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Before devoting his professional efforts  primarily to estate planning and related matters, Mr. Schneider spent over fifteen years working on Wall Street for major law firms and investment banks.  Following law school, he practiced general civil law in New York City for five years, specializing in business transactions, financings and corporate matters.  He also represented major investment banking firms in mortgage trading and real estate-related matters.  Among his clients were international shipping companies, commercial and investment banks and institutional lenders, including General Electric Capital Corporation, Salomon Brothers and Merrill Lynch. 

Professional Experience

For the next ten years, Mr. Schneider served as Senior Vice President at the investment-banking firm of Kidder Peabody, where he managed outside legal counsel for a variety of large financial transactions between major institutions.  He played a central role in the creation of Kidder Peabody’s mortgage trading subsidiary, handling transactions with insurance companies, pension funds and government agencies.   

In 1996, Mr. Schneider established a residence in Portland, Oregon and shortly thereafter began a law practice serving clients from the greater Portland/Vancouver community. His motivations for moving to the Pacific Northwest were several:  the natural scenic beauty of the landscape, the clean air and streets, the healthy, diversified economy and the overall high quality of life. 

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Schneider is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.  He is admitted to practice in the states of Oregon, Washington and New York. 

Mr. Schneider is the co-author of A Will is Not Enough in Oregon, a comprehensive resource guide for residents of Oregon to maximizing the control and protection of their personal assets through effective estate planning. 

Mr. Schneider is a frequent presenter on the topic of estate planning and has been invited to speak to many large corporations, small businesses and local community organizations.   


An honors graduate of Indiana University, Mr. Schneider received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the Indiana University School of Law in 1981.

While in law school, Mr. Schneider received the prestigious American Jurisprudence Award for excellence in Commercial Law. 

Personal Profile

One of Mr. Schneider’s main motivations in devoting his practice to estate planning has been his desire to have a positive impact on the lives of real people, rather than simply furthering the impersonal workings of large institutions.  He also directly experienced the importance of estate planning when his father passed away.  Mr. Schneider is committed to helping the many individuals and families who place their trust in his ability, experience and integrity in securing the future and easing the burden on their loved ones.





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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 70%
    35 years
  2. Elder Law: 15%
    20 years
  3. Probate: 5%
    20 years
  4. Business: 5%
    35 years
  5. Real Estate: 5%
    35 years



Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Lawrence L Deason

    I have known Richard for approximately 15 years. I don't hesitate to endorse him both as a person and for his professional expertise. His desire to serve his clients is obvious in his daily activities. He and his staff are constantly striving to improve their service to their clients.


    Lawrence Deason Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Dennis Daniel Duffy

    I endorse this lawyer. I know Richard Schneider personally and would highly recommend him. He cares for his clients wellbeing and continually puts his clients' interest first and foremost. He is a seeker after knowledge and continually seeks new information and strategies that will enhance and assist the planning he does for his clients. I hold Rick in the highest regard and recommend him highly.


    Dennis Duffy Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

2455 NW Marshall St Ste 11
Portland, OR, 97210

2455 NW Marshall St Ste 11
Portland, OR, 97210-2949



NYCurrently registered 198203/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Elder Friendly CertificationElders in Action2013
Elder Friendly CertificationElders in Action2012
Elder Friendly CertificationElders in Action2011
Elder Friendly CertificationElders in Action2010
Elder Friendly CertificationElders in Action2009
Elder Friendly CertificationElders in Action2008
Elder Friendly CertificationElders in Action2007
Elder Friendly CertificationElders in Action2006
Elder Friendly CertificationElders in Action2005
Graduated cum laudeIndiana University School of Law1981
American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Commercial LawAmJur Legal Publications1979
Associate, Indiana Law JournalIndiana University School of Law1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC1997 - Present
Senior Vice PresidentKidder Peabody & Co. - New York City1986 - 1996
Associate AttorneyThacher Proffitt & Wood - NYC1984 - 1986
Associate AttorneyHaight Gardner Poor & Havens - NYC1981 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Estate Planning Council of PortlandMember2008 - Present
Oregon Gerontological AssociationMember2005 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2004 - Present
Rental Housing Association of Greater PortlandBoard member2004 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Oregon State Bar Estate Planning SectionN/A2000 - Present
Oregon State Bar Elder Law SectionMember2000 - Present
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMember1999 - Present
New York State BarMember1982 - Present
Oregon State Bar Real Estate SectionMemberN/A
OASISAdvisory Board Member2005 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Oil and Gas Property Rights - Federal District CourtOur client won a verdict on liability and settled with the defendant on damages for a six-figure cash payment and the granting of property rights worth seven figures.
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Publication nameTitleDate
A Will is Not Enough in OregonEagle Press of Boca - co-authored with Amelia Pohl, Esq.2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York UniversityN/ADiploma in Real Estate Investment Analysis1989
Indiana University School of Law, BloomingtonLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
The American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysN/A36 hours per year of Estate Planning and Taxation CourseworkN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wilsonville CenterEstate Planning 1012014
Tualatin Public LibraryA Will is Not Enough in Oregon2014
St. Andrew's ChurchWills, Trusts and Estate Planning2014
Northwest LibraryA Will is Not Enough in Oregon2014
Hillsdale LibraryA Will is Not Enough in Oregon2014
Wilsonville CenterWills, Trusts and Estate Planning2013
Southwest Community CenterA Will is Not Enough in Oregon2013
Shute Park Recreation CenterEstate Planning 1012013
Lewis & Clark CollegeEstate Planning 1012013
East Portland Community CenterWills, Trust and Estate Planning2013
Cedar Mill Community LibraryA Will is Not Enough in Oregon2013
Battle Ground School DistrictEstate Planning 1012013
AFTEstate Planning is Not Enough in Oregon2013
Woodstock LibraryWills, Trust and Estate Planning2012
Tualatin LibraryA will is not Enough in Oregon2012
TraneOregonWhy A Will is not Enough2012
St. John's LibraryWills, Trusts and Estate Planning2012
Hollywood LibraryWills, Trusts and Estate Planning2012
Gresham LibraryWills, Trusts and Estate Planning2012
Garden Home Community LibraryEstate Planning: Essentials for Everyone2012
Woodstock LibraryWills, Trusts & Estate Planning2011
Wilsonville CenterEstate Planning: Preparing For Your Family's Future2011
Tualatin Public LibraryA Will Is Not Enough In Oregon2011
Tualatin Public LibraryA Will Is Not Enough In Oregon2011
St. Johns LibraryWills, Trusts & Estate Planning2011
Southwest Community CenterEstate Planning For Your Family2011
Southwest Community CenterEstate Planning For Your Family2011
Salvation ArmyWhy A Will Is Not Enough2011
Neighborhood HouseThe Legal Side of Aging: Are Your Documents in Place?2011
Midland LibraryWills, Trusts & Estate Planning2011
Luepke CenterWhy A Will Is Not Enough2011
Lewis & Clark CollegeLegal Documents Everyone Needs2011
Hollywood LibraryWills, Trusts & Estate Planning2011
Hollywood LibraryWills, Trusts & Estate Planning2011
Hillsboro Community Senior CenterThe Legal Side of Aging: Strategies to Protect Your Assets & Health2011
Garden Home Community LibraryEstate Planning: Essentials For Everyone2011
Fulton Park Community CenterEstate Planning Made Easy2011
Clark County Family YMCAThe Legal Side of Aging: Strategies to Protect Your Assets & Health2011
Clark CollegeEstate Planning 1012011
Central LibraryWills, Trusts & Estate Planning2011
Cedar Mill Community LibraryEstate Planning: A Will Is Not Enough2011
Capitol Hill LibraryWills, Trusts & Estate Planning2011
Battle Ground School DistrictWills, Trusts & Estate Planning2011
Terwilliger PlazaLiving Trusts: Calculating the Benefits2010
Terwilliger PlazaA Will Is Not Enough In Oregon2010
Southwest Community CenterEstate Planning Made Easy2010
Belmont LibraryWills, Trusts & Estate Planning2010