Tom McAvity has been practicing bankruptcy law in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade and living here since 1995. He chose to practice bankruptcy law exclusively because he likes to on a help hardworking honest people who have fallen on financially difficult times every day.
Over the last decade, I have seen many things change, but one thing remains the same – when people find themselves in financial danger, they look for someone they can trust to help them. When you come to me for a consultation, my primary role is to make sure that bankruptcy is the right fit for you. Years of experience have taught me not to assume that just you need to file bankruptcy just because you have come to my office for a consultation.
Tom has a core belief that people succeed by treating others with respect, and this means people need an attorney who understands unique challenges. "When you sit down to discuss your financial situation with me, you’ll be treated as a real client with real concerns – not just another case number," Tom adds.
Tom grew up in Washington, D.C. and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona in 1995 where he completed majors in both History and Classics. "While the educational experience was deeply satisfying," Tom says, "I wasn't able to find much in the way of work afterwards other than delivering pizzas in the Arizona desert. After a couple years of delivering pies, I applied to law schools and chose Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon. I was admitted to practice in Oregon in 1999 and in Washington in 2004."
A couple of years later, Tom was hired by Macy and Aleman — the largest consumer bankruptcy firm in the United States — to expand their practice to both Oregon and Washington. Tom McAvity subsequently opened and managed Macy and Aleman offices in Portland, Salem, Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, and Eugene. After a few years and a growing realization that he didn't know any clients by name or by face any more, Tom left to start his own boutique consumer bankruptcy office.
Tom McAvity lives in the Vancouver metro area with wife Nikki, five-year-old golden retriever, Mayzie, and beautiful son, Simon.