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.
 
She has an equally broad litigation practice where she represents companies and individuals in state-court litigation. Her experience includes 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 administration, probate, conservatorships, guardianships, and estate disputes. She became an attorney to help people and enjoys serving as a strong advocate for her clients. One of her most rewarding cases involved getting a conservator appointed to protect an elderly client and his assets.

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 peers to the Oregon Rising Stars list for 2015 and 2016, 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:
  • State court receiverships
  • Bankruptcy litigation including preference cases, fraudulent transfers, lien disputes and denial of discharge actions
  • Bankruptcy litigation
  • State court litigation on behalf of bankruptcy trustee
  • Research and drafting of various chapter 11 pleadings including motion to extend exclusivity period, treatment of certain claims in chapter 11 plans, objections to confirmation
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
  • Estate administration
  • Probate
  • Conservatorships
  • Guardianships
  • Will contests
  • Elder abuse
  • Probate litigation

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 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 2015 Oregon Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

7/8/2015

Six FWW attorneys have been named to the Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists for 2015. READ MORE

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