STORY BEHIND THE NAME
WHY ALDERWOOD LEGAL?
During a hiatus from the practice of law, Christine Furrer became a self-taught woodworker, starting with small projects for her friends and family and continuing with a custom building business, focusing on tables, desks, doors, and more.
Alder is a hardwood that has moderate weight and density which is preferred for finishing because of its uniform, small pore structure and color consistency.
This species maintains its integrity over the years, is easy to work with, and fits well with a plethora of design styles. In addition, Red Alder is the most common hardwood tree growing in the Pacific Northwest, the birthplace of this Portland based law firm.
This species is not only Christine's favorite, but its characteristics align perfectly with Alderwood Legal's mission, vision, and values.
Alderwood Legal's experienced attorneys provide support for special education (IEPs and 504 Plans), divorce and family law, guardianships, special needs trusts and estate planning matters.
Christine is the mother of three incredible children who challenge her daily and provide numerous opportunities for her to practice being the best version of herself.
Two of her children experience disabilities and challenges. One has diagnoses of Angelman Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder and another works on managing ADHD symptoms.
When Christine is not practicing law, she spends as much time as possible outdoors adventuring with her children and partner; running, biking, skiing, hiking, SUPing, playing tennis, golfing (mediocre at best) and fly fishing.
She has a calm, but self-assured demeanor along with a quick-wit, strategic mindset coupled with a tremendous amount of patience.
Christine's passion for her family, friends, and clients is evident in all that she does.
Oregon Super Lawyer "Rising Star", 2020
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), Guardian
FACT Oregon, former Board Vice President
Raphael House of Portland, former Board Member
Oregon Association of Collaborative Professionals (OCLA), Board Member
LEGAL & ACCOUNTING SUPPORT
Tammy is a fellow woodworker who nurtured her own custom furniture business at the same time as Christine Furrer and collaborated on many builds.
Tammy is also the mother of two intelligent, ambitious, and strong-willed children.
In addition to her creative and entrepreneurial gifts, she also has an extensive background supporting business owners as the "Jill of all trades". Her agility and impeccable attention to detail set her apart.
She is kind, nurturing, and a true breath of fresh air. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cooking, painting, and looking for new adventures.
conference room table
circa spring 2020
builder: Christine Furrer