Professional Experience

John Sorlie practices in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, probate, business and corporate matters, and real estate transactions.  John regularly advises individuals and families on estate planning matters including the use of revocable trusts, wills and other estate planning techniques.  He also counsels clients on estate and gift taxes, business succession, gifting, probate and trust administration.  In addition, John represents small businesses and provides advice about all aspects of starting and running a business, including selecting a business entity, preparing organizational documents and providing assistance on leasing, purchasing and financing real estate, as well as the acquisition or sale of a business.

John joined Bryant Lovlien & Jarvis in 1995.  He previously practiced law in Chicago at Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey.

Professional & Community Activities

Oregon State Bar Business Law, Taxation and Estate Planning Sections

Bethlehem Inn
Board of Directors, 2015-Present

Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club
Member Since 1999

Central Oregon Estate Planning Council
Inaugural Member, 2003-Present

Economic Development for Central Oregon
Board of Directors, 2005-2011

Bend Park & Recreation Foundation
Board of Directors, 1999-2004

Cascade Cycling Classic
Board of Directors, 1999-2004; President, 2002

Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Courts
Oregon Federal Courts


Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon. Attended 1990-1992, awarded J.D. degree 1993

Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, Illinois. Attended 1992-1993

Carleton College, B.A. Geology, 1986


Outside the office, John enjoys racing his bike, backcountry skiing and blues guitar.  John and his wife, Nancy, have three children.