Jim McDermott, who heads the litigation practice at Portland's Ball Janik law firm has earned a reputation as one of the city's top lawyers. In recent years, McDermott has begun weighing in on public policy, writing op-eds for The Oregonian about tax policy.

In 2009, when the state was debating Measures 66 and 67, which increased personal and corporate income taxes, McDermott wrote a piece titled "I want to pay more taxes." 

Our government also has great needs for more money. We need to look after our troops. We need to fund Medicare and Medicaid. We need to better educate all of our children, not just the rich ones. And we need to stop adding to our deficit. I want to help with all of these needs by paying more taxes. I want to help bring us closer to fulfilling America's promise to everybody. "One nation indivisible" means we all have to be closer to each other economically.

We can achieve this goal if I -- and others like me -- pay more taxes.

On Monday, McDermott contributed another piece to The O, this one titled "No on Measure 84: Estate Tax Promotes Family and Societal Values. In that op-ed, he argued that Measure 84, which would end Oregon's practice of taxing estates over $1 million, is bad policy.

The estate tax raises significant revenue for schools and other public

infrastructure. At a time when income inequality and wealth

concentration are historically high and growing, why are we offering

more tax breaks to those of us who don't need them?
Karin Immergut,
a 15-year historic tax break on his home
He also notes that the historic tax break is legal and a longstanding policy aimed at preserving historic homes.
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