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Bill is a contributing author to the Oregon State Bar publications Administering Oregon Estates, and Administering Trusts in Oregon, and to Steve Alberty’s treatise, Advising Small Businesses. Bill is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. He is a past member of the Oregon State Bar’s Estate Planning and Administration Executive Committee. He is a past president of the Eugene Estate Planning Council, and past officer of the Lane County Bar’s probate section.

When not practicing law, Bill and his wife, a chef and the owner of the Eugene City Bakery, enjoy gardening, cross-country skiing and attending blues concerts.



Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 80%
    31 years
  2. Business: 20%
    31 years



Fixed (sometimes)

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180 E 11th Ave
PO Box 1475
Eugene, OR, 97440


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year, Trusts & Estates -- EugeneBest Lawyers in America2012
Oregon Super Lawyer Estate Planning & ProbateSuper Lawyers2011
Best Lawyer Trusts and EstatesBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyers Trusts and EstatesBest Lawyers in America2010
Oregon Super Lawyers Estate Planning & ProbateSuper Lawyers2010
Best Lawyers Trusts and EstatesBest Lawyers in America2009
Oregon Super Lawyers Estate Planning & ProbateSuper Lawyers2009
Oregon Super Lawyers Estate Planning & ProbateSuper Lawyers2008
Best Lawyers Trusts and EstatesBest Lawyers in America2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHershner Hunter, LLP1990 - Present
AssociateHershner Hunter, LLP1985 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow2003 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember1995 - Present
Eugene Springfield Tax Associationmember1992 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1992 - Present
Eugene Estate Planning CouncilFormer Chair1990 - Present
Lane County Bar Association Probate SectionFormer Chair1990 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Business Law SectionMember1988 - Present
Lane County Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration SectionPast Board of Directors2002 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
Eugene Springfield Tax AssociationCommunity Property in Oregon --Advising couples transitioning from a community property state to Oregon2013
Advising Small BusinessesEstate Planning for the Closely Held Business Owner2011
Estate Planning Newsletter of the Oregon State BarPlanning for the Elective Share2009
Estate Planning Newsletter of the Oregon State BarWhen the Fiduciary Wears Two Hats, to Whom Does One Account?2006
Administering Oregon EstatesInitial Responsibilities and Liabilities of Personal Representative2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor -- Magna Cum Laude1985
Willamette UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
56th Annual Estate Planning SeminarOregon Hot Topics2011
40th Annual Estate Planning SeminarOregon Recent Developments2011
Fall Philanthropy ForumPlanning for the $2 Million to $7 Million estate2009
Estate Planning Continuing Education2009 Developments in Oregon for Estate Planning2009