Judge Hogan


Judge Michael Hogan

 is a mediator who has led thousands of disputes to a fruitful settlement.  He worked more than 40 years in federal service and earned national renown as a mediator of complex civil suits.  In all, Judge Hogan has led successful mediations in hundreds of construction defect cases, hundreds more sexual abuse cases, and of corporate bankruptcy cases with billions of dollars in the balance.  Some of these cases have had hundreds of claimants apiece.  In October 2012, Judge Hogan retired his position as a U.S. District Court Judge to become a full-time mediator. 

Judge Hogan’s service on the bench began in 1973, when he was hired as a part-time U.S. Magistrate Judge and part-time U.S. Bankruptcy Judge.  He was just 26 years old at the time, making him one of the youngest federal judges in this country’s history.  He received a U.S. District Court commission from President George H.W. Bush in 1991 and then assumed the duties of Chief Judge from 1995 to 2002.

Along with his membership in various bar associations, Judge Hogan served for many years as president of the Roland K. Rodman Inn of Court.  He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, served as national president of the National Council of Federal Magistrates from 1980 to 1981, was chairman of the Board of Visitors for the University of Oregon School of Law from 1993 to 1996, and also chaired the 2002 Judicial Conference of the Ninth Circuit.  Other professional involvements include sitting on committees for the Judicial Conference of the United States, the Administrative Office Committee of the United States Courts, the Oregon Federal-State Judicial Council, the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit, the Federal Judicial Center, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the National Judicial College, and the Federal Bar Association.

Judge Hogan is well known for bringing "the gentle touch" to successful settlements in civil cases.  He has received the Individual Award for Leadership in the Promotion of Dispute Resolution from the Willamette University College of Law.  He is a regular speaker at legal conferences of all types, and has also taught several seminars to judges in other countries.


  • Senior U.S. District Court Judge, 2011-12
  • Chief Judge, District of Oregon, 1995-2002
  • U.S. District Court Judge, 1991-2012
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, 1973-91 
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, 1973-80
  • Associate Attorney, Miller Nash LLP, 1972-73
  • Law Clerk, Office of District Court Judge Robert C. Belloni, 1971-72
  • Capitol Policeman, U.S. Capitol Building, 1968-71


  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1968-71
  • Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon, 1963-68

Notable Achievements

  • Founder, Roland K. Rodman Inn of Court
  • Honorary Doctor of Humanities, Northwest Christian University
  • U.S. diplomatic missions to Russia and Jordan
  • Former President, National Council of Federal Magistrates
  • Excellence in Dispute Resolution Award, Willamette University College of Law