I am an attorney licensed to practice law in both Oregon state courts as well as the federal district court here in Portland.
I received my undergraduate degree from Marylhurst University located just outside of Portland. I obtained my Juris Doctorate from Willamette College of Law in Salem in 2007 and moved back to Portland to practice law. I am originally from Michigan, but I have lived in Oregon for more than a decade and never plan on returning to the Midwest (except for a vacation).
In the recent past, I have practiced in the areas of civil litigation, contract law, criminal, and family law. However, I have steered my practice into bankruptcy and consumer rights law because these services are so desperately needed, and I find the work very rewarding. I get to help out the everyday person or a family who needs a fresh economic start, or who have been unlawfully taken advantage of. Far too often, merchants, creditors, and debt collection companies cross the line and engage in abusive practices that violate state or federal laws. When this happens, I zealously seek the justice that my clients deserve, defending their rights against the heavy hand and significant resources of the debt collection companies and the big law firms that represent them. It gives me great satisfaction to fight on behalf of disadvantaged consumers.
I am firmly rooted in the Portland community. I believe that Oregon, and Portland specifically, stands at the gateway to the "New West" and I am grateful that I can be a part of the exciting changes and unique challenges that will continue to come our way.