Attorneys and Staff
Lorena Reynolds, Attorney
Lorena graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a degree in Philosophy. She obtained her law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1997. During law school, she interned at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office in the Hard Core Gang Unit and worked at Protection and Advocacy, Inc. as a law clerk representing children and young adults with disabilities in administrative hearings, as well as providing litigation support on individual and class action law suits.
Lorena has been in private practice in Corvallis since 2004. She specializes in family law, victims’ rights, and children’s issues. She is the 2006 recipient of the Mary Zelinka Advocate for Social Justice Award for her dedication to stopping domestic and sexual violence. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence, having served as the agency’s President, Treasurer, and as Chair of many committees since 2000.
In 1997, Lorena was hired by Oregon Legal Services, which is now known as Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO), as an AmeriCorps attorney. Stationed in Ontario, Oregon, she spent a year representing low-income survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In 1998, she was hired as a Staff Attorney for the Albany Regional Office of LASO. For the next six years, she represented low-income clients in a variety of areas, including family law, special education, and administrative hearings. She represented clients at hundreds of hearings and trials and handled many appeals on impact cases. She also worked on legislative committees and statewide task forces, representing the interests of impoverished Oregonians and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
In private practice her cases focus on family law, probate, and estate planning. She is a trained mediator and has served on the Linn County Arbitration Panel since 2004.
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Liz Carle, Attorney
Liz Carle advises and litigates in the area of family, juvenile, and criminal law. She seeks long-term solutions that will best serve her clients’ legal interests by employing conscientious, attentive, strategic, and assertive techniques. Her professional background includes over 20 years as a criminal attorney; making her extremely experienced in understanding how the court system operates.
Liz’s extensive knowledge of the criminal trial and litigation system is advantageous in many family law matters, especially those where criminal allegations are pending, or domestic violence is alleged and protection orders are being sought. This legal know-how and courtroom experience allows her to develop and implement winning litigation strategies.
Liz believes in direct and frequent contact with her clients. She recognizes that clear client communication is the best means to achieve a positive outcome. Her personal philosophy is to attempt to resolve cases as expeditiously as possible so that her clients can move forward with their lives. She is not anxious to engage in a court battle, but she is very qualified and competent to do so in those instances where a court appearance or trial is necessary.
Liz graduated over 25 years ago from the University of California at San Diego and then studied and graduated from the University of Oregon Law School. While at the U of O Law School, she tried several jury and bench trials. In 1990, Liz was appointed to the position of Benton County Assistant District Attorney where she prosecuted a full spectrum of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges, including DUII, domestic violence, sexual abuse cases, and violent felonies. As a Deputy District Attorney, Liz also handled many juvenile delinquency cases. Her professional background includes representing the DA’s office on the Benton County Family Violence Council between 1997 – 2000. In 2003, Liz moved her practice to the City of Eugene City Prosecutor’s Office where she continued to do criminal litigation and worked closely with Eugene law enforcement and the courts. Liz is a board member of Chamberlin House. She joined the Reynolds Law Firm in 2009.
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Justin Wirth, Attorney
Justin brings a holistic approach to representing his clients, finding that many have legal needs in a variety of interrelated areas involving the care of their families (including children, aging loved ones, or both), businesses and real estate holdings. His areas of practice include estate planning, probate and trust administration, elder law/Medicaid planning, business law, real estate, and construction law.
Before joining The Reynolds Law Firm, Justin served as an Honors Attorney and an Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice, working in the Natural Resources Division, primarily representing the Water Resources Department. He also worked in the Government Law practice group at the firm of Harrang, Long, Gary, Rudnick, representing local governments (mostly cities). Immediately before joining The Reynolds Law Firm, he practiced at another Corvallis firm for several years in areas of practice similar to those in which he now works.
Before law school, Justin worked as a litigation paralegal at a large insurance defense firm in Los Angeles, California. He currently serves on the board of directors of Heartland Humane Society and the Zonta Service Club of Corvallis Foundation. Justin received his law degree from the University of Oregon, where he also earned a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and the Pro Bono Certificate. He also holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a paralegal certificate from the University of West Los Angeles.
Justin has lived in Corvallis since 1999 and has practiced law here since 2006. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children as well as woodworking, home improvement projects, mountain biking, skiing, hiking and backpacking.
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Erin Duncan, Attorney
Erin graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School in May 2013. Before joining the Reynolds Law Firm in October 2014, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jay A. McAlpin at Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene, Oregon.
During law school Erin earned a certificate in public interest law with a focus on civil rights. She worked as a law clerk for the Oregon Law Center and as an intern for the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic in Portland, Oregon, helping low-income clients navigate the legal system during times of stress.
Erin’s practice focuses on family law, including dissolutions, custody, parenting plans, and protective orders. She is a diligent advocate in court and is also trained in negotiation, helping clients realize their goals through creative problem solving. With her legal expertise and calm guidance, Erin helps people manage difficult transitions and achieve stability. She also handles business and estate planning matters.
Erin is actively involved in the community as a member of women’s service organization, The Zonta Club of Corvallis, and a participant in the 2015-16 class of Leadership Corvallis. She has a special interest in domestic implementation of human rights norms and volunteers with the nonprofit Human Rights in Childbirth, based in Portland. Her article, “The United States’ Maternal Care Crisis: A Human Rights Solution” was published in the Fall 2014 edition of Oregon Law Review.
Erin has lived in Corvallis since November 2013. She enjoys singing in Jubilate! choir, cooking, and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
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Rance Shaw, Attorney
Rance is one of the newest members of The Reynolds Law Firm, focusing on business law, estate planning, probate and trust administration, guardianships and conservators, and general litigation.
Before joining The Reynolds Law Firm, Rance attended the University Of Oregon School Of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law in 2016. Throughout law school, Rance focused on using the law to protect the public interest in natural resources and wildlife. He was selected as an Environmental and Natural Resources Law Fellow three times, including as a Bowerman Fellow. He also holds a BS in Biochemistry from Boise State University, where he worked as a member of a team using computational chemistry to aid in protein drug development.
Since moving to the area in early 2017, Rance has become involved in several areas of the community. He is a Board Member and Treasurer for the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, a Rotarian, and will be participating in the 2017-18 Leadership Corvallis program.
Rance enjoys hiking, camping, paddle boarding, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife and rabbit, Ruth Bader Ginsbun.
Andrea Turner, Attorney
Andrea is a determined advocate who takes a client centered approach while practicing family and appellate law with The Reynolds Law Firm, PC. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and earned her law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 2014.
During law school, she worked with the Office of Public Defense Services, Appellate Division, on criminal appeals and later with the Appellate Commissioner’s Office in the Oregon Court of Appeals. In her spare time, she volunteered with CAUSA, and was a Willamette Law Online staff writer for The United States Supreme Court and The Ninth Circuit summary services.
After graduation, she worked as a judicial extern in Marion County Circuit Court. In her solo firm, The Law Office of Andrea Turner, LLC, she practiced impact appellate litigation, nonprofit corporate governance, administrative compliance and criminal defense.
Breanna Hostbjor, Paralegal
Breanna Hostbjor has been with The Reynolds Law Firm since 2013. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puget Sound, where she studied sociology and English with an emphasis in creative writing.
Breanna has worked in libraries and book stores, and prior to joining the firm she spent five years at The Bulletin in Bend, Ore., where she ultimately worked as a journalist for the health and entertainment sections of the paper. She is passionate about literature of all sorts, from pulp fiction to post-modernism to ancient Greek tragedies. She supports community literacy through her work on the Board of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Foundation.
When she isn’t cozied up with a book, Breanna can often be found hiking with her husband, whitewater kayaking with her parents, or creating family feasts in the kitchen.
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Tammi Houchin, Paralegal
Tammi has worked in the legal field for over 25 years, and has worked primarily as an estate planning paralegal for the last 16 years, assisting in the preparation of complex estate plans, including living trusts, charitable trusts, irrevocable and IRA standalone trusts. She is also well-versed in the practice areas of business law, real estate and trust administration. Tammi worked with Justin for several years at a local Corvallis firm in these practice areas, and joined the Reynolds Law Firm in Fall 2013. Tammi attended Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children, long walks with her black lab, Maggie, and reading a good book.
Sharlee Hunt, Paralegal
Sharlee joined the Reynolds Law Firm as a paralegal in June 2016. She has over 4 years of experience in the legal field and graduated from the Paralegal Program at Pioneer Pacific College in December 2015. Sharlee enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, hiking, camping, fishing, crabbing, and walking her lab mix, Whiskey.”
Luppela Whosendorfe, Paralegal
Luppela graduated from Linn-Benton Community College in 2011 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree. For the past six years, she has worked in the juvenile and criminal law field as a legal assistant. She joined The Reynolds Law Firm in May 2017. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, camping, exercising, and spending time with her family
Wally Ingram, Office Manager
Wally joined the Reynolds Law Firm in January 2015, but he has more than eight years of experience in legal support. In 2012, he graduated cum laude from the University of West Georgia where he studied Political Science. Wally enjoys reading, tennis, and games of all kinds.
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Sara Grant, Receptionist
Sara joined The Reynolds Law Firm in August 2016. Sara graduated from Western Oregon University with a B.S. in Political Science, graduating with honors from the student government, ASWOU, and the Model United Nations organization, MUN. In her free time she enjoys helping out at the family winery, hiking, baking, going on road trips.
Christina Herrmann, Receptionist
A native of Pennsylvania, Christina followed the Oregon trail and joined The Reynolds Law Firm in November 2016. In her spare time, Christina enjoys singing, attending concerts, farming, and hiking.