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Cynthia has focused her 30 year career in the area of real estate, condemnation and property tax litigation. She represents individuals, governments and corporate clients in a broad range of litigation using dispute resolution where appropriate.

Cynthia’s tax practice focuses on property tax appeal litigation, specializing in industrial property valuation disputes and centrally-assessed properties before the Oregon Tax Court. She has also litigated property tax appeals in California and Tennessee. She is the Oregon representative for the American Property Tax Counsel, the national affiliation of property tax attorneys, and serves on the Oregon State Bar Tax Section Executive Board.

She began her eminent domain practice at the Department of Justice in the trial division. Since joining the firm in 2005, her eminent domain practice has included assisting local governments in all phases of the eminent domain process to ensure compliance with the Condemnation Procedures Act and appropriate federal regulations. She also represents individuals and companies in condemnation litigation, assuring they receive just compensation for their property. She is co-editor of the 2011 American Bar Association publication on Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

Cynthia has been recognized by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers® in alternative dispute resolution, 2008-2019, selected as a Super Lawyer since 2011 in eminent domain and has received an "AV 5" Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She is past Chair of the Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and is a Multnomah County Circuit Court Arbitration Commissioner.

Professional Activities

  • Governor's Steering Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1997-1998
  • Multnomah County Circuit Court Arbitration Commission, Member, 2008-present
  • Oregon Law Commission Eminent Domain Legislative Work Group, 2002-2008
  • Oregon Representative, American Property Tax Counsel, 2012-present
  • Oregon State Bar, Member
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
      • Executive Board, 2002-2010
      • Chair, 2007
    • Fee Arbitration Task Force, Member, 2010
    • Taxation Section Executive Committee, 2015
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
    • Judicial Workgroup, 2009-present
    • Board of Directors, 2008-2010
    • Education Outreach Committee, 2001-2003
  • University of Oregon School of Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution Executive Board, 1999-2010

Community Activities

  • Childpeace Montessori, School Advisory Board, 2001-2003
  • Honoring Oregon Judiciary, Chairperson, 2001
  • Oregon County Fair, Grievance Coordinator, 2004-2009
  • Pacific Festival Ballet, Advisory Board, 2009
  • Project Lemonade (Foster Youth clothing), Board Member, 2013-present
  • Twenty-First Century Task Force for Redesigning Legal Education, 2000-2001
  • University of Oregon Frohnmayer Award for Public Service, Chairperson, 2002 and 2004
  • University of Oregon School of Law, Alumni Board of Directors, President, 1999-2002

Experience

Experience

  • Oregon Golf Course Tax Appeals: Broken Top Golf Club, Persimmon Golf Club, Inc., Oregon Golf Club, Charbonneau Golf Club, Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, Tualatin Country Club
  • Special Counsel for the City of Lake Oswego, Oregon: Eminent domain acquisition of easements for the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership Project
  • Industrial Property Tax Appeals: Cascade Steel Rolling Mill, Evraz, Collins Pine, Seneca, Hampton Affiliates, Tektronix, Tyco Electronics, Reser's Fine Foods, Thermo Fisher
  • Centrally Assessed Property Tax Appeals: Level 3, Tesoro, Avangrid

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Admissions

  • Oregon, 1987
  • Federal District Court, 1988

Education

  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 1987
  • B.A., University of Oregon, History, 1980

Honors & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Arbitration and Mediation, 2008-2019
  • Oregon Super Lawyers List
    • Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2011-2012 and 2014-2017 
    • Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2014, 2015 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
    • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate
    • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2011 and 2012

 

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