After earning his law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1981, Ron started out working in private practice primarily dealing in matters related to the oil and gas industry. From 1984 to 1986 he served as assistant director of State Lands for the State of Oregon and then served as general counsel for D.R. Johnson Lumber Co. between 1986 and 1991. In 1991, Ron left D.R. Johnson to return to private practice and has practiced out of Roseburg, Oregon ever since. In private practice, Ron has frequently represented local governments, timber companies and sawmills, irrigation districts, and private ranches with matters involving threatened and endangered species, public land law and policy, state and federal environmental law, land use planning, and water rights. He has published scientific articles and legal publications and has frequently spoken on natural resource topics including presentations on wave energy, salmon recovery, water rights, forest management and public lands. Ron also has a robust real estate practice focusing on the sale and acquisitions of ranches, timber, and timberland.
Prior to entering legal practice, Ron worked as a scientist and fisheries biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Dominic began his law career working for a large full service law firm in Portland, Oregon. While practicing in Portland, Dominic’s work focused on litigation in the environmental and natural resource field involving the ESA, NEPA, NFMA, FLPMA, CWA, CERCLA, RCRA, public lands, grazing, federal Indian law and water rights. He also frequently worked on matters involving insurance coverage disputes, business disputes, contracts disputes, construction defects, and personal injury. In 2011, Dominic left Portland and brought his experience to Ron’s practice in Southern Oregon, which allowed Dominic the opportunity to work more closely with clients involved in the timber industry and expand the firm’s areas of practice. Today, Dominic handles most of the firm’s litigation, along with consulting clients on a wide variety of natural resource, environmental, real estate and business law and policy matters.
Prior to his law career, Dominic worked as a sportfishing guide on the Alaskan Peninsula guiding clients for all species of salmon, halibut and rainbow trout. He also spent time working for Oregon State University’s College Forests while attending OSU.