Michael W. Bortz

Michael W. Bortz

Practice areas:

Phone: 360-816-2473 (WA)  |  503-283-3393 (OR)
Fax: 360-696-2122

Michael Bortz, an attorney with Landerholm since 1996, focuses on assisting businesses with entity formation and planning, business transactions, Washington State and federal business taxation planning, contract matters, creditors' rights, and business sales and purchases. Michael also advises tax-exempt nonprofit organizations regarding formation, tax compliance, and operating issues.

Michael's prior eight-year career as a commercial banker with a large Philadelphia bank allows him unique insight in his law practice, as he worked with a variety of entrepreneurs, industries, and transaction structures prior to practicing law.

A good communicator with a calm demeanor, Michael enjoys complex challenges that require a mix of analytic and people skills. Professional highlights include helping clients acquire or start up businesses which, through advice and planning, grow to be successful. Michael's personal highlights include years of coaching his kids' basketball teams while, “improbably,” never being assessed a technical foul.

Michael's clients appreciate his balanced, thorough, and pragmatic approach and, eventually, come to appreciate his dry sense of humor.

Past professional Experience:

CoreStates Bank/Wachovia, N.A., Vice President, 1986-1994

Admitted to practice:

  • State of Washington
  • State of Oregon
  • State of Pennsylvania
  • United States Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • JD, Widener University School of Law (Delaware Law School), cum laude, 1993
  • BS, Pennsylvania State University (Psychology & Business), with high distinction, 1986


  • Washington State Bar Association–Business section (former chairperson), Taxation section and Creditor's Rights section
  • Oregon State Bar Association–Business section, Taxation section and Creditors' Rights section
  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Multnomah County Bar Association

Additional community activities:

  • Humane Society of Southwest Washington–Treasurer and board member
  • Council for the Homeless–Past treasurer
  • SWIFT, a fundraising group for small nonprofit organizations
  • Oregon branch of Penn State Alumni Club
  • Evergreen Community Education, YMCA and HotShot Youth Sports–Volunteer basketball coach


Michael is a past speaker on limited liability companies at Washington State Bar Association events.

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