Christopher N. Coyle

Partner

Christopher N. Coyle joined Vanden Bos & Chapman, LLP as a Portland bankruptcy attorney in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, he was a solo practitioner, practicing taxation and bankruptcy law.

While in law school at Lewis and Clark, Christopher clerked with the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and the Lewis and Clark Legal Clinic.

Outside of the office, Christopher enjoys hiking, biking, playing with his Labrador retriever, and sailboat racing.

Bar Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2016
  • State of Washington, 2014
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington, 2014
  • Oregon State Bar, 2007
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon, 2007
  • United States Tax Court, 2007

Education

  • Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College (J.D., cum laude, 2007);
    Environmental Law Review, Managing Editor, 2006-2007
  • South Carolina Honors College, University of South Carolina (B.A., cum laude, 2004);
    Journalism and Mass Communications Major

Presentations

  • “Making ‘Them’ Pay: Enforcing Judgments and Collecting on Fee Agreements.” Oregon State Bar Family Law Section 2015 Annual Meeting, October 9, 2015.
  • “Paralegals and Legal Staff: Ensuring Professional Competence, Bankruptcy Basics – What is a Chapter 7/Chapter 13?” Oregon Law Institute CLE Paralegals and Legal Staff: Ensuring Professional Competence, June 12, 2015.
  • “Bankruptcy?! What Trial Lawyers Should Know.” Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Employment Section Meeting, May 5, 2014.
  • “Ammunition: Your Arsenal in “Bankruptcy Land” with Justin Leonard. Oregon Law Institute CLE Presentation “Armor, Ammunition, & Ambushes: Bankruptcy and Other Battles in a Struggling Economy,” April 4, 2014.
  • “Successfully Navigating Bankruptcy: Bankruptcy Basics.” Circuit Court Judges Association, Family Law Committee, October 21, 2013.
  • “Dealing with Distressed Customers and Supplies: A Bankruptcy Primer for the Non-Bankruptcy Lawyer.” Oregon Law Institute CLE Presentation “Family and Closely Held Businesses”, March 1, 2013.
  • "Chapter 13: Chapter 13 Potpourri" with Jordan Hantman. Oregon State Bar CLE Presentation "Bankruptcy Basics: The ABCs of Filing Chapter 13", June 15, 2012 (scheduled).
  • "Loan Modifications, Short Sales, Deed In Lieu, Tax Issues", "Bankruptcy Issues" and "Ethical Considers". Law Review CLE Presentation "The Essentials of Foreclosure Defense", November 15, 2011.
  • "Judicial Foreclosures - Pleading & Practice", "Loan Modifications, Short Sales, Deed In Lieu, Tax Issues", "Bankruptcy Issues" and "Ethical Considers". Law Review CLE Presentation "The Essentials of Foreclosure Defense", July 21, 2011.
  • "Successfully Navigating Bankruptcy: Bankruptcy Basics for Real Estate Professionals. First American Title Real Estate Continuing Education Presentation, May 25, 2011.

Publications

  • “Substitutes for Return & Non-Dischargeability: The Ninth Circuit Adds Substitute for Return Assessments to Tax Evasion and Fraudulent Returns as Reasons for Non-dischargeable Tax Obligations.” Debtor-Creditor Section Newsletter, Fall 2016.
  • “Selected Rule & Form Changes” Debtor-Creditor Section Newsletter, Winter 2015.
  • “Family Law Seminar Series: Bankruptcy & Tax Issues” with Ann K. Chapman. Multnomah Bar Association CLE Presentation June 2014.
  • “Ambushes: Malpractice Traps, Difficult Clients” with Ann K. Chapman. Oregon Law Institute CLE Presentation “Armor, Ammunition, & Ambushes: Bankruptcy and Other Battles in a Struggling Economy,” April 4, 2014.
  • “Reconciling the Irreconcilable: What Debtors-Creditors Attorneys Need to Know About Family Law” with Ann K. Chapman. Oregon State Bar CLE Presentation “Taxes, Exes, and Axes to Grind: 2013 Debtor-Creditor Section CLE and Annual Meeting”, September 27-28, 2013.
  • “Dealing with Distressed Customers and Supplies: A Bankruptcy Primer for the Non-Bankruptcy Lawyer.” Oregon Law Institute CLE Presentation “Family and Closely Held Businesses”, March 1, 2013.
  • “Who Beats Who? Competing Garnishments” Oregon Debtor-Creditor Newsletter, Winter 2013.
  • “Bankruptcy's Impact on Collecting on Your Claim: Just When You Thought You Had 'Em!” Oregon Law Insitute CLE Presention “Judgments and Collecting Judgments in Oregon: Avoiding the Pitfalls”, November 9, 2012.
  • "Chapter 13: Chapter 13 Potpourri" with Jordan Hantman. Oregon State Bar CLE Presentation "Bankruptcy Basics: The ABCs of Filing Chapter 13", June 15, 2012 (forthcoming).
  • "Chapter 13: Confirmation to Completion" with Ann K. Chapman. Oregon State Bar CLE Presentation "Bankruptcy Basics: The ABCs of Filing Chapter 13", June 15, 2012 (forthcoming).
  • "Chapter 13: Drafting a Chapter 13 Plan, From Theory to Practice, Dealing with Typical Scenarios" with Ann K. Chapman. Oregon State Bar CLE Presentation "Bankruptcy Basics: The ABCs of Filing Chapter 13", June 15, 2012 (forthcoming).
  • "Chapter 13: Case Objectives & Applicable Law" with Ann K. Chapman. Oregon State Bar CLE Presentation "Bankruptcy Basics: The ABCs of Filing Chapter 13", June 15, 2012 (forthcoming).
  • "Chapter 13 for Individuals and Small Businesses -- To Retain Assets and Repay Creidotrs -- The Flexibile Bankruptcy" with Ann K. Chapman and Wayne Godare. Oregon State Bar CLE Presentation "Fundamentals of Bankruptcy", August 12, 2011.
  • "Successfully Navigating Bankruptcy: Bankruptcy Basics for Real Estate Professionals. First American Title Real Estate Continueing Education Presentation, May 25, 2011.
  • "Chapter 7/11/12/13 Triage" with Ann K. Chapman and Richard J. Parker. Oregon Law Institute CLE Presentation "Advanced Bankruptcy Issues for Individuals", May 20, 2011.
  • "Bankruptcy and Family Law: Bouncing Along the Economic Bottom" with Ann K. Chapman. Oregon Law Institute CLE Presentation "The Extended Economic Downturn: Legal Issues and Solutions", May 20, 2011.
  • "The Economic Tsunami: Bankruptcy and Mortgage Foreclosures" with Ann K. Chapman. Oregon Law Institute CLE Presentation "The Economic Tsunami: Dealing with the Tidal Wave of Mortgage Foreclosures", May 7, 2010.
  • "Just When You Thought You Had 'Em! Bankruptcy's Impact on Collecting on Your Claim" with Ann K. Chapman. Oregon Law Institute CLE Presentation "Effective Collection of Judgments", November 12, 2010
  • “Oregon Statutory Time Limits” (Contributor). Professional Liability Fund, July 2010. (Updated sections regarding statutory liens, attachment, dishonored bank instruments, garnishment, judgments and debtor-creditor law)

Awards

  • Pro Bono Award, Debtor-Creditor Section Bankruptcy Clinic (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Letter of Commendation, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, November 9, 2011
  • (Individual award for actions to save property during maritime incident)
  • Sheriff’s Award, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, May 25, 2011
  • (Unit award for Search and Rescue Team)
  • CARE Volunteer, Debtor-Creditor Section (2007-2008)

Memberships / Committees

  • Chair, Local Bankruptcy Rules and Forms Committee (2016-present)
  • Member, Oregon State Bar (2007-present)
  • Member, Washington State Bar (2014-present)
  • Member, Oregon Debtor-Creditor Section (2007-present)
  • Member, Oregon Taxation Section (2007-present)
  • Member, Washington Debtor-Creditor Section (2014-present)
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association (2007-present)
  • Volunteer Mentor, Oregon State Bar New Lawyer Mentoring Program (2014-present)
  • Volunteer Judge, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2012-present)
  • Volunteer Coach, Lewis & Clark College Law School International Law Moot Court Team (2012-present)
  • Volunteer (Training), Multnomah County Search and Rescue Unit (2013-present)
  • Member, Local Bankruptcy Rules and Forms Committee (2009-2014)
  • Member, Multnomah County Search and Rescue Unit (2010-2012)
  • Member, Debtor-Creditor Section Executive Committee (2010-2012)

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