A little bit about me!

I have lived in Salem since 1973 and have grown up in this community.  I went to Morningside Elementary School and Leslie Middle School.  I graduated from South Salem High School in 1989, Willamette University in 1993 and Willamette University College of Law in 2005.

My greatest accomplishment and the thing I am most proud of is my family.  I met my wife, Rita, in 1994 and we were married in 1996. Rita and I have been married for 22 years now and I would not change a thing.  We have shared our lives together and are the proud parents of 3 great kids.  My daughter, Chandler, is a junior in college.  My oldest son, Caleb, is a junior in high school.  My youngest, Camden, is in the eighth grade.

As my kids have grown, I have volunteered many hours coaching baseball/softball, YMCA basketball or flag football, as well as being a Cub Scout leader.  Being actively involved in my children's lives and activities is extremely important to me.  There is no greater joy than being able to share these moments with my kids. I am learning these times will be gone sooner than I ever imagined and I don't want to miss them.

Law School and Legal Associations

In 2002, 9 years after graduating college, Rita convinced me to go back to law school. I attended law school late in life, but I believe my real world experiences, working and raising a family, allowed me to be better prepared for the challenges of law school and starting my law practice. I am so grateful for Rita's unwavering support during these challenging times, without her, I would not be where I am today.

Throughout my legal career, I have had the privilege of working with great judges, attorneys, associations and outstanding business partners.  In 2006, I became a member of the Marion County Association of Defenders (MCAD), an organization of local private practice attorneys who provide legal representation to those who cannot afford representation.  In 2008, I became a member of the Juvenile Advocacy Consortium (JAC).  This is a specialized group of local private practice attorneys who handle the representation of youth offenders in criminal proceedings and children or parents when the Department of Human Services (DHS) is required to intervene on behalf of children in crisis.  Working with children/parents and indigent criminal clients has given me a unique perspective on the struggles that many families face in Marion County and how the judicial system can make positive change.

In 2011, I partnered with 2 great local attorneys and Castillo Wren Smith, P.C. was born.  This partnership allowed me to focus on my juvenile practice and the organization of the Marion County Veteran’s Treatment Court.  Starting in 2011, I was part of the team that organized and implemented a treatment court focused on helping the soldiers who have given so much for their country and found themselves within the criminal justice system.  I received specialized training on how to represent the men and women who required counsel.  I was one of two attorneys who provided this important service to the treatment court from 2011 to November 2016.  I am very proud of the work I accomplished as part of the Marion County Veteran’s Treatment Court team. 


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