Michelle Rudd

Michelle Rudd

Portland, OR

About Michelle

Michelle’s practice focuses on property development resulting in place making and increasing urban resiliency. Her work includes property acquisition through and in lieu of eminent domain, due diligence prior to purchase and property development through land use permitting. Michelle works with municipal agencies, private utilities, property owners and the community and on projects requiring their partnerships. She achieves client goal-oriented resolutions in condemnation actions and in land use permitting, including zone and comprehensive plan changes, use permits and variances, development of conditions of approval, and responses to notices of violation.

Michelle is licensed in Oregon, Washington and California. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as a civil engineer and obtained a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning and draws on that background in her legal approach.

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  • Successfully represented district in right to take challenge related to pre-condemnation entry for surveying and testing.
  • Successfully represented redevelopment agencies, municipalities and transit agencies in acquisitions of property for public projects.
  • Successfully represented utility in acquisition of property for 60-mile pipeline project.
  • Successfully represented public agency in administrative appeal of denial of relocation benefit claim.
  • Successfully represented landowners in negotiations with state agencies and municipalities for acquisition of a variety of properties and property types, including project design as well as compensation issues.
  • Obtained zoning and comprehensive plan map amendment to enable development of coastal property.
  • Obtained modifications to unconstitutional exaction demands.
  • Obtained variance to code standard concerning road improvements.
  • Resolved notice of land use code violation related to nonconforming use based upon code interpretation approach.
  • Obtained conditional use permits for uses including allowance of storage of blasting materials in quarry and telecommunications facility in resort area.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law "Lawyer of the Year," Portland, 2014
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law, Land Use & Zoning Law), 2010‑2018
  • Selected by Savoy Magazine as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers, 2015
  • Seattle District Council member, Executive Committee, Urban Land Institute, 2009‑2010, ULI Oregon Program Chair, 2011-2014
  • Member and past member at large, Board of Directors, American Planning Association – Oregon Chapter, 2003-present
  • Diversity Lead Partner, Stoel Rives, 2010‑2014
  • Member, Real Estate and Land Use section, Oregon State Bar; Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2011‑2014
  • Member, State Bar of Oregon
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, State Bar of Washington
  • Member, Oregon Minority Lawyers Association
  • Member, Oregon Women Lawyers, 2012 Robert Deitz Awards Nomination Committee

Civic and Other Activities

  • Oregon Solutions Project - Lents Stabilization and Job Creation Collaborative, Co-Convener, 2016-present
  • City of Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, 2010-present, Vice Chair, 2010‑2014, 2018-present
  • Member, City of Portland Development Regulatory Advice Committee, 2008‑2015
  • Oregon Operating Committee, Urban Land Institute, 2009‑2010, Program Chair, 2011‑2015
  • Co-Chair, Central City 2035 Advisory Group
  • Member, City of Portland Economy, Alternative Fuels, Future Utilities Committee, Local Energy Assurance Project, 2012
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Doing It Differently: Portland’s Plan to Redevelop the U.S. Post Office Site and Broadway Corridor,” Stoel Rives Ahead of Schedule blog, Oct. 2017
  • Looking Ahead For The National Flood Insurance Program,” Law360, July 2017
  • “Motion to Release Deposit,” 10th Annual Eminent Domain: Current Developments in Condemnation, Valuation & Challenges, The Seminar Group, June 2017
  • Autonomous vehicles: Who is going to lead the way?,” Oregon Business, June 2017
  • Proposed Parking Changes Will Increase Portland Hotels’ Flexibility to Utilize Parking Assets,” Stoel Rives Alcoholic Beverages Law blog, April 2017
  • 2017 Food Service Guidance for Oregon Wineries,” Stoel Rives Alcoholic Beverages Law blog, April 2017
  • “Rail – The Challenges of Entitling Rail Projects” (panelist), Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Spring Super Symposium, April 2017
  • “Right of Way - 20/20 Hindsight," International Right of Way Association, Oct. 2016
  • Considerations Before and After the Government Comes Knocking (or Preparing for Condemnation),” Stoel Rives Ahead of Schedule blog, Aug. 2016
  • “Utility Perspective of Condemnation,” The Seminar Group, June 2016
  • “Mediation in Condemnation,” The Seminar Group, June 2015
  • “2015 Oregon Land Use Preview,” Jan. 2015
  • “Relocation Issues,” The Seminar Group, June 2014
  • “Discovery Issues in Condemnation,” The Seminar Group, June 2013
  • “Getting the Most from the Attorney/Consultant Team: Improv,” Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland, Oct. 2012
  • “5th Annual Eminent Domain: Current Developments in Condemnation, Valuation & Challenges,” The Seminar Group, June 8, 2012
  • “Mentoring and Affinity Groups,” Convocation on Equality, Oregon State Bar, Nov. 4, 2011
  • “Implications of Demographic Change on Housing and Community Development,” ULI Oregon, Oct. 13, 2011
  • “Overview of the Condemnation Process: Substantive Rules; Prerequisites; Pleadings; Discovery,” The Seminar Group, May 19, 2011
  • “Do Not Pass Go (or From Start to Finish): Anticipating, Avoiding, and Resolving Environmental and Land Use Issues in Project Planning and Execution,” Multnomah Bar Association CLE, March 15, 2011

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