Michael E. Rose, Retired

Michael E. Rose Michael E. Rose, co-founder and retired partner of Creighton & Rose, is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, and practiced in the Portland area since 1975. Over the course of forty-seven years, he has represented people in a wide range of misdemeanor and felony cases at trial, on appeal and on post-conviction relief throughout the State of Oregon. He is now (finally) retired.

Among the significant criminal cases in which he has been involved, of particular interest have been Sosnovske v. Maass, in which he obtained his client's release from a life term in prison for a murder he did not commit, and Merrell vs. Czerniak, in which he won a new trial for a juvenile wrongfully convicted of murder.

Rose has also spent a great deal of time representing people whose cases have involved significant constitutional questions or controversial progressive political issues. His clients have included peace activists, anti-nuclear protestors, environmentalists, marijuana law reformers, American Indian Movement leaders and initiative petition circulators. While on the faculty of the University of Oregon Law School, he taught seminars on the law of political protest. Most recently, he successfully represented John Brennan, the naked Transportation Security Administration protestor, against charges of public indecency. He then successfully represented Moses Wrosen against charges arinsng from his sleeping on a platform in front of Portland City Hall in protest of the city's homeless policies. Michael has spoken widely to professional and civic organizations and continuing legal education seminars on topics ranging from First Amendment issues to DUII defense and is known for his creative motion practice.

Because of his long experience in litigating constitutional issues, he increasingly focused his practice on the firm's civil rights and employment discrimination cases, which now predominate. He continues to represent clients in post-conviction relief cases, criminal and civil appeals, criminal, DUII and traffic defense at the trial level, and in administrative hearings in traffic and DUII cases, before DMV, as well as in professional licensing matters. He is a life member, former Board of Directors member and past President of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Since 1999 he has been editor and co-author of the Criminal Law Formbook (OCDLA) for Oregon criminal defense lawyers.

Michael, married, with one very entertaining dog, is an accomplished photographer and cook, a barely adequate, but avid, guitarist and a lover of music.


Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois ---  BA, Psychology, 1972.

University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana, Illinois --- JD, 1975.


Oregon Supreme Court, 1975.

U. S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1977.

U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1986.


Sole practitioner, Milwaukie, Oregon --- September, 1975 - June, 1976.

Nepom and Rose (and successor firms), partner, Milwaukie, Oregon -- June, 1976 - December, 1985.

Hearings Officer, City of Portland, Training and Employment Division, 1980 - 1986.

Sole practitioner, Portland, Oregon --- December, 1985 - September, 1986

Litigation Coordinator, Coalition for Safe Power, Portland, Oregon --- 1986 - 1990.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon --- 1986 - 1987.

Multnomah Defenders, Inc., Portland, Oregon, staff attorney --- September, 1986 - December, 1995

Steenson, Schumann, Tewksbury, Later and Rose, PC, Portland, Oregon, partner --- January, 1996 - August, 2000.

Steenson, Schumann, Tewksbury and Rose, PC, partner --- September, 2000 - December, 2003.

Steenson, Schumann, Tewksbury, Creighton and Rose, PC, partner --- January, 2004 - June, 2010.

Creighton & Rose, PC, partner --- July, 2010 - January, 2021, Of counsel, February, 2021 - 2022



Contributor, Ginger, A. F., Jury Selection in Civil and Criminal Trials 2d, (Lawpress, 1984).

"Spike the Trees to Save the Forests?" 18  Environmental Law 364 (1988).

"Due Process, Discovery and the Oregon Constitution," Vol. x, No. 1, The Oregon Defense Attorney 1 (December, 1988).

"Discovery" and "Pre-trial Motions," DUII Trial Manual (OCDLA, 1991, 1994).

"Pre-trial Motion Practice," Criminal Law  (OSB/CLE, 1994, 1998, 2005, 2013)

"Implications of State v. Conger," Vol. xv, No. 8, The Oregon Defense Attorney (August/September, 1994).

"Conger Redux, Goodwin Redivivus," Vol. xv,  No. 9, The Oregon Defense Attorney (October, 1994).

"Le Cadavre Exquis Walks," Vol. xv, No. 10, The Oregon Defense Attorney (November, 1994).

"Pre-trial Motions," DUII Trial Manual (OCDLA, 1997).

The Criminal Law Formbook (OCDLA, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2011), executive editor and co-author.

"Motion for New Trial/Arrest of Judgment," The Trial Notebook (OCDLA, 2000).

"Pre-trial Motions," DUII Trial Notebook (OCDLA, 2001).


Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Life Member

    —   Board of Directors, May, 1994 - May, 2000.

    —           President, June, 1999 - May, 2000.

    —   Chair, Education Committee, Jan, 1998 - Sept, 1999.

Multnomah Defenders, Inc., Portland, Oregon, Board of             Directors, December, 2005 -