Professional Experience

I first began to explore a career in the legal field during college. I sought out positions that would provide me with a background and experience in the law. I first volunteered as a victim advocate through the Lane County District Attorney's Office in Eugene at the Child Advocacy Center. I then clerked for a law firm in Portland serving primarily Spanish-speaking clients in Personal Injury and Workers Compensation cases. Enjoying the experience of serving those in need, I focused on family, criminal and immigration law while in law school. During law school, I clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice in their Family Law Section and also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Michael H. Bennett for the U.S. Department of Justice at the Portland Immigration Court.

Prior to joining Harris Law Firm in 2005, I was employed by the Oregon Judicial Department as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Cynthia D. Carlson at the Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene.

I am comfortable in the courtroom and effectively argue cases to both judges and juries. I manage criminal cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to major felonies. I frequently handle cases with overlapping family and criminal law issues such as Restraining Orders (FAPA) and Stalking Protective Orders (Civil and Criminal). I have experience litigating cases in courts throughout the greater metro area. In January 2014, I was approved by Oregon Supreme Court to serve as a pro tempore judge in the circuit court for the state of Oregon. I currently hear contested restraining order matters for the Washington County Circuit Court.

I was a member of the Washington County Bar Association Board of Directors from 2010 – 2016. I served as the President for 2013-2014 and Secretary of the organization for 2014 – 2016. I assisted in the reorganization of the Washington County Bench/Bar committee in 2012. In addition to my membership in several legal related organizations, I served on the Washington County Public Safety Coordinating Council from 2008 – 2015 and as a Project Manager on the School Board for Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School in Beaverton from 2015 – 2016.

Personal

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, cooking for others and entertaining/event planning, traveling and reading.

Work Experience

  • Oregon Department of Justice - Family Law Section, Law Clerk (2002 - 2003);
  • U.S. Department of Justice - Portland Immigration Court, Judicial Intern (2003);
  • Oregon Judicial Department - Lane County Circuit Court, Judicial Clerk (2004 - 2005);
  • Harris Law Firm – Associate Attorney (2005 - 2010);
  • Harris Law Firm – Shareholder (2010 – Present).

Bar Admissions

  • State of Oregon

Education

  • J.D., Willamette University College of Law, 2004. Moot Court Board Member.
  • B.A. (Administration of Justice, with Honors), Portland State University, 2001

Other

  • Amy speaks Spanish fluently.
  • She is a member of the Oregon State Bar Family Law Section, Washington County Bar Association, Oregon Minority Lawyers Association and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association.
  • She was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2009, 2015 and 2016, and as a Super Lawyer for 2017.
  • She has presented a Continuing Legal Education course for the Oregon State Bar, Oregon New Lawyers Division – Everything You Need to Know About Family Law as a Young Lawyer: Pre-judgment Motions for Temporary Remedies, May 2014

Please email me if you'd like to have me help you, or if you'd like more information.

Contact Amy Velázquez

Harris Law Firm, P.C.
165 SE 26th Avenue
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

Tel: (503) 648-4777
Fax: (503) 648-0989
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