also known as Chris Burford
For many years I was a government attorney, representing a Native American tribal government in a wide range of subject areas, including real estate law, employment law, foster care disputes, and environmental law. I had to be familiar with a broad scope of federal and state law, as well as the law of the tribal government. I eventually rose to the level that I supervised five attorneys, managed budgets and spent a significant amount of my time as an administrator.
Opening my own law office has been a chance to practice law in a very different way, working directly with clients and their specific, real-world concerns. I enjoy helping my clients, using the tools of the law to solve their problems. That still covers a lot of territory. I draft legal documents such as real estate contracts and wills, adoption petitions and small estate affidavits. I also represent people in state and federal court in a wide variety of topics. My emphasis is on giving solid, practical help to people who need it.
Licensed since 1992
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|Attorney General||The Confederated Tribes Of The Umatilla Indian Reservation||2003 - 2011|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor Section||Member||2011 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration Section||Member||2011 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Real Estate and Land Use Section||Member||2011 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Debtor-Creditor Section||Member||2011 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section||Member||2011 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Indian Law Section||Chair||2006 - 2006|
|Oregon State Bar, Indian Law Section||Executive Committee Member||2002 - 2007|
|Umatilla Tribal Court||Member of the Bar||2000 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Indian Law Section||Member||1997 - Present|
|U.S. District Court for Oregon||Member of the Bar||1993 - Present|
|University of Oregon School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Western Kentucky University||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1986|