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.), victim rights, bankruptcy, and wills and trusts. I especially enjoy representing women dealing with difficult life transitions, such as divorce, child disputes, and domestic violence.
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, Liz, and Jordan, and my fellow attorneys, Jim, Bruce, Ben, Alex, and Steve. 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.
Licensed since 2008
Fixed (Always), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (15 minutes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
|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, Public Service Advisory Committee||Secretary||2011 - 2013|
|Washington County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Oregon||Licensed to Practice||2009 - Present|
|United States District Court for the District of Oregon||Licensed to practice||2009 - Present|
|Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||2008 - Present|
|Legal Aid Services of Oregon||Pro Bono Attorney||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|
|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|