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Hon. Peter C. McKittrick

Over the past 29 years, Peter has developed an outstanding reputation representing a wide variety of constituents in bankruptcy cases, creditor rights matters, and business transactions. In addition to practicing law, he has been a member ofthe Portland panel of

chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees since 2005. Peter has also been appointed by state and federal courts as a receiver and examiner. He represents debtors, trustees, receivers, and creditors in insolvency matters. He also represents small and medium sized businesses in corporate matters. 

Peter has the experience to handle complex insolvency and business issues. His broad range of experience as a lawyer and trustee gives him an in-depth understanding of how businesses operate and the skills to efficiently address the legal problems of businesses experiencing financial crisis. This experience also helps Peter understand the day-to-day needs of small businesses, including corporate formation and maintenance, contract preparation, and the negotiation and documentation of purchases and sales of businesses. 

Selected by his peers to the Oregon Super Lawyers list for bankruptcy law every year since 2008, Peter has also received special recognition since 2009 as one of the Top 50 attorneys in Oregon. Before joining Justin in forming McKittrick Leonard LLP, he practiced with Farleigh Wada Witt PC from 1986 until 2012, and served as its managing shareholder from 1996 through 2000. 

Peter previously served as an officer on the Executive Committee of the Debtor-Creditor Section of the Oregon State Bar and was the chairperson in 2005. He taught Bankruptcy Law as an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School in 2009. Peter co-authored the Chapter 7 Overview in the Oregon State Bar's treatise Bankruptcy Law, originally published in 1999 by the Oregon State Bar and updated in 2007. Peter frequently speaks at meetings of attorneys on various bankruptcy topics, including being a panelist at the 21st and 25th annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institutes. He has also given numerous seminars to trade groups, including the Oregon chapter of the National Association of Credit Management and the Turnaround Management Association. Topics of Peter's recent seminars include exemption issues, out-of-court workouts and liquidations, state court receiverships, bankruptcy basics for collection managers, and bankruptcy mistakes by debtors and creditors. 

Peter and his wife are long-time Oregon residents. He is a member of the Lewis & Clark Athletic Hall of Fame and the Multnomah Athletic Club. Peter spends his leisure time with his wife and two children, pursuing his competitive tennis game, and sneaking away on scuba diving trips when the opportunity arises.