Tia Lewis

Nomination for Women of the Year Awards

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Tia Lewis is an exemplary member of Bend’s community. It is with great pleasure and ‎excitement that I nominate Tia for the honor of Bend’s 2018 Woman of the Year. A real estate ‎and land use attorney for over 25 years, Tia is an expert in her field and an example for young ‎women attorneys. I write this nomination not only as CEO of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, but ‎also as a friend of Tia’s. ‎

Tia is not only an integral part of Schwabe’s Bend office; she is also deeply enmeshed in the ‎Bend community and endeavors to involve herself in as many ways as possible. Tia is an active ‎member of the Rotary Club of Bend, having thrice received the Rotarian of the Year award. ‎From helping to organize community events and fundraisers to aiding community members in ‎professional development and networking, Tia is always ready to lend a hand. Since 2006, Tia ‎has served as a board member of the Deschutes Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit community ‎organization that helps children and families thrive by providing a centralized location that ‎offers basic services. She also served as a board chair for this organization. A pillar of the ‎community, Tia is also a board member of the Economic Development for Central Oregon. ‎

Professionally, Tia is a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Her practice includes all ‎aspects of ‎development permitting and approval, from conceptual approval through land ‎divisions and project ‎development. A former Deschutes County ‎Hearings Officer, Tia brings a ‎unique decision-maker’s perspective to the development approval ‎process.‎ The legal industry is ‎more than a profession to Tia; she serves as a role model to an up-and-coming generation of ‎women seeking to enter the legal industry, a field that is in many ways still dominated by men. ‎

Tia continues to inspire and motivate those of us around her to do better and be better in all ‎aspects of our lives. I strongly encourage you to consider Tia Lewis for Bend’s 2018 Woman of ‎the Year.

Community & Civic Activities
• Economic Development for Central Oregon, Board Member
• Deschutes Children’s Foundation, past Board Chair, current Board Member (2006-‎present)‎
• Rotary Club of Bend, Board Member

Professional Awards
• Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year Award, Land Use and Zoning Law (2018‎ ‎)‎
• Best Lawyers in America award (2010-present)‎
• Rotarian of the Year award, Rotary Club of Bend (2014-2016)‎

Professional Memberships
• Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International (2016)‎
• Oregon State Bar, Real Estate and Land Use Section Member and Education Committee ‎Member (2013-2016)‎

Education Background
• Bachelor of Arts, North Carolina State University (1987)‎
• Juris Doctor, Lewis & Clark Law School (1993)‎

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