About John C. Koch

John was born in Portland and raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He earned his B.A. from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and returned to his hometown to attend Lewis & Clark Law School, where he graduated with his J.D. in 2011. He served as an editor of the Lewis & Clark Law Review.

John’s law practice focuses on estate planning, administration, and guardianships and conservatorships. He enjoys the diversity of his clients and is motivated by the challenges of helping them plan for life events, including incapacity and death. He is known for his compassionate approach to this area of law. He aims to be open to talk with and a good listener.

John served as Chair of the Oregon State Bar Solo and Small Firm Section in 2021 and was a member (ex officio) of the OSB House of Delegates during the same year. He is a board member of the Guardian/Conservator Association of Oregon. He volunteers with the Senior Law Project of Legal Aid Services of Oregon and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2018. He has received recognition on Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” (2020) and Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” (2021-2022) lists.

When not in the office, John enjoys viewing art, traveling, photography, and playing tennis.

“We had a great connection on the phone and he seemed to finish every sentence I started, even though I didn’t know what I was asking for. John was so good at perceiving what goes along with these things. He also has an empathic personality, where he can get on your level and therefore know exactly where you’re coming from.”