Dennis was born and raised in Astoria, Oregon.
After graduating from Astoria High School in 1970 he
attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon
where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in
1974 and his law degree (J.D.) in 1977.
While a student at Willamette, Dennis interned in
the 1973 legislative session, working for a member
of the Oregon House of Representatives. In law
school he was a member of the Order of Barristers,
Moot Court Board and participated in mock trial
In September, 1977 he began practicing law in
Newport and has practiced in Newport ever since.
Dennisí practice focuses primarily on real estate
and land use. Not only does he do transactional
work, he also litigates cases, primarily in the area
of real estate. He has litigated numerous cases
involving boundary and easement disputes, trespass,
breach of contract, and property damage. He also
tries cases involving real property and property tax
issues before administrative law judges of a number
of State Agencies including the Department of
Revenue and the Department of State Lands.
Dennis has a very active land use practice. He has
handled hundreds of land use cases, appearing before
numerous planning commissions, city councils, county
commissions and the Oregon Land Use Board of
Appeals. Given the complexity of Oregonís land use
laws, even getting a permit for a single dwelling
can be a challenge and Dennis has obtained numerous
administrative approvals at the staff level.
In addition to his real estate and land use practice
Dennis also represents special districts (fire,
water, port, sanitary and road districts) providing
counsel regarding personnel issues, contract review
and serving as budget officer for a number of these
districts for almost 30 years.
Dennis has spoken at numerous survey workshops. He
has spoken annually at the Oregon Land Survey
Workshop at Oregon State University for almost 30
Dennis and his wife Jane, who also serves as the
office manager for the firm, were married in 1986
and have 2 sons.
|Clifford G. Collard
Cliff has practiced law in Toledo and Newport,
Oregon since 1977. He grew up in Tillamook, Oregon,
where he graduated from high school in 1970 as class
He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Oregon
State University in 1974, and law degree (J.D.) from
the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of
Law, in Sacramento, California in 1977. At McGeorge,
Cliff was a member of the Traynor Honor Society and
received an American Jurisprudence Award.
Cliff was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1977.
He was also admitted to the United States District
Court for the District of Oregon in 1978.
He served as a Judge Pro Tempore in the Circuit and
District Courts from 1996 to 1999, by appointment of
the Oregon Supreme Court.
Cliff joined the firm in 1999, and represents
clients in all types of real estate transactions and
litigation, as well as probate, wills, trusts, and
estate planning, foreclosures and foreclosure
defense, homeowner/condominium association law, and
business and commercial law.
He has conducted dozens of trials and also
serves as an arbitrator in the Circuit Court
Mandatory Arbitration Program.
has always been very active in civic
organizations, including Economic Development
Alliance of Lincoln County (current board member
and secretary); Optimist Club of Yaquina Bay
(current member, former president); Newport
Booster Club (current member); Newport Chamber
of Commerce (current member); Olalla Center for
Children and Families (former board member and
past president); and Oregon State University
Thundering Seas Institute (former board member
Cliff and his wife, Carey, have been married
since 1975, and have two daughters and two