Michael Bortz, an attorney with Landerholm, P.S. 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.

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


  • J.D., Widener University School of Law (Delaware Law School), cum laude, 1993

  • B.S. (Psychology and Business), Pennsylvania State University, with high distinction, 1986

Professional Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Clark County Bar Association

  • Multnomah County Bar Association

  • Oregon State Bar Association

    • Business Law Section

    • Taxation Section

    • Debtor-Creditor Section

  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association

  • Washington State Bar Association

    • Business Law Section, Former Chairperson

    • Taxation Law Section

    • Creditor Debtor Rights Section

Past Experience

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

Published Articles & Presentations:

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

Community Activities:

  • Council for the Homeless, Former Treasurer

  • Evergreen Community Education, Former Volunteer Basketball Coach

  • HotShot Youth Sports, Former Volunteer Basketball Coach

  • Humane Society of Southwest Washington

    • Former Treasurer

    • Former Board Member

  • Oregon Branch of PennState Alumni Association, Former Member

  • SWIFT, Former Board Member

  • YMCA, Former Volunteer Basketball Coach