Michelle Rudd

Michelle Rudd
Portland, OR

About Michelle

Michelle’s practice focuses on helping clients get their projects off the drawing board and on the ground. Her work focuses on community development issues related to condemnation and eminent domain and land use permitting and place making. Michelle works with municipal agencies, private utilities and property owners in achieving resolution in condemnation actions, permitting, responses to notices of land use violations and zone and comprehensive plan changes as well as property tax issues.

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 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 variance to code standard concerning road improvements not roughly proportional to the impact of development.
  • Obtained zoning and comprehensive plan map amendment to enable development of coastal property.
  • 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.
  • Represented displacing agency in relocation benefits appeal.
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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
  • City of Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, 2010-present, Vice Chair, 2010‑2014
  • 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

  • "Motion to Release Deposit," 10th Annual Eminent Domain: Current Developments in Condemnation, Valuation & Challenges, The Seminar Group, 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
  • “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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