Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP

A law firm that’s been serving clients for more than 81 years must be doing something right.

Our firm’s history is deeply intertwined with the history of our region. Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP traces its roots in Portland back to 1934, when the law partnership of Maguire & Shields was formed during the Great Depression.

Our founders’ complementary styles made them a perfect team. Outgoing and expressive, Robert Maguire brought a charismatic presence to the courtroom. Roy Shields had a modest, self-effacing style, and when arguing a case relied on calm, logical presentation. Their office was in the Pittock Block, at SW 10th and Washington streets, where it remained for the next fifty years.

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