First and foremost, I love wine and the law.
I’ve spent years working in tasting rooms to learn more about the industry and how Oregon’s winemakers plant, produce, and bottle premier northwest wines. I love talking to people about Pinot noir and explaining the difference between a Dijon clone and a Pommard clone, the reasons why vintages matter, how a glass can affect the way wine tastes.
I have worked in the tasting rooms of two of Oregon’s premier wineries, Sokol Blosser Winery and Montinore Estate.
I have volunteered at Oregon Pinot Camp and served as the volunteer bartender at the Portland Art Museum.
Similarly, I love analyzing legal issues facing my clients. I feel good about myself when I am able to save them concern and worry by handling their legal problems so they can return to what matters to them – their work and family.
I graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2006. As president of my graduating class, I put together the graduating dinner at Chemeketa’s Northwest Viticulture Center.
I am active in my community, including serving on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs from 2010 to 2016, appointed by then-Governors Kulogoski and Kitzhaber. I was an attorney-appointee to the Oregon Judicial Fitness & Disability Commission. Within the Bar, I am the former chair of the Agricultural and Administrative Law Sections and had the honor of being the first Latina chair of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association.