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Peter L. Barnhisel

Admitted to Practice in 1966

Practice Emphasis

Preparation for trial of complex cases; appeals; arbitrations; administrative hearings; probate administration; trust and will preparation; banking law; conservatorships and business entities (sole proprietorships, LLC’s, partnerships, joint ventures, corporations): negotiations.


University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1966

Stanford University, B.A., 1961

Oregon State Bar Association

Board of Governors, 1974-77

Board of Bar Examiners, 1979-82

State Professional Responsibility Board, 1988-91

Estate Planning Section Executive Committee, 1981-83

Construction Law Section Executive Committee, 1992-94

Litigation Section Executive Committee, 2008-Present


Federal Bar Association

United States District Court

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1989-92, Chair 1991-92


Guardianships and Conservatorships, Oregon State Bar, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2009

Relationships Between Federal and State Courts, Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon, Oregon State Bar, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2009. 


Community Activities

Board of Directors, Benton County Bank, 1978-1993

Elder and Trustee, First Presbyterian Church, Corvallis

Corvallis Arts Center, Board of Directors

Past President, Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society

Trustee, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation

Oregon Coast Aquarium Board of Directors

Benton County Historical Society

Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission 1990-95 (chair 94, 95)

Corvallis Benton County Public Library Foundation


John L. Barlow

Admitted to Practice in 1981

Practice Emphasis

Employer-employee relations including: preparation of employee manuals, handbooks, contracts, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements; state court litigation of employee claims; contested complaints before Employment, Wage and Hour, and Civil Rights Divisions of Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.


Stanford Law School, J.D., 1981

University of Oregon, B.A., 1978


Professional Affiliations

Pro Tem Circuit Court Judge

Oregon State Bar Association

Benton County Bar Association


Representative Cases in Family Law

LIND and LIND, 207 Or App 56 (2006):

Preserved client’s substantial property interest


BOYD and BOYD, 226 Or App 292 (2009):

Increased Spousal Support


HIXSON and HIXSON, 235 Or App 217 (2010):

Substantially increased wife’s property share


GAY and GAY, 250 Or App 31 (2012):

Preserved Husband’s separate business property interest

Bar Association Activities

Member, Disciplinary Board, 2005- Present

Member, State Professional Responsibility Board, 1994-1997

Member, Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners, 1988-1991 (Chairman, 1990-91);

Member, Uniform Civil Jury Instructions Committee, 1986-1989.


Cary B. Stephens

Admitted to Practice in 1995

Practice Emphasis

Construction law, land use, real property disputes, business law, and general civil litigation in Oregon State and Federal Courts.


University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1995

University of Oregon, B.S., Cum laude, 1991


Professional Affiliations

Oregon State Bar Association

Benton County Bar Association
American Bar Association

Community Activities

Downtown Corvallis Association Board 2003 to 2010- President 2005-2006

Economic Vitality Partnership committee member 2005

Member of Citizens Open Space Advisory Committee 1999-2006, Chair 2000-2005

Board Member of Greenbelt Land Trust 1998-2003, 2005-2010, Vice President, 1999-2001, 2005-2007, President 2002-2003, 2008-2010

Board Member of Institute for Applied Ecology 2012-Present

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Keri J. Smith

Admitted to Practice in Oregon in 2008

Admitted to Practice in Washington in 2004

Practice Emphasis

All areas of Family Law, including divorce issues, division of property, child custody, child support, spousal support paternity matters, unmarried couples, and modifications.



University of Idaho College of Law, J.D. 2004

University of Idaho, 2001


Professional Affiliations

Oregon State Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association

Linn-Benton Bar Association



American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers - Oregon Chapter, 2023-Present

            Current Secretary, 2024

Oregon State Bar, Family Law Executive Committee, 2016 - Present

            Current Chair, 2024

Benton County Family Law Advisory Committee, 2017 - Present

Linn County Mediation Commission, 2018 - Present

Oregon Women Lawyers - Linn Benton Chapter

            President 2014-2020

Linn-Benton Bar Association

            President 2015-2018


Community Activities

Board of Directors, Chamberlain House 2023-2024

Peter L. Barnhisel
John L. Barlow
Cary B. Stephens
Kerri J. Smith
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