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 the current chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Oregon State Bar’s Administrative Law Section and a former president of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association.
I am active in my community, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Portland Ulsan Sister City Association and volunteering for Willamette’s Moot Court Board as the coach of the traveling appellate competition team. In 2010, I was appointed to the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs by Governor Kulogoski. I was reappointed to another three year term by Governor Kitzhaber in 2013. I currently serve on the the Judicial Fitness & Disability Commission, as an attorney appointee of the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors.