Erich M. Paetsch

Erich Paetsch is a member of the Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Group and the Litigation Group. His practice is focused on providing financial institutions and business clients with a broad array of legal services. Erich is experienced in defending lawsuits involving creditors’ rights and lender liability issues. He routinely assists clients with loan document review, loan document drafting, lender policies, negotiation of loan workouts, and asset recovery actions. He has extensive experience representing creditors in complex bankruptcy proceedings. As a member of the Litigation Group, Erich routinely assists businesses in prosecuting and defending all types of businesses in contract disputes and collection actions. In addition, Erich has extensive experience litigating real property disputes, including lease disputes, title defects, and easement litigation.

Practice Areas

Industry Teams


Lewis and Clark Law School

J.D., 1999

Lewis and Clark College

B.A., International Affairs, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court (Oregon)
  • U.S. District Court (Western District of Washington)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Oregon)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Activities

  • Board member, Salem Art Association Endowment Foundation
  • Board member, Oregon Artist Series Foundation
  • Board member, Willamette Academy

Off the Job

Erich grew up in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduating, he transported his debate skills to Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon where he also talked his wife into marrying him. Today Erich enjoys life as a father to two active boys and is busy trying to keep with all of their activities.

Erich is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing and experiencing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. He is also a great dancer, having learned that two left feet are better than one and enjoys swing dancing and the lindy hop with his lifelong partner. The visual arts are also a strong component of Erich’s life and he enjoys experiencing many different mediums at local galleries and on occasion, some creations of his own.