Michael Levelle Becomes President of the Oregon State Bar

January 12, 2017
Contact: Denise George
Marketing Director, 503.227.1111

Sussman Shank LLP is pleased to announce that Michael D. Levelle has become the Oregon State Bar's first African American President, effective January 1, 2017.  The presidency position is a one-year term where he will represent Oregon's 14,000 active lawyers.  Michael will also serve a second year as immediate past president. 

Michael's top priorities during his presidency will be to improve the quality and integrity of legal services and increasing access to justice through inclusion, equity, and innovation. 

Michael has been a lawyer in Oregon for over 26 years and with Sussman Shank for 15 years.  His practice includes complex estate planning, estate and trust administration/litigation, guardianships and conservatorships, as well as dispute resolution.  Michael is a certified mediator focusing on resolving contested matters involving his areas of practice. As a frequent author and presenter, he is dedicated to participating in various civic organizations and serving our evolving and diverse Oregon community. 

Congratulations, Michael!  We support your leadership efforts and commitment to representing the legal profession and the greater community. 

Click on the link below to view the notable article featuring Michael Levelle in the January edition of the Oregon State Bar Bulletin "A heart person takes the helm."

About the Oregon State Bar
The Oregon State Bar licenses and regulates Oregon's lawyers, and administers the state's system of lawyer discipline.  Additionally, the bar provides a variety of services to help the public understand and access the justice system.  Finally, it offers numerous programs, including continuing legal education, to enhance the service and professionalism of its 14,000 member lawyers.  For more information, see our web site at

About Sussman Shank LLP
Founded in 1960 in Portland, Oregon, Sussman Shank is a full-service business, litigation, and commercial bankruptcy law firm with over 30 lawyers.  Our clients include public and private companies, government entities, institutions, non-profit organizations, and individuals.  While we are based in the Pacific Northwest, we frequently represent clients in court proceedings and business transactions throughout the country.  In 2016, Oregon Business Magazine named Sussman Shank as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work for" and one of the "100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon."

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