Bill Buchanan was born and raised as one of eight siblings in Bend, and on an Eastern Oregon wheat and cattle ranch. After obtaining undergraduate degrees at Oregon State University and interning for US Senator Mark Hatfield, Bill obtained his law degree from the National Law Center in Washington DC. During law school, Bill clerked for VanNess Feldman, a DC firm specializing in energy and natural resource matters. After law school in 1993, Bill began his practice with a large Northwest regional law firm in Portland and then returned home to Bend in 1999, where he joined the litigation practice of Karnopp Petersen LLP.
Bill left Karnopp Petersen as its senior litigation partner in 2014. He joined forces with two former colleagues to form Schmid Malone Buchanan LLC, now Buchanan Schmid LLC. He continues to solve problems for clients involved in a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters. Such problems often involve issues pertaining to natural resources, real estate development, property, business, employment, OLCC regulation, infrastructure, condemnation, and antitrust. Bill also has expertise in representing clients in fiduciary, trust, probate, and elder abuse litigation.
Bill maintains an active presence in the community and is a member of several professional, charitable, and civic boards and organizations. Bill is the 2014 board president for the City Club of Central Oregon as well as board president for Sparrow Clubs, USA, a non-profit that is changing youth culture in 27 states by helping kids help kids in medical crisis.
Bill frequently speaks to groups on a variety of topics including litigation, infrastructure planning, prosecuting and defending elder abuse cases, youth culture, and other matters of public interest. Bill regularly moderates community forums on a number of local and regional topics ranging from expansion of Bend’s urban growth boundary and gun control to mental health and the expansion of Bend’s OSU/Cascades campus.
Perhaps more important than speaking, Bill is a good listener—especially to his wife and three children with whom he enjoys recreating in Central Oregon’s great outdoors.
Direct: (541) 382-4355
Cell: (541) 280-1420
Shareholder Oppression/Elder Abuse Litigation: Served as plaintiffs’ lead trial counsel in a multimillion dollar shareholder oppression and elder abuse trial that settled favorably after just two weeks of a months-long trial after offering surprise testimony that the principal defendant paid his employees to burn several boxes of documents to destroy evidence on the eve of inspection.
Juniper Utility Condemnation:Represented a developer and private utility company in a two-phase five-month trial that resulted in an eight figure award for his client together with the largest attorney fee award in Deschutes county history.
Class Action Antitrust Trial:Represented the plaintiff class in an antitrust class action against a Fortune 500 defendant that resulted in a $84 million jury verdict.
Health Care Valuation Arbitration:Successfully challenged and modified (by over $2 million) the purchase price by a non-profit of a wholly-owned “for profit” healthcare subsidiary based on application of the anti-kickback statute, private inurement prohibitions, and Stark law.
OLCC Contested Cases: Successfully represented beer and alcohol licensees in multiple contested cases that resulted in an Oregon DOJ investigation of OLCC’s regional director, who later resigned.
Elder Abuse Securities Case:Successfully represented plaintiff in a complex estate and elder abuse case resulting in high seven-figure settlement after five days of mediation.
Probate Challenge: Successful represented plaintiffs in challenge of an estate plan that purported to alter deceased spouses wishes, resulting in a seven-figure settlement.
Community Foundation Fiduciary Litigation: Represented a non-profit beneficiary of a trust to replace the existing trustee and to obtain both injunctive relief and a substantial judgment against that trustee for breach of fiduciary duty.
Advocacy Group Representation:Successfully represented multiple advocacy groups relating to public works projects and development of municipal properties.
Ranch Litigation: Successfully challenged the defendant’s interpretation of an estate plan enabling the clients to retake possession of a historic Southeastern Oregon ranch after the passing of their parents.
Public Utility Commission Litigation:Successfully defended against Public Utility Commission’s attempt to take over control of a private utility company, without compensation, through exercise of its police power.
Truck Stop Litigation: As defendant’s co-counsel at trial, obtained the dismissal of antitrust and Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) claims against largest truck stop chain in North America.