Michael Romano

Michael Romano

Romano Law, P.C.
  • Criminal Law, Divorce, DUI & DWI ...
  • Oregon
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Mr. Romano attended Southern Oregon University (formerly Southern Oregon State College) in Ashland, Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor degree in Philosophy. He then received his Juris Doctorate at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. While in law school, Mr. Romano clerked for the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and developed a taste for trial work. He was then admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2000 and began his career as a prosecutor working in Klamath, Coos, and Deschutes Counties. In early 2006, he then opened his private practice in Bend, Oregon with a strong focus on family law and criminal defense. In 2013, Mr. Romano opened an additional office in downtown Portland, Oregon. Mr. Romano has personally tried hundreds of jury trials, tried numerous bench trials, conducted traditional and video-recorded depositions, and has spent literally thousands of hours in courtrooms around Oregon. Mr. Romano stays current with changes in the law by consistently exceeding the minimum Continuing Legal Education requirements set by the Oregon State Bar. He’s a member of the Oregon Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Deschutes County Bar Association, the Multnomah County Bar Association, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, and the National College of DUII Defense.

Willamette University College of Law
J.D. (1998) | Law
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Southern Oregon University
B.S. (1995) | Political Science
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Professional Experience
Romano Law, P.C.
- Current
Speaking Engagements
Speaker, Learning The Ropes, Portland, Oregon
Oregon State Bar Association
Presented and gave a talk to new lawyers on how to open and run a successful law practice.
Licensed to Practice Law
Oregon Bar Association
Professional Associations
Oregon State Bar  # 000942
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American Bar Association  # 01560053
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    DUI & DWI
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
    Juvenile Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Is it legal for me to carry a collapsible baton in Oregon?
A: The answer is a bit complicated. I actually wrote an article on this topic, which you can read here: The reason I saw that the answer is a bit complicated is because Oregon does not have a specific law that clarifies one way or another whether collapsible batons are legal. Similarly, Oregon does not have a specific law that clarifies one way or another whether collapsible batons are legal to carry concealed in Oregon. However, there is case law that appears to indicate that carrying a concealed baton-- or any other item designed to primarily be used as a weapon-- is illegal. In short, you can possess and open carry a collapsible baton in Oregon legally provided that it's not concealed or otherwise prohibited based on your status or location. For example, if you're on probation it could be unlawful. Also, if you're in a location that doesn't allow weapons, it'd be unlawful as well.
Q. Can my girlfriend get a driver's license in Oregon with one or two convictions of dui's in California?
A: It depends on how long ago those DUI convictions were, and whether she satisfied all requirements of the CA court and CA DMV.
Q. Is swerving WITHIN your own lane a lawful stop in reference to a DUII in the state of Oregon?
A: It's not a traffic violation by itself, but swerving within a lane can be used by an officer to support a finding of reasonable suspicion for DUII. Whether or not the stop was lawful will depend on what other factors the officer is using to corroborate his/her belief that the swerving was a sign of driving while under the influence.
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Contact & Map
Downtown Portland
111 SW 5th Ave.
Suite 3150
Portland, OR 97204
Telephone: (503) 208-5529
Fax: (541) 330-0223
3052 NW Merchant Way
Suite 106
Bend, OR 97701
Telephone: (541) 382-4404
Fax: (541) 330-0223