Our Team



Attorney at Law

Michael’s practice emphasizes estate planning, estate administration, guardianships and conservatorships, long-term care planning, and special needs trusts.

Prior to attending law school, Michael gained experience working with seniors and people with disabilities while earning a master’s degree in social work. During law school, he added a financial perspective to his background working as a securities broker for Charles Schwab, Inc. Upon graduation, Michael clerked for the Honorable C. Jean Stewart, Judge of the Denver Probate Court. As an attorney, Michael draws on his background, representing seniors, people with disabilities, and their families on a range of planning, administration, and crisis-management issues.

Michael is the author of numerous articles and continuing legal education materials, and he frequently speaks to attorneys, financial professionals, and caregivers on topics of interest to seniors and people with disabilities. Michael is fluent in Spanish and has served as an interpreter in various settings, including Colorado Courts.

For many years, Michael chaired the Agency and Professional Relations Subcommittee of the Oregon State Bar’s Elder Law Section. In that capacity, he advocated for seniors and people with disabilities by fostering dialogue between the legal community and Oregon’s Department of Human Services.  From 2005-2008, he served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  From 2014-2020, he served on the Board of Directors for Store to Door, a non-profit organization that supports independent living for seniors and people with disabilities by providing a volunteer-based grocery shopping and delivery service.  Michael volunteers regularly for a variety of non-profit organizations.

Raised in New Mexico, Michael holds a B.S. from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; an M.S.W. from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico; and a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law.

Michael enjoys good food and wine, traveling, kayaking, exploring nature, and laughing with friends.


Nicole H. Sakys

Attorney at Law

Nicole’s primary areas of practice are estate planning, probate and protective proceedings.

Raised in West Linn, Nicole in an Oregon native. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder as an undergraduate and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law. After graduating law school, Nicole returned to West Linn, sat for the Oregon Bar and began her practice of law at the local law firm of Hutchison & Walsh, P.C.

Nicole is friendly and outgoing and has a great rapport with her clients. She is married with two children and enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, watching her kids play the sports they love, reading and taking long walks with her dog Maple.


Jacob M. Lingo

Attorney at Law

Jake was born and raised in Vancouver, WA with longstanding generational ties to the Portland metro area. Jake completed his undergraduate studies at Gonzaga University, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Minor Degree in Sociology with Magna Cum Laude distinction. Thereafter, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from Willamette University College of Law with a primary focus on Estate Planning and Elder Law coursework.

After passing the Oregon State Bar in 2009, Jake sought employment as a Professional Fiduciary. In 2014, he became the owner of MacDonald & Associates, LLC, which provides guardianship, conservatorship, trust management, and estate management services. Jake is a Nationally Certified Guardian and also served 3 years on the board of directors for the Guardianship/Conservatorship Association of Oregon, Inc. Jake’s many years of experience administering estates, trusts, guardianships, and conservatorships provides him with a perspective and skill set ideally suited to his current role as an elder law and estate planning attorney.

Jake is married and has two daughters. He enjoys golf, cooking, and spending relaxing weekends with his family.


Angela Goben

Sr. Paralegal

Angela began her career in the legal field while attending the University of Washington. Her studies and work experience are in the areas of estate planning, trust and probate administration, guardianship and conservatorship, special needs planning, small business, real estate, and domestic relations. Angela’s experience spans over two decades, and includes a term as Chair of the Probate Specialty Group for the Oregon Paralegal Association.

In the mid-90s, Angela focused her interests in elder law and special needs planning. Her strong interest in helping vulnerable individuals inspired her to specialize in this area.  Angela’s experience provides our clients with efficient legal support throughout the course of our representation. She has worked with Michael for over 10 years and has enjoyed developing long-lasting relationships with our clients.  As a primary point of contact for our clients, Angela’s friendly demeanor and sense of humor ensure that our clients feel comfortable and confident with their representation by Edgel Law Group.

Angela is a Northwest native.  She enjoys hiking, camping, and cycling with her family and friends.  Her love for this community has led to years of volunteer work with children and adoption advocacy groups.  She is proud to be a member of the Edgel Law Group team where she is able to further serve the needs of this community.


Heather Strickler


Heather obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Portland State University, majoring in both Political Science and Criminal Justice. In addition, she attended Portland Community College’s Paralegal program, where she studied guardianships and conservatorships, Medicaid planning, and probate proceedings.

Since completing her paralegal education, Heather has worked primarily in the area of elder law and estate planning. She has developed extensive experience in guardianships and conservatorships, probate and trust administration, and all aspects of estate planning. Heather’s welcoming disposition, passion for helping others, and attention to detail make her a great resource for our clients.

Heather enjoys spending time with her two children, cheering for the Oregon Ducks and Portland Trailblazers, hiking with her dog, and taking photographs.


Mary Lundstrom

Administrative Legal Assistant

Mary obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware, majoring in both International Relations and Latin American Studies with a minor in Spanish. She has over 15 years’ experience working as an administrative assistant and office manager in both the public and private sector. Additionally, Mary is a 500-hour certified yoga therapist and instructor. Her gentle, patient approach, attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond make her a fantastic new addition to the office.

Mary enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, biking and paddle boarding, practicing + teaching yoga, quality time with her family, and traveling to new places.


Tony Steele

Office Manager

Tony is a Certified Public Accountant who brings varied experience and valuable skills to his roles as office manager, accountant, and legal assistant at Edgel Law Group.  His career began in the not-for-profit world, where he identified his love for helping people.  Subsequent jobs included owning a successful gift basket business, trading in the futures markets, and working as a securities broker, all of which he enjoyed greatly.

In 2002, Tony received a B.S. in accounting, with honors, from Metropolitan State University of Denver.  He began a new career in corporate accounting, starting out as an auditor and working his way up to become controller of two global companies.   When he left the corporate world, he started a small CPA practice of his own.  Having discovered a preference for small business over large corporations—but still enjoying the challenges of hard work—Tony joined Edgel Law Group while still maintaining his CPA practice.

Tony helps keep the business running efficiently, making sure the smallest of details is handled with the utmost care.  In a single day, he may answer the phone, draft legal documents, order supplies, pay the bills, and prepare quarterly tax returns! He enjoys both the day-to-day interactions with our clients and the administrative details of managing the firm.

In his free time, Tony loves gardening, traveling, outdoor activities, and enjoying a glass of Pinot Noir while exploring Oregon’s wine country.