Crag works  with clients regardless of their ability to pay or the chance of recovering fees when we win. By making a commitment to support Crag each year, our supporters help us balance the scales of justice and provide our services to clients based on the merit of their case, not the money in their pockets.  Because of the support of individuals like you and those profiled on this page, Crag is able to provide our local communities with millions of dollars of legal and professional services at a fraction of the cost.


Kevin Russell

Kevin Russell is a patent attorney in Portland, Oregon who represents numerous high technology companies including Sharp Electronics.  He has enthusiastically supported the Crag Law Center since Ralph and Chris founded the organization in 2001.  Kevin is passionate about preserving pristine, wild lands and this is a big reason why he supports Crag.  His interest in supporting environmental advocacy is motivated by his love for America’s natural treasures.  Kevin has pioneered some of the most dangerous routes on Mt. Hood, including a new route on the Black Spider on the mountain’s North side in late summer and Yocum Ridge on the mountain’s west side in winter and mid-summer.  In addition to challenging himself, he also enjoys the quiet one can find in the world.

“Crag’s attorneys are trustworthy, ethical and intellectually consistent.  These people have dedicated themselves to representing environmental groups and I am extremely grateful for their work to protect special places throughout the Pacific Northwest.”

Sunil Shenoy Sunil is Kevin Russell’s hiking buddy. Well OK. He has survived one 4 night backpack in the Olympics with him and they both have dreamt of hiking the John Muir trail over many bottles of wine and Indian dinner served by Sadhana. At other times Sunil slogs at Intel where he has invested 32 years of his life which could have been better spent backpacking even more wilderness areas in the Pacific Northwest.


Center for Biological Diversity The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction. The Center works across the country to protect the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive. Recently, Crag and CBD worked together to halt state logging on more than 1,600 acres in Oregon old growth forests in order to protect the habitat of the marbled murrelet, a rare sea bird that nests along the coast.  


Friends of Mount Hood Friends of Mount Hood is a nonprofit organization dedicated to monitoring development and management of national forest lands on Mount Hood with a focus on protection of the alpine meadows, wetlands, streams, wildlife, and forested slopes on the mountain.  FOMH supports Crag in honor of Kate McCarthy, co-founder of FOMH, long-time Mount Hood resident and zealous advocate for the protection of the mountain.  Since 1975, Kate has photographedand documented the impacts of man-made changes to the wetlands, hydrology and ecology of Mount Hood and has presented her findings in order to motivate others to fight to protect what is left of the mountain’s wild habitat.  Crag has represented FOMH in its work to protect the high alpine environment of Mount Hood’s North, South and West flanks from destructive development proposals and is currently a client on the lawsuit challenging RLK and Company’s Master Development Plans to expand operations on the alpine flanks in and around the historic Timberline Lodge.


Columbus Winter Team, Realty Trust Group Kristin Winter, David Columbus and Robin Smith have over 25 years of combined experience in Portland, Oregon Real Estate.  Our team takes pride in being part of the local community and having an intimate knowledge of Portland’s unique neighborhoods so that they can find the perfect match for buyers and best serve sellers in marketing their home.  

Sydney Desmarais Sydney Desmarais is a member of Crag’s Board of Directors.  Sydney currently practices emergency veterinary medicine in Portland, Oregon, with a special interest in treating animals with holistic medicine and acupuncture.  In addition to her busy practice, Sydney heads the Animal Assistance Fund at her clinic, which provides financial assistance to low income families needing emergency treatment for their pets.  

Washington Forest Law Center The Washington Forest Law Center is a non-profit, public interest law firm dedicated to providing legal services to organizations that monitor and protect the Pacific Northwest’s private and state-owned forest lands.  Through advocacy, planning and carefully selected legal cases, WFLC works to improve and protect the health of Washington’s forests and the animals, fish, and plants that depend on them.  WFLC attorney, Paul Kampmeier, worked with Crag to represent the Northwest Environmental Defense Center in the logging road Clean Water Act litigation that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year.  

Rob Kline Rob Kline dedicates his practice to representing individuals and families in serious personal injury, wrongful death, motor vehicle, landlord negligence, and construction accident litigation.  As a former defense lawyer, Rob’s first-hand experience with insurance company tactics enables him to be an effective guide through the difficult, time-consuming process of prosecuting a personal injury claim.  Rob is the founding member of Kline Law Offices P.C.  A 1998 graduate from the University of Oregon School of Law, Rob holds the highest “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  He is licensed in federal and state courts in Oregon and Washington.  Rob enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest by skiing, cycling and fly fishing, and has been a Crag supporter for many years.

Richard Vangelisti 

Richard Vangelisti is an attorney in Portland, Oregon and is the founding partner at Vangelisti Law Firm LLC.  Richard’s firm is dedicated to representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death matters.  Richard is currently the President of the Multnomah Bar Association.  Richard was a colleague of Crag attorneys, Chris Winter and Ralph Bloemers, when they worked at Stoel Rives LLP in Portland. Richard loves spending time with his family in the great outdoors of Oregon.


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