Douglas P. CushingShareholder
Doug Cushing brings more than 45 years of experience to Jordan Ramis' creditors' rights, estate planning/probate, and business law practice. He has significant experience in the area of commercial debtor-creditor work, including Chapter 11 reorganizations, preference defenses, DIP financing contests, plan contests, as well as the protection, valuation, and recovery of collateral for secured creditors.
Doug's representation of secured creditors includes seeking relief from the automatic stay to seize or foreclose on property, contesting a debtor's proposed plan of reorganization. His representative creditor clients include banks, commercial finance companies, personal property lessors, real estate lenders, and unsecured and trade creditors, landlords, ranchers, and farmers.
Doug's representation also includes defense of preference lawsuits to recover payments made prior to bankruptcy. Doug's prior practice has also included debtor representation, so he has seen both sides of the issue.
Doug's extensive experience in documenting financial transactions helps him evaluate litigation risks for clients with a view toward protecting against collection and bankruptcy problems. He has prepared numerous loan documents, business sale agreements, security agreements, promissory notes and guaranty agreements. His experience in representing debtors, unsecured creditors' committees, and secured creditors enables him to facilitate agreements that allow the parties to resolve matters short of bankruptcy proceedings. If bankruptcy proceedings become part of the picture, Doug can capably represent both sellers and buyers of bankruptcy estate assets.
Doug has handled a full range of business matters, from formation and merger/acquisition to business disputes and real estate transactions, including purchase and sale agreements, boundary, access and landlord-tenant litigation. He has represented clients ranging from distribution companies to regional telecommunications and media firms, as well as wood products manufacturers and development-related companies, including national and publicly owned corporations.
Doug has extensive experience in estate planning and probate administration as well as contested trust and estate litigation. His experience spans both Oregon and Washington trust and estate litigation, as well as dispute resolution. IRS and state estate tax audits are part of his regular work. Handling both business and estate planning has given Doug valuable experience in assisting clients with succession planning in the business arena.
Education & AdmissionsEducation:
- B.A., Stanford University, 1967
- J.D., magna cum laude, Willamette College of Law, 1970
- State of Oregon
- State of Washington
- U.S. District Court of Oregon
- U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington
- U.S. District Court of Western Washington
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
Memberships & Activities
- Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, President (2013-2015), Board of Directors (2013-2017), Government Affairs Committee (Present)
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- Oregon State Bar, Debtor-Creditor, Business Litigation, and Estate Planning and Administration sections
- Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor, and Real Property Probate Trust sections
- Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, Planning Committee (2002-2004)
Awards and Honors
- Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, 2016 Community Leader of the Year
- Oregon Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2010
- Legal Issues with Solar Panels
- Death in the Virtual Age
- Tax Tips and Traps — Temporary or Permanent
- New Bankruptcy Act Expands Collection Rights for Utility Providers
- Derailing the Train to Delaware: Keeping Chapter 11s in Your Home Jurisdiction
- Estate Planning in an Uncertain Economy
- Why You Need a Written Estate Plan
- Oregon Legislature Amends Estate Taxes — What Planning Steps Should You Take?
- Are Estate Taxes No Longer a Concern?
- Estate and Gift Taxes Fixed — For Now
- Entity Choice as a Wealth Transfer Method
- Advanced Directives — How to Plan Now for Your Future Care
- Succession Planning: Gifting in 2010
- I Earned It, I Spent It, Why Can't I Keep It?
- Salvaging Unfinished Projects in the Current Credit Market
- Hard Times Make for Hard Decisions
- Is Business Succession Planning Still Needed When Estate Taxes Go Away?
- Capital Gains or Ordinary Income — A Developer's Choice?
- "Bankruptcy 101," The Clark County Bar Association, March 2016