I began my legal career in 1975. It has always been my intention to deliver justice in whatever way I could to my clients. When I was a referee/administrative law judge, I held thousands of hearings in the Willamette Valley and Southwestern Oregon. The hearings were administrative, and more often than not the parties were not represented. It was up to me to help each party develop its best case and then rule on the case with a final written order.
When I was with the Attorney General's Office defending claims for SAIF, I had an oportunity to learn how the workers compensation system worked. It was a revelation which led me to leave and represent injured workers, for that is where my heart is. I am still doing it.
I take great pleasure in helping my clients through very difficult situations. I know it is especially important to help them through the maze of programs in addition to the workers compensation system, to ensure they get through with as few losses and indignities as possible. My staff and I feel it is our duty to do so.
For six years I served on the Local Professional Reponsibility Committee. Its purpose was to contact lawyers who had been the subject of complaints and interview and recommend for or against prosecution by the Oregon State Bar. I believe the Bar is at its best when it promply and impartially responds to complaints, whether from other lawyers, citizens or clients.
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.