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Retired Judge Janet Holcomb Joins Arnold Law

10.04.2013 – Arnold Law is happy to announce the addition of retired judge Janet Holcomb as senior counsel.

Janet’s practice will focus on settlement conferences (mediations) and arbitrations with represented parties. She also will be assisting clients in complex litigation matters.

“I am excited that retired Judge Janet Holcomb is joining the Arnold Law team, as she will be an invaluable asset to our clients,” founding partner Jacy Arnold said. “She brings a breadth of experience to the firm that can only be gained from years on the bench where she actually decided issues that our clients face in the cases we handle every day. Oftentimes, cases that go to trial are the ones where custody, spousal support, asset division, or the value of a business is highly contested. It is not uncommon for each party’s experts to take opposite positions and even be opining on amounts that are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart. Pairing Janet’s extensive past experience on the bench with our lawyers and experts will only further strengthen our clients’ case strategies and trial positions.”

“Janet not only knows the law and cases but she has the benefit of having presided over hundreds of trials where she has listened to experts and has heard the arguments made by multiple attorneys across the state,” said Jacy Arnold. “Her fifteen years of experience on what has worked in the courtroom, what details are truly important, and what issues should be focused on because they could carry more weight in a decision or jury verdict are valued opinions that our clients will benefit from  well before a settlement is even proposed.”

Regarding Janet’s dispute resolution practice, Jacy Arnold added that “the surrounding local legal communities will also benefit from her experience and wisdom in settlement conferences and arbitrations. Janet is certainly no stranger to hard work. She is dedicated to assisting parties and attorneys to achieve settlements without the need for trial.”

Prior to joining the firm, Janet spent most of her career inside the iconic Benton County Courthouse (pictured below). She started her career as an associate deputy city attorney in Portland and then deputy city attorney in Corvallis.  She spent her next eight years representing the State of Oregon as a Benton County deputy district attorney.

Benton County Courthouse

23 years in this courthouse

In 1997, then-Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Janet to the bench, where she served for over fifteen years, retiring in December of 2012. During her tenure as a circuit court judge 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.

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