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Welcome to Weatherford Thompson

Weatherford Thompson P.C. utilizes the unique backgrounds and expertise of its attorneys to provide lasting attorney-client relationships. We welcome you to our firm where you will find legal counseling and quality service in the areas of Business and Employment Law, Estate Planning and Probate, Real Estate, Agriculture Law, Family Law, Litigation, Personal Injury, and more.

As a valuable client, we assure you that the legal details will be taken care of to meet your personal and business needs.   We understand the stress the legal system and court can place on people and we make sure that our clients are kept informed and able to make the best decisions regarding their legal concerns. 

Weatherford Thompson’s attorneys are actively involved in civic, cultural, and charitable organizations that interest them.

As a result, most of our attorneys are currently serving in leadership positions within various organizations throughout the Linn and Benton counties. Our attorneys have become leaders on the boards of various charitable institutions including CASA, the YMCA, the United Way, Samaritan General Hospital Foundation, Trillium Family Services, Albany Regional Museum, and Albany Partnership for Housing and Community Development. 

In addition, our attorneys donate services or provide reduce rate services to numerous non-profit charitable organizations throughout the area.

Weatherford Thompson has served the community since 1875.  We welcome the opportunity to serve you.

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Meet Our team


Andy Bean

Of Counsel

Dallas Garner


Dennis Ashenfelter

Of Counsel

Gregory Goebel


Joel Kalberer


Mike Cowgill


Ryan Haan


Scott Cowgill


Weatherford Thompson has served the community since 1875.

Weatherford Thompson traces its roots to 1875. In July of that year, Missouri native James K. Weatherford was admitted to practice law in Oregon, and he chose to set up shop in Albany. Over a hundred thirty years later, Weatherford’s great-great-grandson, Mike Cowgill, is among one of the law firm’s attorneys, making the firm the state’s oldest with continuous family participation.

What we do

Practice Area

Agricultural Law

Weatherford Thompson has years of experience representing agricultural businesses and farmers dealing with agricultural law issues.

Business Law

For over 130 years Weatherford Thompson has been representing small, medium, and large size businesses here in Linn and Benton County and throughout the entire state of Oregon.

Civil Litigation

Weatherford Thompson, is a general practice law firm providing a full spectrum of litigation services. Our main focus is providing legal expertise in order to protect the interests of our clients.

Construction Law

Weatherford Thompson's construction practice includes representation of owners, general contractors and subcontractors in the following areas:

Elder Planning

Elder law is not just estate planning. It includes the process of planning for the long-term financial security of a family member who receives the financial, social, and medical support from the government.

Employment Law

The attorneys at Weatherford Thompson have experience handling labor and employment issues for both employers and employees.

Estate Planning

Our trusts and estates attorneys provide a full range of services to individual clients, including sophisticated tax and estate planning; administration of estates and trusts; drafting wills, trusts, business and marital agreements; and formation and administration of charitable entities.

Family Law

Divorce is a highly personal and emotional process, the outcome of which can have a significant impact on your life. Our approach to family law provides a level of service that reassures clients that we are pursuing the best results with their case. We know that there isn't a single solution for every family law issue, and work to create a compassionate and tailor-made approach to suit every client's needs.

Government Law

We are well-qualified to answer questions relating to a wide variety of areas - such as employment matters, election law issues, open meetings and records, use of school premises by outside groups, purchasing and contracting, school policy development, and citizen complaints.

Immigration Law

Weatherford Thompson offers representation to businesses, individuals and their families facing immigration issues.

Land Use

Zoning and land use laws come into play on every real estate project, regardless of size. If you are thinking about buying property or making improvements to property you already own, you need to understand and be aware of any zoning restrictions before you commit to anything.

Landlord Tenant Law

We offer comprehensive knowledge of the landlord and tenant laws in Oregon. Our firm is committed to client service. We do everything we can to protect our clients' rights and financial interests in lease negotiations, evictions and other landlord/tenant transactions or litigation.

Personal Injury

Personal injury is the area of law that offers protection to accident victims who have become injured, ill, or killed as the result of another person or company’s negligent actions.


Today, probate is used as a general term for the entire process of the administration of the estate of the deceased person, including those estates without wills, with court supervision.

Real Estate Law

Oregon real estate law encompasses an extremely wide range of legal issues. Because of the complexities inherent in this area of law, it’s a wise decision for any person with a real estate legal issue to contact a real estate lawyer.

Wrongful Death

Whenever an "accident" results in death, it leaves in its wake grief-stricken families asking why. Why did this happen? Could it have been avoided? Was someone at fault? What will happen now?