Meet a Member: Michael Jonas

We’re profiling the people who make Bridgeliner possible — our supporting members — and next up is Woodstock neighbor and Rational Unicorn founder Michael Jonas.

Where in town might people run into you?

If I’m not at work at my law office, I’m probably at a coffee shop. I also really enjoy going to local craft and food markets, i.e. Portland Night Market, My People’s Market, Crafty Wonderland, and farmers markets when they’re open.

What’s a recent story you’ve read about Portland that you wish more people cared about?

I think people need to realize that people on the street aren’t all “crazy” or dangerous. Nor are they all on drugs. Understanding that they need help and a creative variety of solutions besides a rush of police is very important. I’m glad that Jo Ann Hardesty is working on this cause, and more people should know about it.

What’s a local event you went to recently that you loved?

 I went to a really beautiful event at The Riveter that had a variety of Business Chambers. The people were nice and the food and drinks were great.

What are you celebrating in your life right now?

My law firm Rational Unicorn Legal Services just turned two, and we’re headed into our third year very excited. 

I’ve managed to own and operate a benefit company firm that offers pay-as-you-go community business law. It’s been a thrill personally and professionally and has allowed me to help a lot of people. I look forward to helping people with affordable legal services for years to come.

What’s something you’re working on that you could use help with? 

Helping more makers, crafters, and artists turn their hobby into a legally formed business (i.e. business formation, contracts, trademarks, etc.)

Offering no-cost to low-cost business law seminars through our seminar series “The More You Glow.” We just finished a four-month slate of events. We will be offering a whole new slate in January.

Helping people form nonprofits — or if they’re not ready to form a nonprofit but they’re passionate about community and their cause, telling them about other options they have.

What made you decide to become a member of Bridgeliner?

I added the listserv a few months ago and I loved it. I enjoy not only reading it for local stories, but also using it as a resource for upcoming events.