About Phil Querin
This is not a resume’ or curriculum vitae. My professional bio can be found here. What follows is a short personal bio.
Despite the rumor that I was present for the signing of the original Magna Carta, it is true I’ve practiced law for a long time; longer than I would have dreamed. And even now, after so many years, I still cannot imagine doing anything else. Retirement? No. Nada. Nein. Sharks have to keep swimming to stay alive. Besides, how can one retire when he has the pleasure of living and working in
two one of the most beautiful venues in the country , Portland and Bend, Oregon? [2020-2021 Update: Portland’s city governance – actually the lack thereof – has turned the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods into a blighted and unsafe community. This is not the town native Portlanders knew, and it may never be again. The mayor, city counsel, their enablers, and acolytes should be ashamed.]
Most of my legal practice has involved real estate; either transactional – where I help put deals together – or litigation, where I have become involved when clients try to take them apart. As a result, thanks to the vagaries of our economy, regulatory flip-flops, and human foibles, I rarely suffer for a lack of interesting work.
Since February 2010 I’ve had a solo real estate practice, Querin Law, LLC. Before that, I spent 25 great years at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, a large international law firm with excellent attorneys and staff.
So, today, even though I’ve downsized a thousand-fold, thanks to technology and the Internet, I have become a sustainable, virtual, free-range, gluten-free, paperless, attorney- without-borders, conducting business wherever life takes me. This means that at any particular time, I may be found practicing law in Portland or in the high desert community of Central Oregon. Either way, it’s a pretty good gig.
Today, my personal life trumps the demands of my professional life. There are many reasons for this, but the pictures below tell the best story: I am blessed with two wonderful daughters and sons-in-law, eight grandkids (six girls, one strapping grandson – now a lawyer – and a soon-to-be, second strapping grandson), my lovely wife, and the gem of our family, Pave’.
By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
~Proverbs 24, 3-4