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Strategic Legal Advocacy for Consumers resolving mortgage, student loan, and other financial mattersComprehensive bankruptcy solutions and discharge protection for all financial situations.Review your student loan repayment options, including defense, settlement, and future planning.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Graduate - completed Bankruptcy Litigation Bootcamp||Max Gardner's Consumer Defense Academy||2015|
|Graduate - completed litigation bootcamp||Pete Barry's FDCPA/TCPA Bootcamp||2015|
|Graduate - completed student loan resolution workshop||Student Loan Law Workshop||2015|
|Pro Bono Assistance Award||Volunteer Lawyer Project||2014|
|Pro Bono Bankruptcy Attorney||Volunteer Layers Project||2013|
|Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic Attorney||Volunteer Lawyer Project||2012|
|Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic Attorney||Volunteer Lawyer Project||2011|
|Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic Attorney||Volunteer Lawyer Project||2010|
|Order of the Coif||University of Washington School of Law||2006|
|Graduated with High Honors||University of Washington School of Law||2006|
|Managing Attorney||Mertens Law, LLC||2015 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Todd Trierweiler & Associates||2010 - 2014|
|Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney||Various Entities||2008 - 2010|
|Federal Judicial Law Clerk||United States Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Cal.)||2006 - 2008|
|Judicial Extern||United States Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Wa.)||2005 - 2005|
|Student Research & Writing Fellow||University Of Washington School Of Law||2005 - 2006|
|Student Law Clerk||Geico Insurance Company||2004 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Oregon State Bar, Consumer Law Section||Member||2015 - Present|
|Max Gardner's Consumer Defense Academy||Member||2015 - Present|
|Student Loan Law Workshop Graduates||Member||2015 - Present|
|American Bar Association||member||2015 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice Section||Member||2015 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section||Member||2015 - Present|
|U.S. District Court of Oregon||Member||2010 - Present|
|National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys||Member||2010 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor Section||Member||2010 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Debtor-Creditor Section||Member||2010 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2009 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Washington||Member||2009 - Present|
|Order of the Coif||Member||2006 - Present|
|Student Loan Analysis and Repayment Plan||Reviewed client's financial situation post-graduation, explained in detail repayment options and enrolled client in an affordable repayment plan.|
|Burdensome Terms on Auto Loan||Utilized Chapter 13 to obtain better terms and make the vehicle affordable enough to keep.|
|Student Loan Default Resolution||Avoided garnishment, facilitated the client bringing the loans current, and got client on an affordable payment for his loans so he could stay current going forward.|
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|Oregon Debtor-Creditor Newsletter||Department of Education Proposes Another Income-Driven Repayment Option||2015|
|Family Law Book for Oregon State Bar Books||Bankruptcy Chapter - 3 Family Law ch. 22 (OSB Legal Pubs 2013),||2013|
|81 The American Bankruptcy Law Journal 123 (2007), reprinted in 29 California Bankruptcy Journal 379||Travelers and the Implications on the Allowability Of Unsecured Creditors’ Claims for Post-Petition Attorneys’ Fees Against the Bankruptcy Estate||2007|
|15 Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal 233||Australian Insolvency Law and the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement—Catalyst, Reaction, and Solution,||2006|
|University of Washington School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Macalester College||Mathematics with Statistical Emphasis||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|Oregon Legal Aid Foreclosure Defense Attorney Training||Mortgage Issues in connection with modifications and bankruptcy||2016|
|Audigy Student Summit||Student Loan Planning for Recent Graduates||2016|
|Student Loan Law from a Student Loan Lawyer||Student Loan Planning||2015|
|Oregon House Business and Labor Committee||Testified in support of Senate Bill 935 to increase tools of the trade exemption.||2011|
|Bankruptcy: An In-Depth Guide to Practice in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts Taught by Current and Former Law Clerks||means test issues, chapter 13 plan requirements, and objecting to discharge and dischargeability of debts||2008|
Posted by Tami
When I came to see Chris, I was terrified. I had spoken to many other attorneys, and was sure I had no options. He calmed me down, and explained worse case scenario and the best we could expect. He never promised things he couldn't deliver. I will be forever grateful to him. I'm sure some days he wished I had walked right past his office, but he didn't let me down. During these times in your life, you need someone who is right there with you and actually cares about the outcome.
Posted by Matt
My Private and Federal Loan payments were starting to cause be a great deal of stress. After meeting with Christopher he gave me great advice, which I followed and now my financial situation is much better. I would recommend him to anyone, anytime.
Posted by Chris
I came to Mr. Mertens when I found out he was the ONLY attorney in the Portland metro who specializes in student loan debt management. He was very helpful and explained to me very clearly how to navigate through my student loan situation.
As we worked through the case, Christopher did a great job assuring me that we were on the right track and kept me up to date to help me feel confident in how things were proceeding.
He is a very calm and easy-going person and his demeanor is very complimentary to his specialty of law - considering how emotional and disheartening dealing with debt can be.
Mr. Mertens was a pleasure to work with and I have already recommended him to friends and colleagues.
Javier Merino, Foreclosure Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Christopher is a bright, determined attorney who works great as a team player and always is offering to help others. I am pleased to work together with Christopher and know that he is a positive influence to the Oregon Bar.
Karen Nashiwa, Real estate Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Chris is my go-to expert on bankruptcy and consumer issues. He's helped me with cases involving these issues and I've always been grateful for his knowledge, calm demeanor, and pleasant personality. I've recommended Chris to clients who've also enjoyed working with him.
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