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Slinde Nelson Stanford is a Portland, Oregon full service business, real estate and employment law firm. We practice law a little differently because we're a little different than other lawyers. We are former and current business owners. We know what business clients want when they come to a law firm. They don't want churning out billable hours. They want real solutions that are driven by their business needs, not by the needs of their law firm. They want lawyers who speak their language.

Our business law practice spans across the region. We practice business law throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. We advise businesses from Portland to Salem, Eugene and Corvallis, the Oregon Coast (Astoria, Seaside, Lincoln City, Cannon Beach) to Seattle, Washington and Central Oregon (Bend, Redmond and surrounding areas).

Slinde Nelson Stanford formed in 2008 and merged with Du Val Business Law in 2010. The firm is made up of former and current small business owners who have built and sold businesses of their own. We left some of the largest firms in town to form Slinde Nelson Stanford because we thought business law should be and could be practiced a little bit differently. The goal should be to prevent legal problems from invading a client's business. When those legal problems are unavoidable, they need to be resolved quickly and efficiently in line with the business needs of the client.

Our firm offers a full suite of innovative employment law solutions to our business clients. We don't put your case on a conveyor belt when you come in the door. If there is a creative, convenient and cheap way out of an employment related problem, we will find it and we will execute it. Above all, though, we know that the best defense is a good preventative maintenance plan. Stale and outdated employment agreements, outmoded or ignored procedures, lax protection of your businesses most sensitive information—this is how our business clients end up in litigation. Keep your contracts fresh and relevant, and avoid as many employment disputes as you can. When you can't avoid them, find a solution driven by your business needs, not those of your lawyers. This is how employment law should be practiced. Your employees should be on your team. We strive to keep it that way.
Main Office

425 NW 10th Ave
Suite 200
Portland  OR  97209

  • (503) 417-7777
  • (503) 417-4250


Free Initial Consultation?

We offer free initial legal consultations with same day or next day visits.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We offer more creative fee structure arrangements than any other firm I know of in Portland, Oregon or Vancouver and Southwest Washington. We offer hourly, flat fee, contingent fee and hybrid fee arrangements, depending on the case and the needs of our business clients.

Hourly Rates

Depends on the case.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Available for free consultations evenings and weekends.

Office Manager

Shelly Galbreth

Emergency After Hours


Other Offices

  • Seattle Office
    600 University Street, Suite 1730
    Seattle,  WA  98101

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Solving my clients' problems so they can go back to running their business. That's the result that every single one of my clients seeks, every time.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Our clients are busy people, but our clients are smart and successful people. That means they can be huge assets in their representation, but they have varying degrees of time availability to help. Part of our job is to prevent or solve a business problem for you, so you can focus on your core business. That is what we do. On the other hand, an informed and involved client is a successful client. We strive to strike the balance between gaining efficiencies through capitalizing on your inherent knowledge of the facts of your case, while taking the problem off your hands and solving it.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

You simply won't find a more prepared business attorney. Like in business, in law you win by being prepared. Period. By the time your case is underway, there won't be a single person more informed about the documents that form the basis of your claims than your lawyer. That is how it should be. At Slinde Nelson, that is how it is.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I have many, many long term clients. We take a long view of our representation. It's not about one case; it's about a long term relationship with a client. Our business clients call us with questions all the time, sometimes daily for long stretches. I very frequently advise my clients to attempt to resolve problems without my involvement. Where a business solution is available, it is almost always a better solution than a legal one. I learned that as a businessman myself, and it is a central principle of my Portland business law practice.

Nicholas Slinde

I have been a practicing business, real estate and litigation attorney in Portland, Oregon for fifteen years. I am licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington and I am the firm's real estate, construction defect, and green sustainability law expert.

Real Estate Law
Business Law
Construction Defect and Litigation
Construction Law
Complex Commercial Litigation
Condominiums and Homeowner Associations
Emerging Business and Technology
Mergers and Acquisitions
Environmental / Tax Credits
Non-Competition and Non-Compete Agreements
Debt restructuring
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, and Mediation

I have extensive experience as a business and real estate lawyer in Oregon and Washington, and an expansive knowledge of Real Estate Development, Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions, Emerging Business and Green (Sustainable) Endeavors, Construction Transactions and Construction Defect Litigation and Resolution, Employment Law, and Dispute Resolution. I have held several CEO or board positions of a variety of companies, ranging from mining to carbon offset trading.


J.D., 2000 University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon
B.A. 1996 University of Iowa; double major (Journalism and Rhetoric)

Memberships and Activities:

Oregon State Bar: Construction Section & Business Litigation Section
Washington State Bar
Multnomah Bar Association
U.S. District Court of Oregon
Oregon Trial Lawyer's Association

I am a leading Portland, Oregon-based attorney advising small and medium size businesses on developing corporate strategy, identifying opportunities for greater operational efficiencies, financial markets, debt restructuring, sustainability and green law, environmental/tax credits, real estate acquisition, development & construction and commercial litigation.

Prior to co-founding Slinde Nelson Stanford with partner Phil Nelson, I worked at Grenley Rotenberg Bragg Evans & Bodie PC, and Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP, where I honed my litigation skills and gained substantial knowledge about the ins-and-outs of construction defect and real estate issues, of both the transactional and litigation varieties.

As General Counsel and Vice President of Land Acquisitions & Development for a large real estate development company in Portland, Oregon, I helped identify acquisition targets, secure financing, and advance projects through the land use process while overseeing construction.

I was co-founder and CEO of Carbon Trader LLC. The experience with Carbon Trader expanded my sustainability and green law practice, assisting businesses in identifying revenue streams in the green economy and practicing socially responsible corporate behavior. In this capacity, I also gained extensive experience in environmental tax credits, carbon credits, credit monetization and overall profit maximization strategies.
  • Bar Number: 003900
    Oregon , 2000
  • Bar Number: 35316
    Washington , 2004

Phil Nelson

I am a Portland business dispute attorney who practices in a way that is quite distinct from many of my colleagues. In fact, I left big firm practice to offer my clients a different type of service. I use business litigation to drive business solutions, not to churn billable hours, and I will frequently advises business clients on proactive litigation avoidance. I engage in smart, focused litigation to maximize leverage while protecting your rights and allowing you to stay focused on your core business. I handle all types of business disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, breach of contract actions and employment cases.

Commercial Litigation / Business Litigation
Partnership Disputes / Shareholder Disputes
Contract Litigation / Breach of Contract
Employment Law and Discrimination Cases
Franchise Litigation
Business Fraud
Unfair Competition
Director and Officer Liability
Business Interference
Mediation & Arbitration
Elder Abuse and Other Financial Abuse


J.D. University of Washington (Seattle, Washington)
B.S. Southern Oregon University (Ashland, Oregon)


Landye Bennett Blumstein (2007-2008)
Seidl Law Office (2005-2007)
Stoel Rives (2001-2005)
Seattle Public Defender's Office (2001)
United States Attorney's Office (Seattle, 1999)
  • Bar Number: 013650
    Oregon , 2001
  • Bar Number: 44466
    Washington , 2011
  • University of Washington
    Juris Doctorate , 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Moot Court Honor Board, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal

Darian Stanford

Anyone will tell you this about me: I am first and foremost a trial attorney. Taking a case, whatever the facts and whomever the witnesses, and presenting it in the best possible manner before a jury or judge is what I enjoy (and have done over a hundred times).

Commercial Litigation / Business Litigation
o Partnership Disputes / Shareholder Disputes
o Bank Litigation
o Contract Litigation / Breach of Contract
o Commercial Collections
o Commercial mediation, arbitration & litigation
Breach of Contract & Collections Litigation
Employment Litigation
Tort Litigation
Construction Law
Administrative Law; Government Relations & Investigations
Health and Medical Law; Peer Review
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, and Mediation


J.D. 1999 Stanford Law School (Stanford, CA)
o Stanford Law Review; Stanford Environmental Law Journal; Moot Court Board
M.A. 1996 University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN)
B.A. 1994 Baylor University (Waco, TX)
o Magna Cum Laude


I began my legal career in the general litigation practice of the Portland law firm of Stoel Rives LLP, representing clients in contract, construction, employment law, and government affairs, among other areas. At the start of 2005, I transitioned to a position as a Deputy District Attorney here in Multnomah County, where he prosecuted major felonies, including murder, rape, and other Ballot Measure 11 offenses. I also served as Counsel for the Oregon House and Senate Judiciary Committee in 2007. Prior to joining Slinde Nelson Stanford, I was working as in-house litigation counsel for an international Fortune 500 company, where I managed litigation in US and Europe, and devised pre-litigation solutions to global business problems. Additionally, I have been an Adjunct Professor in Criminal Procedure at Portland's Lewis and Clark Law School, and in Sports Law at Salem's Willamette Law School.
  • Bar Number: 994491
    Oregon , 1999
  • Bar Number: 44604
    Washington , 2012

Jason Hirshon

I focus my practice on general litigation including construction defect, consumer law and other commercial matters. Prior to joining the firm, I worked for the law firm of Grenley, Rotenberg, Evans, Bragg & Bodie P.C. and clerked at the Office of General Counsel for the California Department of Fish and Game and the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.

I am a native of Portland, Maine and moved to Portland, Oregon in 2005 after receiving my degrees in Colorado and California. I am active in both local and national bar activities, holding leadership positions in the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division and Oregon New Lawyers Division as well as being named the Oregon New Lawyers Division's volunteer of the year in 2008.

Commercial Litigation
Business Litigation
Contract Litigation
Partnership Dispute Litigation
Business Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
Construction Defect Litigation
Construction Law
Debt Restructuring
Consumer Law
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, and Mediation

Past Employment Positions:

Grenley, Rotenberg, Evans, Bragg & Bodie P.C.


J.D., 2005 University of California at Davis
B.A. 2002 University of Colorado at Boulder

Memberships and Activities:

Oregon State Bar
Multnomah Bar Association
U.S. District Court of Oregon
Oregon State Bar New Lawyer's Division: Executive Committee and Treasurer
American Bar Association
American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division: Vice Director of the Affiliates Assistance Team
  • Bar Number: 052852
    Oregon , 2005
  • Bar Number: 43282
    Washington , 2010

Kelly Meltzer

I represent businesses and business people in a wide range of transactions. My practice focuses on business formations, sales, acquisitions, and finance, on general commercial matters, on employment matters, and on real estate matters including purchase and sale transactions, leasing, and finance. My approach is practical and thoughtful I thrive on building lasting client relationships by providing timely, insightful counsel that contributes to their success. Although my clients work across various industries, I have particular expertise representing automobile dealers. Examples of matters within my practice appear below:

Business Matters:
Business Formations (including Choice of Entity)
Limited Liability Companies (including Operating Agreements)
Joint Ventures
Buy-Sell Agreements
Stock Purchase and Sale Transactions
LLC Interest Purchase and Sale Transactions
Asset Purchase and Sale Transactions
Asset-Secured Loans

Commercial Matters:
Distribution Arrangements
Dealer Arrangements
Vendor Arrangements

Employment-Related Matters:
Employment Agreements
Employee Handbooks
Noncompetition Agreements
Independent Contractor Agreements
Consulting Agreements
Nondisclosure Agreements

Real Estate Matters:
Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions
Commercial Leases
Real Estate Loans


I received my Bachelor of Science in Small Business Management from the University of Colorado and my Juris Doctorate and Environmental Law Certificate from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. While at Lewis and Clark, I was a member of the Environmental Law Review, the nation's oldest law review dedicated solely to environmental issues. I also studied with the Study Abroad Law Program of the College of William & Mary in Madrid, Spain.

Experience and Publications:

I started in 1997 as an associate attorney with Grenley, Rotenberg, Evans, Bragg & Bodie, P.C., where I became a shareholder in 2002. I stayed with that firm through the merger creating Buckley Law P.C. in January of 2011, and then joined Slinde Nelson Stanford in February of 2012. I am admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington, and a member of the Business Section of the Oregon Bar and the National Association of Dealer Counsel. I wrote the Liquidated Damages Chapter Revision in the CLE publication Damages (Oregon CLE 1998) and the Warranties in Real Estate Sales Chapter Revision in the CLE publication Fundamentals of Real Estate Transactions (Oregon CLE 2001).
  • Bar Number: 973345
    Oregon , 1997
  • Bar Number: 36020
    Washington , 2005

Keith Pitt

  • Bar Number: 973725
    Oregon , 1997
  • Bar Number: 40429
    Washington , 2008
  • Bar Number: 254901
    California , 2008

R. Hunter Bitner

My practice focuses on civil litigation, construction defect litigation, product liability, medical and legal malpractice defense, insurance and insurance coverage disputes. I am a frequent speaker on issues related to construction defect litigation and an active member of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel.

Prior to joining Slinde Nelson Stanford I was of Counsel at Dunn Carney, a partner at Hodgkinson Street LLC for three years, and a partner at Hoffman, Hart and Wagner LLP. My practice areas include:

Civil Litigation
Construction Defect Litigation
Product Liability
Medical and Legal Malpractice Defense
Insurance and insurance coverage disputes

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
Oregon, 2001
U.S. District Court District of Oregon
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
J.D - 1993
Auburn University, Auburn, AL
B.A magna cum laude - 1990
Major: History

Published Works

Author, Recent Oregon Supreme Court Decision on Use of Independent Medical Examiners, 2013
Author, " Erosion of an Exclusion." Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Winter, 2003
Co-author, "Health Effects of Jury Service," 18 Law and Psychology Review 269 (1993)
Co-author, Florida Lien Law Applicable to Care and Maintenance of Animals," Florida Thoroughbred, July 1994
Co-author, "1994 Texas Employer-Manual of Texas Employment Law." Littler, Fastiff, Tichy and Mathiason, 1994
Co-author, "Don't Bother Coming- A Study of Justice Courts of Dallas County." SMU Press. (Dallas Morning News, May 24, 1992, A 1)
Published Opinion Editorials for U.S. Senator Connie Mack in New York Times and Washington Post


Insurance in the Condominium Industry- " Duties Of Insurance Counsel", 2012, Presenter
Legal Issues For Oregon Professional Engineers- " Professional Liability Insurance for Engineers," 2012 , Presenter
NALS National Conference- "A Primer on Product Liability," 2012, Presenter
Deconstructing the Construction Litigation Case- " Contract Is Key? Tort Trumps? Recent Key Decisions," 2012, Presenter
Insurance for the Construction Industry- A primer and checklist for contractors, Dunn Carney Construction Seminar, October 2012, Presenter

Professional Associations and Memberships

Oregon State Bar
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Bar Number: 011146
    Oregon , 2001
  • Bar Number: 7201
    Florida , 1994

Daniel Lerner

For the last five years, I have assisted large and small businesses defending employment actions. I have also worked with cities and counties across Oregon defending constitutional claims arising from land use and property disputes. Outside of those areas, I have worked on a broad variety of cases, including contract disputes and general negligence claims.

I grew up in Portland, with roots in the Pacific Northwest dating back four generations. Both sides of my family built and developed businesses from the ground up. From an early age, I was exposed to the impact of family relationships on the life and health of those businesses.

At Slinde Nelson Stanford, I am continuing my litigation practice, while also adding a focus on assisting family businesses. This includes helping clients structure their businesses, advising them on their legal rights and obligations, anticipating potential pitfalls and conflicts that commonly emerge from dysfunctional relationships, and handling those issues in stride so the business can prosper.

Practice Areas:

Tort Litigation
Negligence Liability
Intentional Torts
Employment Litigation
Race, Gender, & Disability Discrimination
Workplace Harassment
Employment Compensation and Contract Disputes
Civil Rights Litigation
Government Employment Disputes
Property Rights
First Amendment Rights
Property Rights
Commercial Litigation / Business Litigation
Partnership Disputes / Shareholder Disputes
Contract Litigation / Breach of Contract
Business Interference
Property Rights
Commercial Mediation & Arbitration
Family Business Law
Corporate Structuring
Chain of Succession
Shareholder Oppression
Alternative Dispute Resolution


Oregon Bar Association
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Multnomah Bar Association
Former member of the Wisconsin Bar Association


J.D., 2006 University of Wisconsin Law School (Madison, WI)
B.A., 2001 Tufts University (Medford, MA)
Cum Laude, Political Science & Philosophy

Past Experience:

I joined Slinde Nelson Stanford in 2012, having previously worked for five years as an associate at the law firm of Hart Wagner LLP in Portland. I began my legal career prior to law school, serving as a legal assistant at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC, and later as a Fellow at the Legal Aid Services of Oregon. During law school I externed at the Wisconsin Department of Justice in the Employment Litigation Division, and with the Oregon Supreme Court. I have also spent time as a Clerk at Lerner & Veit LLP in San Francisco, CA, and with the Multnomah County Circuit Court.
  • Bar Number: 071424
    Oregon , 2007

Benjamin Stoller

My practice is focused on complex commercial contract drafting and negotiation, corporate law, and intellectual property law. I have experience in Entity Formation, Start-Ups, Small Business Laws and Operations, Buying and Selling a Business, Starting or Acquiring a Medical or Dental Practice, Negotiating Manufacturing, Supply, and Distribution Agreements, and Dispute Resolution.

Practice Areas:

Business and Corporate Law
Complex Contract Drafting and Negotiation
Oregon Small Business Laws
Buying or Selling a Business
Starting/Acquiring a Medical or Dental Practice
Manufacturing Agreements and Supply Agreement
Distributor Agreements and Sales Representative Agreements
Emerging Business and Technology
Starting a Business in Oregon
Mergers and Acquisitions
Corporate Reorganizations
Intellectual Property Law
Contract Law

As an entrepreneur myself, I am happy to delve into your business plan and five-year pro formas, as I am in counseling your business on its corporate structure, intellectual property protection and barrier creation, and exit strategy.


J.D. University of Oregon, School of Law (Eugene, OR)
o Outstanding Student in Law and Entrepreneurship
o Tom C. Foster Scholarship Award winner
o Technology and Entrepreneurship Fellow
B.A. University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
o Interdisciplinary Studies: Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology
  • Bar Number: 095206
    Oregon , 2009

Christina Haring-Larson

My practice focuses on business litigation for both small and large-sized companies, as well as representation of individuals involved in business investments, contract negotiations, and ownership disputes.

I have first-chair bench and jury trial experience in both state and federal courts and has represented a variety of businesses and individuals in arbitrations, mediations, and settlement negotiations. My goal in every case is to achieve the best result possible for my clients while ensuring top-quality, cost-effective representation. I have experience representing clients involving the following areas:

Commercial Litigation / Business Litigation
o Partnership Disputes / Shareholder Disputes
o Contract Litigation / Breach of Contract
o Commercial mediation, arbitration & litigation
Real Estate
o Leasing negotiations
o Landlord tenant disputes
o Buyer/Seller disclosures
Employment Law Litigation
o Nonconpetition Agreements
o Nonsolicitation Agreements
o Trade secrets
o Discrimination
o Wage and Hour issues
Insurance coverage and bad faith claims
Construction Law and Construction Defect
o Rights of owners
o Homeowner's Associations
o Contract lien claims
Professional Negligence Claims
o Accountant negligence and Lawyer negligence claims
Entertainment and Media Law


J.D. 1999 University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, WA)
o Order of the Barristers
o Moot Court Honor Board
B.A. 1996 Washington State University (Pullman, WA)
o Summa Cum Laude
o Phi Beta Kappa


Byrnes Keller Cromwell LLP (2007-2012)
Stoel Rives LLP (2000-2007)
Legal Extern, Honorable Thomas J. Zilly, United States District Court Western District of Washington (1999)
  • Bar Number: 992802
    Oregon , 1999
  • Bar Number: 30121
    Washington , 2000

David Shawcross

My area of practice is General Business, Corporate, and Transactions; Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration.


General Business and Transactional Experience. Transactional practice serving private entities and individuals in all aspects of business transactions. Business and corporate experience includes: choice of entity and entity formation; business and succession planning; shareholder and member buy-sell agreements; mergers, acquisitions, and conversions; prepared migration merger agreement, non-competition agreements, employment agreements, stock acquisition and redemption agreements; general counsel service; responded to audits with the IRS, OR Employment Dept. and WA Dept. of Rev.; formed and assisted non-profit and tax-exempt entities (churches, para-church ministries, public charities, supporting organizations, private operating foundations, etc.); and general corporate matters.

Estate planning and administration experience includes: drafting and reviewing estate planning documents (including last wills and testaments, trust agreements, durable general powers of attorney and limited powers of attorney, healthcare advance directives, etc.); administering probate and trust estates; advising fiduciaries; preparing federal estate and OR inheritance tax returns; amended federal estate tax return resulting in successful IRS audit; formation and administration of guardianships and conservatorships.

Past Employment Positions:

Grenley, Rotenberg, Evans, Bragg & Bodie, P.C.
Buckley Law, P.C.


J.D., 2004 Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR.
B.A., 2000 Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Membership and Activities:

Oregon State Bar
Multnomah Bar Association
American Bar Association
  • Bar Number: 044144
    Oregon , 2004
  • Bar Number: 47842
    Washington , 2014

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