S. Ward Greene

Senior Counsel


Ward Greene has a varied transactional and litigation practice with its focus in commercial law, business reorganization, bankruptcy, collections, employment law and real estate matters. Mr. Greene has represented a number of creditors’ committees and debtors in successful Chapter 11 cases, as well as represented corporate and banking clients in general business financing and corporate matters. He has been involved in the acquisition and restructuring of a number of businesses.

Mr. Greene has been a speaker at the bi-annual Oregon-Washington Uniform Commercial Code Seminar, Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, and numerous Multnomah Bar Association and Oregon State Bar seminars on Uniform Commercial Code, collection law, bankruptcy, real estate financing and lien law.

Ward is the founder of SAGE (senior advocates for generational equity) and spends much of his time promoting causes which benefit younger and future generations.


Recognized as a Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Portland, OR by Super Lawyers from 2006 to 2021

Selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 1997-2022 for Commercial Litigation, and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Oregon State Bar President’s Award for Sustainability, 2015

Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2006-2017

Top 50 Lawyers, Oregon Super Lawyers, 2009-2014, 2016-2018
  • SWG Best Lawyers 2022
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Representative Matters

Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
Real Estate

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, 30th Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Oregon State Bar, April 2017
  • Speaker, “Advising Business Clients in Troubled Times,” Oregon Law Institute, February 2009
  • Speaker, “Bankruptcy Tips and Traps for the Domestic Relations Lawyer,” Oregon State Bar, February 2009


  • Author, “Asset Protection for the Small Business Owner,” Coast River Business Journal, October 2011
  • Author, “Pre-Bankruptcy Planning: A Lawyer’s Duty or Death Wish?” Debtor-Creditor Newsletter, 2000
  • Co-Author, “Bankruptcy and Family Law,” OSB Family Law, 1997 Supplement
  • Author, “Understanding the Interplay between Domestic Relations and Bankruptcy Law,” Debtor-Creditor Newsletter, 1991
  • Contributing Editor, Commercial Practice Manual (UCC Article 9 Secured Transactions, Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section 1988-90), 1994 Supplement
  • Editor, Debtor-Creditor Newsletter, 1987. Editorial Board 1987-present; Oregon State Bar Manual “Bankruptcy Law,” 1992 Supplement
  • Author, “Landlord’s Liens in Oregon,” Debtor-Creditor Newsletter, 1984


Duke University (J.D., 1973)
Florida State University (B.S., 1969)


Oregon State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon


Oregon State Bar, Board of Governors--2005-2009
Multnomah Bar Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section Newsletter, Editorial Board Member
Multnomah Bar Association, President--1998-1999
Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, President--1995-1996
Oregon Law Institute, President--1994-1995
American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow

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FWW Welcomes Ward Greene


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