Howard M. Levine

Partner, Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group Chair, Non-Profit and Religious Organizations Group Co-Chair

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1637 Direct

Assistant: Janine E. Hume: 503.243.1661 x 269

Practice Areas
Overview
Howard is an accomplished attorney with more than 30 years of experience. He represents businesses and individuals facing distressed and complex financial situations who are in search of innovative and effective solutions. His practice includes representing plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court litigation, and debtors and creditors in Chapter 11 reorganization cases, out-of-court workouts, federal and state court receivership cases, and negotiated debt restructurings.

Howard regularly represents clients involved in complex Chapter 11 cases and federal court litigation throughout the United States. While he is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington, he has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice on behalf of clients with significant issues in courts located in New York, Delaware, Texas, California, Florida, Idaho, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Alaska, and elsewhere. Howard has represented clients in major national cases such as WorldCom, Inc., Enron, Inc., Hawaiian Airlines, PSI Net, Inc., VarTech Inc., Teligent, Inc., and the Diocese of Fairbanks.

Howard's extensive bankruptcy and litigation experience includes representing parties in analysis, investigation, and litigation concerning:

  • Complex business disputes (including asserting and defending director and officer liability claims)
  • Corporate governance disputes
  • Fiduciary breach
  • Fraud and fraudulent transfers
  • Factoring and lending enforcement
  • Debtor in possession financing
  • Asset purchasing through bankruptcy Chapter 7 and 11
  • Chapter 11 plan confirmation
  • Federal and State Court Receiverships

Additionally, he has represented state and federal court receivers, including receivers in a golf and country club receivership, a real estate financing Ponzi-scheme receivership, and a large commercial real estate receivership, as well as creditors and investors impacted by receivership filings.

Howard's Chapter 11 debtor practice includes the unique specialty of representing nonprofit religious corporations in Chapter 11 reorganizations. For example, Howard was debtor-in-possession counsel in the Chapter 11 case of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon-the first Diocesan Chapter 11 case filed in the United States; and the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, the first Catholic religious Chapter 11 case filed in the United States.

Originally from the New York City metropolitan area, Howard moved to Portland in 1979. After a two-year clerkship with Judge Donal D. Sullivan, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Oregon, Howard joined Sussman Shank as an associate in 1982 and became a partner in 1987. He is the chair of the firm's Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group.

Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
      U.S. District Court, Oregon
Washington State Bar
      U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
      U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Representative Cases
Summary of Significant Transactions

Represented Chapter 11 Trustee in Case Involving Major National Cattle Ponzi Scheme
- In re Hoyt and Sons Ranch Properties (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Or.)

Represented Creditors with Recoupment and Setoff Issues and Obtained Approval
For Pre/Post Petition Setoff

- In re WorldCom, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, S.D.N.Y.)
- In re Lightyear Holdings, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, W.D. Ky.)
- In re Star Tec Global, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Md.)
- In re VarTec, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Tex.)

Represented Debtor in Chapter 11 Cases

- In re Western Supply Corporation (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Or.)
- In re Roman Catholic Archbishop of Portland in Oregon (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Or.)
- In re Society of Jesus, Oregon Province (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Or.)
- In re ERP-Link, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Or.)

Represented Defendant in Significant Preference Litigation
- In re Winstar, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Del.)
- In re Simon Transportation Services, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, E.D. Utah)
- In re Haggen Holdings, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Del)

Represented DIP Lender
- In re YDS, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, S.D. Ohio)
- In re New Rising Fenix (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, W.D. Mo.)
- In re Boyd Trucking, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, W.D. Tex.)

Represented Indenture Trustee
- In re Melridge, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Or.)

Represented Secured Creditor in Successful PACA Lien Priority Dispute
- Boulder Fruit Express, et al. v. John A. Mesing, et al., (U.S. District Court, C.D. Cal 1998)

Represented Chapter 11 Asset Purchaser
- In re Post Tool, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Mass.)
- In re Woodworkers Warehouse, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Del.)

Represented Trustee of Post-Confirmation Trust
- In re Cadet Manufacturing, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, W.D. Wash.)

Represented Receiver
- In the Matter of Broken Top (Deschutes County Oregon Circuit Court)
- In the Matter of the Dissolution of Acuity Lending (Multnomah County Oregon Circuit Court);
- First Citizens Bank & Trust Company v. MISSCOM, LLC et al. (US District Court, D. Or)
- Jones v. Grant, Adamas Realty, LLC et al (Clark County Washington Superior Court)
Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
Sussman Shank served as lead counsel to the Archdiocese of Portland. We developed and implemented a strategy that considered the interplay of First Amendment religious rights, charitable trust, and bankruptcy law in proposing and confirming a reorganization plan that resulted in the settlement and payment of over 250 known clergy sex abuse claims, provided a trust for the liquidation and payment of future abuse claims, and preserved the assets and operations of 124 parishes and three Catholic high schools.

Society of Jesus, Oregon Province
The Society of Jesus, Oregon Provice was the first Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed by a Roman Catholic religious order in the United States. Relying on our experience from the Archdiocese of Portland case, and facing new issues relevant only to a religious order, we were able to implement a strategy for resolving and paying over 500 clergy sex abuse claims through the use of insurance coverage and other assets. This resulted in a plan that was overwhelmingly accepted by all creditors, which included $119 million in contributions from the debtor's insurers and allowed the province to continue its mission throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Major Creditor in Highly Litigious Individual Chapter 11 Case
Represented an out-of-state creditor with multi-million dollar claims against the chapter 11 Debtor, and against whom the Debtor asserted claims in excess of $200 million. We joined with the creditors committee to propose and confirm a liquidating plan under which we obtained a comprehensive release of claims against our client, an injunction against the Debtor, and an allowed claim in favor of our client for $3.2 million. After the plan was confirmed, we obtained two contempt orders against the Debtor. We prevailed on summary judgment to deny the Debtor his bankruptcy discharge and obtain a $3.2 million judgment.  All five of the Debtor's appeals were resolved by the District Court in our client's favor.
Directors and Officer Liability Defense of Bank Chairman of the Board
Represented the Chairman of the Board of a bank who had been sued for breach of fiduciary duty and other claims arising from the sale of the bank's assets. The bank holding company had filed Chapter 7 and with Bankruptcy Court approval, the major investor in the debtor sued our client on behalf of the estate. After contentious discovery and extensive negotiations with the plaintiff and the Debtor's D&O insurance carrier, we reached an agreement to settle the client's liability to the estate solely using proceeds from the D&O policy, including covering most of the client's legal fees and costs.
Limited Partnership Dispute in Chapter 11
Represented the major limited partner in these consolidated chapter 11 limited partnership cases pending in the Northern District of Texas. After successfully litigating our objection to claims filed by the general partner and entities he controlled, and objecting to a proposed sale of the Debtors' assets, we located a competing bidder, whose winning bid was large enough to fund a plan we prepared that paid creditors in full and returned significant capital to the limited partners.
Representative Matters
Bridgetown Trucking, Inc. v Acatech Solutions, Inc. 197 F.Supp.3d 1248 (D. Or. 2016)
Munson v. Gradient Resources, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61186 (D. Or. April 29, 2014)
Bethesda Slavic Church v. AG Financial Services, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50358 (W.D. Wash. April 12, 2012)
Church v. Onewest Bank FSB, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63635 (D. Or. June 15, 2011)
In re Orchards Village Investments, LLC, 405 BR 341 (Bankr. D. Or. 2009)
Tort Claimants Committee v. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, dba Archdiocese of Portland, 345 BR 686 (Bankr. D. Or. 2006)
Tort Claimants Committee v. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, dba Archdiocese of Portland, 325 BR 342 (Bankr. D. Or. 2005)
Tort Claimants Committee v. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, dba Archdiocese of Portland, 325 BR 368 (Bankr. D. Or. 2005)
Stein v. Peter, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27329 (D. Or. 2002)
Stringer v. John Mitchell, Trustee, 261 BR 680 (Bankr. D. Or. 2001)
Boulder Fruit Express, et al. v. John A. Mesing, et al., 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22887 (CD Cal 1998)

Honors
Best Lawyers® in America 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Bankruptcy, Portland, OR
Best Lawyers® in America 2014-2018 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy
Oregon Super Lawyers® Top 50 List, 2009-2017
Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2006-2017, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
Portland Business Journal 2005, "Best of the Bar, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights"
Oregon Super Lawyers® Top 10 List, 2012
Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2014 - present

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional Organizations
Oregon State Bar Association
      Debtor/Creditor Section
      Business Litigation Section
Washington State Bar Association
Multnomah County Bar Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
American Bar Association
Civic Organizations
City of Lake Oswego Oregon Transportation Advisory Board ("TAB"), Member (2016).   
TAB is an eight-member citizen advisory body appointed by the City Council for a three year term.  TAB meets quarterly to oversee the City's Neighborhood Traffic Management Program and to provide service concerning the City's Transportation System Plan. Duties include making recommendations regarding transportation improvement projects for inclusion in the City's Capital Improvement Plan and monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of traffic demand management strategies and making recommendations for improvements.
Lake Oswego Fire Department - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Mountain Park Racquet Club
Multnomah Athletic Club
Tualatin Country Club
Publications
International Factoring Association Factoring Industry Legal Compendium for Factoring Industry
            Chapter on Oregon Law
Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education
      Running the Rapids
            "Bankruptcy Issues for Insider Evildoers" 
      Bankruptcy Law
            "Bankruptcy Litigation," Co-author,
            Supplement, Cumulative Supplement 
      Foreclosing Security Interests
            "A Primer Representing Secured Creditors in
            Bankruptcy Proceedings," Supplement,
            Cumulative Supplement 
      Debtor-Creditor Ethics (and More)
            "Ethics of Negotiation" 
      Family & Juvenile Law Section - Spring Conference
            "Bankruptcy Code Changes Affecting Family Law"
Oregon Law Institute
      "The Secured Creditor in Bankruptcy," Co-author 
      "Working with U.C.C. Article 9", Supplement
Oregon State Bar Debtor/Creditor Newsletter
      "Gilbert Sussman's Simple Truths," Co-author, 
      (Reprinted in the Commercial Law Bulletin) Published by the
      Commercial Law League of America          
      "Demoted by Probate" Lien article
Ohio Northern Law Review, 5 Ohio No. Law R 687 
      "The Death Penalty and Guilty Pleas: Ohio Rule 11(c)(3)-A
      Constitutional Answer to a Capital Defendant's Dilemma"
Articles
Speaking Engagements
International Factoring Association: "Tips, Traps, and Opportunities for DIP Factoring in Chapter 11"
Mackrell International 2018 Annual General Meeting: Legalization of Cannabis, Panel Member
National Diocesan Attorneys Association Annual Meeting Chapter 11 Forum, New Orleans, LA
Northwest Bankruptcy Institute-Seattle Washington
Oregon Association of Defense Council - Bankruptcy Tools for Non-Bankruptcy Litigators
Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section: Old Dogs and New Tricks - the Saga of Lender Liability Pratfalls
The University of Toledo College of Law - The Catholic Archdiocese in Chapter 11: Causes, Controversies, and Legal Challenges
U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society - Bankruptcy in the Cathedral
News
Education
B.S., cum laude, Monmouth University
J.D., University of Toledo 
      University of Toledo Law Review, Business Editor
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Practice Areas
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
      U.S. District Court, Oregon
Washington State Bar
      U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
      U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Honors
Best Lawyers® in America 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Bankruptcy, Portland, OR
Best Lawyers® in America 2014-2018 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy
Oregon Super Lawyers® Top 50 List, 2009-2017
Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2006-2017, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
Portland Business Journal 2005, "Best of the Bar, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights"
Oregon Super Lawyers® Top 10 List, 2012
Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2014 - present

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Education
B.S., cum laude, Monmouth University
J.D., University of Toledo 
      University of Toledo Law Review, Business Editor

Howard M. Levine

Partner, Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group Chair, Non-Profit and Religious Organizations Group Co-Chair


1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1637 Direct

Assistant: Janine E. Hume: 503.243.1661 x 269
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Howard is an accomplished attorney with more than 30 years of experience. He represents businesses and individuals facing distressed and complex financial situations who are in search of innovative and effective solutions. His practice includes representing plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court litigation, and debtors and creditors in Chapter 11 reorganization cases, out-of-court workouts, federal and state court receivership cases, and negotiated debt restructurings.

Howard regularly represents clients involved in complex Chapter 11 cases and federal court litigation throughout the United States. While he is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington, he has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice on behalf of clients with significant issues in courts located in New York, Delaware, Texas, California, Florida, Idaho, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Alaska, and elsewhere. Howard has represented clients in major national cases such as WorldCom, Inc., Enron, Inc., Hawaiian Airlines, PSI Net, Inc., VarTech Inc., Teligent, Inc., and the Diocese of Fairbanks.

Howard's extensive bankruptcy and litigation experience includes representing parties in analysis, investigation, and litigation concerning:

  • Complex business disputes (including asserting and defending director and officer liability claims)
  • Corporate governance disputes
  • Fiduciary breach
  • Fraud and fraudulent transfers
  • Factoring and lending enforcement
  • Debtor in possession financing
  • Asset purchasing through bankruptcy Chapter 7 and 11
  • Chapter 11 plan confirmation
  • Federal and State Court Receiverships

Additionally, he has represented state and federal court receivers, including receivers in a golf and country club receivership, a real estate financing Ponzi-scheme receivership, and a large commercial real estate receivership, as well as creditors and investors impacted by receivership filings.

Howard's Chapter 11 debtor practice includes the unique specialty of representing nonprofit religious corporations in Chapter 11 reorganizations. For example, Howard was debtor-in-possession counsel in the Chapter 11 case of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon-the first Diocesan Chapter 11 case filed in the United States; and the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, the first Catholic religious Chapter 11 case filed in the United States.

Originally from the New York City metropolitan area, Howard moved to Portland in 1979. After a two-year clerkship with Judge Donal D. Sullivan, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Oregon, Howard joined Sussman Shank as an associate in 1982 and became a partner in 1987. He is the chair of the firm's Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group.

Publications
International Factoring Association Factoring Industry Legal Compendium for Factoring Industry
            Chapter on Oregon Law
Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education
      Running the Rapids
            "Bankruptcy Issues for Insider Evildoers" 
      Bankruptcy Law
            "Bankruptcy Litigation," Co-author,
            Supplement, Cumulative Supplement 
      Foreclosing Security Interests
            "A Primer Representing Secured Creditors in
            Bankruptcy Proceedings," Supplement,
            Cumulative Supplement 
      Debtor-Creditor Ethics (and More)
            "Ethics of Negotiation" 
      Family & Juvenile Law Section - Spring Conference
            "Bankruptcy Code Changes Affecting Family Law"
Oregon Law Institute
      "The Secured Creditor in Bankruptcy," Co-author 
      "Working with U.C.C. Article 9", Supplement
Oregon State Bar Debtor/Creditor Newsletter
      "Gilbert Sussman's Simple Truths," Co-author, 
      (Reprinted in the Commercial Law Bulletin) Published by the
      Commercial Law League of America          
      "Demoted by Probate" Lien article
Ohio Northern Law Review, 5 Ohio No. Law R 687 
      "The Death Penalty and Guilty Pleas: Ohio Rule 11(c)(3)-A
      Constitutional Answer to a Capital Defendant's Dilemma"
Articles
News
Representative Cases
Summary of Significant Transactions

Represented Chapter 11 Trustee in Case Involving Major National Cattle Ponzi Scheme
- In re Hoyt and Sons Ranch Properties (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Or.)

Represented Creditors with Recoupment and Setoff Issues and Obtained Approval
For Pre/Post Petition Setoff

- In re WorldCom, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, S.D.N.Y.)
- In re Lightyear Holdings, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, W.D. Ky.)
- In re Star Tec Global, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Md.)
- In re VarTec, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Tex.)

Represented Debtor in Chapter 11 Cases

- In re Western Supply Corporation (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Or.)
- In re Roman Catholic Archbishop of Portland in Oregon (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Or.)
- In re Society of Jesus, Oregon Province (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Or.)
- In re ERP-Link, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Or.)

Represented Defendant in Significant Preference Litigation
- In re Winstar, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Del.)
- In re Simon Transportation Services, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, E.D. Utah)
- In re Haggen Holdings, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Del)

Represented DIP Lender
- In re YDS, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, S.D. Ohio)
- In re New Rising Fenix (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, W.D. Mo.)
- In re Boyd Trucking, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, W.D. Tex.)

Represented Indenture Trustee
- In re Melridge, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Or.)

Represented Secured Creditor in Successful PACA Lien Priority Dispute
- Boulder Fruit Express, et al. v. John A. Mesing, et al., (U.S. District Court, C.D. Cal 1998)

Represented Chapter 11 Asset Purchaser
- In re Post Tool, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Mass.)
- In re Woodworkers Warehouse, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Del.)

Represented Trustee of Post-Confirmation Trust
- In re Cadet Manufacturing, Inc. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, W.D. Wash.)

Represented Receiver
- In the Matter of Broken Top (Deschutes County Oregon Circuit Court)
- In the Matter of the Dissolution of Acuity Lending (Multnomah County Oregon Circuit Court);
- First Citizens Bank & Trust Company v. MISSCOM, LLC et al. (US District Court, D. Or)
- Jones v. Grant, Adamas Realty, LLC et al (Clark County Washington Superior Court)
Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
Sussman Shank served as lead counsel to the Archdiocese of Portland. We developed and implemented a strategy that considered the interplay of First Amendment religious rights, charitable trust, and bankruptcy law in proposing and confirming a reorganization plan that resulted in the settlement and payment of over 250 known clergy sex abuse claims, provided a trust for the liquidation and payment of future abuse claims, and preserved the assets and operations of 124 parishes and three Catholic high schools.

Society of Jesus, Oregon Province
The Society of Jesus, Oregon Provice was the first Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed by a Roman Catholic religious order in the United States. Relying on our experience from the Archdiocese of Portland case, and facing new issues relevant only to a religious order, we were able to implement a strategy for resolving and paying over 500 clergy sex abuse claims through the use of insurance coverage and other assets. This resulted in a plan that was overwhelmingly accepted by all creditors, which included $119 million in contributions from the debtor's insurers and allowed the province to continue its mission throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Major Creditor in Highly Litigious Individual Chapter 11 Case
Represented an out-of-state creditor with multi-million dollar claims against the chapter 11 Debtor, and against whom the Debtor asserted claims in excess of $200 million. We joined with the creditors committee to propose and confirm a liquidating plan under which we obtained a comprehensive release of claims against our client, an injunction against the Debtor, and an allowed claim in favor of our client for $3.2 million. After the plan was confirmed, we obtained two contempt orders against the Debtor. We prevailed on summary judgment to deny the Debtor his bankruptcy discharge and obtain a $3.2 million judgment.  All five of the Debtor's appeals were resolved by the District Court in our client's favor.
Directors and Officer Liability Defense of Bank Chairman of the Board
Represented the Chairman of the Board of a bank who had been sued for breach of fiduciary duty and other claims arising from the sale of the bank's assets. The bank holding company had filed Chapter 7 and with Bankruptcy Court approval, the major investor in the debtor sued our client on behalf of the estate. After contentious discovery and extensive negotiations with the plaintiff and the Debtor's D&O insurance carrier, we reached an agreement to settle the client's liability to the estate solely using proceeds from the D&O policy, including covering most of the client's legal fees and costs.
Limited Partnership Dispute in Chapter 11
Represented the major limited partner in these consolidated chapter 11 limited partnership cases pending in the Northern District of Texas. After successfully litigating our objection to claims filed by the general partner and entities he controlled, and objecting to a proposed sale of the Debtors' assets, we located a competing bidder, whose winning bid was large enough to fund a plan we prepared that paid creditors in full and returned significant capital to the limited partners.
Representative Matters
Bridgetown Trucking, Inc. v Acatech Solutions, Inc. 197 F.Supp.3d 1248 (D. Or. 2016)
Munson v. Gradient Resources, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61186 (D. Or. April 29, 2014)
Bethesda Slavic Church v. AG Financial Services, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50358 (W.D. Wash. April 12, 2012)
Church v. Onewest Bank FSB, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63635 (D. Or. June 15, 2011)
In re Orchards Village Investments, LLC, 405 BR 341 (Bankr. D. Or. 2009)
Tort Claimants Committee v. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, dba Archdiocese of Portland, 345 BR 686 (Bankr. D. Or. 2006)
Tort Claimants Committee v. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, dba Archdiocese of Portland, 325 BR 342 (Bankr. D. Or. 2005)
Tort Claimants Committee v. Roman Catholic Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, dba Archdiocese of Portland, 325 BR 368 (Bankr. D. Or. 2005)
Stein v. Peter, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27329 (D. Or. 2002)
Stringer v. John Mitchell, Trustee, 261 BR 680 (Bankr. D. Or. 2001)
Boulder Fruit Express, et al. v. John A. Mesing, et al., 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22887 (CD Cal 1998)

Speaking Engagements
International Factoring Association: "Tips, Traps, and Opportunities for DIP Factoring in Chapter 11"
Mackrell International 2018 Annual General Meeting: Legalization of Cannabis, Panel Member
National Diocesan Attorneys Association Annual Meeting Chapter 11 Forum, New Orleans, LA
Northwest Bankruptcy Institute-Seattle Washington
Oregon Association of Defense Council - Bankruptcy Tools for Non-Bankruptcy Litigators
Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section: Old Dogs and New Tricks - the Saga of Lender Liability Pratfalls
The University of Toledo College of Law - The Catholic Archdiocese in Chapter 11: Causes, Controversies, and Legal Challenges
U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society - Bankruptcy in the Cathedral
Professional Organizations
Oregon State Bar Association
      Debtor/Creditor Section
      Business Litigation Section
Washington State Bar Association
Multnomah County Bar Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
American Bar Association
Civic Organizations
City of Lake Oswego Oregon Transportation Advisory Board ("TAB"), Member (2016).   
TAB is an eight-member citizen advisory body appointed by the City Council for a three year term.  TAB meets quarterly to oversee the City's Neighborhood Traffic Management Program and to provide service concerning the City's Transportation System Plan. Duties include making recommendations regarding transportation improvement projects for inclusion in the City's Capital Improvement Plan and monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of traffic demand management strategies and making recommendations for improvements.
Lake Oswego Fire Department - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Mountain Park Racquet Club
Multnomah Athletic Club
Tualatin Country Club