Firm History

Firm History

Corey, Byler & Rew, LLP’s long tradition of outstanding legal service began in 1945 when George Corey returned from service in World War II and opened a law firm in Pendleton, Oregon. George Corey maintained a general civil practice and also served as the Umatilla County District Attorney. He was an active participant in the civic affairs of Pendleton and Umatilla County beginning a tradition of community service that the partners of the law firm continue today. In 1958, Alex Byler moved to Pendleton after graduation from law school and started working for George Corey. The two of them formed the partnership of Corey & Byler in 1960. Alex Byler had an active civil litigation practice and gained the respect of his peers throughout the state for his courtroom skill. In addition he practiced business and municipal law.

The firm expanded again in 1965 when Lawrence (“Larry”) Rew joined as a partner. Larry Rew practiced agricultural law, estate planning, business law, and had an active real estate practice. Larry continued the firm’s tradition of service to the Bar and community and was active throughout his life in civic matters in Pendleton as well as serving in a number of capacities for the Oregon State Bar, culminating with his service as president of the State Bar Association. Steve Corey joined the firm as partner in 1973. Steve practices civil litigation ranging from complex business disputes to real estate litigation and maintains an active practice advising clients on business, real estate, and estate planning matters. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. The firm continued to expand throughout the 1980’s, 1990’s, and through the present day and now consists of six partners, two associates, and two experienced attorneys who serve as of counsel.

Corey, Byler & Rew, LLP, prides itself on continuing the tradition of professional excellence established by its founders and still serves many of the same clients that have worked with the firm since its beginning. Our firm prides itself on having attorneys respected throughout Oregon and Washington for their legal skill and for being leaders in the community.