Farleigh Wada Witt is proud to announce that ten of our attorneys have been named as Best Lawyers® 2021 in eleven practice areas.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

“This recognition demonstrates the wide range of legal expertise and experience our firm offers to our clients across the full range of their business operations and serving all of their legal needs.  It is an honor to have so many of our attorneys recognized by their peers for their preeminence in their fields year after year, and we are privileged to be able to provide their expertise to our business, individual and financial institution clients.” - FWW President Kim McGair

Mark Wada was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the area of Banking and Finance Law for the twelfth year in a row. In addition to being listed as a Best Lawyer, Mark has been named a Best Lawyer® 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in Portland, Oregon, for Banking and Finance Law. With over forty years of experience, Mark specializes in representing banks, equipment lessors and other commercial lenders in commercial loan and lease documentation, real estate financing, portfolio acquisitions, workouts, and commercial collection matters, and also specializes in handling business and corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions.

Brian Witt was selected by his peers for the sixth time for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Financial Services Regulation Law. His practice emphasizes representing regional and national financial service providers on regulatory, compliance, and business issues. He is a recognized national expert in the design and delivery of traditional and innovative financial products and services.

Brad Stanford was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation–Defendants for the sixth time, and, Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants for the fourth time. For over 30 years, Brad has litigated a broad range of commercial disputes and personal injury cases. He is an industry leader in ski area defense and recreational product liability defense. 

Dean Sandow was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the Trusts and Estates area for the fifth time and in Corporate Law for the third time. The breadth of Dean’s practice allows him to provide a lifetime of services to his entrepreneur, business, and family clients. Estate planning for individuals focuses on wills and trusts, estate tax planning, and probate. Dean provides meaningful and efficient services to individuals and families to facilitate management of their assets during their lifetime, while incapacitated, and at the end of life. 

Kim McGair was selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the area of Commercial Litigation for the fourth time. She litigates a wide array of matters, including business disputes, consumer law defense, personal injury defense, real estate litigation, employment law, and commercial collection. Kim advocates efficiently and effectively to achieve client goals. Over the past twenty years she has successfully arbitrated and tried cases for businesses and financial institutions. In addition, she has assisted numerous clients in negotiating favorable resolutions to their disputes in all facets of business.

Mark McCulloch was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2021 for his expertise in the area of Legal Malpractice Law–Plaintiffs for the fourth time. Mark focuses on business disputes and estate litigation, professional malpractice, personal injury, and large asset non-custody divorce proceedings. He has conducted trials in more than 20 counties in Oregon, as well as several federal courts, and has settled hundreds of cases through alternative dispute resolution throughout his 50+ years of practicing law. 

Kelly Tilden was selected by her peers for the fourth time in Employment Law–Management in Best Lawyers in America© 2021. Kelly’s experience ranges from advising businesses on day to day employee issues to successfully defending her clients in trial and this has led her to be the Chair of the firm’s Employment Practice Group. Her practice includes advice and litigation regarding the following: hiring, negotiating and drafting of contracts, protection of trade secrets, discipline, civil rights, and wage and hour and leave laws. Kelly offers practical guidance and experienced-based insight to help employers confidently navigate state and federal regulations to create a productive and positive workplace.

Marisol McAllister was selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Real Estate Law for the fourth time. Her practice emphasizes real estate, business, and financial services law. Marisol’s experience spans a wide array of real estate services allowing her to assist clients in all aspects of commercial transactions with confidence and expertise. She is certified as a continuing education provider by the Oregon Real Estate Agency, and is on the agency's approved list of condominium lawyers. 

David Ludwig was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the area of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) for the third time.  David has more than 35 years of experience representing small- and mid-sized companies and financial institutions handling complicated business and financial matters.  He also handles real estate acquisitions, leasing and financing.  David is Chair of the firm’s Business Practice Group.

Paul Migchelbrink was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2021 for the second time in the area of Corporate Law. Paul maintains a diverse business practice advising clients in a number of industries on corporate and general business matters, real estate, intellectual property, commercial finance, and lending. Paul’s corporate and general business practice includes entity formation, shareholder and operating agreements, contracts, business purchase transactions, tax and regulatory compliance, risk management and general operating advice. He utilizes his broad and extensive experience to help his clients make sound strategic decisions and grow their businesses.

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