sale agreements

  • Helped liquidating trustee to liquidate a corporate bankruptcy estate, including 20 subsidiaries and distressed financial assets connected with over 70 sub-prime securitization trusts, drafted and negotiated complex, multi-party agreements, purchase and sale agreements, auction procedures; advised on complicated structured finance and tax issues

  • Acted as US counsel for sellers, a Bahamian and a Brazilian entity, in the sale of a Brazilian company to a new entity formed by its former employees. Worked with local counsel to draft and negotiate the operative document, including the securities transfer agreement, assignments, certificates, indemnification agreement, guarantees, and an asset servicing agreement. Coordinated tax and accounting reviews and advice.

  • Acted as US counsel in the sale by two Uruguayan companies of a portfolio of Argentine contracts secured by equipment, mortgages, guarantees and other security.

  • Helped a client reverse an adverse property tax valuation by intervening in a case before the Oregon Tax Court by successfully briefing and arguing our position

  • Represented plaintiffs in a set of five consolidated cases brought by four individuals and Willamette Industries, Inc. making a broad challenge to the legality of the Western Oregon Forestland Privilege Tax

  • Represented U.S. Bancorp in ten matters (ranging from tax audit to filed cases at both the state and federal level) covering issues raised in tax years 1986-1994 for U.S. Bancorp, affiliates, and/or financial institutions acquired by U.S. Bancorp (related to pre-acquisition tax years).

  • Represented renewable energy developer in obtaining multiple Oregon business energy tax credits, litigation with Oregon Department of Energy regarding those tax credits, and participated in legislative efforts to preserve and improve incentive program

  • Negotiated state and county tax incentive package for large national wind developer

  • Assisted clients with analysis of opportunities to develop biomass facilities, negotiated with land owners for joint property use, prepared and negotiated feedstock agreements, advised on available tax incentives for biomass collection and energy production; advised Oregon Department of Energy on rules for biomass collector's credit

  • Negotiated transmission services and interconnection agreement for renewable energy developer; advised on regulatory issues related to energy development and connection to transmission lines; drafted and negotiated co-development agreement and power purchase agreement for large solar facility.

Professional Activities

Oregon State Bar
  • Business Law Section
  • Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Section
  • Sustainable Future Section (Executive Committee, 2010- present; Chair, 2012, Editor In Chief, 2011-present)

Oregon Women Lawyers Association
Washington State Bar Association
Multnomah Bar Association

I support these organizations:
Portland Youth Philharmonic Association
(various positions since 2004)
  • Board of Directors
  • Corporate Secretary
  • Chair, Development Committee
  • Program and Education Committee

Lewis & Clark Law School Alumni
(various positions since 2004)
  • Board of Directors
  • Chair, Distinguished Honors Committee

Campaign for Equal Justice
Basic Rights Oregon
Oregon Cultural Trust

The Business Energy Tax Credit: No Longer an Effective Incentive for Renewable Energy Resource Facilities
Business Energy Tax Credit Update (HB 3680-B)
Reining In the BETC: Recommendations to the Governor
The New, Temporary BETC Rules: Raising the Bar
The New, Temporary BETC Rules: Raising The Bar (Detailed)
Conservation Can Help Future Energy Demands, Oregon Business (Sept. 2010)
Contributor, Renewable Energy Resources 2008 Annual Report, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (2008)


The National Association of Bar Executives' mid-year meeting included a program entitled "Green With Envy? Your Bar Should Be"
It featured a panel that included Michelle Slater, Section Chair, and Sylvia Stevens, Oregon State Bar Executive Director, and was moderated by Ron Wegener, Oregon State Bar Chief Financial Officer
Bankruptcy Liquidating Trusts - One Size Does Not Fit All
Renewable Energy Policy Update
Lewis & Clark Law School Business Law Fall Forum
NIPPC Annual Meeting
OLI Presents: Green Business Law
New Permitting and Planning Challenges for Renewable Projects
Sustainability Practice Groups
Learning the Ropes

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