TIM BREWER

Principal and Lead Attorney

Attorney Tim Brewer graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa and obtained his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. He started his legal career in Eugene, Oregon, in 1985, as a litigator and insurance defense attorney. From there he developed experience and understanding in a broad range of legal settings including insurance, business litigation, contracts and real property, wills, trusts and probate, and nonprofit law. Since 1995, Tim has focused his law practice on adoption and family formation law. He is admitted to practice law in Oregon, Washington and California and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Affiliations

Tim Brewer is a member of several state, local, and national bar associations and organizations, including the Oregon State Bar Standing Committee on Adoption. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys ("///A"), an invitation-only organization of attorneys throughout the U.S. and Canada who have distinguished themselves in the field of adoption and family formation law. He is a charter member of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys ("AAARTA"), a speciality division of "///A", created in May 2009. Mr. Brewer has served on state-wide committees focused on revising adoption-related laws and administrative rules.

Family Formation Law

Mr. Brewer is one of the few Oregon attorneys whose practice is largely limited to ART and adoption law. He provides caring and knowledgeable legal representation and guidance to adopting parents, birth parents, intended parents, surrogates, donors and gestational carriers in a wide array of adoption and assisted reproduction settings. He works collaboratively with other attorneys and ART and adoption professionals throughout the U.S. to help create families, and to guide clients through the legal thicket that can accompany adoption and third party reproduction. In the ART setting, Tim has helped pioneer Oregon parentage procedures that provide a low-cost legal alternative to a full adoption. He has organized, chaired, and presented at adoption- and surrogacy-related seminars for lawyers, hospitals, adoption service providers, social workers, and surrogates. He was a co-chair of the 2009 annual conference for the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, held in Portland, Oregon.

Adoption Agency Representation

In 1999, Mr. Brewer formed Adoption Agency Legal Group, an entity dedicated to advising and assisting adoption agencies throughout the United States. In this capacity, Tim has written and published a multi-volume Hague Accreditation Assistance Manual designed to assist adoption agencies in complying with sweeping new federal legislation pertaining to intercountry adoption.

Mediation

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Brewer also serves as a mediator. He has obtained specialized training in mediation and is a certified court mediator in the Lane County, Oregon, Circuit Court. Tim has mediated a wide range of disputes, has taught mediation mentoring, and has served as a mediation coach in mediation trainings through the University of Oregon School of Law and elsewhere. He is past-president of the Board of Directors of Community Mediation Services of Lane County.

DAVID ATKIN

Attorney -- Of Counsel

David Atkin is the Founder and Director of Nonprofit Support Services. David has been deeply involved in the nonprofit sector for over 40 years, and has worked with thousands of nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit Support Services, his law office, has been providing specialized legal services for nonprofit organizations for over 25 years.

David is a recognized expert on nonprofit law and was recently selected to be the Founding Chair of the Oregon State Bar's new legal section on "Nonprofit Organizations Law." David regularly presents seminars and workshops on nonprofit law topics to a wide variety of audiences around the country. He also regularly gives specialized seminars for attorneys, CPAs and other professionals who advise or lead nonprofit organizations.

OTHER OFFICE PERSONNEL

We are fortunate to be staffed by other dedicated full- and part-time asistants. When you call or come in you may be assisted by Elizabeth, Lynette, Judy or one of the college interns who obtain academic credit for hands-on law office experience.