Faith treats everyone with compassion and seeks justice tirelessly for clients.
From a young age, Faith has been involved in community service. From volunteering with programs to serve the homeless, to working with young children at her church, Faith has always enjoyed helping others. The same passion and drive that sent her to Mexico to build houses for homeless families led her to law school. She has continued to volunteer for community groups and has been involved in many activities, including organizing and speaking at events raising awareness about human trafficking in Oregon. Faith continues to seek opportunities to serve in the community and she enjoys volunteering. For example, she serves on the Board of Mercy’s Gate, a local non-profit that seeks to decrease the threat of homelessness of employed individuals whose wages do not match the costs of basic living. The focus is on long-term stability, increasing skills for navigating trials and strengthening emotional fortitude to handle life’s ongoing challenges. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the Immigration Clinic at her church, New Life Church of the Nazarene, providing low-cost services to low-income families.
Faith graduated from Willamette University College of Law magna cum laude. During law school, Faith served as Editor-in-Chief of Willamette Law Online and as an Executive Editor of the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution. She was a member of the Pro Bono Honors Society, volunteered for the Willamette University Public Interest Law Project, and served in various positions in other extra-curricular groups. Faith’s interest in serving people and justice led her to practice with Andersen Morse & Linthorst.
During law school, Faith worked one-on-one with struggling students to help teach them legal writing and research methods. She worked on plaintiff-side issues in worker’s compensation and social security disability by helping research, draft, and edit briefs for filing in an administrative forum, the U.S. Federal District Court, and in the Oregon Court of Appeals. She worked as a legal intern in the International Human Rights Clinic on a report on Oregon’s infrastructure response to human trafficking published in June 2010. She worked with a team for End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT) in New York to analyze the laws regarding child prostitution in all 50 states. She also helped prepare draft rules and commentary for the Committee to Review the Oregon Judicial Code.
In addition to her law degree, Faith earned a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
She is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the Jackson County Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). She is the Education Chair of the Anti-Human Trafficking Litigation Group of AAJ and an at large member of the AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group Executive Committee. She serves as the Co-Chair of the Oregon Trial Lawyers’ Publication Committee, as a Board Member for the Oregon Jury Project, and serves the Oregon State Bar on the Executive Committee of the Products Liability Section as chair-elect, as Regional Director for the Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Committee, and as Immediate Past Chair of the Oregon State Bar Practice and Procedure Committee. Faith is a 9th Circuit Lawyer Representative. She has also authored an amicus brief for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association filed with the Oregon Court of Appeals, helping to successfully stop a water-birthing center’s attempt to force a baby who suffered birth trauma into arbitration. Most recently, she is the Southern Oregon Regional Director for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Fire Response team, helping coordinate a team of volunteer lawyers helping Almeda, Obenchain, and Slater fire victims with their insurance claims.
When she’s not doing working or volunteering, she spends time with her husband, son, and two dogs. She enjoys horseback riding, attending plays at the many fantastic local theaters, and reading. Many weekends, she can be found hiking or riding in the natural beauty around Medford, Oregon.
Faith received the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Graduate Award and the Bruce Spaulding Memorial Award for Trial Advocacy. While studying for her MBA, she was named a Willamette MBA Scholar, received the Exceptional Performance Award for Integrated Knowledge Evaluation Week, and won the Fitzhenry Joint Degree Scholar Award.
Faith has been named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and as a SuperLawyer in 2020 and 2021. She was also recognized by Best Lawyers in 2020 and 2021, and the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. She is also a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. She is a member of the Melvin Belli Society.
Oregon Trial Lawyer, “Defeating Nursing Home Arbitration Clauses,” Fall 2021
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Motor Vehicle Collision Deskbook Chapter, “Wage Loss Claims,” 2020
Oregon Trial Lawyer, “Focus Groups,” Fall 2020
Oregon Trial Lawyer, “Volunteering,” Spring 2020
Oregon Trial Lawyer, “Resolving Causation Disputes with Medicare,” Summer 2019
Oregon Trial Lawyer, “Presenting Well,” Winter 2018
Oregon Trial Lawyer, “Credibility at Trial,” Fall 2016
International Human Rights Clinic at Willamette University College of Law, MODERN SLAVERY IN OUR MIDST: A Human Rights Report on Ending Human Trafficking in Oregon (2010)
Lawline Webinar, Elder Abuse Reporting, 2018
American Association for Justice, Annual Convention, Initial Intake Analysis, 2018
American Bar Association/NLADA Equal Justice Conference, Breaking Free: Human Trafficking Litigation, 2018
William V. Deatherage Inns of Court, Humor in Legal Writing, 2017
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Annual Motor Vehicle Collision Seminar, Pretrial Preparation for a Defense Biomechanical Engineer, 2017
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association New Lawyer Power Hour, How to Value a Case, 2017
Jackson County Bar Association, Elder Abuse Reporting, 2017
American Association for Justice, Hot Topics in Mass Torts, What Is Human Trafficking?, 2017
American Association for Justice, Webinar, Anti-Human Trafficking Part I: An Introduction, 2017
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Fights Worth Having: Depositions, 2016
Jackson County Public Defenders and Prosecutors CLE, Oregon Human Trafficking Laws, 2013