Attorney–Clarke Balcom

Best Bankruptcy Clarke Balcom

Clarke grew up in central Indiana, and traveled across all the lower forty-eight states and Canada before settling in the most beautiful part of the planet, the Pacific Northwest. He got his Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University and his law degree from Lewis and Clarke Northwestern School of Law where he was the Executive editor of the Small and Emerging Business Law Review and a member of the Cornelius Honor Society.

He is admitted to the U.S. Tax Court and state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. Clarke is a frequent presenter at CLEs (Continuing Legal Education) where his seminars for other attorneys usually focus on debt-tax-bankruptcy intersection issues such as dischargeability of taxes in bankruptcy and instances in which tax liabilities may result from cancellation of debt. But he also speaks frequently to consumer groups–these days most notably regarding foreclosure related issues and options for homeowners. A member of both the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) and The National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), Clarke also serves on the Executive Committee of the Debtor-Creditor Section of the Oregon State Bar and volunteers at the Legal Aid Services of Oregon Bankruptcy Clinic.

His personal interests include running, bicycling, hiking and traveling — in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He also has a degree in Linguistics and enjoys learning more about other languages, places, and cultures. His back yard is planted with raspberry and blueberry bushes and he can be found carefully tending their fruits on most summer evenings, and wishing it was still summer most winter evenings.


Educational Background:
JD, Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law

BS, Portland State University

Special Licenses/Certifications:
Certificate in Federal Tax Law — Northwestern School of Law

Admitted to practice in:
Federal Court District of Oregon

All Oregon Courts

US Tax Court

Bar/Professional Activity:
Member, Executive Committee of Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar, 2012

Elected to Executive Committee of Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar, 2011

Multnomah Bar Association 2001 to present

Oregon State Bar 2001 to present

Honors and Awards
Super Lawyers Rising Stars: 2010 – 2011

Bankruptcy Clinic Pro Bono Award, Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar

Speaking Engagements
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Faculty, “Issues and Strategies in Collection of Judgments.” Presenter on Debt Collection Defense to the New Lawyer Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Debtor Creditor Section, June 2013

Financial Empowerment Clinic, April 2013

Presenter to Northwest Real Estate Investors Association General Meeting, “What’s Happening in Our Local Foreclosure Market: Legal and Tax Issues and Changes” November 2012

CLE (Continuing Legal Education) Faculty, The Seminar Group, “Foreclosures.” Presenter of Section: Overview of Bankruptcy and Tax Issues in Foreclosures, September, 2012

CLE Faculty, National Business Institute, “Advanced Issues in Foreclosure.” Presenter of Section on Bankruptcy Issues in Foreclosure, 2011

Presenter at Bankruptcy and Debt Workshop, emphasis on Foreclosure, Bankruptcy, and Debt Collection Harassment. Multiple presentations throughout December 2010 and January 2011

CLE Faculty, Oregon State Bar, “Real Estate and Land Use: Looking Forward to New Opportunities.” Presenter of Section on Bankruptcy and Tax Implications in Foreclosure, Short Sales, and Deeds in Lieu, 2009

CLE Faculty, Oregon Law Institute, “Bankruptcy Law for the Non-Specialist.” Presenter of Sections on Automatic Stay, Bankruptcy Alternatives, and Tax Issues, March 2009

CLE Faculty, Oregon Law Institute, “Bankruptcy Reform 2006.” Presenter of Section on Discharging Income Taxes in Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy, 2006

Broadcast Interview on KATU (ABC Affiliate in Portland, Oregon) regarding foreclosures, October 25, 2012

Video Interview with Martin Andelman of Mandelman Matters September 2012

Special Report for Oregon Homeowners–Interview and Podcast about foreclosure with Martin Andelman , July 2012

Source [quoted in] “Loan Fixes Bring Lots of Anger, Little Hope” by Brent Hunsberger in The Oregonian, September 18, 2010

Broadcast interview regarding current bankruptcy trends on National Public Radio’s “Marketplace”, 2008

Pro bono/Community Service:
OSB Debtor-Creditor Section Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic 2001 through 2012