Oregon Business Lawyers

Daniel DiCicco
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 11 years experience

Daniel DiCicco is a Portland Business Attorney providing full-service legal support including Litigation and Transactional work. Contracts, Business Formation, Capital Raises, and Litigation.Every... Read More »
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Ryan Douglas Smith
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 15 years experience

Peak Franchise Law focuses on franchise law and areas of law that complement the franchise legal practice, including business entity formations; trademark law; business sales and acquisitions; intellectual... Read More »
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Marc Johnston
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Portland , OR Business Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(503) 342-7252 101 SW Main St. Suite 1905
Portland , OR 97204
Business, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Gonzaga University School of Law
We are a different kind of law firm — one that is dedicated to serving you. We are committed to providing each of our clients with the personal care and attention they deserve in all of our practice areas and more. Some cases are best settled, and some are best taken to a jury. We have dedicated our careers to being prepared for both. We welcome the opportunity to take our clients’ cases to a jury when the need arises. The fact that we are willing to take every case to a jury if necessary increases our credibility and the...
Brent Goodfellow
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McMinnville, OR Business Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(503) 472-9090 105 N.E. 4th Street
McMinnville, OR 97128
Business, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Willamette University College of Law
Mr. Goodfellow was admitted in 2003 to practice law in Oregon State Courts and in 2008 in the US District Court of Oregon. His judicial experience includes, McMinnville Municipal Court Judge Pro Tempore (2006-October, 2008); Carlton Municipal Court Judge Pro Tempore (April, 2007-October, 2008); and Circuit Court Judge Pro Tempore (October, 2008-2016). He was selected as a SuperLawyer Rising Star an unprecedented five straight years (2010-2015). This award goes to only the top 2.5 percent of Oregon lawyers as selected by his peers. He has been featured on Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Inside Edition, The...
Kristin Olson
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(503) 740-7608 1020 SW Taylor Street
Ste. 400
Portland, OR 97205
Business, Personal Injury and Products Liability
University of Oregon School of Law
I'm a trial lawyer who practices civil litigation, including commercial and personal injury law. I defend lawsuits on behalf of individuals and companies, and I also bring lawsuits on behalf of injured individuals.
Huffman
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Springfield, OR Business Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(541) 747-3354 1011 Harlow Rd
Suite 300
Springfield, OR 97477
Business, Employment, Municipal and Real Estate
University of Oregon School of Law
K.C. Huffman, graduated from Reedsport High School (’93) Linfield College (’97) and the University of Oregon School of Law (’00). Following law school, K.C. served as the Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Lyle C. Velure. In 2001 K.C. joined Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson, P.C., and in 2007 K.C. became a partner in the firm. K.C. is currently the President of the Lane County Bar Association.
Kevin C Brague
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(503) 922-2243 1205 NW 25th Avenue
Portland, OR 97210
Free ConsultationBusiness, Civil Rights, Education and Personal Injury
Pepperdine University School of Law
I represent individuals who have been harmed by others - whether personally like in an automobile/car accident, or by an institution like abuse or violation of civil rights. I have been practicing law in the State and Federal courts in Oregon since 2005, and have additional relevant legal experience extending back to 1991. My experience includes working for international law firms to my own solo practice representing corporations, small businesses, and individuals. I am a trial attorney and have litigated cases against businesses, insurance companies, colleges, universities, trade schools, and schools on behalf of people that...
Dane E. Johnson
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(503) 975-8298 1801 NW Upshur Street
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97209
Free ConsultationBusiness, Entertainment & Sports, IP and Trademarks
University of Oregon School of Law
Before founding the firm in 2015, attorney Dane Johnson worked in advertising and brand communications design at Nike, Adidas America, and advertising agencies in Los Angeles, the Midwest, and the South. His creative work spans print, television, video, and retail and has been recognized by the Communication Arts Advertising and Design Annuals, Print’s Regional Design Annual, and the Advertising Club of Los Angeles, among others. He is a graduate of Art Center College of Design with a degree in Advertising. As a former creative director, art director, and designer, Dane brings a deep understanding of the creative talent that he...
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
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Hillsboro, OR Business Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(971) 533-6178 3699 NE John Olsen Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Free ConsultationBusiness, Construction, Employment and IP
Willamette University College of Law
Michael Stevens has a background in insurance defense representing individuals to large corporations in a wide variety of cases from personal injury to wrongful death and construction defects. He handled cases with values of as much as $4 million, and drafted many successful motions for summary judgment. An Oregon native, he graduated from Oregon State University with his bachelor’s degree and earned his juris doctorate at Willamette University College of Law in Salem in 2009. At Willamette he was an editor and writer for Willamette Law Online and the Web & Publication Editor for the Willamette Sports Law Journal. He...
Demetrius Tsohantaridis
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Newberg, OR Business Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(971) 227-8947 201 N. Meridian Street
Ste. B.
Newberg, OR 97132
Free ConsultationBusiness, Estate Planning, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
University of Oregon School of Law
Meng Ouyang
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Eugene, OR Business Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
1158 High Street
Suite 101
Eugene, OR 97401
Business, IP, Patents and Trademarks
University of Oregon
A chemistry and computer science major, once an international student then an immigrant, worked in a variety of fields, speak English and Mandarin fluently, and I care and have compassion for other people. I have a high standard for myself and will work for you with the same standard.
Thomas William Stilley
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(503) 227-1111 1000 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
Business, Agricultural, Bankruptcy and Real Estate
University of Houston Law Center
Thomas A. Hackett
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(503) 400-7999 650 N.E. Holladay Street, Suite 1600
Portland, OR 97232
Business, Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
University of Washington School of Law
I help families and business owners plan for now and the future. This is done through estate planning and business planning. My process is to educate clients about opportunities - and problems - they or their family may encounter down the road. Next, I help them identify their priorities and goals, and then develop a plan to accomplish those goals. This sometimes involves using complicated legal structures and techniques, but I keep the explanations straight forward and understandable. After all, a great plan isn’t that great if you don’t understand it. Quality planning that you understand is...
Anthony Victor Albertazzi
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Bend, OR Business Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(541) 317-0231 296 SW Columbia St Ste B
Bend, OR 97702
Business, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Real Estate
UC Hastings COL
Over 20 years practicing law in Bend, Oregon (Jan 1996). Extensive knowledge in Bankruptcy Law including consistent success with complicated Chapter 11 Bankruptcy cases. Extensive knowledge in Estate Planning and Probate Law. Member, Oregon State Bar House of Delegates. J.R. Campbell Inns of Court. Oregon State Bar Leadership College (2006) Personal: Married since 1996 with two children. Interests include skiing, tennis, backpacking, and classical piano.
Howard Alan Newman MBA
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(503) 535-8040 1001 SW 5th Avenue
Suite 1100
Portland, OR 97214
Free ConsultationBusiness, Appeals, IP and Patents
University of Florida
Mr. Newman's clientele have included law firms, individuals, and small and medium sized entities in various locations in the United States and around the world, including a niche Brasilian practice. In addition to Mr. Newman's legal experience as a registered patent attorney and working as a litigation and a transactional attorney, he has worked as a CEO of a start-up company, as an associate in an incubator, and he has performed financial valuations of intellectual property both as a function of litigation and arms-length transactions.
Brandy Pirtle-Guiney
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(503) 208-7355 PO Box 11225
Portland, OR 97211
Free ConsultationBusiness and Employment
Western New England University School of Law
After over ten years in private practice and public service, Brandy Pirtle-Guiney formed Pirtle-Guiney Law LLC in February 2016 in order to focus solely on employment and civil rights law with an emphasis on partnering with progressive small businesses to provide a wide-range of services aimed at helping their businesses and employees thrive.

Brandy was previously an attorney with Davis Law Offices LLC where she practiced employment, small business, vcivil rights and estate planning law. She previously served as a Senior Civil Rights Investigator with the Bureau of Labor and Industries where she spent several years handling employment, housing and public...
Deborah Vincent
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Medford, OR Business Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(541) 840-0479 10 Crater Lake Avenue
Medford, OR 97501
Business, Bankruptcy, Collections and Real Estate
University of Oregon School of Law
Private practice attorney since 2002. Former Deputy District Attorney - Jackson County, Oregon Former Assistant County Counsel - Jackson County, Oregon Former City of Medford Prosecutor
Jeremy R. James
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(503) 206-6401 8235 SW Oleson Rd., Ste. C
Portland, OR 97223
Business, Estate Planning, Insurance Claims and Real Estate
Lewis & Clark Law School
Jeremy practices in the areas of personal injury, property, and commercial litigation, business and real estate transactions, and estate planning and probate matters. Jeremy possesses a broad range of experience representing clients on a variety of matters in state and federal court and before mediators and arbitrators. He also has experience working on appellate matters before the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court.

Before his legal career, Jeremy worked for a number of years in commercial land development, business management, and marketing.
John Christopher Minor
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Newport, OR Business Law Attorney with 51 years experience
(541) 265-8888 236 W Olive St
Newport, OR 97365
Business, Estate Planning, Municipal and Real Estate
Willamette University College of Law and Willamette University College of Law
Deidra Cherzan
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Bend, OR Business Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
1107 NE Revere Ave
Bend, OR 97701
Business, Divorce, Estate Planning and Tax
University of Washington School of Law
Deidra is an attorney and Certified Public Accountant licensed in Oregon, Washington and Colorado with more than 18 years experience practicing law. Prior to becoming an attorney Deidra was a Captain in the United States Air Force, an auditor and management consultant with a national accounting firm and a business associate in several corporations. She strives to bring excellence to her practice and to assist her clients with difficult life and business transitions.
Bradley V. Timmons
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The Dalles, OR Business Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(541) 296-9900 3591 Klindt Drive
Suite 220
The Dalles, OR 97058
Business, Agricultural, Appeals and Arbitration & Mediation
Willamette University College of Law
General civil practice of law in The Dalles, Oregon, representing individuals and small businesses.
Aaron S. Ferreira
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(503) 228-2495 525 SW Jackson Street
Portland, OR 97201
Business, Employment, IP and Real Estate
Lewis & Clark Law School
Michael R. Hughes
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Bend, OR Business Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(541) 667-9567 920 NW Bond St
Suite 206
Bend, OR 97701
Business, Agricultural, DUI and Municipal
Drake University Law School
As founder of the law practice Hughes Law, Bend lawyer Michael R. Hughes offers Oregonians accused of crimes or injured in accidents committed legal representation. He has been practicing as a lawyer since 1999, and he has handled thousands of cases. Attorney Hughes is an aggressive and confident litigator with years of trial of experience, and he has completed the extremely selective Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College program for trial skills. Contact his firm today for a consultation.
Scott Brooksby
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(503) 290-2420 1020 SW Taylor Street
Portland, OR 97205
Business and Products Liability
The Catholic University of America
I primarily practice in the areas of product liability, aviation and commercial litigation. I have tried cases to juries through the state of Oregon.
Michael Hugh McGean
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Bend, OR Business Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(541) 389-5010 1148 NW Hill St.
Bend, OR 97701
Business, Arbitration & Mediation, Collections and Real Estate
University of California Hastings College of the Law
General practice trial attorney specializing in commercial litigation. Extensive trial experience in state and federal courts.
Ann Chapman
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(503) 241-4869 319 SW Washington St
Suite 520
Portland, OR 97204
Business and Bankruptcy
University of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law
Ann K. Chapman has been practicing law in the bankruptcy field since 1985. Ann became the managing partner of Vanden Bos & Chapman following the retirement of her law partner of more than three decades, Robert Vanden Bos, in 2018. She is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy topics and enjoys referrals from attorneys in many different fields throughout Oregon. Ann remains one of the most experienced consumer and small-business bankruptcy attorneys in Portland, with over 33 years spent practicing in the area.
Ryan Douglas Smith
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(800) 880-5122 1050 SW 6th Ave.
Suite 1100
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationBusiness, IP and Real Estate
University of Oregon School of Law
Peak Franchise Law focuses on franchise law and areas of law that complement the franchise legal practice, including business entity formations; trademark law; business sales and acquisitions; intellectual property rights; and a variety of commercial contracts.

With respect to franchise law, the firm creates and reviews Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs), prepares and files state franchise registrations, advises on franchise relationship matters, negotiates franchise-related contracts, helps U.S. companies expand internationally through franchising and licensing, helps international companies franchise in the United States, and provides other franchise legal services.

With respect to business sales and acquisitions, the firm represents buyers and sellers...
Christopher James Palmer
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Gearhart, OR Business Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(503) 739-7616 3410 Highway 101 N
Suite B
Gearhart, OR 97138
Business, Divorce and Family
Univ of Oregon School of Law
Mr. Palmer will work tirelessly to resolve your matter effectively and efficiently. His goal is to provide the highest quality legal service. He strives to bring superior communication and compassion to the attorney-client relationship and is completely dedicated to individuals and to the pursuit of justice for them.
Douglas Smith
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Sherwood, OR Business Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(503) 840-0000 22021 SW Sherwood Boulevard
Sherwood, OR 97140
Free ConsultationBusiness and Trademarks
Brigham Young University
Douglas D. Smith
Franchise Smith, LLC
Attorney handling matters in franchising and multi-unit operations
Birthplace: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Education: Brigham Young University,
- Bachelor's degree in political science, 1976;
- J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University,
- Juris Doctorate, 1978
Licensed in Oregon and Utah

Doug Smith has specialized in franchise law since 1981 with an emphasis on structure and drafting of franchise agreements and disclosure materials; selection and registration of trademarks; compliance with state and federal franchise and business opportunity laws including the preparation of relevant disclosure and registration materials; and franchise related litigation. He has a working knowledge of French and Romanian.

He has...
Kevin P Kress
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(503) 223-7555 65 SW Yamhill St
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97204
Business, Insurance Claims and Securities
University of Notre Dame
Kevin practices in the areas of business litigation, shareholder/LLC member disputes, and securities claims. Kevin also is active with Legal Aid Services of Oregon’s Volunteer Lawyer Project, through which he represents victims of domestic violence in contested restraining order hearings. Prior to returning to Portland and joining the Oregon State Bar in 2014, Kevin practiced in New Orleans, Louisiana for seven years with a mid-sized litigation firm, where he practiced in insurance coverage & defense, local government law, trucking & transportation claims, and construction defect litigation. Kevin also served as law clerk for Judge Kay Bates at the 19th Judicial...
John Stuart Razor
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Salem, OR Business Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(503) 362-5600 659 Cottage St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Free ConsultationBusiness, Civil Rights, Employment and Real Estate
Willamette University College of Law
The Law Office of John Razor provides both Plaintiffs and Defendants with expeditious and proficient representation in a variety of legal settings. Mr. Razor has considerable experience in civil litigation, including trials, arbitrations, mediations, administrative hearings, and appeals. Get a hold of us today to discuss how we can assist you. Regardless of your situation, we can help. Confident that we will obtain more than satisfactory results, we handle a considerable amount of our cases on a contingency basis. Check with us today for a candid and realistic evaluation of your case.
Rachele R. Selvig
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Grants Pass, OR Business Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(888) 870-8825 Cauble, Cauble & Selvig, LLP
111 SE Sixth
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Business, Consumer, Estate Planning and Probate
Lewis & Clark Law School
Individuals and businesses in southern Oregon look to Cauble, Cauble & Selvig, LLP, for quality legal representation in a wide range of legal practice areas, including: Litigation and Appeals representing plaintiffs and defendants, Probate, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Estate planning, Wills & Trust litigation, Business law, Real estate law, Administrative law, and Construction law. Our attorneys have earned a reputation for strength and effectiveness in legal counsel throughout Oregon. We work hard to maintain and build on that reputation with every new client we serve.
Andrew Harris
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(503) 405-4939 3530 N Vancouver Ave Ste 320
Portland, OR 97227
Business, IP, International and Securities
Loyola University Chicago
I offer entrepreneurs, small businesses, and the owners of those businesses, access to straightforward, cost-effective, and responsive legal services for the three major stages of a business's lifecycle: the startup, the operation, and the transition (such as a sale, transfer or closing down) of the business. For clients, this means access to a top notch, experienced attorney focused exclusively on the types of transactional issues that directly affect your business.
Christopher Michael Veley
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(503) 417-7777 111 SW 5th Avenue
Suite 1740
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationBusiness, Construction, Family and Real Estate
Gonzaga University School of Law
I'm an attorney with the law firm of Slinde & Nelson LLC in Portland, Oregon (a Vancouver, Washington office is coming soon). I have been practicing law since 1999. I am licensed to do so in Oregon and Washington and regularly appear before courts in both states, and particularly Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties in Oregon, and Clark and Cowlitz counties in Washington. My practice concentrates on civil litigation, legal advice, and disputes relating to real estate, construction, banks, homeowners associations, businesses, and individuals. This includes: construction contract drafting, review and advice; representation of contractors and owners regarding...
Timothy Elliott
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Bend, OR Business Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(541) 647-1408 1558 SW Nancy Way, Ste 101
Bend, OR 97702
Free ConsultationBusiness, Criminal, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Willamette University College of Law
Tim has over 21 years of uninterrupted practice of law. He is an experienced trial lawyer, with a background in Personal Injury, Wrongful death and Business, Real Estate and Transactional law, Criminal Defense, etc.. The hallmark of his practice is proven results at competitive rates.
Erin K. Fitzgerald
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Beaverton, OR Business Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(503) 641-7222 9800 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
Suite 200
Beaverton, OR 97005
Business, Consumer and Criminal
Lewis & Clark Law School
Allen Drescher
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Ashland, OR Business Law Attorney with 46 years experience
21 S 2nd St
Ashland, OR 97520
Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Columbia Law School
Admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Oregon, Allen Drescher has provided legal services in Southern Oregon since 1973 with an emphasis in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business law, elder law, wills, trusts, probate, guardianships, conservatorships, leases, sales, transactions and disputes.
David Smith
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West Linn, OR Business Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(503) 657-6550 1754 Willamette Falls Dr
West Linn, OR 97068
Business, Construction, Consumer and Real Estate
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Shawn Michael O'Neil
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Wilsonville, OR Business Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(503) 570-8755 8755 SW Citizens Drive, Suite 202
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Business, Consumer, Employment and Personal Injury
For more than two decades Shawn has advised individuals, businesses, landowners, and public entities, throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington on various and often complex legal matters. He has successfully represented hundreds of these clients in civil litigation matters in both state and federal court.

Shawn is able to effectively negotiate settlements on challenging and highly charged cases while at the same time always being prepared to take cases to trial if resolution is not possible. Shawn is comfortable trying cases in front of juries and to the court. He has spent countless hours mentoring less-experienced attorneys on how to effectively try...
Gregory Abbott
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(503) 283-4568 6635 N Baltimore Ave
Suite 254
Portland, OR 97203
Business, Arbitration & Mediation, Collections and Consumer
Lewis & Clark College
Kenneth Stephen Mitchell-Phillips
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Gresham, OR Business Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(888) 335-0161 1217 NE Burnside Road, Suite 801
Gresham, OR 97030
Business, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Landlord Tenant
Lewis & Clark Law School and Troy University - Troy campus
The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips Law, P.C. is a law firm established in Oregon and Washington to provide personalized and high quality business transactional, real estate, civil litigation, and estate planning legal services to businesses ranging from start-ups and emerging small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the Pacific Northwest. The firm is dedicated to providing its' clients high quality, sophisticated, and complex legal services at a reasonable rate. When you hire The Law Offices of Mitchell-Phillips, P.C., you are not just getting another law firm, you'll get valuable legal advice and counsel from an...
Stephen Mannenbach
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Dallas, OR Business Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(503) 623-6052 133 SW Academy St
Dallas, OR 97338
Business, Elder, Nursing Home and Personal Injury
Willamette University College of Law
Stephen F. Mannenbach has four college degrees and over 30 years of experience in providing quality legal representation to clients. He received his B.A. from the University of Oregon in 1970, M.A. from Indiana University in 1976, M.B.A. from Willamette University in 1980, and his J.D. from Willamette University in 1980. His areas of legal emphasis include: estate planning, elder law, personal injury, business law, and real estate law. Steve Mannenbach has made several appearances before the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court. He has published legal articles for the Willamette Law Review, Administrative Law Review, Environmental...
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