Lara Louise Skidmore JD '93

Lara Louise Skidmore JD ’93


Lara Louise Skidmore JD ’93 died July 7, 2019, the day after her 50th birthday, of cancer after a long and heroic fight. 

Lara grew up in Southeast Portland with parents Dotty and Mike, and brother Lance. She attended Cleveland High School, where she was captain of the varsity volleyball team and an Oregon Scholar. Lara earned her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in 1990. In 1992, she married John Skidmore, with whom she had two sons, Ben and Jacob, who were the lights of her life. 

While still in law school, Lara began working at Bonneville Power Administration, in the Transmission Branch and the Office of General Counsel. In 2002, she began work at PacifiCorp, eventually becoming associate general counsel. Lara joined Troutman Sanders in 2007 and in 2010 became the office managing partner for the firm’s Portland office. In 2017, she married John Moot and gained three wonderful stepchildren, Taylor, Ryan, and Rebecca. She also had two fantastic dogs, Delilah and Peanut.

Lara was proud of her work and grateful for her law firm’s unwavering support in building the Portland office of Troutman Sanders. She was also thankful for the opportunity to work with so many wonderful clients and to have had the chance to develop and support many women in their careers both within and outside of Troutman Sanders.