I have been practicing law in Eastern Oregon since 1993. Prior to beginning my legal carreer, I worked as a police officer with the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department, I attended the University of Tulsa Law School while working in the department's Special Investigations Unit. I moved my family from Oklahoma to Eastern Oregon when I graduated from law school. My first job was as an assistant district attorney with the Union County DA's Office. I gained valuable trial experience, trying cases to juries in everything from sexual abuse to attempted aggravated murder.
In 1997 I began working in private practice; first with Mautz Baum & O'Hanlon, and then as a sole practitioner. In 2000 Gene Hallman and I formed the partnership of Hallman & Dretke. Ours firm's practice is exclusively in litigation. In the past few years I have developed a practice that focuses on nursing home abuse. I find that taking on the corporations that own nursing homes and too often put profits before people is a rewarding experience. Our firm has also litigated against some of the most powerful corporations around: Ford Motor Company, Wal-Mart, and UPRR to name a few.
My wife, Khuelien ("Lien"), is a family nurse practitioner with the Grande Ronde Internal Medicine Clinic in La Grande. We have been married for 29 years. Together we have raised two children, Rachael - who is soon to obtain her Masters degree and follow in her mother's footsteps as a nurse practitioner, and Tyler - who will graduate from Oregon State University in Fall 2010 with a degree in geology.
Lien and I both stay physically active. She runs consistently and has completed full and half-marathons. I compete in Iron-distance triathlons. When we are not training or working, we dote on our grandson, Ethan.
Hallman & Dretke
104 SE 5th Street
Pendleton, OR, 97801-2310
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Oregon Super Lawyer, limited to the top 5% of lawyers in Oregon||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Partner||Hallman & Dretke||2000 - Present|
|Sole Practitioner||1999 - 2000|
|Partner||Mautz Baum & O'Hanlon||1997 - 1998|
|Chief Deputy DA||Union County District Attorney||1995 - 1996|
|Deputy DA||Lane County District Attorney's Office||1994 - 1995|
|Deputy DA||Union County District Attorney||1993 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||Executive Committee||2009 - Present|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Member||2007 - Present|
|National Board of Trial Advocacy||Certified Civil Trial Specialist||2006 - Present|
|Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||2006 - Present|
|Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Umatilla County Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2000 - Present|
|Union County Bar Association||Member||1996 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||1993 - Present|
|University of Tulsa College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Louisiana State University||BGS||1983|
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