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Lawyer plays winning hand

Modified: Sunday, Apr 27th, 2014

A class cut-up who dropped out of college to play poker, Adam Springer landed a seat at the University of Oregon Law School by making a case that his card skills would pay off in court. He opened his own law practice in Newport in February.

When Adam Springer left college to become a professional poker player, he didn’t figure the skills he honed at Texas Hold ‘Em would pay off in court.

But the upshot is a lawyer who thrives under pressure and yearns for the spotlight, traits common to expert card players and the handful of attorneys who eschew the office and aspire to litigate.

“I thought I wanted to do business transactionals, mergers and acquisitions at some big Portland law firm,” said Springer, a lanky 32-year-old from a small farm town in Iowa. “Then I got out of law school and started looking at things differently.”

Instead of at the casinos, Springer is now making his plays in Lincoln County District Court as a rising star in the personal injury field and a spirited contender in business, employment and criminal matters.

For the complete article see the 04-16-2014 issue.

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