My primary practice areas are personal injury and family law (domestic relations) cases.
What is your opinion regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?
It is important that clients understanding the impact of each option prior to making important decisions that may affect the rest of their lives. I encourage clients to educate themselves on legal issues so that they fully understand the implications of the decisions. That said, I caution individuals not to believe everything they read online. It is important to discuss the legal issues with an attorney. As an attorney, it is my job to advise clients of their rights and options so that they may make an informed decision. A internet blog does not replace a law degree or experience in the courtroom.
Are you willing to review documents prepared by clients?
I am willing to review documents prepared by clients, however, I typically find that the “do-it-yourself” forms are not always the best fit for an individual client’s needs. Each case is unique, and therefore it is recommended that the documents be reviewed by an attorney prior to filing.
Why did you decide to be a lawyer?
My mom worked as a legal assistant for nearly 30 years, and as a result, I have always had an interest in the law. In eighth grade, I decided I was going to become an attorney, and did everything from that point forward to achieve that goal.
What work experience and education helps you to be a better lawyer?
I had my first job at age 15, and I have learned the importance of hard work and dedication. While I was studying at the University of Oregon for my Bachelor’s Degree, I worked as a legal assistant at a personal injury firm. This gave me exposure to this area of law and helped shape my desire to practice law in an area where I can truly help people. With family law, being married and having children have given me a new perspective into the issues my clients face.
Why did you decide on your primary area of practice?
Assisting people is my number one priority. Both family law and personal injury law give me the opportunity to assist people through difficult situations.
What do you like best about your career?
Aside from being able to help people on a daily basis, I enjoy being in the courtroom and advocating for the best outcome possible for my clients.
What are your strengths and style?
I am very organized and like to see tasks through to completion in a timely fashion. As far as style, I almost always try to approach situations in a congenial manner. Although I work in an adversarial system, I believe the best result is often one that both sides work to achieve.
I was born and raised in Oregon. I am an avid sports fan (Go Ducks!). I also enjoy cooking, cycling, hiking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family.
Activities and Awards
- During law school, I served as Articles Editor for the Willamette Sports Law Journal and was active in forming the Willamette chapter of Christian Legal Society
- 2010-2011 Outstanding Mentor for Willamette University College of Law Attorney Mentor Program
- 2011-2012 Outstanding Mentor for Willamette University College of Law Attorney Mentor Program
- 2013-2014 Outstanding Mentor for Willamette University College of Law Attorney Mentor Program
- 2014-2015 Outstanding Mentor for Willamette University College of Law Attorney Mentor Program
- 2015-2016 Outstanding Mentor for Willamette University College of Law Attorney Mentor Program
- 2016-2017 Mentor of the Year for Willamette University College of Law Attorney Mentor Program
- Participant in the North Salem High School Imprint Program
- Boys & Girls Club Teen Court Luncheon Committee
- Marion County Bar Association Social Committee (2012-2014)
- Judge for Willamette University College of Law Moot Court and First Year Appellate Competitions
- Oregon State Bar – 2008
- Oregon Federal District Court – 2012
- Oregon State Bar Family Law Section
- Executive Committee – 2015 – Present
- Secretary – 2016
- Chair-Elect – 2017
- Annual Conference Planning Committee – 2015 – Present
- Oregon Women Lawyers (Mary Leonard Society)
- Marion County Bar Association
- Oregon State Bar