Jim Van Ness provides legal representation in all areas of family law. He specializes in custody cases, with a focus on advocating men's rights. In addition, he has a successful business law practice focusing on formation, intellectual property, and trade issues. Mr. Van Ness is a past member of the Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Board, the United States District Court Local Rules Advisory Committee, and a current member of the Marion County Practice and Procedures Committee. He is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington. Admissions include: the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Past honors include: Award for Distinguished Achievement, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1998; Distinguished Presenter, Gravitation Effects on Doppler Mechanics, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Symposium, 1982; Award of Excellence for Telemetry Support of the Shuttle Columbia Landing at White Sands Missile Range, National Reconnaissance Office, 1982; Certificate of Merit for Advancement of Inertial Navigation Systems, Honeywell Aerospace Division, 1980; Award of Excellence for Precision Support of the MX Missile Inertial Navigation System, National Reconnaissance Office, 1980; Certificate of Merit for Saving Life and Property During Hurricane Agnes, Maryland National Park & Planning Commission, 1972. AREAS OF PRACTICE Family Law Custody Cases Business Law BAR ADMISSIONS Oregon Washington U.S. District Court District of Oregon U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit U.S. Court of International Trade U.S. Court of Federal Claims CLASSES/SEMINARS Distinguished Presenter, Gravitation Effects on Doppler Mechanics, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Symposium, 1982 HONORS AND AWARDS Award for Distinguished Achievement, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1998 Award of Excellence for Telemetry Support of the Shuttle Columbia Landing at White Sands Missile Range, National Reconnaissance Office, 1982 Certificate of Merit for Advancement of Inertial Navigation Systems, Honeywell Aerospace Division, 1980 Award of Excellence for Precision Support of the MX Missile Inertial Navigation System, National Reconnaissance Office, 1980 Certificate of Merit for Saving Life and Property During Hurricane Agnes, Maryland National Park & Planning Commission, 1972 PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS Oregon State Bar, Disciplinary Board, Past Member United States District Court, Local Rules Advisory Committee, Past Member Marion County Practice and Procedures Committee, Member Practice Areas DIVORCE ADOPTION CRIMINAL DEFENSE FIREARMS LAW ESTATE PLANNING BUSINESS LAW PROBATE SERVICES Schedule A Free Cons
Leonard is widely experienced in criminal and civil trial work. His professional career and accomplishments are fascinating. His talent is making the legally complex simple to understand and telling your story in a compelling way. As an aside he is also an excellent marksman and does not pass up the opportunity to go shooting. Sadly, his shooting skills have never helped him win a case. Back to the legal stuff. While Leonard is passionate about the criminal law and civil rights issues, what drives him is getting the very best results he can in any given situation. Working towards the best achievable outcomes for his clients is his goal and the focus of his practice. He is best known for thinking outside the box and coming up with creative ways to solve complex problems for his clients. Leonard lives in Salem with his wife of twenty-nine years and his twelve-year-old son (an avid boy scout). After law school, Leonard's wife made him promise to use his powers for good and not evil. Leonard is committed to that promise and will do the best job he can for his clients. Leonard started his career as a prosecutor on the Oregon coast. It was during his time as a prosecutor that he became well known for his expertise in criminal law and search and seizure law. Leonard's career took off as he was recruited by the Police Academy to lead and deliver cutting edge training to law enforcement. Missing the courtroom, Leonard joined the Trial Division of the Oregon Department of Justice as a senior trial attorney litigating the most serious civil suits against the State of Oregon. After becoming the Attorney-in-Charge of the Torts and Employment Section of the Trial Division, his litigation team achieved an unmatched trial success winning twenty-two trials out of twenty-three. Leonard believes that the Government should at all times treat people fairly, within the bounds of the law and leave them with their dignity. AREAS OF PRACTICE 40% Divorce and Separation 25% Criminal Defense 20% Government 10% Civil Rights 5% Expungement LITIGATION PERCENTAGE 65% of Practice Devoted to Litigation BAR ADMISSIONS Oregon, 1991 U.S. Federal Courts, 2000 EDUCATION University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon J.D. Willamette University, Salem, Oregon B.A. - 1987 Major: History Major: Political Science PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS Oregon Department of Justice, Attorney-in-Charge, 2001 - 2011 Tillamook District Attorney's Office, Deputy DA, 1991 - 1998
As a law clerk for the Willamette College of Law (WCL) Family Law Clinic, he became familiar with the responsibilities and challenges which arise in the area of family law. During that time, he also became experienced as a trial attorney. Rich also clerked for one of the largest criminal law firms in Oregon where he wrote briefs for the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Appellate Court, and motions for the Marion County District Court. Prior to that he worked at the Marion County District Attorneys office as a DUII clerk. Since joining the firm, Rich has been immersed in client representation including preparing memorandums for supervising attorneys, interviewing clients, preparing witnesses for trial, writing motions to the court, and communicating with the OLCC and other government agencies. AREAS OF PRACTICE Family Law PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS Willamette College of Law (WCL) Family Law Clinic, Law Clerk Marion County District Attorneys office, DUII clerk
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