I began my legal career working as a paralegal for over 10 years, helping injured people. Through that work, I was inspired to become an attorney in order to better help people with disabilities have a voice and obtain the benefits they need. A native Oregonian, I received my undergraduate degree from Portland State University and attended law school at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Prior to joining Harris Velázquez Gibbens, my law practice exclusively consisted of Social Security Disability matters. I have represented thousands of people all over the United States, fighting for their benefits against the federal government. My extensive and varied experience enables me to look at cases from every level and connect with clients in a very meaningful way. I fight for your rights and am able to work with you and your medical providers to navigate the disability process.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my pet Schnoodle. My husband and I love to travel. I am a bookworm and I also enjoy cooking, baking, watching sports, camping, and wine tasting.
- State of Oregon 2012
- Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 2011, Honors in Legal Research & Writing. Certificate Alternative Dispute Resolution. Certificate in Chinese Comparative Law, East China University of Politics and Law. Runner-Up First Year Appellate Competition. Co-Editor, Oregon Courts Service, Willamette Law Online. Summer Editor and Research Editor, Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution.
- Portland State University, B.A., English, 2008
Classes and Seminars
• Presenter “Ethically and Effectively Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity” Oregon State Bar Disability Law Section, Social Security Disability Recent Trends and Tips, June 1, 2018
• Panelist “Interacting and Working Together When Mental Health or Cognitive Disability Is a Concern” Oregon State Bar Disability Law Section, Practicing Inclusion: How to Best Represent Clients with Disabilities, June 7, 2019
• Presenter “ Social Security Practice in the times of COVID-19” Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, May 18, 2020
• Presenter “Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity in the Times of COVID-19” Oregon State Bar Disability Law Section, Getting Oriented in the Civil Rights Statutes that Protect People with Disabilities: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and What’s New on the Horizon, October 14, 2020
• Oregon State Bar Disability Law Section Executive Board Committee
• Social Security Disability Section, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA)
• National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSCCR)
• Oregon Social Security Claimants Representatives (OSCCR)
• Washington County Bar Association
• Oregon with Disabilities Association