Catalyst Law Institute is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by the all-female founders of, Catalyst Law, LLC. Their commitment to operating a social enterprise law firm inspired them to be the first donors, mentors, and trainers supporting the Institute’s launch.

Staff

Amanda Caffall, Executive Director & Staff Attorney

Amanda has twenty-five years’ experience leading groups of people strategically toward goals, and fifteen years serving in client- and public-facing roles. Her goal is to advance transformative social efforts that make our communities more equitable, economic strategies sustainable, and planet more resilient.

She Inspired enthusiasm for change as board chair of Oregon’s largest environmental organization, organizer of a 100+ mile bike ride for two-dozen law students, and founder of a student-run newspaper in the fourth grade. In her first year with a forty-year-old nonprofit organization she grew the major donor circle by 50%. On her first campaign she built the largest neighborhood house party program in Portland’s history, breaking records for volunteers and donors. Working with and connecting to a diversity of people is a strength — as a bartender, campaigner, or nonprofit leader.

Amanda is admitted to practice law in Oregon. She graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School with multiple honors, including: Cornelius Honor Society, Environmental Leadership Award, Pro Bono Honors Program, Best Oral Advocate, and Community Service Honors Award. Amanda likes growing vegetables, volunteering for progressive social causes, and commuting by bicycle year-round. You can connect with Amanda on Linkedin and at amanda@catalystlawinstitute.org.

Board of Directors

John Grant, Board Director

John is a lawyer, an ops guy, a consultant, a team-builder, and a hacker, though not necessarily in that order. By day, he is an operations strategist who leads the business intelligence and process improvement center of an AmLaw 200 law firm. Practicing in-house, spending nearly a decade in software development, and managing his own firm gave John the opportunity to build new systems and processes from scratch, modernizing old ways of practicing law in the process. John is passionate about creating high-value customer experiences for legal clients using process optimization, product development, pricing theory, and legal technology, among other modern business practices.

John works every day to bring the legal industry an infusion of fresh thinking from people with diverse backgrounds who are not just lawyers but technologists, designers, and entrepreneurs. He thinks Portland, as a dynamic hub of culture, technology, and design, is the best place in the world to improve the legal industry today. “Lawyers need to embrace tools and techniques that will focus their activities on delivering value to their customers. And clients need solutions that will allow them broader, simpler access to legal services.” John studied biology and religion at Tufts and graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was Editor-in-chief of the Lewis & Clark Law Review. He blogs at agileattorney.net and tweets at @jegrant3.

Lewis Landerholm, Board Director

Lewis is the founder of Landerholm Law and Affordable Family Law of Oregon. Lewis is dedicated to helping families through challenging times and passionate about innovating legal service delivery. At Landerholm Law, he is known as a perceptive and compassionate lawyer who excels at helping those dealing with divorce and custody cases. His ability to be straightforward and understand both sides without personal bias has been crucial to the success of his practice.

He founded his practice right out of law school and continues to seek new, dynamic ways to foster positive change in the lives of his clients. He has eight years of upper management experience giving him business management skills that are integral to the continued success of his firm. Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in business from University of Oregon. He received his juris doctor degree from Willamette University.

To begin delivering family law services to clients of more modest means, Lewis founded Affordable Family Law of Oregon. Alternative fee arrangements and a creative approach to representation enable clients to efficiently obtain the support they need.

A self-proclaimed sports-addict, Lewis shows his team spirit both in the game and when he’s cheering on the sidelines. He supports a team of dedicated attorneys, encouraging their professional growth and development. His positive thinking keeps him motivated, solution-oriented and makes him an ideal mentor and leader for his team.

Jonathan Mishkin, Board Treasurer

Jonathan is a tax lawyer who earned his LLM degree in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as the Graduate Tax Policy Scholar, and juris doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Jonathan has practiced in solo, small, medium, and large law firms over the last 15 years, as well as in large accounting firms. His legal specialties include tax controversy, trusts, closely held business advice, and estate planning.

A University of Oregon School of Law adjunct professor, heteaches law students tax practice and procedure. He is a member of the board of the Estate Planning Council of Portland, the Oregon Humane Society’s corporate relations board, and the University of Oregon’s Oregon Club of Portland.

Kimberly Pray, Board President

Kimberly has experience practicing law, managing nonprofit organizations, and helping educate emerging lawyers. Kimberly has an L.L.M. in taxation from the University of Washington School of Law, a juris doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law, and studied environmental science at Brown University.

She is a profit-sharing member at Catalyst Law, LLC. Over the last half-decade her law practice has emphasized estate planning and trust administration, as well as advising businesses, nonprofit organizations, and social enterprises. She helps entities form as start-ups, benefit corporations, and nonprofit organizations, as well as those with legal issues at the intersection of long-term planning, philanthropy, and business.

As an adjunct instructor with the University of Oregon School of Law for four years, Pray supervised an externship program for students working with in-house counsel based in Portland. She managed partnerships with participating corporations, facilitated student seminars, and evaluated student performance.

Kimberly has an extensive background in public service, including as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, founder of an award-winning science education program, and development director of Ecotrust. She has served as a board director for nonprofit organizations like Montessori Institute Northwest, Columbia Riverkeeper, the City of Spokane’s bicycle advisory board, and the Portland Tax Forum.

 

 

Advisory Board

Our team is building an advisory board to help us provide excellent services to Oregonians, connect to communities in need, identify resources to support our launch, and advise us as we develop.

Deanna Alred, Albina Community Bank, Vice President

Susan Gary, University of Oregon

Norman Malbin, retired lawyer

Penny H. SerrurierStoel Rives, Partner

Michele E. Wasson, Stoel Rives, Associate

Harry Wilson, Markowitz Herbold, PC, Shareholder