I grew up in Portland, Oregon and enjoy all this area has to offer. In my free time,... more
I grew up in Portland, Oregon and enjoy all this area has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, skiing and a multitude of other outdoor activities with my family and friends.
Welcome to my Avvo profile. I am a graduate of both Oregon State University (go... more
Welcome to my Avvo profile. I am a graduate of both Oregon State University (go Beavers!) and the University of Oregon School of Law (go Ducks!). I have maintained a law practice in SE or NE Portland since June 1983. I speak Spanish and have familiarity with other languages, which makes me sensitive to the needs of non-native English speakers. I lived in Asia for more than a year. My two child... view profile
As a native Oregonian I truly understand and appreciate the area in which my clients... more
As a native Oregonian I truly understand and appreciate the area in which my clients live and work. My practice is primarily comprised of representing parents or children in cases where the State removes a child from his or her parents care. In this area, an attorney must be able to work with parents, other attorneys as well as Department of Human Services caseworkers. I often state that my... view profile
I went to law school with the intention of making the world safe for gays and... more
I went to law school with the intention of making the world safe for gays and lesbians everywhere. I am lucky enough to be spending much of my time doing just that. My firm represents clients in family matters from adoption to estate planning to business to divorce and custody. I focus my practice on adoption, donor agreements, surrogacy agreements, and partnership agreements. My associa... view profile
My philosophy in my law practice is to treat the client the way I would like to be... more
My philosophy in my law practice is to treat the client the way I would like to be treated. I know that many of my clients are going through one of the most emotional times they have ever experienced, and it is important to them that the person representing them have the experience, knowledge, and character to get the job done well. I understand the decisions made in each individual case have e... view profile
An adoption lawyer helps to place children with parents other than their birth parents. An adoption cuts off the birth parents' rights and responsibilities, and gives them to the adoptive parents. Once an adoption is final, the adopted child receives the same legal treatment as a biological child. Adoption is often an emotional time and an adoption lawyer can help you make the right decisions for the child.