Christopher M. Brooks limits his legal practice to estate planning and administration. As a husband and father, Chris understands the hopes, joys and fears of being a parent. Chris is dedicated to preparing unique, affordable estate plans that give his clients the peace of mind of knowing they have provided for their families.
Chris believes in giving back to the community. He spends several hours every week working with nonprofit organizations. Chris mentors a young man at St. Mary’s Home for Boys, and he is a member of the board of directors of the Clark Foundation, Oregon Symphony Association, University Club Foundation, and Oregon Sports Authority. He is also a former board member of the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Foundation and Portland Area Theatre Alliance.
Prior to starting Brooks Estate Law in 2010, Chris was an associate for respected Portland estate planner James D. McVittie. Chris began his legal career practicing litigation with Michael Wise & Associates, P.C. from 2003-2007. He drafted the original version of the legal argument that reestablished the principle that a plaintiff may pursue distinct exclusive legal remedies in Venture Properties Inc. v. Parker.
Chris’s other interests include skiing, golf, the Timbers, college basketball and football, theater, wine, and books ranging from popular fiction to philosophy.
Hourly ($275/hour), Fixed (sometimes)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy||CALI||2002|
|Cardinal Newman Fellowship||Gonzaga University||1998|
|Principal||Brooks Estate Law, PC||2010 - Present|
|Associate||McVittie-Law, PC||2007 - 2010|
|Associate||Michael Wise & Associates, PC||2003 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section||Member||2011 - Present|
|Washington State Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trusts Section||Member||2011 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning Section||Member||2007 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit||Member||2004 - Present|
|United States District Court for the District of Oregon||Member||2004 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||2003 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2003 - Present|
|Multnomah Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||Member and President's Circle||2003 - 2007|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||Civil Litigation||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Gonzaga University||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
|Portland Art Museum||Planned Giving - Bequests||2014|
|Portland Resource Group||Estate Planning Basics||2010|
|Portland Connections||Why Trusts Are Awesome||2009|