Dennis is one of the original founding partners of the firm. Born in New York and educated in the East, he graduated summa cum laude from Fordham College where he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year before obtaining his law degree from Yale Law School in 1970. Dennis moved to Oregon in the 70′s to launch his private practice. Over the next 35 years he has developed an outstanding reputation standing up for the rights of individuals. He is licensed to practice law in California and Oregon and has been an effective advocate for hundreds of people living in Oregon and Northern California.
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My parents both came out of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma and Texas. The both knew the meaning of hard times and hard work. I was raised in Wyoming and Southeast Asia. I’ve lived in Oregon since I came back to this country in 1966, and in the Rogue Valley since 1978. I started doing Oregon workers’ compensation claims for injured workers in the early 1980′s. In 1987, my partner Dennis Black and I went into business together on a handshake, and have been together along with my other partners since then. I am very proud of this fact, and I respect and value all of the people I work with.
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Born in New York, Bob’s family moved to Oregon after the war. He grew up in Tigard, Oregon and attended Linfield College where he received his undergraduate degree in 1966. Bob then served two years on active duty with the U.S. Army. After leaving the service he earned his Law Degree from Willamette University in 1971. Bob worked as a Deputy District Attorney for Josephine County for three years before entering private practice in Medford. He is one of the original members of the firm and has limited his practice to representing injured workers and social security claimants since that time. Bob moved to the Oregon coast near Port Orford and currently practices out of the Bandon Office.
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Born in Idaho, Art attended school in France before receiving his undergraduate degree from Whitman College in 1978. Following a stint as a teaching assistant at USC, he received his law degree from The Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 1984. Art started his legal career as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oregon’s Insurance Fund (SAIF). This experience led Art to change hats and go into private practice representing injured and disabled people who have an uphill fight against the well funded insurance industry. Art has represented hundreds of Oregonians whose claims have been denied or improperly processed. He also has a prolific Social Security Disability practice involving extensive agency and Federal Court work.
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Partner, Tom Petersen, was born in Sanger, California in 1951. Growing up and working on family farms, Tom was nurtured by hard work and a sense of right and wrong. He is dedicated to finding truth and justice in his casework. Tom is also active in the lives of his family, assisting his wife, Kathleen, with her senior care home, helping his daughters with their academic endeavors, volunteer work, and taking care of his cat and dogs, friends forever.
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Rick became an attorney in 1996 and has practiced in the Rogue Valley since 1997. Born and raised in Eureka, California, Rick attended Stanford University on a baseball scholarship and graduated in 1985 with a degree in Economics. He earned the Pacific-10 Conference Most Valuable Player award and received All-American honors in 1985. He thereafter pursued a professional baseball career after being drafted in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Rick played minor league baseball from 1985-1990 for the Phillies, New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles organizations, reaching the highest level of the minors (Triple-A) before retiring.
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Marlene Yesquen has joined the Law Office of Black, Chapman, Webber & Stevens as an associate. She received a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2004 and a master’s degree in Public Administration from New Mexico State University in 2001. She also obtained a bachelor’s degree in Politics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Marlene was born in Arlington, Virginia and raised by Peruvian parents. She is a native Spanish speaker. She brings experience as an attorney with the Center for NonProfit Legal Services Inc., and the firm of Frohnmayer Deatherage, Jamieson, Moore, Armosino & McGovern where she obtained experience in personal injury representing insurance companies and their insureds. She will now assist individuals in social security disability, personal injury claims, and workers’ compensation matters.
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