Legal Eagles: Vale lawyers build successful partnership

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

VALE – He was a former candy salesman turned lawyer.

In 1927, Charles Swan set up a law practice in Vale and a half century later his partners remembered his efforts as they looked ahead for what is now known as Butler & Looney P.C.

Bob Butler and Cliff Looney on Nov. 18 welcomed clients and friends to a celebration of 50 years the law firm has served eastern Oregon, Idaho and beyond. The get together was a testament to two individuals with differing views on about everything who walked into the office each day, building a successful law firm while making friends.

“We differ on politics, the recent election and what cases we choose to take,” said Looney. “But we can start a sentence and . . .