Stoel Rives LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Stoel Rives has a long-standing position in the Portland market, and it offers a comprehensive suite of high-end estate planning. "Stoel is up there," enthuses one contributor; "they're the biggest firm in Portland by number of attorneys, and they have several planners for high net worth individuals. They have an excellent income tax practice and probably the biggest bandwidth of any firm in town, given the nature and diversity of work they can handle."

One Portland expert reports: "We share a number of clients with Stoel, and all of them are well served and very happy." Another source says: "They do a lot of the big charitable work in town, they're dominant in that area."

Notable practitioners

Emily Karr is "certainly one of the leaders" in the Portland market, sources say. Karr is noted for her technical prowess in dealing with tax-exempt organisations, as well as a range of estate planning matters. "Emily is a very good lawyer who has a really deep knowledge of the area," reports an interviewee. "She has a calm demeanour," says another; "that's really important for stressed clients. Emily remains calm, super technical and can deal with all of that."

Nancy Cowgill is "one of the premier technical estate planning and administration lawyers," says one Oregon lawyer. Cowgill has a specialism in tax-related matters but is involved in a variety of complicated estate issues. "She has a great way of learning the history of the client's background, and then knowing how to match the personal needs with the technical solutions," reveals an Oregon interviewee. "Good lawyers shouldn't roll into the room and dazzle everyone with what they know. You need to be more discreet and considered, which she is. Nancy has a perfect way of demonstrating she cares, while holding the technical know-how to back up her advice."

Penny Serrurier has a strong practice in charities and tax-exempt organisations. One interviewee considers her "an expert in that area." Another says: "Penny does a lot of the non-profit work. She's very smart and technical, and has a spark to her that is engaging to her clients. I'm sure her clients look forward to calling and working with her."