Robert J. Saalfeld

After 40+ years serving as a trusted advisor to his colleagues and to the firm’s clients, Bob Saalfeld retired in December 2018. Bob was instrumental in the growth and success of the firm. His sage advice, professionalism, and devotion to community and client service continue to set the standard by which all of our attorneys are measured.

Bob’s practice focused on estate planning, estate and trust administration, business succession planning and charitable planning. Bob was rated AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbel®. He was also included in Best Lawyers In America® (Estate Planning) and was named to the Oregon Super Lawyers® list.


Willamette University College of Law

J.D., magna cum laude, 1974

University of San Francisco

B.A., cum laude, 1971

Professional Activities

Bob was elected as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He was also a member of Wealth Counsel, LLC and the Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council. He is a former member of Executive Committee for the Estate Planning and Administration Section of the Oregon State Bar.

Bob has served as Past President of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as Past President of the Salem Public Library Foundation. He is a former board member of Blanchet Catholic School.


  • Contributing author to book Generations: Planning Your Legacy (Publication Fall 1999)
  • Contributing author to book Legacy: Plan, Protect & Preserve Your Estate (Publication Fall 1996)
  • 1995 and 2017 coauthor of chapter “The Role of Trusts in the Estate Planning Process” for the Oregon State Bar CLE book Administering Trusts in Oregon
  • 1992 Article for Oregon State Bar Estate Planning and Administration Section newsletter

Off the Job

Bob’s hobbies include cross country skiing (including Worldloppet Ski Federation marathon events), hiking and golf. Although Bob and his wife Susan do not have children of their own, “Uncle Bob” and “Grandma Susan” enjoy spending time with their many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews.