MillS For someone in law school
considering a turnaround practice, I
think it’s a great area to get into because
it’s so multifaceted. It’s not just court
work, it’s not just negotiation, and it’s
not any particular area of the law.
Because of its multifaceted nature,
it is something that can keep you
interested over a long career.
work. I’ve just kind of gone with the
flow in terms of what was available, and
all aspects of it have been interesting.
Q I was surprised to hear that you’re a birder. On the one hand, it’s
unusual, but then again, it’s not all that
unusual, is it?
of those. I’m one of those guys who
likes to know what species are around
wherever I am and how those species
are changing over time, if they are. In
Portland, I could tell you what birds are
up and what birds are down simply by
what I’ve seen, in terms of species.
For the person who is just getting out
of school and entering a turnaround
practice, my advice is to just be
prepared to go with the flow. If you
just look at what’s happened over
the past decade in terms of how our
economic environment has changed,
your practice is going to change
because of that. But there are a lot of
different opportunities in this area in
good times and in bad times. What you
need to do is to learn from the situation
that you’re presently in and, as things
change, take what you’ve learned and
apply it to the new aspect that you have
to deal with and then learn again.
MillS I know a couple of folks who
are also in the debtor/creditor section of
the Oregon Bar and who are much better
birders than I am.
I’ve been to Africa, and after you see the
big five and you’re there for many weeks,
you can never see enough birds because
there are so many different species.
My mother was a self-taught
ornithologist. She didn’t go to school
for that purpose, but she ended up
being the head of the aviary area of the
Los Angeles Zoo when I was growing
up. Wherever we’d go she’d always be
conscious of what birds there were.
There were numerous occasions when
I was a child in the back seat of the car
when she would slam on the brakes
just so she could see a bird. Growing
up, I thought she was absolutely crazy.
Q What’s at the top of your personal bucket list?
MillS The bucket list is pretty long,
but at the top of it, I’d like to do some
volunteer work for conservation
organizations in Asia that address
wildlife, either improving the
environment or creating baselines in
terms of species that exist in an area.
I’ve gone from being a debtor bankruptcy
lawyer, which is really what I did when
I started, to doing loan origination work
for lenders when the economy was
really good, to doing secured lender
But I got into it and wherever I go,
whenever I travel, I’m always conscious
about what birds there are. I’m not
a counter. There are a lot of people
who are big on numbers. I’m not one
Then, I’d like to go backpacking
in northern India. I’ve backpacked
throughout the Western United States.
I have been to Bhutan and hiked in the
Himalayas and down in Patagonia in
South America and also in Australia, New
Zealand, and Canada. But northern India
appears to be a great place to walk. J
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