Meet Bonnie Cafferky Carter
Balancing knowledge and experience with a quick and personalized response
Bonnie Cafferky Carter founded the CAFFERKY | RUSSO Law with a focus on legal solutions for business, probate and estate planning matters in Oregon and California. Her vision is to provide a wide range of legal services while building upon the reputation she enjoyed as a solo practitioner.
Passionate about solving and preventing problems, Bonnie is known for talking clients out of expensive or unnecessary actions in lieu of a solution better tailored to their situation. Prevention and education is key, but attorney Carter doesn’t shy away from litigation when it is necessary — handling matters in state and federal courts in both Oregon and California.
Beginning in fall of 2016, Bonnie has served on the faculty of Linfield College teaching business law. Lecturing in an undergraduate business program is a natural extension of Bonnie’s private practice — as she is a strong believer that everyone benefits from learning about the law.
She has previously taught courses on Probate Procedure and LSAT Preparedness, and presented at programs for lawyers on topics including contract lawyering, solo practice, and for the annual Oregon State Bar Learning the Ropes panel for new lawyers. A regular speaker at legal and community events, she has also given less formal presentations on topics ranging from estate planning with charities, trusts vs. wills, and when to call a lawyer.
An active member of the legal community, Bonnie is the current President for the Clackamas County chapter of Oregon Women Lawyers for 2017. She has also recently served on the Oregon Women Lawyers Board of Directors (the second largest volunteer bar in the state), and was selected as a Fellow for the 2008 Oregon State Bar Leadership College. She also enjoyed the opportunity to co-grade the summer bar exam with the Board of Bar Examiners (2010, 2011), including co-authoring an exam question on Corporations.
Bonnie attended two top-tier law schools; graduating from Boston University School of Law while attending UCLA for her final year. She hurried back home to Oregon as quickly as she could, taking the California bar exam in 2003 and the Oregon bar exam in 2004.
Bonnie continues to mentor and speak, both formally and informally. She lives in West Linn with her three sons. One item on her to-do list is to finish her M.B.A.
Boston University College of the Law, Juris Doctorate (2003)
UCLA School of Law, visiting 3L (2002-2003)
LSU Zapara School of Business, MBA (incomplete)
Oregon Women Lawyers, Member
Clackamas Women Lawyers, President (2017)
Clackamas Bar Association, Member
Oregon State Bar
State Bar of California
Phone: 503-743-8155 | 5200 SW Meadows Road, Ste 150, Lake Oswego, OR 97035 | FAX: 503-726-5911