Will’s journey to become a lawyer almost didn’t happen. He had originally applied to medical school, but the groans and complaints from friends about all of the memorization that was required in medical school made Will change his course to law, which requires more analysis and application of knowledge – something Will certainly prefers. In Will’s eyes, law provides the opportunity to take a set of circumstances, apply them to relevant law, and truly analyze how things fit together.
Family law provides Will with the opportunity to be in the courtroom, while also finding solutions outside of the courtroom. In family law, creative solutions are everywhere and thinking outside of the box is truly valuable. That gives Will the ability to think of creative ways to resolve disputes. If those solutions don’t work, the courtroom is available and he is more than excited to litigate if necessary. According to Will, there is nothing better than litigating and winning, except maybe coming up with a solution that nobody thought of that avoids litigation. “To find the right solution, for those who know what is right,” says Will, “is exactly why I am an attorney, why I practice family law, and why I do what we do.”
Will was born in Milwaukie, OR, and was a multiple time state champion pole vaulter in high school. From there, he followed his pole vaulting dream from the Northwest to Jonesboro, Arkansas, training under several Olympians. He pole vaulted all around the world until he was nearly 30, and received a Masters degree along the way. He spends his free time with wrenches, working to upgrade a 1988 Jeep. He is also working on his cooking skills.
Will’s favorite thing about Portland is the fact that he believes it is a mix of city, country, and small town. “If you want it,” says Will, “it is probably in PDX.”
If he were to live in a different era, Will would choose the 1920s because “they had sweet suits!”
Will looks up most to his mother, who taught him family law from the inside, even though she didn’t intend to. The impact, the difficulties, the results, he has seen first hand and understands, through her, that there is more on the other side of a divorce than there ever could be before.
- Arkansas State University, B.S. Public Relations/Journalism
- Arkansas State University, M.S. Mass Communications
- University of Denver, J.D.