Meet Us


Practice Emphasis

Litigation in all Oregon State and Federal Courts, business law, wills and estate planning, real estate, and legal counseling.


  • 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.


Admitted to Practice in 1966


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; Oregon Law Review, Associate Editor

  • Stanford University, Bachelor’s Degree, General Engineering, 1961

  • Continuing Legal Education seminars, 1966-Present


  • 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


  • United States District Court

  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • United States Supreme Court

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

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

Admitted to Practice in 1981

John l. barlow


  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 1981

  • University of Oregon, B.A., 1978

Professional affiliations

  • Oregon State Bar Association

  • Benton County Bar Association

  • Pro Tem Circuit Court Judge 2010


representative cases in family law

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.


Family Law including complex dissolution of marriage and property division cases.

  • 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.

Bar Association Activities

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

  • Oregon State Bar Association

  • Benton County Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

Professional affiliations

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

  • Oregon Law Review, Associate Editor

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


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.

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

Admitted to Practice in 2019

James A. Cleary


James began his legal career as a student clerk at the Utah Court of Appeals in 2017. James then moved to the private sector where he worked at various firms doing personal injury, estate planning, family law, and appeals work. While in school, James completed the litigation and dispute resolution program that included training in litigation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and other important legal skills. 



Practice Emphasis

Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Estate Planning, and Family Law

  • S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, J.D., 2018

  • Litigation and Depute Resolution Certification, 2018

  • Linfield College, B.A., 2016 

Community Activities

When not practicing law, James enjoys spending time with his wife and family, attending Oregon State baseball and football games, and playing golf.  

James is a Corvallis native having grown up in the area and graduating from Corvallis High School. He played baseball ​and football for Corvallis and continued his baseball career at Linfield College where the team won a National Championship during his freshman year. James returned to Corvallis for a brief stint with the Corvallis Knights and later as a coach for the Corvallis American Legion baseball program.