I believe that successful lawyering begins with a substantial, creative, and successful base of trial and courtroom experience. By the time I graduated from law school in 2003, it was clear to me that, despite trials being the ultimate litigation threat, lawyers were no longer taking cases to trial. (Two percent of civil and maybe six percent of criminal cases go to trial.)
Threatening something a person has little experience in seemed like a bad idea to me, so I began my legal career with seven years straight as a misdemeanor and felony public defender where I was in trial and contested hearings nearly constantly. I gained creativity in defenses and strategy, diplomacy in negotiating with adverse parties, and, most importantly, a base of confidence and success in waging trial.
My practice has consisted of predominantly criminal defense, protection/restraining order, and child custody/family law/domestic relations matters in both Oregon and Washington, but I also get excited when somebody entrusts a matter to me to either litigate or problem-solve in an area of law in which I do not usually practice.
The first and most important thing I will look at in your case is whether we can win at trial. Both “winning” and “losing” take on many forms and often have hidden and lasting consequences, and I will counsel you on those and advise accordingly. When I give you my ultimate opinion, it will come from experience, and not from financial concerns or a desire to appear “tough and aggressive.” I do not push guilty pleas or settlements on people. Ever. If you want a trial then we will try your case.
Education-wise, I graduated from South Eugene High School, received my BA from the University of Oregon, and earned my law degree at the University of California – Hastings College of the Law. I am admitted to practice in both Oregon (active) and Washington (inactive).
If I am not working, I am likely hunting waves on my surfboard up and down Oregon’s North Coast.