James Ray Streinz - Partner
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Ray has been with McEwen Gisvold LLP since 1981, and a partner since 1985. He emphasizes representation of creditors and enforcement of creditors' rights, representation of business debtors in bankruptcy, and defense and repair of attorney malpractice in bankruptcy and debtor-creditor matters. His experience includes: representation of debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, creditors' committees and investors in bankruptcies and workouts; judicial and non-judicial real property foreclosures; repossessions, claim and delivery and judicial foreclosures of personal property; commercial litigation including contracts, Uniform Commercial Code, fraudulent transfer and lender liability; attorney malpractice defense; and preparation and review of loan documentation and other contracts.
Representative MattersRepresented LLC owning shopping center in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Successfully negotiated with creditors to confirm plan providing five years to refinance secured debt and twelve years to pay unsecured creditors.Selected as counsel for creditor's committee in Chapter 11 liquidation case of aircraft manufacturing company; work included drafting plan provisions for liquidating trust. Subsequently represented the liquidating trustee in administration and litigation to obtain dividend for unsecured creditors.Counsel for individual owner of assisted living centers, defending scores of actions against owner on guarantees. Eventually filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy case which led to case encompassing his numerous LLCs and partnerships.Represented attorney in defending and ultimately negotiating settlement of claim against attorney based on attorney's representation of credit union in settling construction lien claims and foreclosure of condominium project. Successfully appealed bankruptcy judge's order denying relief from dismissal of multiple preference adversary proceedings based on failure of debtor's attorneys to timely submit default judgments against defendants.
EducationHarvard Law School, J.D. Cum Laude, 1979, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (1977-79), member of Harvard's team in National Mock Trial Competition (1979)Linfield College, B.A. Summa Cum Laude, 1976 (Accounting and Economics).
TeachingAdjunct Professor, "Debtor-Creditor Law" Willamette University College of Law (January 1995 - June 1997)Speaker at over 50 seminars sponsored by Oregon State Bar, Oregon Law Institute, National Business Institute and other commercial organizations on bankruptcy, workouts, collection, foreclosure and repossession, including preparation of written materials"Foreclosure and Repossession", Lorman Education Services, 2009 and 2010"Bankruptcy Issues" at program on Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues, National Business Institute (NBI), 2007"Judgment and Collecting Judgments in Oregon, Avoiding the Pitfalls", Oregon Law Institute (OLI), 2007"Collecting Debts in Oregon", NBI, 2006"Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law", NBI, 2006"Bankruptcy in Oregon: A Creditor's Perspective", Lorman, 2006"Understanding the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005", Lorman, 2005"Enforcing the Collection of Judgments in Oregon," Lorman, annually 1998 through 2004"Fundamentals of Collection of Money Judgments," Oregon State Bar CLE, 2003"Bankruptcy Considerations", OLI program on New Developments in Real Estate, 2003"Handling Bankruptcies, Workouts and Reorganizations in Oregon," NBI, 2003"Creditors' Rights and Protection of Security Interests in Bankruptcy," Sterling Education Services, 2002"Advanced Real Estate Law in Oregon," NBI, 2001
Bar Activities Oregon State Bar (admitted 1979)United States District Court, District of Oregon (admitted 1980)Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (admitted 1980)Washington State Bar (admitted 1985)United States District Court, Western District of Washington (admitted 1994)Panel Mediator, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of OregonMember Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section, Chair (1992-93), Chair-elect (1991-92), Treasurer (1990-91), Secretary (1989-90) and Executive Committee Member (1986-89, 1993-94)Oregon State Bar Fee Arbitration Panel memberCARE (Credit Abuse Resistance Education) Volunteer speaker, 2007-2010Staff Attorney, Debtor Creditor Section Bankruptcy Clinic, 2003-2005, and 2008-2011
Author of numerous publications, including:"Alternatives to Bankruptcy," Creditors Rights and Remedies (OSB CLE, 2002 and 2006)"Receivers", Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice (OSB CLE, 1985, 1994, 1998, 2001 and 2011 supplement)"Structuring and Documenting Transactions to Minimize the Impact of a Bankruptcy Case", Bankruptcy Law (OSB CLE, 1989 and 1995 Suuplement)"Judgment Debtor Exams", Commercial Practice Manual (Oregon Debtor-Creditor Section, 1988)"Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors", Creditors Rights and Remedies (OSB CLE, 1994 and 1997 Supplements)"Truth in Lending", Consumer Law (OSB CLE, 2000 and 2005 Supplement)
Civic and Charitable Activities President, Southwest Charter School, (2005-2008)Senior Warden, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (1998-1999)Vestry (Board of Directors), St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (1996-1999, 2006-2009)Sunday School Teacher, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (1993-1998)President (1991), Vice President (1990-1991), and member of Board of Directors (1989-1990), Mt. Tabor Neighborhood AssociationPresident (1988-1992, 1993-1995) and Treasurer (1987-1988), Harvard Law School Association of OregonMember of Board of Directors and Coach of Smith School Soccer Club (2001-2005)Coach, Jackson Soccer Club (2005-2010)
Married and father of five. Hobbies: Golf, Soccer, Reading.