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Cynthia Fraser has focused her thirty-year career in the area of real estate, condemnation and property tax litigation. She represents individuals, governments, and corporate clients in a broad range of litigation using dispute resolution where appropriate.

Cynthia’s tax practice focuses on property tax appeal litigation, specializing in industrial property valuation disputes and centrally-assessed properties before the Oregon Tax Court. She has also litigated property tax appeals in California and Tennessee. She is the Oregon representative for the American Property Tax Counsel, the national affiliation of property tax attorneys, and serves on the Oregon State Bar Tax Section Executive Board.

Cynthia began her eminent domain practice at the Department of Justice in the trial division. Since joining Garvey Schubert Barer in 2005, her eminent domain practice has included assisting local governments in all phases of the eminent domain process to ensure compliance with the Condemnation Procedures Act and appropriate federal regulations. She also represents individuals and companies in condemnation litigation, assuring they receive just compensation for their property. She is co-editor of the 2011 American Bar Association publication on Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

Cynthia has been recognized by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in alternative dispute resolution, 2008-2019, selected as a Super Lawyer since 2011 in eminent domain and has received an "AV 5" Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She is past Chair of the Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and is a Multnomah County Circuit Court Arbitration Commissioner.

Selected Experience Highlights:

  • Oregon Golf Course Tax Appeals: Broken Top Golf Club, Persimmon Golf Club, Inc., Oregon Golf Club, Charbonneau Golf Club, Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, Tualatin Country Club
  • Special Counsel for the City of Lake Oswego, Oregon: Eminent domain acquisition of easements for the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership Project
  • Industrial Property Tax Appeals: Cascade Steel Rolling Mill, Evraz, Collins Pine, Seneca, Hampton Affiliates, Tektronix, Tyco Electronics, Reser's Fine Foods, Thermo Fisher
  • Centrally Assessed Property Tax Appeals: Level 3, Tesoro, Avangrid

Professional Activities

  • American Property Tax Counsel, Oregon Representative, 2012-present
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Taxation Section Executive Committee, 2015
  • Member, Multnomah County Circuit Court Arbitration Commission, 2008-present
  • Board of Directors, Oregon Women Lawyers, 2008-2010; Education Outreach Committee, 2001-2003; Judicial Workgroup, 2009-present
  • Oregon Law Commission Eminent Domain Legislative Work Group, 2002-2008
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Fee Arbitration Task Force, 2010
  • Executive Board, Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2002-2010; Chair, 2007
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Executive Board, University of Oregon School of Law, 1999-2010
  • Governor's Steering Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1997-1998

Community Activities

  • Project Lemonade (Foster Youth clothing) Board Member, 2013-present
  • Pacific Festival Ballet Advisory Board, 2009
  • President, Alumni Board of Directors, University of Oregon School of Law, 1999-2002
  • Chairperson, University of Oregon Frohnmayer Award for Public Service, 2002 and 2004
  • Grievance Coordinator, Oregon County Fair, 2004-2009
  • Childpeace Montessori School Advisory Board, 2001-2003
  • Twenty-First Century Task Force for Redesigning Legal Education, 2000-2001
  • Chairperson, Honoring Oregon Judiciary, 2001



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Past Appearances


  • Oregon, 1987
  • Federal District Court, 1988


University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1987

University of Oregon, B.A., History, 1980

Honors | Recognitions

  • Named in Martindale-Hubbell™ Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2011 and 2012
  • Listed by Martindale-Hubbell™ as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate"
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2011-2012 and 2014-2017 
  • Named as a "Super Lawyer" in Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2014, 2015 
  • Named by peers to The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Arbitration and Mediation, 2008-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV 5" Peer Review Rated


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