I work as part of a group of attorneys and legal assistants at Case & Dusterhoff, LLP as an associate attorney. My goal is to help members of the community who need help navigating the legal system. I focus on family law (divorces, custody and visitation disputes, grandparent and third party rights, etc.), civil litigation, wills and trusts, tax law, and victim's rights.
I feel that my skill in offering compassionate, skilled, and zealous representation offers my clients a unique experience with the legal system. I will say very frankly that I am not a "pitbull" or "bulldog" attorney. My style is comprised of problem solving and polite, yet aggressive, negotiation; however if the opposing party is not so inclined, I am willing to do what the law allows to fight for my client. I pride myself on my ability to work *with* as opposed to *against* the other party while still maintaining my client's confidences and position.
I previously had my own practice, in which I focused on landlord/tenant law, criminal defense, consumer law, and general civil litigation. I enjoyed working on my own, however I prefer working in a group environment and very much enjoy my time now spent with my assistants, Linda, Amanda, and Kat, and my fellow attorneys, Jim, Bruce, Steve, Jennifer, and Erin (yes, there are two Erins at my firm). Having the opportunity to discuss and analyze cases with other attorneys who have had similar, yet unique, experiences with the law is invaluable. I also appreciate the opportunity for my clients to discuss their cases with my assistants when I am not available.
I spent a year at the Multnomah County District Attorney's office during my final year of law school. While I was there, I gained a significant amount of court experience, doing trials, release hearings, and other court appearances. I continue to enjoy trial work, however I find that in many situations my clients are best served by settling the case and avoiding costly litigation.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|2012-2013 Andrea Swanner Redding Outstanding Mentor||Lewis & Clark Law School||2013|
|Dean's Scholarship||Lewis & Clark Law School||2005|
|Associate Attorney||Case & Dusterhoff, LLP||2010 - Present|
|Attorney/Owner||Fitzgerald Law||2008 - 2010|
|Legal Intern||Multnomah County District Attorney's Office||2007 - 2008|
|Legal Intern||Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic||2007 - 2008|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Oregon State Bar, Unlawful Practice of Law Committee||Secretary||2015 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Unlawful Practice of Law Committee||Member||2014 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Public Service Advisory Committee||Secretary||2011 - 2013|
|Washington County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|United States District Court for the District of Oregon||Licensed to practice||2009 - Present|
|United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Oregon||Licensed to Practice||2009 - Present|
|Legal Aid Services of Oregon||Pro Bono Attorney||2008 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||2008 - Present|
|Oregon Women Lawyers Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Service to the Public Committee||Former committee member||2008 - 2010|
|Multnomah Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Custody modification||Custody stayed with mother; money award|
|Relocation with step-son||Visitation with step-child|
|Child support and parenting time modification attempt||Complete win|
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|Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School||N/A||J.D.||2008|
|Portland State University||N/A||M.B.A.||2003|
|Evergreen State College||Physics, Multimedia, Historical Costuming||BA/BS||1998|