Name & Age: Chase Morinaka; 30 years old
Hometown: Nyssa, Oregon
Current Neighborhood: Northwest, Alphabet Dist.
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? Entertainment Attorney/ Film Producer/Business & Estates Attorney
What do you create? Portland is the creative capitol of the world and has amazing design, food, and art. Of course, I don’t have the talent for anything like that. Instead, as a lawyer, I create the processes and connections to help bring those creative visions to fruition.
How did you land in Portland? I came to Portland to take the Oregon Bar Exam and get back in touch with my Linfield College friends. I didn’t think I’d be sticking around for this long.
What is the last book you read? I always have a lot of different books going. Good to Great; Jim Collins. Management; Peter Drucker. The Economics of Life; Gary Becker. Frog and Toad are Friends; Arnold Lobel.
Name your favorite tattoo. I don’t have a favorite piece, but I’m a fan of tattoo art.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Cheesesteak at the Philly Cheesesteak and Burgers cart around Pioneer Square.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? I check the Mercury to see what shows are playing. I get some local news from the Portland Business Journal, but most of my news comes from the internet.
What is your favorite bridge and why? The St. Johns Bridge is far and away my favorite. It was built during The Depression and has that majestic deco design. It’s beautiful and timeless.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? Stumptown, and I usually get it at Floyd’s in Old Town or at Elevated Coffee on MLK.
Coast or Mountains? There is no coast like the Pacific Northwest, but I do enjoy hiking in the mountains as well.
Only in Portland moment? A buddy of mine got mugged on West 2nd and Burnside. He said “you’re welcome,” because as the mugger turned away, he said “thank you.”
A favorite local business? Du’s Grill for teriyaki. Besaw’s for breakfast. Powell’s Books.
Are you a car person or a bike person? Car. My line of work requires it.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Cliché, but I wish it didn’t rain quite so much. Of course, if the climate was different, everyone would want to live here, we’d have a Northwest version of San Diego. Actually, I’m very excited about the new streetcar lines on the Eastside. Hopefully North Portland will get a line soon as well.
And finally, where can we find you on the web? www.chaselawpdx.com