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 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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Associate Attorney, Liz Miller was born in Voorhees, NJ and moved to Mercer Island, WA at the age of 8. While completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, she worked as a legal assistant at a personal injury firm in Seattle. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2012. Liz received the Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Scholarship to attend Gonzaga University School of Law for 1 year and then transferred to the University of Oregon School of Law to complete law school.
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