Natalie Jean-Baptiste

Prior to launching her own bankruptcy practice and student loan counseling service, Natalie worked for many years in the music industry. She held positions such as Copyright Coordinator at J Records and Royalty Analyst at EMI Music before landing a position as Director of Legal & Business Affairs at Renegade Nation, an indie multimedia company headed by Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Natalie earned her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 2004. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Media Studies from Fordham University. Natalie also attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where she became a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Natalie is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York and U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Natalie is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute as well as the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Natalie is a health & freedom enthusiast who advocates for her clients’ physical, financial & emotional well-being. She loves Thai food, 80s pop culture and all things natural & eco-friendly. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys planning fabulous parties and wellness events, traveling the world and hanging out with her nephews Brendan & Jordan.

Thaddeus Hoffmeister

As a professor of law, Thaddeus Hoffmeister teaches courses related to criminal law, technology, and the jury. He also directs the UDSL Criminal Law Clinic where his students represent indigent clients charged with criminal offenses. Prior to joining UDSL, Hoffmeister worked on Capitol Hill, clerked for a federal judge, and served in the military.

Hoffmeister has published a number of law review articles, essays, editorials and lengthier writings exploring the criminal justice system, litigation, and social media. His most recent book is entitled Social Media in the Courtroom. In addition to his academic publications, Hoffmeister edits two blogs. His first blog, Juries, which has been continuously published since 2008, focuses on the various issues that arise with jurors and the jury process. His second blog, Social Media Law, examines social media’s impact on the legal system.

Hoffmeister has been widely cited in various media outlets ranging from the Los Angeles Times to the Wall Street Journal to Wired magazine. He has also made numerous appearances on both television and radio programs.

Outside of his work in academia, Hoffmeister teaches legal seminars, serves as a mediator in federal court, and works as an Acting Judge in Dayton Municipal Court. He was a jury consultant on several high-profile cases, including U.S. v. Barry Bonds. Hoffmeister has also taught a wide range of CLE-related courses to law students, practicing attorneys, and judges.

Hoffmeister obtained a B.A. in French from Morgan State University, a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and an LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to practice law in California, Washington, D.C., Indiana and Ohio.

Courses Taught

Degrees

Areas of Law

Selected Publications

Investigating Jurors in the Digital Age: One Click at a Time, 60 University of Kansas Law Review 611 (2012).

Google, Gadgets, and Guilt: The Digital Age’s Effect on Juries, 83 University of Colorado Law Review 409 (2012).

Applying the Rules of Discovery to Information Uncovered About Jurors, 59 UCLA Law Review Discourse 28 (2011).

An Insurrection Act for the 21st Century, 39 Stetson Law Review 861 (2010) (Symposium) (Peer-reviewed and selected for presentation at AALS annual conference).

Resurrecting the Grand Jury’s Shield: The Grand Jury Legal Advisor, 98 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1171 (2008).

Book
Social Media in the Courtroom: A New Era for Criminal Justice?  (Praeger 2014)

Book Chapter
Crimes, Prosecution and Evidence, SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW (PLI 2013) (updated annually)

Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith grew up in Yakima, Washington. After obtaining a psychology degree from Western Washington University and working at a psychiatric hospital for children, he obtained a law degree from Seattle University and moved back to Yakima to practice law in the community where he was raised. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as an advocate for children suffering from mental illness. As an attorney, he continues to advocate for children and their families in the civil justice system. Bryan now represents victims of sexual abuse, medical malpractice, serious injuries, and wrongful death.

Bryan has successfully handled complex litigation cases which have resulted in numerous multi-million dollar recoveries and was co-counsel in the clergy sex abuse lawsuit against the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, which resulted in the largest settlement with a religious order: $167 million. He was also co-counsel in the Montana clergy sexual abuse lawsuit against the Diocese of Helena which resulted in a $20 million settlement. In addition to clergy sexual abuse cases, Bryan has handled sexual abuse cases against state agencies that fail to protect his clients, resulting in recoveries of $6.55 million, $6.4 million, and 1.65 million.

Bryan is admitted to practice in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and practices by association with local counsel throughout the United States. He speaks regularly on the topic of personal injury and wrongful death litigation on Indian reservations and authored the “Expert Testimony” chapter of the “Washington Medical Negligence Deskbook”.

With his law partner Blaine Tamaki, Bryan has successfully handled complex litigation cases, which have resulted in numerous multi-million dollar recoveries.

  • Recovered $167 Million On Behalf Of Victims Of Clergy Sexual Abuse
  • Won A Settlement Of $6.55 Million On Behalf Of Children Whom DSHS Negligently Left In An Abusive Home
  • Won $6.4 Million On Behalf Of Victims Of A Violent Criminal Whom The Department Of Corrections Allowed To Roam Unsupervised
  • Achieved A Record $12 Million Settlement On Behalf Of A Victim Of Medical Malpractice In Central Washington, The Largest Medical Settlement In The History Of Central Or Eastern Washington
  • Helped Victims Of Negligent Road Design And Maintenance Obtain Recoveries Of $1.6 Million From Yakima County And $5 Million In A Lawsuit Against The State Of Washington Department Of Transportation.

Tim Williams

Tim brings that drive to every case he takes. Among Oregon lawyers, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who’s taken more personal injury cases to trial than Tim, who has been with the firm since 1999.   His tenacity comes from Tim’s firmly held belief that individuals and corporations that harm people or cause death must be held fully accountable.

The competence and professionalism Tim brings to the courtroom extends to his work with various organizations that have become a priority for this civically active lawyer. Tim has held leadership positions with the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the J.R. Campbell Inns of Court, and the Rotary Club of Bend.  He has also been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court – a distinction held by few.

Whether he’s working with leaders in the community or clients dealing with an injury from a vehicular accident, a work-related incident or who have lost a loved one due to wrongful death, Tim’s track record of bringing home wins speaks for itself. Since 2003, Tim has won millions of dollars for his clients.

Educational History

Legal Work Experience

  • Partner – Dwyer Williams Dretke, Attorneys, PC (2006 – present)
  • Associate – Law Office of Roy Dwyer, Attorney, P.C. (2004 – 2005)
  • Associate – Dwyer, Schlesinger & deVilleneuve Attorneys, P.C. (2003)
  • Law Clerk – Dwyer, Schlesinger & deVilleneuve Attorneys, P.C. (2000 – 2003)
  • Legal Assistant – Dwyer, Schlesinger & deVilleneuve Attorneys, P.C. (1999 – 2000)

Terry Scannell

Scannell Law emerged in 2008 from the depths of the “great recession”. Scannell Law's reputation of fiercely defending our clients in the courtroom has gotten around Oregon, leading to a steady growth by word of mouth of our clients. Scannell Law specializes in Civil Litigation, and we work very hard to provide you with the legal outcome that you want and deserve. We understand that your optimum budget is zero, therefore, our objective is to provide you with a fast and thorough review of your legal situation in order to aid settlement or trial.

Theodore J. Piteo

Theodore J. Piteo hails from the east coast, born in Chicago and raised in Kent, Ohio. He attended the Ohio State University Honors College where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Computer Science.

Ted entered Lewis and Clark Law School in 2005 to pursue a legal career and clerked under Legal Aid Clinic Director, Dick Slottee, before earning his Juris Doctorate in 2008.

Today, Ted actively participates in the bankruptcy community both as a Local Rules Committee Member and as a volunteer for the community outreach program CARE. Ted’s practice focuses on Debt Litigation and Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases for both consumers and small businesses. He has presented CLE classes on Bankruptcy Law and Divorce and is an avid participant in the Oregon State Bar Debtor/Creditor Section. Ted is admitted to practice in Portland, Oregon, and Ohio.

Ted lives with his yogini fiancée Kate and their two cats. When you can find Ted in town he is brewing batches of Microbrew beer and tending his garden. More often, when work is done, he is outdoor-bound by bicycle or car to backpack a trail or ski a mountain with the goal of exploring all the nooks and crannies his new home has to offer.

Michael J. Trentalange

A native of New York City, Mike Trentalange and his family moved to Florida in 1977. Mr. Trentalange graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota. He attended the University of Florida and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in 1983. He was named a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Florida’s Army ROTC program and received a commission in the Regular Army, serving on active duty as an officer in the United States Army until 1987.

Following his active military service, Mr. Trentalange attended law school at the University of Florida and Stetson University, where he graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctorate in 1989. During law school, Mr. Trentalange served for eight months as a volunteer extern with United States District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich.

Mr. Trentalange began his legal career with the Tampa office of Carlton Fields, one of Florida’s oldest and most respected law firms. In 1993, Mr. Trentalange started his own practice, specializing in the representation of Plaintiffs in civil litigation. In 2000, Mr. Trentalange and Elizabeth Kelley formed the current firm Trentalange & Kelley, P.A.

Mr. Trentalange is Certified as a Specialist in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. His practice is focused on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious and catastrophic injuries. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida.

Mr. Trentalange has earned many million dollar plus settlements and awards for his clients. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been named one of Florida’s Superlawyers since 2007.  He has been rated “AV” — preeminent — by his peers and Martindale Hubbell Law Directory since 1998.

Mr. Trentalange is a member of the Florida Justice Association, the American Association for Justicethe Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Trentalange is a licensed helicopter pilot.

Catherine Losey

Catherine is a litigator and electronic discovery specialist. She has represented companies and individuals in cases across the nation, and her diverse litigation experience includes class and collective action lawsuits. She is an author and educator in the field of electronic discovery. Her experience includes advising Fortune 20 clients on strategies for preservation, collection, review, and production of electronic data and litigating electronic discovery issues in state and federal court. While in law school, Catherine interned for the Hon. Steven D. Merryday of the U. S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. She was a teaching assistant for legal research and writing, appellate advocacy, and trial practice and served on the Florida Law Review executive board as symposium editor.

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James Turner

Orlando Consumer Rights Lawyer - providing aggressive and affordable professional services to consumers who have been victims of debt collection harassment by debt collectors and auto fraud, to residents in Orlando, Kissimmee, and throughout the Central Florida Area.

Admissions

Education

Author

Comment, "Qualified Pension and Profit Sharing Plans: Integration with Social Security." 29, U. Miami L. Rev. 119 (1974); The Monthly Digest of Tax Articles 58 (1976);

"Consequences of Instructing Deponents Not To Answer," Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 39, April 1991

"Employer Liability for Acts of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Respondeat Superior and Beyond," Florida Bar Journal, 41 (1994);

"The Perils of (Reporting and) Not Reporting Sexual Harassment," Florida Bar Journal, December 1997

"Successfully Defending Employees in Non-Compete and Trade Secret Litigation", Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 78, April 2004.

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Volunteer

Rebecca Forest

Rebecca Forest focuses on securities law, corporate finance and general corporate and commercial transactions, including structuring and preparing documentation for both public and private offerings, negotiating and completing mergers and stock and asset acquisitions and sales, divestitures and reorganizations, employment matters, franchise matters and negotiating and drafting various corporate and commercial contracts for both start-up and established businesses. Rebecca also has assisted private clients in capital raising, including negotiating and structuring financing transactions in compliance with federal and state securities laws and has advised publicly held clients in the Exchange Act reporting and corporate governance matters. Rebecca has over 20 years of legal experience counseling both private and public business clients in a wide range of business-related legal matters.

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