I grew up in Portland, Oregon. After high school, I first moved to Corvallis in 1993 and was an electrical engineering student at Oregon State University. After three years, I transferred to University of Colorado at Boulder to complete my engineering degree.
After my undergraduate work was complete, I worked as an electrical engineer for six years, primarily with Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon. In 2002, I started law school as an evening student at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College while continuing to work full time at Intel. During this time, I attended law school classes after work.
In 2004, I left Intel and took a clerking job at the Portland firm of Swanson, Thomas, and Coon. There I worked with a number of exceptional attorneys, primarily in the areas of workers' compensation and personal injury law. I also developed an interest in criminal law and criminal defense.
In 2006, I took a position as a certified law student at the public defender's office of Multnomah Defenders in Portland. I was certified to appear in court on behalf of clients for misdemeanor trials, arraignments, motion hearings, and DUII diversions. After graduating from law school in 2006, I joined my father and wife to create West Valley Law Group PC in Corvallis, Oregon. There, I focused primarily on general litigation practice and criminal defense.
After two years of successful practice, in Corvallis, I relocated to Portland to continue the practice of law after Tim Brittle retired. I have grown my law firm to as many as 5 attorneys, and have since reduced it to the convenience of a solo practice. I have practiced extensively in the area of family law, divorce, criminal law, restraining orders, and Oregon stalking orders. I have successfully argued before the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court.
My hobbies include cycling, running, listening to music, running, computers, and recently, triathlons. People who know me will also describe me as passionate about politics and social justice.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Legal Links Editor||Oregon State Bar||2013|
|Oregon State Bar Leaders Panel||Oregon Professional Liability Fund||2013|
|Preeminent 4.8 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Conference Scholarship||National Crime Victim Law Institute||2009|
|Dean's List||Lewis and Clark Law School||2006|
|Honors First Year Appellate Brief||Lewis and Clark Law School||2003|
|Owner||Pacific Law Firms, LLC||2017 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Brittle & Brittle P.C.||2008 - 2017|
|Shareholder||West Valley Law Group PC||2006 - 2008|
|Law Clerk||Swanson Thomas & Coon||2004 - 2006|
|Electrical Engineer||Intel Corporation||1999 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Victims' Rights Attorneys||Member||2009 - Present|
|Multnomah Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||N/A||2006 - Present|
|Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Intenational Acadamy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2010 - 2016|
|Lewis and Clark Mentor Program||Law School Student Mentor||2008 - 2017|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2004 - 2016|
|Oregon State Bar||Financial and Legal Responsibilities of Parents for Their Children||2013|
|Legal Blog||Five Warning Flags Before You Hire a Divorce or Family Law Lawyer||2012|
|Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School||JD - Juris Doctor, Certificate of Criminal Law||2006|
|University of Colorado - Boulder||BS - Bachelor of Science||1998|
|Learning the Ropes||"Experts in the Field" Luncheon - Question and Answer||2014|
|Learning the Ropes||"Experts in the Field" Luncheon - Question and Answer||2013|
|Lewis and Clark Law School||Professionalism Panel||2010|
|Backpack to Briefcase Series||Solo or Small Firm Practice - Marketing Your Firm||2010|
|In the Matter of Schwindt and Schwindt||Affirmed|
|Heikkila v. Heikkila||Success|
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