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Michael Jonas      he / him

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Owner + Principal ATTORNEY

  • Academically accomplished

  • Real-life business experience

  • Community-focused

Michael grew up in northern Los Angeles County. In high school, he participated in Speech and Debate, Mock Trial, Theatre Club, and Key Club, a community service organization. His primary commitment was Speech and Debate, where he served as president during his junior and senior years. In his senior year, he also participated in DECA, a business competition group. After winning at State, Michael attended the National DECA competition in Salt Lake City, Utah.

At the end of high school, Michael was awarded the “Gift of the Gab” award for best speaker in Mock Trial and Speech and Debate of his graduating class. As a debater, his favorite types were and still are Congress Debate and Spontaneous Argumentation. Upon graduation, he was also awarded a lifetime membership into the National Forensics League, a speaking association.

Michael graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.A. in Psychology. For four years, he served as an event programmer for the school’s Hillel, a pluralistic Jewish organization; at one point, he also served on the student executive board as the Fundraising Chair. In addition to attending interfaith dialogue discussions, community business meetings, and community-outreach events, Michael had the pleasure of attending the Spitzer Forum in Washington, D.C. The yearly forum is a time when college students across the nation meet to discuss pressing issues facing society. Upon graduation, he completed the University Leadership Program and in addition to his degree, was awarded a University Leadership Certificate.

In high school and college, Michael worked in several restaurants as a host, dishwasher, busser, and server. As an intern, he learned about business and communications at both an advertising firm and in the marketing and promotions department of a corporate radio-station company. After completing his undergraduate education, Michael worked at two nonprofit organizations: As a fundraising Campaign Executive for United Way of Santa Barbara County, he served as a liaison between business and community members, meeting with and speaking to all kinds of people about people’s ability to drive social progress by working together. That same year, Michael was a job coach for disabled adults, working with and motivating his clients to live active, successful lives.

Michael went on to earn a law degree at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. For two years, he served as the president of the Public Interest Law Foundation, where he managed a board, a budget, and several programs. With the support of the Foundation's board, he planned and executed career fairs, policy and law panels, beach cleanups, and community fundraisers. He participated in and competed on the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Competition Team; as a member, he was able to learn negotiation and mediation practices and techniques, both theoretically and in application, through participation in off-location competitions with other law schools. Michael took both Introduction to Mediation and Advanced Mediation, which he passed with Honors. From 2008 to 2009, Michael mediated numerous small-claims court cases through the Superior Court’s Small Claims Mediation Program. In this pro bono role at the court, he mediated all sorts of cases, from landlord-tenant disputes and homeowners association (HOA) matters, to car-accident cases, contractor remodels gone bad, and even dog-bite claims.

While studying at law school, Michael took classes and secured internships in various law specializations, including contracts, property, health, disability, immigration, housing, the environment, and entertainment. He was an active member of the school’s Environmental and Entertainment Law societies. In 2008, he worked as a contract reporter for Campaign.com, reporting on the presidential-election process, the importance of voting, and the need for the public to understand both sides of an issue before making up their mind. The recipient of a juris doctorate (J.D.) degree, Michael was honored with a certificate of completion from his school’s Pro Bono and Externship Office and a Student Organization President of the Year award, which required faculty and student nominations and votes.

After law school, Michael gained critical business and law experience in conflict resolution, facilitating and executing real estate transactions and negotiations, promoting and marketing projects, and client-management systems for law firms. As the founder and owner of Great Resolutions Achieve Social Progress (GRASP) Mediation, Michael mediated business contracts, civil claims, and family and community disputes. As a break from compensated services and to maintain community involvement, GRASP offered pro bono conflict-resolution and anti-bullying seminars for local Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs. Michael served on the Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumni board for four years, during which time he worked on outreach activities for potential and current law students, collaborated with fellow alumni on community projects, and voted on various matters that the law school was facing in a recovering yet still-challenging economy.

For over five years, Michael was a real estate advisor and agent in San Diego, California, and he has maintained a current California real estate license. Michael prepared residential purchase offers and successfully negotiated contracts from escrow to closing, along with compiling market-trend research, preparing comparative market reports, and creating marketing materials geared toward various populations. Always committed to education, Michael gave presentations on rental-property laws, affordable-housing rules and options, and the purchasing process for first-time homebuyers.

For some seven years, Michael helped various brands meet their experiential-marketing goals. As a brand ambassador and product specialist, he worked at concerts and festivals, from Comic Con to Rock 'n' Roll Marathons and everything in between. Michael had the opportunity to work with leading brands like Dodge, Ford, Puma, North Face, Marvel Comics, Cartoon Network, GameSpot, Pepsi, Jack Daniels, Svedka Vodka, Hillshire Farms, StarKist Tuna, and 7-Eleven. Throughout each contract, Michael fulfilled a variety of marketing roles, including face-to-face consumer presentations and preparing and recording electronic consumer data.

Prior to founding Rational Unicorn Legal Services LLC, Michael served as a client manager and paralegal for a high-volume intellectual-property firm. He retained and serviced client accounts, completed outreach efforts using marketing materials and original website content, and collaborated with support staff, the attorney team, and the principal attorney on a variety of client projects. Additionally, Michael engaged with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office, filing new patent, trademark, and copyright applications and maintaining existing ones.

Currently, Michael's focus and love is centered around building and maintaining Rational Unicorn Legal Services LLC. His third business, Michael previously owned a mediation company and a real-estate company. His goal is to be himself as an attorney; he has no desire to assume a random, unrelatable persona. Rather, he wants to have a career that not only helps people via legal services, but also is honest and founded on the belief that business- and community-building are not mutually exclusive. Michael is thrilled to be able to harness his legal skills while drawing on his past experiences to help people achieve their goals.

Passionate about community engagement, Michael dedicates time to volunteering with several nonprofit organizations. He currently serves on three nonprofit boards: New Leaders Council (NLC), the hub for progressive Millennial thought leadership; Hatch Innovation, a social entrepreneurial innovation incubator; and The Main Street Alliance of Oregon, the local chapter of a national network of state-based small business coalitions.

In his free time, Michael enjoys hiking, reading political articles, watching movies, and spending time with his amazing boyfriend, Andy, and unbelievably cute dog, Edison.


AccreditationS

Member, License #173844, Oregon State Bar

Member, Multnomah County Bar Association

Associations

Lifetime Member
National Speech & Debate Association honor society, National Forensics League

Degrees + Certifications

Juris Doctor
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
University of California, Santa Barbara

Environmental Law Boot Camp
Environmental Law Institute, San Francisco, CA

University Leadership Certification
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Commendations

Pro Bono Honors Award: Community Service Legal Work
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA

Student Organization President of the Year
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA

First Amendment Journalism Scholarship
Signal Newspaper

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Joel Corcoran      he / him

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Of-Counsel ATTORNEY

  • Multipotentialite: attorney, scientist, government-affairs expert, and part-time adventurer

  • Business, government, and nonprofit experience

  • Focused on helping community-builders and organizers fully engage with government and society

A native Midwesterner, Joel grew up in Nebraska and Illinois before attending Oregon State University, where he earned a B.S. in Biology, an M.S. in Genetics with a Minor in Political Science, and a near-complete second graduate-level degree. He then spent three of the best years of his life at the University of Oregon School of Law.

After graduating from law school, Joel achieved modest success as a patent attorney – a job he adored, except for the part about actually writing patents, which he was tolerably decent at. He enjoyed a diverse, domestic and international practice in all areas of intellectual property, specializing in biotech and pharmaceutical patents and various forms of plant-variety protections.

Joel then moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked as a science- and technology-policy advisor and an attorney for just long enough to get tired of the Beltway Mentality. While he loves that city and always looks forward to visiting, he knows he’s not cut out to be a full-time resident.

After returning to Oregon, Joel worked on his own as an attorney for many years, establishing a niche practice as a part-time general counsel for creative companies and nonprofits. He also helped fellow attorneys and other professionals, such as doctors, nurses, architects, et al., with ethics codes and related matters. He currently works as a government attorney and maintains a small law practice, Reluctant Cynic Legal Services, on the side, as means to afford to stay in his day job. He also spends a bit of time as a business manager and game designer for Jetstream Applications, a local app-development firm.

Joel spends much of his free time as a board member, tour guide, and event planner for Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery. He is also an experienced gaymer, exuberant actor and storyteller, increasingly better poker player, and fumbling knitter. He tries to remain a loyal servant to the Russian Blue cat who adopted him a few years ago. After settling into a newly constructed accessory dwelling unit, Joel has returned to baking and cooking regularly, looks forward to picking up knitting again, and may eventually finish that television screenplay he started six years ago.


ACCREDITATIONS

Member, License #992461, Oregon State Bar

Member, Multnomah County Bar Association, Oregon

DEGREES

Juris Doctor
University of Oregon School of Law

Coursework toward Master’s, Science & Technology Policy
Oregon State University

Master of Science, Genetics; Minor, Political Science
Oregon State University

Bachelor of Science, Biology
Oregon State University


Ryan Masters      he / him

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Of-Counsel ATTORNEY

  • Lover of music and art

  • Real life business and nonprofit experience

  • Focused on helping creatives and businesses build and maintain intellectual property profiles

Ryan grew up in New England attending Tunxis Community College and Western Connecticut State University school where he obtained his B.S. in Marketing. With a passion for branding and creative endeavors he decided to attend law school at University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. While in law school he worked in-house at a fortune 100 company and a start-up music label, interned full time at an AM 100 law firm, and worked for the law school’s Intellectual Property and Transaction Clinic. He was also a teaching assistant for contract law and a research assistant for the school’s trademark professor. He graduated with certificates in both Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law. 

After sitting for the New York bar, his law school hired him to recruit potential law students at various undergraduate schools across the country. One of those cities was Portland and he instantly fell in love with the area. After finishing his recruitment tour, Ryan decided to move across the country to Portland to pursue a career as a Trademark/Copyright attorney. Since moving to Portland, he has enjoyed assisting everything from hip-hop artists to restaurants with Trademark and Copyright issues. He enjoys everything from working with artists in drafting Copyright licenses, to working with startups to file Trademark applications. He helps creatives and businesses build their Intellectual Property portfolios and ensure that their creative works and brands are protected as best as possible. As someone who has been a part of several small businesses and charities, he loves the entrepreneur spirit that Portland has and is drawn to helping startups secure their Intellectual Property rights.  

When he is not practicing law, Ryan enjoys traveling with his fiancee, going on hikes with his corgi, Maple, and checking out the local art and comedy scenes. 


ACCREDITATIONS

Member, License #190970, Oregon State Bar



DEGREES

Juris Doctor
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law

Certificates in Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law

Bachelor of Science, Marketing
Western Connecticut State University

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Heather "Power Heather" Harteis      she / her

Office Manager

Heather is a resourceful and organized person with diverse background of experiences, predominantly in events and science education.  

Heather grew up in Pennsylvania, a land of four seasons, forests, and mountains, much like Oregon. After earning her B.S. in Chemistry from Saint Francis University, she went on to complete an M.A. in Teaching program in science education at University of Pittsburgh. During her time as a public-school teacher, Heather taught chemistry, environmental science, atomic / nuclear topics, and physical science to some 800 students.

In a part-time capacity, Heather has been organizing music events for 15 years. Even as a teenager, she coordinated and promoted small concerts with local and touring bands.  By college, she was a percussion instructor for ensembles in the Tournament Indoor Association / Tournament of Bands All-East competition. In 2007, Heather began working with musician Jim Donovan of bands Rusted Root and Sun King Warriors on event coordination and social media promotion. For a decade, she coordinated two annual retreats – handling registration, onsite logistics, merchandise sales, and event planning – with a focus on the participant experience and replicating a successful event.  Recently, Heather achieved a Guinness World Record as project manager.

In her free time, Heather enjoys baking, napping, and traveling with her partner, Hector. You can win her over with desserts or dark chocolate.


DEGREES

Master of Arts, Teaching (MAT)
University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry
Saint Francis University