I was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school, where I served four and a half years as a Hospital Corpsman at various duty stations. I served several more years in the U.S. Naval Reserves during college. I earned my commission in the Army National Guard after attending the Oregon Military Academy. Prior to attending law school, I was employed as a caseworker for the State of Oregon for ten years in Beaverton. I have five children and one grandchild (so far), as well as a pug and an English bulldog.
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Willamette University, 1987
Master's Degree in Public Administration, Lewis & Clark College, 1999
Juris Doctor, Willamette University College of Law, 2001
- Associate Editor, Willamette Law Review
- Honors, Legal Research & Writing
Professional Affiliations and Activities
Oregon State Bar Association
Past Chair of the Debtor-Creditor Section of the Oregon State Bar Assoc., Consumer Law Section, Circle of Love Meetings
My first experience with an attorney was a number of years ago when I was getting divorced (before I attended law school). I felt rushed and disconnected when I met with the attorney - as if he had better things to do. He seemed irritated if he had to spend too much time explaining things to me, and he billed me exorbitant fees for every little thing he did. I vowed that when I became an attorney, I would provide personal and affordable legal services, as well as always treating my clients in a personal and civilized fashion. To that end, I can proudly say that I always do my best to provide my clients with the individual attention they deserve. I personally handle all of my clients' legal matters from start to finish. I meet with clients as many times as needed to fully discuss their options and needs in the process. If bankruptcy is not the best option, I have a number of colleagues to whom I regularly refer clients for specialized help. Some clients may find it difficult to come in to the office, such as elderly and single parents of small children, so I often meet with them in their homes. There is never an extra charge for personal attention. One flat fee, no matter what occurs. That's the way it should be, and that's the way it is at my office!