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About me


In 2010, I formed my own law firm in Northeast Portland to help small businesses increase their profits and limit risk.  Through the use of effective strategies and customized legal documents, I help businesses improve their bottom line.

I  provide guidance on matters such as entity formation, contract drafting, employment advice, lease negotiation, collection of slow pay accounts, licensing agreements and corporate restructuring.   With over 17 years experience, I offer proactive risk management advice to help avoid potentially costly disputes.

How long has it been since someone truly listened to you? As outside general counsel, I take the time to learn about your business before giving advice. Understanding your core values allows me to solve short term problems while preserving long term goals.

Call for a free consultation to see how I can add value to your business.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 45%
    22 years, 63 cases
  2. Contracts: 25%
    22 years, 75 cases
  3. Corporate: 20%
    8 years, 13 cases
  4. Litigation: 5%
    22 years, 105 cases
  5. Estate Planning: 5%
    6 years, 3 cases



Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher Michael Brooks

    I have worked together with Jim Hillas on a couple matters and have discussed many others with him. Jim is, in my opinion, the best type of lawyer. He combines comprehensive knowledge of corporate transactional and litigation law with extensive experience and unbeatable personal service. I highly recommend him.


    Christopher Brooks Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

4324 NE 26th Avenue
Portland, OR, 97211-6506


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Dean's FellowshipLewis and Clark Law School1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJames M. Hillas, P.C.2010 - Present
PartnerDunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue1996 - 2010
Associate attorneyFoss Whitty Littlefield & McDaniel1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
BizEnrichMember2011 - Present
River City LeTipMember2010 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
University Club of PortlandMember2002 - Present
ToastmastersMember2002 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Oregon Association of Defense CounselMember1996 - 2010
Oregon State BarMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Service agreement for social design/SEO companyClient very pleased with quick turnaround and high quality of work product
Slow-pay account collectionMajority of accounts paid in full and client got more than 500% return on investment of legal fees
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Publication nameTitleDate
Portland Business JournalWhat Litigation Case Had the Most Emotional Involvement for You?2010
Portland Business JournalHow to Protect the Business Traveler's Expensive Electronics2006
Dunn Carney E-NewsDocument Retention: What Every Business Needs to Know2006
Dunn Carney E-NewsHow to Avoid Piercing the Corporate Veil2005
Daily Journal of CommerceWhat You Don't Know Can Hurt You: 8 Ways to Limit Liability on Construction Jobs2004
Daily Journal of CommerceWritten Contracts Save Time, Money and Aggravation2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal Education presentationCommercial Debt Collection and Executing on a Judgment2011
Continuing Legal Education presentationEnvironmental Contamination and Post-Foreclosure Remedies2010
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Oregon annual meetingBroker Liability2009
College course for Building and Construction Technology programConstruction Law for the Contractor2008