Gary P. Compa


The firm’s taxation lawyer since 1981, Gary Compa brings a unique perspective to tax law, having worked as an estate tax attorney with the IRS in Wisconsin for five years in the late 70's. “The emphasis in the IRS isn’t necessarily collections—it’s about resolving things and moving cases,” he explains. “If they can find a way to work something out, they usually do.”

Using this knowledge and his numerous government contacts, Gary has relieved the tax concerns of countless Oregon clients. He’s also calmed the fears of just as many.

The New Jersey native joined Kell, Alterman & Runstein, L.L.P. over offers from other firms in Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco, citing a preference for the Portland lifestyle and the firm’s small-business niche—“It’s more personal than working with a client like Microsoft,” he explains. His common-sense approach, combined with his knowledge of the tax process has earned him renown as a topnotch estate planner.


520 SW Yamhill Street
The Pacific Building, Suite 600
Portland , Oregon , 97204
United States

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