Meet the Bridge City Law team


Jeremy Swanlund

I grew up in and around the Seaside area of the Oregon coast. While attending high school, I spent my free time surfing, wrestling, and playing football. I graduated from Seaside High and moved on to Portland State University where I supported myself through school working the graveyard shift at various produce warehouses. After earning a double major in economics and business administration—accounting, I secured a job in the downtown office of KPMG and started my career as a CPA in the audit and business consulting profession. I worked in Portland for several years before transferring to the Honolulu office of KPMG where after nearly five years with the firm I left to pursue my law degree at the University of Hawaii.

After law school I returned to Portland to obtain my Oregon State Bar license and enter into private practice. I worked diligently in several firms, first as an associate and then as a partner, learning the ins and outs of legal practice from my more experienced colleagues before co-founding Bridge City Law with Scott in September 2010.

Outside of work, I take pleasure in travel and outdoor activities—exploring and experiencing all that the beautiful Northwest has to offer. I enjoy the pursuit of good food and drink- whether dining out in the city or cooking up a meal at home, and always in the company of family and good friends. And above all else, I love my role as a husband and a father.

I am also active in the community, currently serving on the board of directors for the Hemophilia Foundation of Oregon. HFO is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing education and support to families affected by hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. For more information please see HFO’s website at

You can contact me at 503-451-0029 or by email at

R. Scott Phillips

My practice focuses primarily on business transactions and estate planning. I take immense pride and satisfaction in helping clients work through long-term business ventures and estate plans that meet their, and their family's, goals. In my former life I was a jazz musician and a writer, and my creative background never ceases to help me see my client's matters from every angle, even the most obscure ones.

Before founding Bridge City Law, I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. I attended college at Arizona State University, which was the warmest place I could find after growing up in the arctic. I dabbled in jazz performance and journalism before finally giving way to pure academia, and majored in socioeconomic justice studies on my way to law school. I graduated from Willamette University's College of Law in 2007 and have been practicing law here in Portland ever since.

When it comes to the legal profession, I am tragically pragmatic. My belief, and one of the core principles that Bridge City Law was founded on, is that attorneys should cut to the chase and get the best result for their clients. Too much of the legal profession is about glorifying billable hours, justifying unjustifiable positions, and allowing clients to take courses of action against their better interests. We are not a big law firm, and it shows in a good way. I never tire of finding new and more efficient ways to help my clients.

In the office, I'm also the resident tech support and computer geek. Outside the office, I serve on the board of directors for the Oregon Jazz Society, support Oregon craft breweries, and cling to my youth playing softball in the beautiful but all too brief Oregon summers.

You can contact me at 503-451-0029 or by email at

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