During law school, Elizabeth was a law clerk in Salem working on proposed legislation for the Oregon Legislature, amicus briefs regarding labor law, arbitration, and contract disputes, helping her supervising attorney prepare for arbitration. After admittance to the Oregon State Bar in 2015, Elizabeth clerked for Judge Patricia McGuire in family law court. In this role, she learned a great deal about family and juvenile law including juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency, and the many aspects of family law cases. Through the opportunity to research and draft documents, and further experience under this role, Elizabeth eventually moved into private practice, focusing on issues related to domestic violence and child abuse. She has worked on many complicated domestic violence and child abuse matters which often cross over between both family law and juvenile law. In addition to her juvenile experience, she has also worked on complex cases involving a myriad of assets and processed a large amount of financial data, having to analyze various accounts and finances and then present that information to supervising attorneys. Additionally, through the regular course of her work, she has taken depositions, mediated, drafted judgments, and have first and second chair trial experience. In maintaining a heavy caseload, she is always interested in new intellectual challenges. In her practice as a family law attorney, Elizabeth truly cares about each of her clients. Knowing that every individual and case is unique, she aims to strategize for all eventual outcomes. Elizabeth believes the best way to adapt to the uncertainties of family law is to be overly prepared.
Throughout the years, Elizabeth has gained experience navigating the court system and advocating for her clients and legal community. She has had the opportunity to work with judges on both the trial and appellate courts, court staff, trial administrators, community members, social workers, and mental health professionals. Elizabeth is passionate about family law on a very personal level, and as a mother of two young children, she understands the complications of restructuring a family and aims to make the process as smooth as possible for all the people and families she works with.
Elizabeth also participates in several volunteer opportunities including the Oregon Women Lawyers introvert committee, active board member of Allies in Change, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She has been involved in many speaking opportunities within the legal community.
“Nothing is ever predictable, and I believe the best way to adapt to a changing environment is to be overly prepared.”
As a mother of two, Elizabeth loves watching her kids grow and explore the world around them. She and her family have a small hobby farm where they raise chickens, dogs, pigs, turkeys, and sheep, and hope to add a milk cow to the farm in the future. In the spring and summer months, Elizabeth spends her time in the garden growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
Elizabeth’s husband has his own small business working with classic cars, so when they are not wrangling animals and children, they are busy are working in the garage.
Elizabeth also enjoys running, hiking, and yoga with her family.