About Us

James F. Ambrose



Jim serves as general counsel and tax counsel for many closely held companies in the areas of business formation, acquisitions, professional service contracts, financing, business succession planning and tax planning.  Jim has periodically been engaged as a speaker at local and statewide meetings regarding qualified retirement plans and taxation of fringe benefits.

A focus of Jim's practice is designing, implementing and consulting in the area of qualified pension and profit-sharing plans.  In that area of practice his expertise includes 401(k) and employee stock ownership plans, defined benefit plans, cross-tested and age-based retirement plans, welfare plans and non-qualified deferred compensation plans.



Employee Benefits

Mergers & Acquisitions








Oregon, 1979

California, 1980





J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1978, cum laude

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1975, cum laude



Professional Activities


Western Pension Conference



Professional Recognition


Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Employee Benefits Law by Woodward/White, 2001 - 2004, 2006 - present


Selected to "Oregon Super Lawyers" in ERISA category, as compiled by Thomson Reuters, 2006 - present


2013 Top Rated Attorneys in Oregon, as published by Portland Monthly magazine, August 2013


Named as one of "Portland's Best Lawyers" in Employee Benefits Law by Portland Monthly