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Lara M. Gardner

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Portland, Oregon Bankruptcy Attorney, and Vancouver, Washington Bankruptcy Attorney.  She represents consumer debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy law.


Lara has been an attorney since 2003, specializing in consumer bankruptcy. Lara was a member of the Oregon State Bar Consumer Law committee for two years. She has spoken at several CLEs on bankruptcy, and has published articles on consumer bankruptcy. She is a member of the Debtor-Creditor section of the Oregon State Bar and the Washington State Bar, and volunteers at the Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic.


Lara earned her B.A. with Honors in English from the University of Oregon in 1998, and her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2003. As a law student, Lara published three law review articles. She also interned at the law school's low-income legal clinic handling bankruptcy, consumer, and landlord-tenant cases. Lara is admitted to the Oregon State Bar and the U.S. Court, District of Oregon, and to the Washington State Bar and the U.S. Court, Western District of Washington.


Lara writes articles for various publications. She enjoys riding sport horses, running, and spending time with her two lovely daughters.


Call (503) 915-1228 or (360) 836-4238 to schedule a free consultation.


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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 34%
    13 years
  2. Chapter 13: 33%
    13 years
  3. Chapter 7: 33%
    13 years



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Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Columbia River Law

601 Main Street, Suite 211
Vancouver, WA, 98680

Columbia River Law

P.O. Box 17523
Portland, OR, 97217



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale Hubbell2013
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2012
Excellent RatingAvvo2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyColumbia River Law2012 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Lara Gardner2007 - 2012
Associate AttorneyTodd Trierweiler & Associates2003 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2003 - Present
Oregon State BarConsumer Law committee2004 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Debtors Get Money Held by Trustee After 13 to 7 ConversionMoney paid into plan and not distributed to creditors is returned to the debtor.
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Publication nameTitleDate
International Legal PerspectivesA Dubious Designation: How one Simple Label Legitimes Human Rights Abuse2005
Chicago-Kent Law ReviewState Employers are Not Sovereign: By Analogy, Transfer the Market Participant Exception to the Dormant Commerce Clause to States as Employers2004
Wisconsin Women's Law JournalA Step Towards True Equality in the Workplace: Requiring Employer Accommodation of Breastfeeding Women2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of Oregon School of LawEnglishOther - Bachelors1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal Issues in Real Estate ForeclosureBankruptcy2012
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy 101Chapter 7 Bankruptcy2011
Consumer Bankruptcy 101Consumer Bankruptcy 1012010