Professional Experience

Amy N. Velázquez
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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 Velázquez Gibbens 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 Velázquez Gibbens – Associate Attorney (2005 - 2010);
  • Harris Velázquez Gibbens – 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

Contact Amy Velázquez

Harris Velázquez Gibbens, P.C.
165 SE 26th Avenue
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

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