Adam was born in Boise, ID. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2016 and his Bachelor of Arts in History and in Art History from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Prior to entering private practice, he worked as a judicial extern for the Lane County’s Presiding Judge, Karsten H. Rasmussen.
Adam’s interested in family law was sparked by his participation in the University of Oregon’s Domestic Violence Clinic, where he worked litigating Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) restraining orders as well as stalking protective orders. This was one of his first opportunities working with clients one on one. Adam enjoyed identifying legal issues for clients and helping them craft safety plans and strategies for moving forward in their lives.
Adam quickly learned that domestic violence as a category composes a small sliver of a much larger spectrum of family law issues that are largely interconnected. His interest in family law developed as he gained more exposure to custody, parenting time and support issues. He likes that family law allows him to work personally with clients to help them to resolve issues and improve their lives; and appreciates that it represents a unique confluence of different fields of law, including property, contracts and custody.
Adam is a member of the Multnomah County, Clackamas County and Washington County Bar Associations; the Oregon State Bar – Family Law Section; and the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners.
In his personal time, Adam enjoys playing musical instruments. He inherited his interest from his grandparents who are both musicians and music teachers. He has a knack for playing semi-obscure instruments. He notes that one of the most interesting things about musical components such as basic notes, scales and rhythms is that it is in many ways a universal language. Musicians across cultures and languages can appreciate each other, and often play together, without sharing anything else in common.