TIM APPELBAUM

“MY EXPERIENCES PUSHED ME to obtain my legal education and help those inspired by their entrepreneurial spirit reach their vision.”

About Me

My large “Brady Bunch” family comes from Southern California. Our surfboards, snowboards, and skateboards led to day-time laughs and broken bones. At night, we “patiently waited” for our turn on the Nintendo. As the local strawberry farms became apartment complexes, siblings began uprooting and moving to sunny Hawaiian beaches and the snowy Alaskan tundra. Although I loved growing up with many days of sunshine, I knew my path would also lead me elsewhere.

During my undergrad, I fell in love with the law. Finance textbooks and Excel spreadsheets paled in comparison to traveling the country arguing appellate cases for my school. After three years of competition and becoming a nationally ranked orator, I thought my next chapter was limited to law school. Mentors urged me to explore other opportunities, travel our country, and satisfy creative urges before diving into law school. Thankfully, I listened.

I travelled performing stand-up, brewed beer in Colorado, and worked at a respected business management firm in Los Angeles representing touring musicians and business owners. I saw the struggles of self-starters and learned the value an experienced support team brings to overcoming mountainous obstacles. There is an inexplicable appeal of helping someone who started in their garage with an idea to ending up on the airways or becoming the keynote speaker at a trade show. My experiences pushed me to obtain my legal education and help those inspired by their entrepreneurial spirit reach their vision.

Friends from around the country invited me to sightsee their respective states and local law schools. After a mere single rainy November day in Oregon, I knew I would join Willamette University’s dual-degree program. During my graduate and legal education, I had the privilege of working closely with investors and entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest start-up community to conduct due diligence and invest in seed-stage companies. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to continue to develop local businesses with their professional teams.

Outside of the office I enjoy a barbeque in rain or shine, listening to music loudly, and hiking with a heavy pack. I’m ecstatic to be welcomed into this community with my lovely lady, Maggie, whom I met at the Willamette law library.

My Legal Work

I focus my practice in the following areas:

Professional Activities and Community Involvement

  • American Moot Court Association, Judge
  • Oregon Bar Association, member
  • Marion County Bar Association, member

Education

California State University at Long Beach (Long Beach, California)

  • Bachelor of Science in Finance (2011)

Willamette University College of Law (Salem, Oregon)

  • Law Degree (2020) summa cum laude

Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management (Salem, Oregon)

  • Master of Business Administration (2020)