Business & Commercial Law, Employee Benefits
After growing up in a number of western states, Lance LeFever finished high school in Hermiston, Oregon in 1987. While still in high school, he enlisted in the Oregon Army National Guard, and served as a cavalry scout, and later as an infantryman, in the local unit stationed in Pendleton. He attended Blue Mountain Community College for two years, and then transferred to the University of Oregon, where he received a B.A. (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society) in English and Anthropology from the University of Oregon in 1992.
Lance worked for four years as a legal assistant in the Lane County Public Defender’s office, but returned to the University of Oregon School of Law to receive a J.D. (Order of the Coif) in 1999. He was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1999, and worked for almost another year as a defense attorney at the Public Defender’s Office before joining Thorp Purdy in October, 2000.
Lance continued to serve in the National Guard through his undergraduate education, while in law school and after he joined the firm. His unit was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in February 2003, and he served overseas in Kuwait and Iraq from April 2003 to April 2004. In 2005 he accepted a commission as a JAG officer in the Oregon Army National Guard, and served in that capacity until his retirement from the Oregon Army National Guard in June of 2008.
Lance began his career at the firm working largely in the field of civil litigation, and he still handles a number of litigation cases today. However, over time his practice has largely grown to emphasize work on business and corporate transactions, real property transactions, construction law matters, and Taft-Hartley employee benefit plan work.
In his spare time, Lance enjoys fishing, woodworking, rafting, hunting and spending time with his wife and children.