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James D Van Ness

Divorce, Business Law & Litigation, Probate
  • Family Law
  • Oregon, Washington
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I was born and raised in suburban Maryland, just north of Washington D.C. As such, I had a front row seat for JFK's Inaugural & MLK's August 28, 1963 speech on the Mall. I truly enjoyed growing up with the rich heritage of the nation's capital. Upon graduation from the University of Maryland I went to work in the intelligence community in what is now known as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. I spent a decade in banking, then turned towards a legal career. I have litigated commercial cases throughout the Western United States, being admitted along the way to over a dozen federal district courts. Over the past decade my practice has been split between family law and international trade law. Memberships: Oregon State Bar Family Law Section; OSB Disciplinary Committee, 2003-2009; United States District Court for the District of Oregon Local Rules Advisory Committee, 2003 - 2009; Marion County Practice & Procedures Committee; Marion County e-Court Committee Awards and Honors: Award for Distinguished Client Service, Martindale Hubbell, 2009 - 2016; Top 10% of Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, 2016; Award for Distinguished Achievement, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1998; Distinguished Presenter, Gravitation Effects on Doppler Mechanics, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Symposium, 1982; Award of Excellence for Telemetry Support of the Shuttle Columbia Landing at White Sands Missile Range, National Reconnaissance Office, 1982; Certificate of Merit for Advancement of Inertial Navigation Systems, Honeywell Aerospace Division, 1980; Award of Excellence for Precision Support of the MX Missile Inertial Navigation System, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, 1980; Certificate of Merit for Saving Life and Property During Hurricane Agnes, Maryland National Park & Planning Commission, 1972.

Practice Area
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
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Professional Experience
Van Ness, Williamson LLP
Willamette University College of Law
J.D. (1998)
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University of Maryland - College Park
B.S. (1978) | Psychology
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Award for Distinguished Achievement
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
National Member
Order of the Barristers
Professional Associations
Marion County Bar Association
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Willamette Valley American Inn of Court
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Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Committee
Panel Chair & Member
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United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Local Rules Committee Member
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Van Ness, Williamson LLP
285 Liberty Street NE
Suite 360
Salem, OR 97301
Telephone: (503) 365-8800
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