A personal approach to community protection and social responsibility.
For People and the Places they Love
Welcome to Willamette Law Group (WLG), where we advocate for people and the places they love. This is a unique law firm. Keep reading for our philosophy.
Willamette Law Group blends aspects of a traditional for-profit law firm with a dedication to public interest work. Our vision is to help people, places, and the planet. Loosely translated, that means we primarily represent two types of people:
Many law firms handle injury cases, but very few also use their legal skills to protect public lands and natural resources. That’s what sets Willamette Law Group apart. Because injured people and imperiled places deserve a good lawyer.
Injured people of all kinds (car crashes, wrongful death, insurance disputes, etc.);
People fighting to preserve and protect the natural environment (our forests, streams, public lands, and the critters that live there, etc.).
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
September 7, 1903
Jesse founded Willamette Law Group in 2012. With a background in medical research and developmental biology, Jesse combines his medical, scientific, and legal training to best help his clients. Especially in personal injury and environmental cases, Jesse finds that his hard-science background helps him understand his clients’ needs and, more importantly, how to fight for them.
Attorney and Founder
Jesse’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Oregon (B.S., Biology), where he graduated from the Robert D. Clark Honors College. He graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2012. He is admitted to practice in Oregon’s state and federal courts, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jesse litigates in the circuit courts, the federal district courts, the Land Use Board of Appeals, the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jesse is a proud member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA).
Jesse cares deeply about his community, globally and locally. He has served on the board of the Northwest Environmental Defense Center since 2017, including its executive committee since 2018. He also volunteers monthly with his local neighborhood association, and regularly provides pro bono legal services to fill community needs.
A writer from upstate New York, Michael is the author of The Last Orchard in America and a co-founder and editor of The Crates Review. His work has appeared in the LA Review of Books, The Believer, Tin House and elsewhere, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his fiction. Michael finds great fulfillment helping WLG clients navigate through the maze and nuance of litigation. He and his family reside in Oregon City.