Experience as a Judge
I believe in fairness and justice and have devoted over 20 of my 22-year legal career to public service, including 7 years as a judge pro tem with the Marion County Circuit Court and as an administrative law judge with the State of Oregon. As a Marion County Circuit Court Judge pro tem, I managed my own courtroom, presiding over criminal, juvenile, and civil cases. I presided over drug court and mental commitments. While with the Marion County Circuit Court, I created and developed the Traffic Court Diversion Program the Court uses today.
Experience as a Criminal Prosecutor & an Attorney
I started my legal career as a deputy district attorney prosecuting, trying, and handling hundreds of criminal cases - everything from DUIIs to serious sex crimes, racketeering, fraud, and murder cases. As a prosecutor, special prosecutor, special assistant attorney general, and an enforcement attorney, I helped to protect our most vulnerable citizens – abused and exploited children, victims of domestic violence, and the elderly. As a civil attorney, I handled everything from divorce cases to complex civil litigation representing individuals, small businesses, and large, multi-million dollar, international corporations.
Experience as a Senior Policy Advisor
My legal career has spanned well beyond the courtroom, and I've had a unique opportunity to work for the benefit and protection of Oregonians throughout this state. I've written Oregon law - both administrative and statutory. I've testified before the legislature numerous times as an expert on state and federal law. I've served on and led numerous State of Oregon advisory committees. I've advised four different governors' offices and was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to serve on the Oregon State Inter-agency Coordinating Council. Within the last few months alone, I've (1) led a project that successfully obtained more than $150 million over five years from the federal government to lower insurance rates for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians; and (2) took a leading role negotiating a contract with the CEO of a $500 million corporation for the benefit of over 100,000 Oregonians.