Commitment to the Community

Ever since beginning the practice of law in 1995, I have remained staunchly committed to public service and the belief that lawyers have a duty to the communities in which they practice.

As a young lawyer, I ran a program sponsored by the Multnomah Bar Association to match volunteer attorneys with non-profit entities in the Portland Metro area. The program was so successful that I was invited to speak at a national ABA convention so that other bar associations could implement the program. Those efforts led to an Award of Merit from the Multnomah Bar Association just 4 years after beginning my legal practice.

As my substantive knowledge of real estate law grew, so did my ability to represent organizations that strive to benefit the community. Iíve handled several commercial leases for small businesses through Portland Stateís Business Outreach Program, focusing on North and Northeast Portland neighborhood businesses.

Iíve also represented Mount Hood Habitat for Humanity (now part of Habitat for Humanity, Portland Metro/East) in its development of a townhome community on 188th Street and Burnside. That work ranged from resolving property boundary disputes at the platting phase to drafting homeowner association documentation.

Most recently, I have served as counsel to North By Northeast Community Health Center, a group of dedicated volunteers that have provided free healthcare and treatment to over 1800 low income patients since just 2006. Founded by Pastor Mary Overstreet and Dr. Jill Ginsberg, the Clinic serves an important role making quality healthcare available to low income patients without further taxing limited government resources.

If your non-profit organization needs real estate advice, please contact me to discuss my availability. If you are a member of the community, I encourage you to support these organizations financially or through volunteer service. Itís thanks to organizations such as these that Portland is such a special place to work and live.