Jeanne Sinnott has been a partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn since 2014, and focuses her practice on real estate and creditors' rights matters. Jeanne’s broad range of experience with real estate issues first began after she was recruited to join the firm’s insolvency practice during the Great Recession. During that time and in the aftermath, Jeanne assisted financial institutions and other secured creditors foreclose on all types of real property, from large commercial real estate developments, to businesses with real estate, farms, and residences. After foreclosure, she assisted those clients with their real-estate owned (“REO”) inventory, helping them with issues ranging from title defects, landlord-tenant laws, purchase-and-sale agreements, and many other post-foreclosure issues. As the economy improved, Jeanne broadened her scope of practice to include representation of title companies and their insureds in real estate issues, as well as other general real estate disputes. Jeanne regularly helps clients navigate commercial lease disputes, including FED actions, lock-outs, landlord liens, and abandoned personal property issues. Jeanne is routinely called on by her transactional real estate partners to assist when litigation risks arise in connection with real estate transactions. At times, her real estate practice has also led to assisting the construction team with construction defect matters.
Jeanne’s creditor’s rights and bankruptcy practice primarily relates to her representation of financial institutions, ranging from large national banks to small community credit unions. Jeanne recognizes the economic realities facing creditors when their customers' business or financial situation takes a turn for the worse, and her goal is to help clients resolve these matters in the most pragmatic way possible. Jeanne also has significant experience defending lenders with lender liability claims. Additionally, she frequently defends student loan lenders involved with hardship discharge cases, as well as defending creditors in bankruptcy dealing with preference actions, automatic stay violations, and related contempt motions.
Jeanne is involved in many professional organizations, and is a member of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is past president of the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors. Jeanne's accolades include being selected for inclusion in Oregon Super Lawyers and Rising Stars from 2011 to present.