Jessica May - Arnold Law in Eugene, Oregon – Powerful Advocacy. Proven Results.

Jessica May

Attorney

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10 Best Award DUI 2015

Practice Philosophy

The law is often a difficult field to navigate, and Jessica considers it a privilege to assist clients as they face difficult and challenging situations which can significantly impact their lives.

Background

Jessica was raised in Eugene, Oregon, and is a 2005 graduate of Marist Catholic High School. After graduating from Marist, Jessica moved to Omaha, Nebraska to attend college at Creighton University, where she majored in International Relations. As an undergraduate, Jessica served as the president of Panhellenic Council, during which time she worked closely with the university’s administration to develop the school’s Greek community and enhance the university’s relationship with the greater Omaha community through outreach programs.

Following graduation, Jessica began her studies at Creighton University School of Law, where it quickly became apparent that her ability to analyze and present an argument made her perfectly suited for the courtroom. While honing her trial skills, Jessica worked as a senior certified law student for the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Nebraska and was awarded the Excellence for the Future Award for her performance in Trial Practice.

After earning her J.D. in 2012, Jessica returned to Oregon where she has worked as a physician contract administrator for PeaceHealth, and where she serves on the board of directors of the Michael J. Dwyer Foundation. Recently she and her fiancé moved from Portland to Eugene to be close to friends and family.

Hobbies and Interests

Many of Jessica’s interests stem from her Italian heritage, including cooking, wine tasting, and spending as much time as possible with family and friends. An avid sports fan, Jessica enjoys cheering on the Oregon Ducks and her Creighton Bluejays.

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  • Firm Philosophy

    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.

    Our Size Allows Flexibility for Each Case

    Our firm’s structure allows us to give each case the appropriate resources that it deserves in line with the client’s goals. If a client has a cost saving goal, then they may elect to have an associate attorney handle their case, knowing that a partner oversees their work and gives guidance. This allows clients to have the best of both worlds: the oversight of an experienced partner with the cost-saving advantage of an associate attorney to do the day-to-day work.

    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.