Professional Experience

Neil Bryant’s practice areas include business law, estate planning, tax law, labor/management, water law and real estate law.  Neil represents many small and medium size businesses on a wide variety of issues ranging from employee matters to successor planning.  He regularly advises clients on real estate matters including purchasing and developing, leases, landlord-tenant issues and water rights.  Neil also represents the Bend Park & Recreation District, which has received national recognition for its parks and programs.

Neil served as a State Senator from 1993 to 2001.  He received the Outstanding Freshman Legislator award in 1995 and the Outstanding Legislator Award from the National Republican Legislators Association in 1998.  While on the Senate, Neil chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995 to 2001.

Neil served as the Government Affairs Director for the Oregon University System and the Chancellor’s Office from 2004 to 2009.  In May 2012, Neil was appointed to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission by Governor Kitzhaber and reappointed by Governor Kate Brown.  The Commission will coordinate higher education policy with the Oregon University System and community colleges in Oregon.

Neil is past chair of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon (CAC).  The CAC serves as the political voice in Salem on behalf of Oregon’s arts, heritage and humanities.  He has served on the boards of the High Desert Museum and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

Professional & Community Activities

Oregon State Bar Business Law and Debtor-Creditor Sections
Member; Past Executive Committee member of each of these sections

Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Member, May 2012-Present

Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon
Board of Directors, 2005-2014; Chair, 2012

Rotary Club of Greater Bend
Member, 1976-Present; President, 1976-1977

Bend Chamber of Commerce
Member, 1973-Present; President, 1981

Oregon Corrections Enterprises
Board of Directors, 2004-2011

Oregon High Desert Museum
Board of Directors, 2003-2011 

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
Board of Directors, 2002-2008

Oregon Progress Board
Board of Directors, 2001-2004

Clear Choice Health Plans
Board of Directors, 1997-2008

Deschutes Children’s Foundation
Founder and inaugural President, 1990

Deschutes County Children and Families Commission
Past Chair, 1989-1991

Pacific Lutheran University
Board of Directors, 1986-1995

Bend Urban Renewal District
Past Chair, 1985-1991

Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Courts
Oregon Federal Courts


Neil is a frequent speaker at a variety of conferences and programs.

Honors / Awards

Neil has received many awards throughout his career for his political and leadership activities and accomplishments, including the following:

Oregon Bankers’ Association, Legislator of the Year, 1997
Legal Aide Legislator of the Year, 1995
Resolution of Appreciation from the Oregon University System, 1999
Resolution of Appreciation from the Judicial Conference of the State of Oregon, 1996
City of Bend, 1992
Leadership Recognition Outstanding Leadership, Bend Chamber of Commerce, 1990

In addition, Neil has received the following honors:

Commencement Speaker, Oregon State University / Cascade Campus, 2011
Commencement Speaker, Central Oregon Community College, 2008
Citizen of the Year for Central Oregon Community Foundation and Central Oregon Community College, 2001


Willamette University School of Law, J.D., 1973
Pacific Lutheran University, B.A. History, 1970


In his spare time, Neil enjoys reading, writing, golf, tennis and skiing.  Neil and his wife, Mary, enjoy their two children and six grandchildren.