Schmid Malone Buchanan is a Bend, Oregon law firm founded by Kyle Schmid and Christian Malone. Like you, we live, work, and play in Central Oregon and want to grow with our community. As a community-minded, local law firm, we have a vested interest in helping our clients thrive by providing them cost-effective solutions that satisfy their particular needs. We cannot be proud of our community presence by doing anything less.
I have been practicing law in Bend, Oregon since graduating from the University of Montana School of Law in 2005. I have a broad civil litigation practice shaped by Central Oregon’s unique and diverse character. I have handled everything from disputes between neighbors over squawking chickens to lawsuits between buyers and sellers of multimillion-dollar ranches, as well as commercial litigation involving contract, employment, and IP disputes.
Being a good lawyer is more than just being a good legal technician. Among other things, it takes good judgment. I’ve had considerable success advocating for my clients in state and federal trial courts, in large part because of judgment calls made early in the case. To me, a lawyer’s judgment is only as good as his or her understanding of a client’s specific needs. That is why I make a serious effort to understand my clients beyond just their legal issue.
Like many of our fellow community members, I moved to Bend because of the quality of life afforded by the Central Oregon region. Depending on the season, I spend as much time as possible going as fast as I can on a mountain bike or snowboard all over area trails. Mostly, though, I just love family time with my wife and two sons.
I began private practice in Bend, Oregon after completing a series of clerkships at the Oregon Supreme Court. Following my graduation from Willamette University College of Law in 2005, I served as a petitions clerk to Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz and then as a judicial clerk to Associate Justice Virginia L. Linder. While at the Court, I developed an invaluable skill set that benefits my practice everyday.
Since moving to Bend, my practice has focused primarily on representing clients in a variety of civil cases in Oregon’s trial and appellate courts. I have also represented clients in land use proceedings before Deschutes County, Jefferson County, the City of Bend, and the Land Use Board of Appeals, and in other administrative matters before the Public Utility Commission of Oregon and the Oregon Water Resources Department. In addition to being a member of the Oregon State Bar, I am also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. I currently serve in the Oregon State Bar’s House of Delegates.
As a native Nevadan, I have a deeply rooted affinity for the high desert. So, Bend is a natural fit for me, and I never take for granted the quality of life and recreational amenities it provides. Hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing with family and friends are among my favorite outdoor activities. I have similar passions for listening to music and playing the guitar.
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, where 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.