Barnhisel, Willis, Barlow & Stephens, P.C.

Barnhisel, Willis, Barlow & Stephens, P.C.

Barnhisel Willis Barlow & Stephens, P.C. "The Law is Our Business."

Firm Overview

Barnhisel Willis Barlow & Stephens, PC is proud to serve the mid-Willamette Valley area. We are a law firm focused on the legal needs of business and families in our community.

John B. Fenner started his law practice in Corvallis, Oregon in December of 1954. Prior to that he had practiced in Portland for three years following his graduation from Stanford Law School. After practicing 16 years in Corvallis, John was joined by Peter L. Barnhisel in February of 1970. Peter Barnhisel, a University of Oregon law graduate, had practiced with the Portland law firm of McCulloch, Dezendorf & Spears for the four years prior to that time.

In 1982, R. Tim Willis joined Fenner & Barnhisel. Tim Willis had come to Oregon from Iowa in 1970 and is a Willamette Law School graduate. He had practiced in Corvallis for 6 Years prior to joining the firm.

John L. Barlow graduated from Stanford Law School in 1981 and immediately went to work for the Portland law firm of Miller, Nash, Wiener, Hager, & Carlsen in its labor law department. He came to Corvallis to join Fenner, Barnhisel & Willis in November 1983.

In 1995, Cary B. Stephens joined Fenner, Barnhisel, Willis, & Barlow, P.C. after graduating form University of Oregon. In 1998, John Fenner retired. The firm changed its name to Barnhisel, Willis, Barlow & Stephens, P.C. in 2002.

The members of our law firm have a wide variety of interests and activities, both inside and outside the practice of law. Our credentials, both academically and in the practice of law, are comparable to those of any group of lawyers in this state.

The firm is well known in Oregon, and also carries the highest rating (AV) given by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. This firm emphasizes the importance of loyal and dedicated representation of its clients, whether they be individuals or business entities. We also strive to provide quality representation for a fee which is reasonable under the circumstances. We highly prize our current clients and are looking forward to the continued steady growth that our practice has experienced since its inception.

Main Office

Main Office
123 N.W. Seventh Street
Corvallis OR 97339



Estate Planning

More AV* Rated Attorneys than any law firm in Corvallis

Estate Planning: We work with individuals and families on all estate planning needs, including Wills, Living Trusts, and Family Limited Liability Companies. We also in work with clients on asset preservation and have years of experience meeting their probate law needs.

Peter L. Barnhisel

Barnhisel, Willis, Barlow & Stephens, P.C.

University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1966; Oregon Law Review, Associate Editor,
Stanford University, Bachelor's Degree, General Engineering, 1961
Continuing Legal Education seminars, 1966 through present

Professional Experience
1966-69 - Associate attorney, McCulloch, Dezendorf, Spears & Lubersky, Portland, Oregon

1970 to date - partnership with John B. Fenner. Now the firm of Barnhisel, Willis, Barlow & Stephens, P.C.

Panel of Arbitrators - American Arbitration Association; Arbitration Services of Portland: 21st Judicial District Arbitration Program

Admitted to Practice September, 1966

Oregon State Bar Association
Board of Governors 1974-77; Board of Bar Examiners 1979-82; State Professional Responsibility Board 1988-91; Estate Planning Section Executive Committee 1981-83; Construction Law Section Executive Committee 1992-94; Litigation Section Executive Committee, 2008-present.

Federal Bar Association
United States District Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court; Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1989-1992, Chair 1991-92.

Professional Affiliations
Oregon State Bar Association
Benton County Bar Association
American Bar Association

Practice Emphasis
General practice with emphasis on litigation in all Oregon State and Federal Courts, business law, wills and estate planning, real estate, and legal counseling. Experience includes preparation for and trial of complex cases; appeals; arbitrations; administrative hearings; probate administration; trust and will preparation; banking law; conservatorships and guardianships; planning for and structuring of business entities (sole proprietorships, LLC's, partnerships, joint ventures, corporations); negotiations.

Guardianships and Conservatorships, Oregon State Bar, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2009; Relationship Between Federal and State Courts, Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon, Oregon State Bar, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2009.

Military Service
Lt.jg. U.S. Navy, 1961-1963 active duty, Destroyer Engineering officer.

Community/Civic Activities
Board of Directors, Benton County Bank, 1978-1993; Elder and Trustee, First Presbyterian Church, Corvallis; Corvallis Arts Center, Board of Directors; past President, Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society; Trustee, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation; Oregon Coast Aquarium Board of Directors; Corvallis Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Benton County Historical Society, Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission 1990-95 (chair 94, 95); Corvallis Benton County Public Library Foundation.


University of Oregon School of Law
Juris Doctorate,