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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...
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.
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...
(360) 975-7770 1351 Officers Row
Vancouver, WA 98661
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.
(503) 206-6401 8235 SW Oleson Rd., Suite C
Portland, OR 97223
Marisol Cordero-Goodman
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(541) 554-8567 0224 SW Hamilton Street
Suite 201
Portland, OR 97239
Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Cleveland State University
My name is Marisol Cordero-Goodman, I am an attorney who guides my clients to discover what kind of legacy they aspire to leave behind, what kind of values they wish to impart to love ones, family members and/or business partners. I meld my legal expertise in estate planning, estate administration and corporate formation with real life issues. I strive to empower my clients to make informed and impactful decisions about their quality of life, distribution of assets to love ones, on whom to bestow financial and health decision making powers, and how to implement their legacy before and after...
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
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.
(202) 544-8040 1717 K Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
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.
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...
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...
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
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...
James Oberholtzer
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(503) 345-0652 1500 SW First Avenue
Suite 800
Portland, OR 97201
Free ConsultationBusiness, Estate Planning, Securities and Tax
DePaul College of Law and Washington and Lee University School of Law
James Oberholtzer has provided legal services to clients for over 35 years. He has provided legal representation to: Families. Estate planning, family wealth planning, wills and trusts, taxation of wills and trusts, guardianship and conservatorships, creation and administration of trusts, and probate of estates. Entrepreneurs. Closely held companies, family partnerships and individual entrepreneurs in formation and finance of enterprises, acquisitions and joint ventures, strategic planning and executive compensation, entity governance, integration of tax, legal and business objectives, protection of intellectual property and selection and supervision of local counsel. Senior Housing. Senior housing owners and operators...
(312) 765-7484 211 W. Wacker Drive
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60606
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 first started practicing law in the bankruptcy field when she began work as an associate attorney for her now partner, Robert Vanden Bos, in 1985. Ann and Robert formed their law partnership in 1992 and have practiced law together for more than two decades.
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.
Christopher Michael Veley
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 18 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...
Peter Vaughan Shaver
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(503) 473-8252 3939 NE Hancock Street
#308
Portland, OR 97212
Business, Communications, Employment and IP
University of Oregon School of Law
J. D., University of Oregon School of Law, certificate in Intellectual Property. B. A., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.
Robert McGaughey
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(503) 223-7555 65 SW Yamhill St
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97204
Business, Employment, Securities and Stockbroker Fraud
University of Akron
We handle shareholder, partnership & LLC disputes, securities & investment lawsuits & arbitrations, fraud & ponzi scheme claims, stockbroker & financial planner arbitrations, breach of fiduciary duty claims, shareholder oppression, dissolution, appraisal, derivative & accounting lawsuits, elder financial abuse, employment and non-competition disputes, interference with contract & economic relations and other business lawsuits in state and federal courts and various arbitration forums. Bob McGaughey has practiced law since 1980. He is the author of Oregon Securities Law and Oregon Corporate Law Handbook. Bob is past Chair of OSB Securities Regulation Section and OSB Business Litigation Section. He is a...
Aaron A. Pelley
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(503) 446-3640 222 NW Davis Street
Suite 420
Portland, OR 97209
Free ConsultationBusiness and Cannabis Law
Willamette University College of Law
A founding member of the Cannabis Defense Coalition Legal Committee and a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. Aaron has been a tireless advocate in the War on Drugs and the legalization movement. In addition to representing cannabis clients and their business strategies, Aaron has also earned a reputation for effectively handling high profile litigation, defending both individual and corporate clients. Aaron’s representative cases convey his capacity to handle a diversity of complex and serious legal matters. Aaron has been repeatedly named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers....
(206) 480-1600 1000 Second Ave
Suite 3900
Seattle, WA 98104
Adam Brittle
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(503) 445-1598 1318 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
Business, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Lewis & Clark College
John Tollefsen
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(503) 224-4600 1001 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1100
Portland, OR 97204
Business, Appeals, Bankruptcy and Securities
Suffolk University, Willamette University and University of Washington School of Law
John is a international lawyer with multiple post graduate degrees from both U.S. and European schools. He is a certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Controls Specialist. He has extensive multifaceted experience in business law and litigation.
(206) 624-5300 800 5th Avenue, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98104
(212) 964-1960 5 Penn Plaza, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
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
Justice J. Brooks I
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
1001 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
Portland, OR 97204
Business, Appeals, Employment and Personal Injury
William H. Bowen School of Law
Justice primarily focuses his practice on business, commercial, employment, and tort litigation. Justice's objective is to obtain favorable outcomes for each of his clients though competent and responsive legal advocacy. Justice leverages his litigation experience, including multiple jury and bench trials to meet and often exceed client expectations.

Justice also advises clients concerning various business matters including, but not limited to, entity creation, contracts, real estate, and licensure. Justice utilizes an industry-focused approach to help clients naviagate their business issues.

Justice provides labor and employment training for employers. The training focuses on the prevention of claims and how to mitigate and...
Donald Rolfe
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(503) 950-8345 1333 SE Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97214
Business and Estate Planning
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Dean Alterman
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(503) 517-8200 805 SW Broadway, Suite 470
Portland, OR 97205
Business and Real Estate
Lewis & Clark Law School
David P. Meyer
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(503) 224-1096 621 SW Morrison St Ste 1425
Portland, OR 97205-3823
Business, Construction and Personal Injury
University of Oregon School of Law
Business Law, Construction Law, General Civil, Injury Law
Gary Susak
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer
222 SW Columbia St
Portland, OR 97201
Free ConsultationBusiness, Legal Malpractice and Personal Injury
Phil Nelson
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
111 SW Fifth, Ste 1740
Portland, OR 97210
Business, Employment and Real Estate
University of Washington School of Law
I am a business lawyer who thinks like a businessman. Providing the kind of services my business clients need really is that simple. My practice focuses on litigation solutions that are consistent not at odds with my clients' business needs. My firm, Slinde Nelson, offers full service, innovative solutions to business clients throughout the region. We handle entity formation, buying and selling of businesses, employment law matters and employee relations issues, intellectual property matters, trade secrets, real estate and construction matters, and just about any other issue that comes up in the business setting.
Elliott P. Dale
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(503) 224-5560 805 SW Broadway
Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97205
Free ConsultationBusiness, Employment and Real Estate
Lewis & Clark Law School
Jason R Polen
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
PO Box 96261
Portland, OR 97296
Free ConsultationBusiness, Communications, Employment and IP
Jason is a self-starting, go-getting lawyer who takes a pragmatic approach to helping his clients. He co-founded StaTerra Law with Tim because he was not satisfied with the traditional approach to providing legal services. He firmly believes that legal costs should be predictable, transparent and value-driven.

Jason’s entrepreneurial mindset enables him to better understand his clients’ needs. His first taste of entrepreneurship came from his childhood. As a kid, he helped manage his family’s small free-range cattle farm. Every morning before school, he would deliver bales of hay (that he and his family had harvested in the summer) to a herd...
Kevin Elliott Parks
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(503) 308-1080 534 SW 3rd Ave., Ste. 310
Portland, OR 97204
Business, Consumer, Employment and Real Estate
University of Oregon School of Law
Randal Acker
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(503) 228-2495 525 SW Jackson St
Portland, OR 97201
Business, Employment, Estate Planning and Probate
Firm Founder/Managing Attorney. Randal attended Portland’s Wilson High School before heading to California for college and then New York for law school. He was lured back to Portland in 1991 to work for a large, regional law firm. Thereafter, he started his own practice in Portland, OR. Randal offers significant trial experience and has represented a variety of businesses in most industries. Randal oversees all firm matters and focuses primarily on business representation and litigation
Jack Milford Ford
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(503) 880-0788 River Park Center Suite 300-50
205 SE Spokane St.
Portland, OR 97202
Free ConsultationBusiness
Santa Clara University School of Law
JMFord Law Office
Jack Milford Ford

Jack has been a member of the Oregon State Bar for over 40 years, as well as the American State Bar. During that time, Jack has held various corporate positions including Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, General Counsel and Board Member for a number of public and private corporations. Jack has also been a managing partner in a law firm, as well as Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oregon. Since 2008, Jack has practiced law as a sole practitioner in the JMFord Law Office. He has been a member of ATM International...
Christopher Kane
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(503) 380-7822 2207 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
Free ConsultationBusiness, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Lewis & Clark Law School
Mr. Kane grew up in Oregon and obtained his bachelor's degree in Economics from Portland State University in 1991. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 1994 and became a member of the Oregon State Bar in 1995. He is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts in the State of Oregon. Mr. Kane has always focused on helping "the little guy" and has represented hundreds of individuals and small businesses in many areas of the law in both state and federal courts, including...
Dennis Steinman
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(503) 222-3531 520 SW Yamhill St
Portland, OR 97204
Business, Civil Rights, Employment and IP
Lewis & Clark Law School
Mack Shively
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(503) 274-7402 1001 SW Fifth Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationBusiness, Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
New York University School of Law and Lewis & Clark Law School
Masters in Taxation, New York University School of Law
Todd Zilbert
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Portland, OR Business Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(503) 721-9385 6915 SW MacAdam Ave
Portland, OR 97219
Business and Maritime
Practicing in the areas of maritime law, environmental and natural resources law, litigation.
Matthew Abts
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer
(503) 567-9617 Box 42582
matthew@abts-law.com
Portland, OR 97242
Business
Matthew Abts helps small business owners and want-to-be owners achieve their dreams, whether it's extra part-time income, a full-time business, or an independent lifestyle. He has low, flat-fees for business formation, copyright, trademark, and contract drafting. Matthew also works with independent artists to protect their creative works, and is a supporter of the Lawyers for the Arts movement.
Ms Kate Brooke
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Portland, OR Business Law Lawyer
(503) 972-0400 10260 SW Greenburg Rd Suite 1180
Portland, OR 97223
Business, Foreclosure Defense and Real Estate
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Kate Brooke is an Oregon real estate and small business attorney who specializes in residential and commercial real estate transactions and litigation, providing outside general counsel services to small business clients and advising real estate brokers regarding brokerage operations.
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