Portland Office

(503) 345-0652 Office
(503) 488 5972 Fax


1500 S.W. 1st Ave., Suite 800
Portland, Oregon 97201

Business Law

A minute of counseling is often worth a year of litigation. The Firm advises clients on the legal viability of business plans and the management of the legal risks as well as translates business agreements into strong, binding documents.

Philosophically, the Firm believes "it is a gift to be simple" and strives for the virtues of a simple solution with the rare exception where complexity serves an essential purpose.


  • Advise businesses at all stages of development- seize opportunities while managing risks of growth, regulation and changing industry dynamics
  • Formation and finance of new enterprises- structure of relationships with partners and with sources of financing, protect technological or other market advantages
  • Growth opportunities and challenges -- acquiring other enterprises, forming strategic alliances, securing additional financing and capital, managing an expanding work force, and developing markets
  • General counsel to Boards of Directors concerning matters ranging from corporate governance and crisis management to strategic planning and executive compensation
  • Integration of legal, tax and business considerations into comprehensive, useful advice
  • Selection and supervision of local legal counsel for transactions and disputes

Examples of business representations:

  • Start up ventures in software, consulting, publishing, manufacturing, and real estate development from $100,000 to $3 million
  • Trademark and copyright registrations, defense and enforcement
  • Joint venture with financing partner for development of $30 million facility;
  • Management buyout of $175 million business
  • Acquisition of $6 million senior care facility from national charity
  • Mezzanine, construction and permanent financing of $18 million facility;
  • Equity investors for $20 million facility
  • Select and supervise local counsel for land acquisition, PUD and land use for $30 million development
  • Supervise local litigation counsel in EEOC investigation and lawsuit