• Lara: (541) 972-3351 or Michael: (503) 545-1061

Lara M. Gardner: An Experienced & Compassionate Bankruptcy Attorney

Call Lara at (503) 915-1228 to schedule a FREE consultation.

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 teaches in the law school at the University of Oregon as a pro tem professor.

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 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


  • Legal Issues in Real Estate Foreclosure, National Business Institute, 2012
  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy 101, Law Review CLE, 2011
  • Consumer Bankruptcy 101, Law Review CLE, 2010


  • A Dubious Designation: How one Simple Label Legitimizes Human Rights Abuse, International Legal Perspectives (2005)
  • State Employers are Not Sovereign: By Analogy, Transfer the Market Participant Exception to the Dormant Commerce Clause to States as Employers, Chicago-Kent Law Review (2004)
  • A Step Towards True Equality in the Workplace: Requiring Employer Accommodation of Breastfeeding, Women Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal (2002)

To arrange a free in-office consultation to learn how bankruptcy can protect you now and help you rebuild your financial future, contact us today! Call Lara at (541) 972-3351.

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