Anne Villella | Attorney | Owner
Estate planning | Probate | Trust administration
Anne seeks to provide the same personalized and professional service she would expect. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs who taught her that focusing 100% on the client is the key to serving clients well and building trust.
“Clients are the heart and soul of my work. They make what I do a joy.”
Anne takes a practical and thoughtful approach to her work. She seeks to understand her clients’ concerns, hopes, and values, as well as their personal financial circumstances. With this foundation, she can recommend practical estate plans tailored to each client and offer them peace of mind that the plan reflects their vision and values. . .
Anne grew up in Portland, returning in 1994 to earn her law degree after she and her husband sold two businesses in Everett, Washington. After law school, Anne clerked at the Oregon Court of Appeals before entering private practice where she found a passion for estate planning, probate and trust administration, as well as small business advising. Anne has been fortunate to combine her passion for both law and teaching by serving as a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School for the past 13 years, where she has taught Wills and Trusts, as well as lawyering skills courses focused on effective and professional communication, research, and writing.
An outdoor enthusiast, Anne enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family–including her husband and their two grown children, who both live in Portland. When Anne isn’t serving her clients, spending time outdoors or with her family, you’ll find her serving as a volunteer mediator or facilitating workshops and retreats.
Former Practice Areas: Estate planning | Probate | Trust
On December 31, 2016, after eleven years, Pam retired from the practice of law. Pam was a wonderful colleague who served her clients with grace, professionalism, and care. We will miss Pam’s presence in the office, but we will continue her legacy of client-focused, professional service.
We wish Pam all the best and know that retirement will allow her more time to pursue her passions outside of the law–international travel with a focus on wildlife and natural history, outrigger canoeing, and spoiling her two Bengal cats, Benny and Henry.
As an attorney Pam dedicated her practice to providing legal services for clients seeking help with trusts, wills, probate, and the administration of trusts and estates.
Pam worked to understand each client’s personal needs and, in turn, offered individualized, thoughtful solutions for her clients. And, she always welcomed the opportunity to consult with her clients’ other trusted professionals, taking a team approach.
As a former corporate vice president, Pam brought a wealth of finance and business expertise to the practice of law. She attended law school following a distinguished business career; earning her J.D. degree was the culmination of a long-held goal. But, being client-focused was always her goal. As she says, “You might say it’s in my DNA.”
We miss you, Pam, and wish you all the best.