Joel was born and raised in Portland and became an attorney to advocate for a community he cares deeply about. This passion drives him to get the best results in every case. He worked for a major insurance company and was quickly entrusted to handle complex lawsuits worth millions of dollars ranging from motor vehicle accidents, insurance coverage and benefits disputes, property loss, premises liability, slip and falls, fire losses, construction defect and product liability claims. His passion for helping people inspired him to use his experience, in the courtroom and representing a large insurance company, to aid injured people in maximizing their recoveries in a way other lawyers cannot.
Joel is an active member in the legal community serving in various positions within the Oregon New Lawyers Division including Chair of the Division. He is a featured continuing legal education speaker on a variety of litigation topics including wrongful death cases, depositions and trial strategies. His presentations have been featured locally, through the litigation section of the Oregon State Bar and nationally. He was recognized for his advocacy by receiving the 2019 University of Oregon School of Law Outstanding Young Alumni Award and was nominated to the National Trial Lawyers top 40 attorneys under 40 in 2019.
Joel received his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University and attended University of Oregon for law school. He is a huge fan of Gonzaga basketball, an ex-lacrosse player and he has a weakness for 1960’s soul ballads. Prior to starting his legal career, Joel and his wife Nanda were volunteers at a school in Peru where they started a sports program for elementary age students. Joel loves to cook for his wife and three kids, Neela, Bodhi and Zia.
United States District Court for the District of Oregon
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
B.A., Gonzaga University
Oregon New Lawyers Division: Chair, Chair Elect, Past Chair
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association