Strong legal representation based on strong relationships
If you are searching for an attorney then it means something surprising and stressful has happened in your life. These events make us feel overwhelmed and powerless, and those feelings are often aggravated by having to navigate the legal system.
The legal system intensifies these feelings because it can seem that you are no longer in control of your life. It can seem like the course of your life is now determined by other people like Judges, insurance companies, juries, prosecutors, witnesses and other lawyers. However, you still have control over many decisions that will have a profound effect on your case. One of the most important decisions you can make is which lawyer you choose to help you through this moment in your life.
When you choose your lawyer you are starting a professional relationship with that person. The success of your case and how satisfied you will feel at its conclusion will be determined by the strength of that relationship. The strongest lawyer and client relationships are based on shared values about how people should be treated. I value civility, honest communication, mutual respect and integrity.
These are the values I learned as a prosecutor in Clackamas County for 8 years and as a full time, Governor appointed and Senate confirmed, member of Oregon’s Parole Board, and they would be the basis of our professional relationship. As your advocate and lawyer, I will robustly protect and defend your rights, and resolutely advocate your case and cause. Thank you for considering me to help you. You can read more about my areas of practice below. You can also learn about my experience by clicking the “Learn More” button.
Areas of Practice
Estate Planning and Probate
People make the choice to have a will or a trust because they want to be responsible and ensure that their loved ones are taken care of and are not unduly burdened by their death. Proper estate planning requires you to share a large amount of personal and financial information with your estate attorney and it is vital that your attorney is worthy of your trust. I have been a public servant as a prosecutor and as a Governor appointed and Senate confirmed Parole Board member and will bring a commitment to trust and integrity to helping you with your estate plan.
Society can be judgemental towards people who file lawsuits when they are injured by someone else’s negligence. Society labels them as attempting to profit from their injury or being insincere. However, most people who file personal injury lawsuits do so as a last resort in order to have the basic needs of their injuries met. Attempting to get those needs met can be a difficult process. From dealing with insurance companies to preparing for depositions and trial, a good lawyer can make the difference between a successful outcome and failure.
Being charged with a crime is a stressful and unsettling event. The choices you make during your criminal case can have consequences that endure for years beyond the conclusion of your case. This is why the legal system encourages people charged with a crime to find a lawyer to help them. I was a Deputy District Attorney in Clackamas County from 2006 to 2014, and I prosecuted hundreds of cases. I would bring 8 years of those experiences to help you resolve your case.
Unlike criminal defendants’ rights, crime victims’ rights are a relatively new area of law. It is important for you to know that you do have constitutional and statutory rights as a crime victim and survivor. I have been fortunate enough during my legal career as a prosecutor and as a member of the Parole Board to have worked with crime victims and survivors, and it is important to me to continue to have the opportunity to do so in private practice as well. While the police and prosecutor assigned to your case can assist you through much of the case, having an experienced victims’ rights attorney can ensure that your voice is heard and understood throughout the process.
Use the form below to contact us regarding your legal enquiry. To help us best service your enquiry, we recommend that you first describe the issue you’re having before telling us what you want to achieve. You may also email or call us to make an appointment. We offer a free one hour initial consultation, either by phone or in person at our office. When we contact you to schedule the initial consultation we will ask for some additional information to make sure we are ethically able to represent you without any conflicts of interests. At this time I am not accepting clients charged with family violence and domestic violence crimes. I am also not accepting cases where the Oregon Board of Parole would be the ultimate decision maker or any parole case I was involved with as a Board Member. Office visits and in person consultations are by appointment only.