I help business people with their Oregon and Washington legal needs, chiefly in the Practice Areas mentioned in our website. I work with business owners, managers and in-house counsel who want assistance demystifying state laws and regulations and preparing state compliant agreements, and who want experienced and committed legal counsel to advance their business objectives and defend their business interests in disputes brought in front of federal, state and alternative dispute resolution tribunals in the Pacific Northwest.
I have attained the highest rating awarded by Martindale Hubbell® – the AV Preeminent® rating – which recognizes lawyers based on peer reviews for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys have attained the AV Preeminent rating, according to Martindale Hubbell. But peer review and rating company assessments tell only part of the story. I am intensely committed to client service. Please review the Testimonials section of our website to read what clients are saying about my commitment to excellent client service.
Prior to entering the legal profession, I was employed as a supply chain manufacturing engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and as a Supply Chain QA engineer for an Oregon based manufacturer of pumps and other heavy equipment used in a variety of industries from agriculture to nuclear power. My first association as a legal professional was with the law department of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District.
I provide pro bono legal services to manufacturing non-profit organizations and have been appointed to several professional leadership positions. I enjoy fly fishing, hiking, reading, and watching collegiate and professional soccer matches.
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR), Juris Doctor degree
University of Florida (Gainesville, FL), Bachelor of Science – Engineering degree
Santiago Law Firm LLC
Founder / Managing Member, August 2017 – Present, Portland, OR
Holland & Knight LLP (And Predecessor Law Firm)
Partner, 1994 – 2017, Portland, OR
Fountain Rhoades, PC (And Predecessor Law Firms)
Partner, 1986–1994, Portland, OR • Seattle, WA • Spokane, WA
American Bar Association
Oregon State and Multnomah (County, OR) Bar Associations
Oregon State Bar, Professional Liability Fund, Board of Directors 2002-2006; Chair 2005-2006, and Disciplinary Trial Board, Region 5, Member 2001
Washington State Bar Association
All Oregon State Courts
All Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington