How I represent clients at Schwabe

Drawing on 39 years of experience, I help privately and closely held businesses navigate all stages of the business lifecycle, from entity formation to growth to eventual transition. I seek business structures that provide value for my client.

I provide practical advice to help clients make informed business decisions to achieve their goals. Whether helping to negotiate a merger or acquisition, assisting with financing, formulating transition plans, or negotiating contracts and agreements, my solution-oriented approach helps get the deal done.

In addition, I serve as outside general counsel for many of my clients, advising them on a wide range of operational, legal, and compliance issues daily.


  • University of California, Los Angeles, Sociology, cum laude (1980) ‎
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Juris Doctor degree (1983)‎


  • California State Courts
  • Oregon State Courts


  • Oregon Entrepreneurs Network


  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) (2024)

Additional Events

“Business Transition Planning,” Panel of Experts, seminar sponsored by Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, May 2013

Community Activities

  • Oregon State Bar, Pro Bono Volunteer Counsel (2010-2016)
  • Portland Yacht Club, Member and Board of Directors (2019-2023)

Outside Interests

Spending time cruising aboard my vessel Sojourn.

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