About Christopher (Chris) Brooks, Estate Attorney


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Christopher M. Brooks limits his legal practice to estate planning and administration.  As a husband and father, Chris understands the hopes, joys and fears of being a parent. Chris is dedicated to preparing unique, affordable estate plans that give his clients the peace of mind of knowing they have provided for their families.

When your family, finances, or future are at stake, you need a dependable lawyer.

Chris provides sensible and affordable legal representation with hands-on involvement from start to finish.

Chris believes in giving back to the community.  He spends several hours every week working with nonprofits.   Chris mentors a young man at St. Mary’s Home for Boys, and he is a member of the board of directors of the Clark Foundation, Oregon Symphony Association, University Club Foundation, and Oregon Sports Authority, which orchestrates various amateur and professional athletic events throughout the state, including the TrackTown Youth League.  He is also a former board member of the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Foundation and Portland Area Theatre Alliance.

Throughout his practice, Chris has been providing compassionate legal services for those who need to protect their families and assets.

Prior to starting Brooks Estate Law in 2010, Chris was an associate for respected Portland estate planner James D. McVittie from 2007-2010.

Chris began his legal career practicing business and personal injury litigation with Michael Wise & Associates, P.C.  He drafted the original version of the legal argument that reestablished the principle that a plaintiff may pursue distinct exclusive legal remedies in Venture Properties Inc. v. Parker.  Chris was a member of the President’s Circle of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association from 2005-2007.

Chris’s other interests include skiing, golf, the Timbers, college basketball and football, theater, wine, and books ranging from popular fiction to philosophy.

Education & Presentation Highlights:

  • Planned Giving – Bequests
    Portland Art Museum
    (2014)
  • Estate Planning Basics
    Portland Resource Group
    (2010)
  • Why Trusts Are Awesome
    Portland Connections
    (2009)
  • University of California
    Hastings College of the Law
    Juris Doctor (JD)
    (2002)
  • Award for Excellence in
    Trial Advocacy

    CALI Excellence for the Future
    (2002)
  • Gonzaga University
    English BA – Bachelor of Arts
    Graduate of the Honors Program
    cum laude
    (1999)
  • Cardinal Newman Fellowship
    Gonzaga University
    (1998)

Legal Employment

2010: Principal at Brooks Estate Law, PC

2007: Associate at McVittie-Law, PC

2003: Associate at Michael Wise & Associates, PC

 

Bar Memberships & Associations

2011: California State Bar,
Trusts and Estates Section

2011: Washington State Bar, Real Property,
Probate and Trusts Section

2007: Oregon State Bar,
Estate Planning Section

2007: Washington State Bar Association

2004: United States Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit

2004: United States District Court
for the District of Oregon

2003: Multnomah Bar Association

2003: Oregon State Bar

2003: State Bar of California

2003: Oregon Trial Lawyers Association

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