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 of the most beautiful venues in the country, Portland and Bend, Oregon?

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.

I have two law offices:  My “main” office, at 150 SW Harrison St. Suite 50 in Portland, and my “branch office” – actually a home office – is located at Broken Top in God’s Country, Bend, Oregon.

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 been able to become a sustainable, virtual, free-range, gluten-free, paperless, low-decibel attorney without borders, conducting business wherever life takes me.  This means that at any particular time, I may be found practicing law in dowtown Portland or in the high desert community of Bend.  Either way, it’s been 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 in law school – and a four-year old, soon-to-be, second strapping grandson), my lovely wife, Kathy, and the gem of our life, 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