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Richard B. Schneider




Richard Schneider retired on January 1, 2022 after 25 years of practicing law, and made a long-term commitment to providing first-class estate planning legal services to families and individuals within the Portland metropolitan area since 1997.


He is the co-author of A Will is Not Enough in Oregon.  He is an honors graduate of Indiana University.  Mr. Schneider received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the Indiana University School of Law in 1981. While in law school, Mr. Schneider received the prestigious American Jurisprudence Award for excellence in commercial law.

A.B. with honors, Indiana University 1978

J.D., cum laude

Indiana University of Law, 1981


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On the occasion of his retirement from the firm and the practice of law,  we at Schneider Rasche LLC congratulated Richard Schneider on his outstanding career, notable for his dedication to our clients over the years.


Before retiring one of Mr. Schneider's main motivations was devoting his practice exclusively to estate planning where he was able to have a positive impact on the lives of real people, rather than simply the impersonal workings of large institutions. He directly experienced the importance of estate planning when his parents passed away. Mr. Schneider was committed to helping individuals and families who placed their trust in his ability, wisdom and integrity to ease the burden on family members who were left behind. 


Career Highlights


He spent over fifteen years working on Wall Street for major law firms and investment banks. After graduating from law school, he practiced general civil law in New York City for five years, specializing in business transactions, financing's and corporate matters. He also represented major investment banking firms in mortgage trading and real estate-related matters. Among his clients were international shipping companies, commercial and investment banks and institutional lenders, including General Electric Capital Corporation, Salomon Brothers and Merrill Lynch.

For the next ten years Mr. Schneider served as Senior Vice President at the investment banking firm of Kidder, Peabody & Co. where he managed outside legal counsel for a variety of large financial transactions between major institutions. He played a central role in the creation of Kidder, Peabody’s mortgage trading subsidiary and advised and executed transactions with insurance companies, pension funds and government agencies, including the Resolution Trust Company.


In 1996 Mr. Schneider established a residence in Portland, Oregon and began his law practice there in 1997. His motivations for moving to Oregon were several: the natural scenic beauty of the Oregon landscape, the clean air and streets, the healthy, diversified economy and the overall high quality of life. Mr. Schneider is very grateful for the warm reception he has received from Portland and is pleased to have become a respected member of the Portland legal and business community.


Mr. Schneider was a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. He was admitted to practice in the states of Oregon, Washington and New York. He also co-authored the book entitled "Fundamentals of Oregon Estate Planning".

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