Catastrophic & Personal Injury
Joel's practice focuses on construction defect, insurance defense, business development, and real estate matters. Before joining Gillaspy & Rhode, Joel represented area homeowner and condominium associations in all matters, including collecting assessments, reviewing and drafting governing documents, and enforcement of the associations’ rules and regulations. Due to a short term Covid detour, Joel worked in family law for a time, gaining valuable experience in client relations and complex legal issues that permeate the volatile area of domestic relations.
Although Joel focuses his practice on real estate and business related matters, he also takes on family law and custody related cases. He works as a court appointed children’s attorney for local kids caught in the middle of custody battles who need their rights represented in situations that usually contain aspects of violence and substance abuse issues in the family. Joel also accepts non-court appointed family law cases and has had recent success in private custody matters; recently resulting in placing a child in the best possible situation in which they are now thriving after a decade of abuse and neglect. Joel enjoys working with families who need assistance and because his practice does not focus on primarily on family and custody matters, he can provide the best possible representation in these types of cases because he is able to focus on each case’s complexity to advocate for the best possible outcome for the family.
Besides attending law school, Joel received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New Mexico, graduating summa cum laude.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Joel was a restaurant manager with experience from fine dining to local indie hotspots. A native New Mexican, Joel relocated to Portland in 2010, and is the proud father of two. He enjoys rooting on the Blazers and is hopeful he will one day attend an MLB game in Portland.
J.D., Lewis and Clark Law School (2019)
B.A., University of New Mexico (2005)
Admitted to Practice:
State of Oregon (2019)