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Janet Holcomb, Eugene Mediation & Lawyer

Senior Counsel

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Phone: (541) 338-9111

Fax: (541) 338-9101

E-mail: E-mail Me

Janet Holcomb, a recently retired Oregon circuit court judge, brings her 27 years of courtroom experience to Arnold Law. She has a background in high-stakes and high-conflict litigation. Her new practice focuses on settlement conferences (mediation) and arbitration for represented parties. She also assists clients in complex litigation cases.

Education and Background

Janet went to McNary High School in Salem, Oregon, and graduated from Oregon State University in 1974 with a bachelor of science in Political Science. She took time off after college to work and save money for law school and ultimately graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1980.

Employment History

Benton County Courthouse

23 years in this courthouse

Prior to joining Arnold Law in 2013, Janet Holcomb dedicated her career to public service. She began her career as an associate deputy city attorney for Portland and a deputy city attorney for Corvallis. She then worked for eight years as a Benton County Deputy District Attorney. Janet finished her public service career serving for over fifteen years as a Circuit Court Judge in Benton County. She retired from the bench in 2012.

During her service on the bench, she was instrumental in the creation, implementation and operation of the Benton County Drug Treatment Court, an intensive and supportive program aimed at breaking the cycle of substance abuse and criminal activity. She presided over the drug treatment court for eleven years.

One of her most memorable success stories involved a man who Janet prosecuted multiple times during her tenure as a deputy DA. After he graduated from the drug treatment court, he went from a 6- to 7-inch-thick court file to coming back to court only one time: for a no flotation device violation. In 2010, the Benton County Drug Treatment Court was recognized nationally for its best practices as one of ten mentor treatment courts in the United States.

Oregon Arbitration, Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

As a circuit court judge, Jan became very passionate about creatively resolving disputes. It was good for judicial efficiency and better for the quality of life for the litigants who could go home with a resolution on their terms, rather than from a judge or jury.

Jan is available to mediate or arbitrate your clients’ disputes. Call 541-338-9111 to workout scheduling issues and discuss availability in Eugene, Portland, Corvallis, Albany, Salem, Roseburg, and Bend (weather permitting).


Professional Organizations & Activities

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Federal Bar (United States District Court for the District of Oregon)
  • Oregon Mediation Association
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • Benton County Bar Association
  • Lane County Bar Association

Hobbies and Interests

Janet enjoys bird watching, supporting Pac-12 athletics and blues music.


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    A Team Approach to Litigation

    At Arnold Law we look at every case as a team effort. The team consists of your lawyers, Arnold Law support staff, experts, investigators, and YOU.

    Let’s break this down, starting with YOU: You as the client are a vital part of the legal team. You have been living the events that have led up to this litigation. You are often the best person to consult for historical information and background. Clients have also been known to come up with some very creative and strategic legal ideas. Because of this, we encourage clients to brainstorm ideas and we listen to them carefully. Of course, without legal training, many ideas of clients are legally impossible or invalid, but that’s okay. Because there is often a gem in there that even the lawyers didn’t think of.

    Next, are the lawyers. Picking a lawyer or team of lawyers is often the most important decision a person makes in their life if the stakes of the case are high enough. Let’s take a divorce for example. Many people say that picking a spouse is the most difficult/important choice. That’s true on many levels, but you can divorce them; the choice isn’t permanent. If you choose a divorce lawyer poorly, you might be saddled permanently with their financial errors (i.e., support, missing assets, improperly divided retirement accounts, etc.). If you pick a criminal defense lawyer poorly, you may face the permanent consequences from a prison cell or at the unemployment office.

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    For the more complex cases in the firm, two attorneys may be assigned to the case, particularly in commercial litigation and complex criminal defense. Two attorneys on a case has several advantages. Primarily, it allows an experienced attorney on the case with an associate attorney to bill less money per hour on tasks not requiring the partner. This allows money to go much farther and also saves costs through efficiencies (lawyers are assigned tasks based on their strengths). This way we can avoid billing partner rates for research projects or discovery projects, for instance.

    The old adage that “two heads are better than one” also holds true. Part of becoming experienced is acquiring wisdom. And wisdom is often knowing what you don’t know. Oftentimes, it’s the young associate attorney (or even the client) who comes up with the fresh perspective in a case that proves to be the game winning idea.

    Another reason that two heads are better than one is because we are a trial firm. Clients hire us because we are trial lawyers. This means sometimes we are in trial and unavailable on other cases. Having another lawyer up-to-speed assists greatly in these instances.