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Lara Gardner

Lara Gardner

Columbia River Law Group
  • Bankruptcy
  • Oregon, Washington
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Biography

Lara Gardner is one of the founding attorneys of the Columbia River Law Group. She represents consumer and small business debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.

Lara has been an attorney since 2003, focusing exclusively on consumer bankruptcy. Lara was a member of the Oregon State Bar Consumer Law committee for two years. She has spoken at several CLEs on bankruptcy, and has published articles on consumer bankruptcy. She is a member of the Debtor-Creditor section of the Oregon State Bar and the Washington State Bar, and she volunteers at the Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic.

Lara earned her B.A. with Honors in English from the University of Oregon in 1998, and her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2003. As a law student, Lara published three law review articles. She also interned at the law school’s low-income legal clinic handling bankruptcy, consumer, and landlord-tenant cases. Lara is admitted to the Oregon State Bar, the U.S. Court, District of Oregon, the Washington State Bar, and the U.S. Court, Western District of Washington.

Lara teaches at the University of Oregon in the undergraduate law program.

Lara writes articles for various publications. She enjoys riding sport horses, reading, running, and spending time with her two lovely daughters.

Court Admissions:

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington
Oregon Supreme Court
Oregon Court of Appeals
Oregon Circuit Courts
Washington Supreme Court
Washington Court of Appeals
Washington Superior Courts
Washington District Courts

Education
Lewis & Clark Law School
J.D. (2003)
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Columbia River Law Group
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Pro Tem Professor
University of Oregon
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Attorney
Todd Trierweiler & Associates
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Publications
Articles & Publications
A Dubious Designation: How one Simple Label Legitimizes Human Rights Abuse
14 International Legal Perspectives 16
State Employers are not Sovereign: By Analogy, Transfer the Market Participant Exception to the Dormant Commerce Clause to States as Employers
79 Chicago-Kent Law Review 725
A Step Towards True Equality in the Workplace: Requiring Employer Accommodation of Breastfeeding Women
17 Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal 259
Speaking Engagements
Legal Issues in Real Estate Foreclosure, Bankruptcy, Portland, Oregon
Professional Associations
Washington State Bar  # 42443
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Oregon State Bar  # 033206
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon
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Washington
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I do not require all fees up front to file and have flexible payment plans.
Practice Area
    Bankruptcy
    Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. My fiancé hired a bankruptcy attorney and filled chapter 13 2 years ago in Mar h 2020 he had to convert to a chapter 7
A: If you were in a chapter 13 it is likely you were paying non-dischargeable taxes. It is one reason people file 13 rather than 7. If you converted, the non-dischargeable taxes would remain non-dischargeable and you would still owe them. This is definitely a situation where you should contact your prior attorney and ask for assistance (although from the answer the attorney gave you it sounds like they don’t know what they are doing and you may wish to contact the bar). You should also look at the final accounting provided by the chapter 13 trustee. It will show what was paid through your chapter 13. If you weren’t paying secured debt, the taxes would usually have been paid before other unsecured debt (there are some uncommon exceptions to this). Your bankruptcy attorney should have explained all of this to you at the time.
Q. I filed chapter 13 December 3,2020. A creditor/credit union debited my account 7 days prior.How do I recover those fund
A: It depends why the money was debited and also whether the trustee takes an interest in the funds. If the money was for a secured loan on a piece of collateral you own then the money is not recoverable. If it was not for secured collateral and the payments were over $600, the trustee has first right to claim the funds. If the trustee doesn’t, and you listed the payment and exempted it in your schedules, then you can usually demand they be refunded to you. Speak to your attorney about this. If you are acting pro se’ then you will want to contact the trustee and find out if he/she will be pursuing the transfer. If not make sure the transfer is listed and exempted in your schedules (you can make an amendment if necessary) and then make a demand on the creditor.
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