Benjamin R. Scissors
Ben's practice focuses on civil and business litigation. He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2020 with honors in legal research and writing and oral advocacy and having served on the board of the Student Advocates for Business and Environmental Sustainability. His advocacy skills were highlighted at the National Environmental Moot Court Competiton where Ben was awarded as Best Oral Advocate in the country in 2019, edging-out the nation's top student advocates from over 60 law schools. He is only the second person in Lewis & Clark's history to receive this award.
Ben has significant practical experience from his time trying misdemeanor cases and motions and conducting arraignments at the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, drafting operating agreements and other formation documents for small businesses at the Small Business Legal Clinic, and handling complex criminal and government relations issues for a solo practitioner in white collar defense.
Ben enjoys and excels at building relationships. He leverages his interpersonal and oratory skills to achieve advantageous solutions for his clients.
Ben is a Portland, Oregon native who graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in International Affairs, Sociology, and a minor in Arabic. When he is away from law, he is exploring new hot springs, camping, cooking as best he can, and searching for the best snow in the backcountry.
Areas of Practice
- Civil Litigation
- Business Disputes
- Environmental Law
- Business Law
- Debt Collection
- Personal Injury
- Oregon, 2020
- Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon
- University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
Honors and Awards
- Best Oral Advocate Overall - National Environmental Moot Court Competition, Lewis and Clark Law School, 2019
- Team Quarterfinalist - National Environmental Moot Court Competition, Lewis and Clark Law School, 2019
- Pro Bono Award, Lewis and Clark Law School
- Outstanding Oral Advocate - First Year Moot Court Competition, Lewis and Clark Law School, 2017
- Honors - Legal Research and Writing, Lewis and Clark Law School, 2017
- Youth and Measure 11 in Oregon - Co-Author, Worked with BOLI’s Council on Civil Rights and helped develop working group that led to creation of SB 1008
Past Employment Positions
- Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Certified Law Student, 2019
- Small Business Legal Clinic, Intern, 2019
- Ungar Law Office, LLC, Law Clerk, 2018-2020
- Craig Johnston, Lewis and Clark Law School, Research Assistant, 2019 (summer)
- Office of John Schroedel, Attorney at Law, LLC, Law Clerk, 2018-2019
- Oregon Justice Resource Center, Policy Associate, 2016-2017
- Oregon Justice Resource Center, Office Manager, 2015-2016
- Oregon Innocence Project, Legal Intern, 2015-2016