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Attorney Peter Watts has been volunteering in the community since he was a teenager. Today he is a valued member of the Clackamas County Business Alliance, the Clackamas County Tourism Development Council, and the Metro-sponsored Community Investment Initiative Leadership Council. Peter has also served on the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon Junior Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for Child Centered Solutions.

"I think all of us have an obligation to leave things better than we found them to benefit the community," Peter said. "If we have the tools or skills in order to make the community we live in a better place for all people, or a more prosperous place for all people, then that is something we should do."

If you're interested in volunteering, Peter recommends consulting with your city or county for opportunities. In volunteerism, as in law, Peter believes in offering solutions, not simply identifying problems or pointing out issues that need to be fixed. "If enough smart people put their heads together and look at issues, oftentimes we can come up with a beneficial solution."

Peter's long history of volunteer work has transferred into his law practice as well. Through volunteering, he has made valuable connections in the community and established important relationships that enable him to better serve his clients. Peter understands how to work with varied groups of individuals and strives to achieve positive results.

Peter is a member of Jordan Ramis's business practice group, assisting clients with a variety of issues around business law, government relations, tax strategies and dispute representation, and debt negotiation and workouts. In 2010 Peter was recognized as one of the Portland Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Business Professionals. In 2010, 2011, and 2012 Peter was recognized as a Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine.