“AN OFT-OVERLOOKED LEGAL SKILL IS LISTENING.  My first job as a lawyer is to listen to my clients, understand their circumstances, their needs and their goals.  Once I understand a client’s needs, I can work collaboratively with them to evaluate options.”

About Me

Our firm prides itself on its “deep roots.” That concept – of a law firm deeply rooted in its community – resonates with me because my family has been heavily invested in the mid-Willamette Valley for generations. My grandfather, for example, Dr. Charles Campbell, was the first doctor of internal medicine in Salem. He practiced medicine here from 1938 to 1990. He was instrumental in building the Salem Hospital. In fact, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Wing of the Salem Hospital is named in his honor. In turn, my father, has practiced medicine in Salem since 1976, and still maintains a brisk practice.

For my part, I grew up in the hills of South Salem, with my two older brothers and younger sister. I traveled to New Hampshire for college, where I spent four adventurous years earning my Bachelor’s degree. I loved the northeast and formed lasting friendships there, but I knew that Salem would ultimately be my home – there is simply no better state to live in than Oregon. When I was accepted to law schools all over the country, the decision was easy; I returned to Salem to attend Willamette University College of Law.

While in law school, I married my beautiful wife, Shannon – also a life long Salem resident. Today, Shannon and I are busy raising our three children in South Salem, but we both find time to engage in the community. For me that has meant coaching my daughters’ soccer team, serving as Chair of the Young Life Committee for Greater Salem, as well as a Director on the Board of Directors for the Salem Free Clinics.

When I am not in the office or volunteering, I enjoy spending time in nature with my family; everything from simple day hikes to 6-day whitewater rafting trips. I love this community, and I deeply value the opportunity to come along side my friends and neighbors to work through their challenges.

My Legal Work

An oft-overlooked legal skill is listening. My first job as a lawyer is to listen to my clients, understand their circumstances, their needs and their goals. Once I understand a client’s needs, I can work collaboratively with them to evaluate options.

Sometimes litigation is an option. And simply put, litigation is my specialty. As my grandfather once said, “every toolbox needs a hammer.” When a conflict is beyond resolution, there is simply no substitute for a highly experienced litigator. I assist my clients with a variety of litigation needs, from commercial disputes to employment disagreements to fiduciary conflicts. With well over 100 trials in both state and federal court, I have honed litigation skills that give my clients an edge. While there are many lawyers that call themselves “litigators” or “trial lawyers,” the reality is that very few of these “trial lawyers” have any real trial experience. Effective trial advocacy is like riding a bike: the only way to learn it, is by doing it. My experience in the courtroom is what sets me apart from other “litigators,” and it is what gives my clients a tremendous advantage in litigating their case.

On the other hand, when the goal is to stay out of the courtroom, lawyers who know how to try cases are in the best position to help their clients avoid litigation. This is so because the ability to successfully try cases is the cornerstone to the practice of law – it is the apex of what we do. And when that knowledge is applied to day-to-day business decisions, tough employment situations, or negotiations with a difficult individual or company, I know how to get results while protecting my clients.

I focus my practice in the following areas:

Professional Activities and Community Involvement
  • Chair, Young Life Committee, current
  • Director, Salem Free Clinics Board of Directors, current
  • President, Crestview Glenn Homeowners Association, current
  • Moot Court Judge, Willamette University College of Law, 2006 – 2013

Bachelor of Arts, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire (1999)
Juris Doctor, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon (2002)