Laura was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1984 and her Bachelor of Science in 1979; both from the University of Oregon. Prior to entering private practice in 1992, Laura served as Deputy District Attorney in the Marion County District Attorney’s Office; as Assistant Attorney General in the Oregon Department of Justice; and on the staff of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Chief Counsel, and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington, D.C. She has since served as Director of the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund.
She practices all areas of family law and collaborative divorce, with special emphasis on complex child custody and parenting time issues. Laura is a frequent lecturer on litigation and settlement issues involving custody and parenting time and is co-author of the Oregon State Bar Family Law chapter on custody and parenting time. Additionally, she regularly provides pro bono services to minor children.
Laura was recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 25 Women and the Top 50 Oregon Attorneys”. She holds the “AV Preeminent” peer review rating by Martindale Hubbell, which signifies the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. She has earned additional recognition by Washington Law and Politics magazine as one of Oregon’s “Super Lawyers”.
Laura serves as a member of the Multnomah County, Clackamas County and Washington County Bar Associations; the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners; the Oregon State Bar – Family Law Section; the Portland collaborative Divorce professional group; and the University of Oregon Law School Dean’s Advisory Council. She is also on the Board of the Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners and the Board of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Oregon Chapter.