My law practice reflects my belief in the value of hard work. I grew up in a large family in rural North Idaho and Eastern Washington. My grandfather, father, and brothers worked in the floor covering trade, and I spent summers throughout high school working on job sites. I’ve had many jobs since then, but my commitment to hard work hasn’t changed. Everyone deserves respect in the workplace, and that belief shapes my client advocacy.
I graduated from college in Olympia, Washington, and then spent several years working in politics and public policy. I served as an aide to a labor leader in the state house of representatives. I also managed a successful legislative campaign and worked as a lobbyist on local government issues.
In 2009, I moved to Portland to attend law school. I clerked for the Student Legal Services office at Portland State University and the Community Development Law Center at Legal Aid Services of Oregon. I intended to use my law degree to continue working on policy issues, but I found that I greatly enjoyed helping people with their legal challenges.
Most of my work involves employment related matters, either representing individuals who have been injured on the job or individuals who have disputes with their employers. I also represent people who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Occasionally I represent tenants in disputes with residential landlords.
After graduation, I worked for a personal injury law firm, then joined Bennett, Hartman, Morris & Kaplan, LLP, in the summer of 2013. When I’m not at work, I enjoy biking around Portland, spending weekends in the great outdoors of the Northwest, and playing in basketball leagues.
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar: 2013
- Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College (J.D., 2013)
- The Evergreen State College (B.A., 2001)
- St. Andrew Legal Clinic, Volunteer, 2013 – Present
- Common Ground Wellness Center, Board of Directors, 2011 – 2012
- Working Families Party of Oregon, Volunteer, 2010 – 2011
- The Lands Council, Board of Directors, 2004 – 2006
- City of Spokane Bicycle Advisory Board, Member, 2001 – 2004