Several years ago, Coni Rathbone made a courageous leap of faith – she left the large law firm she loved to pursue her longtime dream of practicing law and being a real estate developer. Today, the Zupancic Rathbone Law Group is a thriving firm that has been ranked by the Portland Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies in Oregon.
Recently, the firm opened the Stafford Hills Club, a unique tennis and lifestyle club that was also one of the first private recreational facilities to earn LEED certification. Despite the obstacles the team faced in financing and land use regulation, the club has created as much as $100 million in local economic growth, and the project represents a model for economic development and sustainable construction during challenging economic times.
One of her most significant accomplishments has been representing more than 3,000 owners of tenant-incommon properties by helping them save their properties from foreclosure, refinancing their loans or negotiating to put new property managers in place. “When I can keep just one of those properties from going to foreclosure,” Rathbone says, “it preserves the retirements and often the life savings of up to 40 people in just one property. It doesn’t get much more meaningful than that.”