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Christine Brown has 35 years of experience advising clients on estate planning, taxation, probate, trust administration, real estate transactions and general business matters. She counsels clients on business succession planning and charitable giving and represents tax-exempt organizations.

Professional Activities

  • Managing Director, Portland Office, and Executive Committee, Garvey Schubert Barer, 2013-2016
  • President, Estate Planning Council of Portland, 2013; Oregon Board Member, Estate Planning Council of Portland, Oregon, 2009-2015 
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration Section, current; Chair, 1997-1999; Chair-Elect, 1996-1997; Treasurer, 1995-1996; Secretary, 1994-1995; Executive Committee, 1991-1999; Newsletter Editorial Board, 1985-1987
  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Ancillary Business Task Force, 1991-1993

Community Activities

  • Emeritus Board Member, Albertina Kerr Centers
  • Member, Investment and Gift Acceptance Committee, Albertina Kerr Centers, 2005-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Albertina Kerr Centers Foundation, 2003-2005
  • Member, Board of Directors, Oregon Public Employees Retirement System, 1999-2002
  • Member, Board of Directors, Albertina Kerr Centers, 1993-2000; Chair of the Board 1998-1999; Secretary and Executive Committee, 1994-2000
  • Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, Friends of the Washington Park Zoo, 1985-1992; General Counsel, 1991-1992

News & Insights


Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances


  • District of Columbia, 1977
  • Oregon, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1981
  • Washington, 2001


Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1977

Wheeling College, B.A., English, with honors, 1972

Honors | Recognitions

  • Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth for Private Wealth Law (Oregon), 2016-2019
  • Named in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2012, 2013 
  • Named as a FIVE STAR Wealth Manager  by Portland Monthly magazine, representing less than 4 percent of wealth managers in the Portland area, as identified by Portland Monthly, 2011-2014
  • Named by peers to The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Trusts and Estates, 2009-2020
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2019; named one of the Top 25 Women Oregon "Super Lawyers," 2008, 2010 
  • Voted by peers as among the Top Four attorneys in Estate Planning and Administration in the "Best of the Bar" edition of Portland Business Journal, 2005
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Peer Review Rated


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