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We’re committed to aggressively fighting for the rights of individuals against the larger profit interests of insurance companies and other corporations by getting people fair financial compensation to help them put their lives back in order after an injury caused by the fault of another.
He is proud to say that he has done almost every job there is in a personal injury law firm from receptionist, supply room clerk to senior named partner. He graduated law school from UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco in 1993 and then worked for a year for the internationally famous attorney who was a pioneer of modern trial practice, Melvin M. Belli. Dylan’s first trial was written up in the LA Times and for his first depositions he was flown to Detroit to take depositions of executives at Chrysler’s Headquarters.
He practiced law in California for 8 years and then returned to Oregon (his hometown) in 2001 to start a family and continue practicing law. Prior to establishing the firm of Injury Lawyer PDX, LLC (formerly Lawrence & Ruff, LLC), he worked for some very well-
respected firms and attorneys handling a wide variety of injury cases, including a 5 year stint as Managing Attorney for Sam Hochberg & Associates with extensive work representing injured motorcyclists and their related Civil Rights issues.
When he practiced in the Bay Area he had extensive involvement representing Union members in their worker’s compensation and third party injury cases. He also worked for 2 years on the insurance defense side of things, at both Mullen & Filippi in San Francisco and Mitchell Lang & Smith in Portland, so he knows the inside scoop on how insurance companies think and operate.
Dylan is originally from Portland, and has strong, life long ties to the community. He grew up in a family of artists and is fond of saying that he is the black sheep of the family who became a lawyer. His mother was Laura Russo of the Laura Russo Gallery (now the Russo Lee Gallery) in Portland, Oregon and his father is an artist and taught art for many years at Catlin Gabel high school (Dylan’s alma mater). Dylan spent a great deal of time on the Oregon Coast in his teen years working for his father building a house near Lincoln City and canoeing, rowing, fishing, birdwatching and exploring nature.
Dylan is committed to aggressively fighting for the rights of individuals against the larger corporate profit interests of insurance companies and corporations, by maximizing people’s financial compensation to help them put their lives back in order after an injury caused by the fault of another. At Injury Lawyer PDX, LLC, we view our job as helping you access the “privatized safety net” that our legal and insurance industry provides (and requires) to help you during tough times and to guide you to the best recovery available given the realities of the legal system.
With her background in psychology and dispute resolution, she brings a very collaborative, client-centered approach to her practice of law. She is committed to providing diligent and effective representation for her clients.
In her spare time, Kellie enjoys running, cycling, hiking, knitting, and organic gardening.
EDUCATION South Carolina School of Law Columbia, SC
Juris Doctor, 2012
Senior Associate Editor: Southeastern Environmental Law Journal
Susan McCrary Volunteer of the Year Award
President, Environmental Law Society
Vice President: Women in Law Society
Vermont Law School South Royalton, VT
Masters in Environmental Law and Policy, Cum Laude, 2012
College of Charleston Charleston, SC Bachelors of Arts, Classical Studies, 2006
Artium Baccalaureatus, Psychology, 2006
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
United States District of Oregon