Sheila M. Blackford

Facilitator * Mediator * Arbitrator

cropped-img_0638.jpg Sheila and her husband Eric love animals and have two horses, Alula and Maya, and two dogs, Digby and Scout, a Norwegian Elkhound shown here at eight weeks old on her first roadtrip from Pennsylvania to her new home with the Blackfords. Digby has trained Scout to wait politely for a dog biscuit. Not bad for a ten week pup!2021-04-12 20.09.09

Sheila Blackford received her B.A. from Mills College and her J.D. with Tax Law Concentration from McGeorge School of Law. A member of the Oregon State Bar since 2000, she is active with the American Bar Association Law Practie Management Division, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Law Practice magazine and Chair of the Law Practice Magazine Editorial Board 2011-2013. In 2014, she was nominated a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is an arbitrator for FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Sheila is an enthusiastic presenter and prolific author, She is a Chapter author for the Oregon State Bar’s Fee Agreement Compendium and the ABA’s Flying Solo, a co-author of Paperless in One Hour for Lawyers, and the author of Trust Accounting in One Hour for Lawyers.

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Drawing on her experience as a former teacher and marketing director, Sheila has served Oregon lawyers as a Practice Management Attorney with the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability from 2005 until her retirement in June 2021.


For 16 years, she has gained valuable experience helping lawyers during times of high stress at their law firms arising when co‏nflicts and communication breakdowns threaten to escalate into heated adversarial positions. The practice of law is stressful enough!  If you could use some help resolving conflicts before they become litigation, Sheila is available as a facilitator, mediator, and arbitrator for resolving disputes just for Oregon lawyers.

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