Name & Age: Troy Pickard, 29
Hometown: Southwest Portland
Current Neighborhood: King
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I own a law firm, Portland Defender, where I get to stick it to the man every day. When the weather allows, I grow delicious fruits and vegetables in my backyard garden.
What do you create? Headaches for bad landlords and prosecutors. My law practice is focused on defending people who have been wrongly accused of crimes, and helping tenants who are getting screwed by their landlords.
How did you land in Portland? A stork dropped me onto SW Huber St. back in 1982.
What is the last book you read? I just re-read House of Leaves, by Mark Danielewski. There’s no way you can get everything out of that book on the first go.
Name your favorite tattoo. I have a hard time committing to a sweater – no way I could commit to a tattoo.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? The consistently-good pad thai at Veli Thai down on SW 5th Ave.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Willamette Week, because it has a crossword puzzle.
What is your favorite bridge and why? I’ll always love the Sellwood Bridge, because that’s the one I had to drive back and forth over when I was first dating the girl who became my wife. Whenever I drive it, I think about her.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? Hot chocolate.
Coast or Mountains? Mountains – better hiking and better berries.
Only in Portland moment? When the Portland Police shot me at political demonstration in 2002.
A favorite local business? The Crystal Ballroom – McMenamins in general, but the Crystal Ballroom specifically – the venue is fantastic, the floating floor is fun and unique, and I got married there for an unbelievably inexpensive price!
Are you a car person or a bike person? When the weather is fair, I try to bike on non-business trips. Work is a different story – biking and three-piece suits aren’t a good mix.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Continued improvements to our non-bus mass transit network. It’s too bad we didn’t build a subway a long time ago…
And finally, where can we find you on the web? My firm’s website is Portland Defender. From there, you can hire me if you need some legal butt kicked.