Analytical Compassionate Problem Solver

With a background in economics, Margot is able to quickly apply legal principles to the business world, conduct cost-benefit analysis, and simplify complex issues for her clients. She is a rare mix of analytical and compassionate, so is able to maintain a broad practice that encompasses bankruptcy and creditors' rights, litigation, and estate planning.  
 
Margot has a diverse debtor-creditor practice representing all types of parties in all types of insolvency matters. She regularly advises banks, credit unions, other financial service providers, creditors, trustees, and receivers in bankruptcy and receivership proceedings.  Her business intellect and creative problem solving help craft practical solutions to difficult issues. Additionally, Margot is a member of the Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Executive Committee and the Local Bankruptcy Rules Committee.
 
She has an equally broad litigation practice where she represents companies and individuals in state-court litigation. Her experience includes real property disputes, construction defect claims, business dissolution disputes, commercial collections, contract disputes, and estate dispute litigation. Margot's economics, business, and debtor-creditor experience all come together to help her analyze what potential claims are truly worth.
 
In her estate planning practice, Margot focuses mainly on estate and trust administration, probates, and conservatorships. She became an attorney to help people and enjoys serving as a strong advocate for her clients.

Little Known Facts: Has an economics degree and was an economist before attending law school | Loves gardening | Enjoys ceramic arts | Was married in Scotland even though she and her husband have no ties to the country 

Honors

Selected by her peers to the Oregon Rising Stars list for the past three years (2015-2017), Margot received an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of Oregon Lawyers under the age of 40 or in practice for less than ten years Print Bio

Representative Matters

Bankruptcy and Receiverships – Representation of secured creditors, unsecured creditors, trustees, commercial debtors, receivers, and other parties in the following bankruptcy matters:
  • Chapter 7, 12, 11, and 13 bankruptcy cases
  • State court receiverships
  • Bankruptcy litigation including preference cases, fraudulent transfers, lien disputes and denial of discharge actions
  • State court litigation on behalf of bankruptcy trustees
  • Commercial contract and lease enforcement
  • Commercial creditor workouts
State and Federal Court Litigation – Representation of creditors and other parties in state court and U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in the following matters:
  • Bankruptcy litigation
  • Real property disputes
  • Construction defects
  • Contract disputes
  • Commercial collections
  • Debt collection practices
  • Takings law/disputes with municipalities
Estate Planning and Litigation – Margot's estate planning practice includes the following matters:
  • Preparation of wills and trusts
  • Probate and probate litigation
  • Trust administration
  • Conservatorships
  • Elder abuse

Speaking Engagements

Regular submissions to Oregon State Creditor-Debtor Bar News Letter (2011 through present)

Publications

Annual "Case Law Update" presentations; Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section Annual Meetings (2011 through present)

Education

Lewis & Clark Law School (J.D. cum laude, 2007)
Reed College (B.A. Economics, 2000)

Admissions

Oregon State Bar
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
District of Oregon
Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 

Associations

American Bankruptcy Institute
Turnaround Management Association
Oregon Mediation Association
Oregon Women Lawyers

News & Events

FWW ATTORNEYS SELECTED AS 2017 OREGON SUPER LAWYERS AND RISING STARS

7/10/2017

Five Farleigh Wada Witt attorneys have been named to the Oregon Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists for 2017. READ MORE

FWW Litigation Practice Group - Tips for Businesses

2/10/2017

Being on the receiving end of a lawsuit can be stressful --- whether or not you've seen it coming. Here are some helpful tips from our litigation team. READ MORE

FWW Attorneys Selected as 2016 Oregon Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

7/11/2016

Six FWW attorneys have been named to the Oregon Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists for 2016. READ MORE

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