Michael Estok is a litigator representing a diverse mix of clients in Oregon and Washington in areas including commercial law, professional liability (on behalf of physicians, hospitals, long-term care facilities, attorneys, and accountants), products liability, employment, securities, class actions, and appeals. He has successfully tried many cases before judges, arbitrators, and juries.
In every case, Michael seeks to obtain a deep understanding of his client’s business or area of professional practice, which he believes to be essential to effective legal representation. Michael’s background in accounting, for example, gives him unique insight into how his client’s business operates and how it can be best served through litigation.
Michael also serves as a member on the amicus brief committee for the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel.
Michael graduated in 2004 with high honors from the University of Washington School of Law, where he was an editor of the Washington Law Review. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in business and accounting, summa cum laude, from Boston University.
He has also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Walter Carpeneti of the Alaska Supreme Court in Juneau, as well as for Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining Lindsay Hart, Michael worked for a firm in Seattle litigating class actions and other complex matters.
Michael was selected by his peers to appear on the Oregon Super Lawyer list as Super Lawyer in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and Rising Star in each year from 2013 through 2017.
Michael has been commended for his trial skills. For example, following a seven-day successful arbitration in late 2016, the arbitrator (a retired judge from King County, Washington) wrote the following in the final award:
“The Claimant’s representation, particularly by Mr. Estok, was exceptional. His knowledge, skill and quality of representation were at the highest level of representation I have observed in presiding over cases for more than 21 years on the bench in King County, Washington. He was thoroughly familiar with the facts and the detailed exhibits, and moved efficiently through the direct and redirect examinations of his witnesses, as well as the cross examinations of the Respondents’ witnesses, with the quick and detailed ability to cross-examine them using numerous exhibits.”