Ami is an essential member of our team, bringing a positive attitude and enthusiasm for helping people. She has a passion for connecting with everyone who calls our office, and her desire to make sure they get the help they need is truly inspiring to everyone around her. She is a ‘rare’ Oregon native with a love for travel. Ami has visited almost every state and national park across the U.S! After all, her motto is, “life is an adventure.” When she’s not at work she loves to stay active and never turns down an opportunity to visit unfamiliar places and meet new people. Some of her favorite things to do are random dance parties with her children, coaching her daughter’s softball team, singing and playing her guitar.
Debbie originally hails from Michigan but decided to make Oregon home. She brings with her 16+ years of top-level executive support, much of it in the Criminal Defense world. She has worked on "both sides"for prosecuting attorneys and defense attorneys, so she has a very holistic view of the entire process. Her biggest gift is helping the clients understand the process in a way that supports and empowers them. Some of our team members have deemed her a "fairy godmother" because she always has what you're looking for, even when you don't know you need it. Whether it be guidance, snacks or a handheld vacuum that she keeps in her desk drawer! Debbie finds true joy in helping others which makes her a perfect fit for our team.
One of the Sasha’s many strengths that make her such an essential part of our legal team, is her ‘can-do’ mindset. She doesn’t give up easily and is always looking for a way to make things happen. Every day Sasha is grateful for the opportunity to be part of a community that truly cares about its clients and works hard to obtain outcomes timely and in the best interests of the good people we represent. She is soft spoken, but within the first few minutes of talking to Sasha her level of confidence is unmistakable. This quality, paired with her extensive experience, helps clients recognize they are in good hands. She has the ability to remain calm and organized which helps the legal team stay focused on taking care of our clients. Outside of the office Sasha dabbles in many hobbies, such as knitting, sewing, photography, hiking and gaming. If you get the chance, makes sure you ask her about her impressive button collection!
Another one of those hard-to-find Oregon natives, Jake was born in Portland and still loves the city as much as ever. He brings with him over a decade of experience working with criminal defense attorneys, locally, in the Portland Metro Area, giving him a deep understanding of how the court system works – and he will be the first to tell you, learning how court systems function is a lot like learning a foreign language. Jake has been immersed in this work for a long time and he appreciates the opportunity to work with dedicated people. Even more, he is extremely grateful for the ability to help clients through some very difficult situations, both legally and emotionally. He has wonderful communication and interpersonal skills, giving him the ability to connect with people and put them at ease. Outside of the office, Jake enjoys spending time outside hiking, biking and snowboarding. Make sure you say “hello” if you see him on the trail.
Alysa first joined our team as the Director of First Impressions. Being the first point of contact for anyone who called our office, Alysa got to know our clients very well, and she looked forward to every opportunity to help them – even if it was just being an encouraging voice. Alysa’s enthusiastic nature, people skills, and genuine desire to help others are just a few of her impressive qualities that lend so well to her role as a Legal Assistant. Her years of service industry experience strengthened her ability to recognize our client’s needs, offer compassion, and quickly problem solve, helping reassure our clients that they’ve come to the right place. Her supportive nature and pride in the fantastic work we do here at RDF make her a great part of our team. She was born in Utah and has called Oregon her home since before she could walk. She considers herself an Oregon native, through and through, and as someone who sings and plays four instruments, in her off-time she enjoys anything involving music.
With almost 20 years of experience in customer service and management, Claudia has the impressive ability to connect with almost anyone and understand their needs. This background makes her the perfect fit for her role. Claudia helps the firm by working closely with each department to improve processes and create systems that will help us continue to grow, as a business, so we can help more people. What stands out immediately when you have the pleasure of meeting Claudia is her proficiency and compassion. She enjoys being a part of a team that truly seeks to help people when they need it most. Originally from California, she has found a true home and sense of community in Portland. She loves nature, travel, and is passionate about food and cooking. She even plans all her trips around the food she will eat. And, as a testament to her love of travel, Claudia is also working on getting her pilots license – check her out in the pilot’s seat!.
Susan Moriyama is our Finance Manager. As part of our Operations Team, Susan helps the business machine run efficiently, all while maintaining a fantastic offbeat sense of humor. Originally from a small town in Ohio, she moved to Oregon after spending several years in Washington D.C. and Tokyo. Susan brings 15+ years of experience working in the investment industry as a Performance Measure Analyst, but she’s also been an English Teacher, Classical Dance Instructor and a Japanese-English translator. Her diverse background gives her the ability to be flexible and solution oriented as the firm continues to grow, which is fortunate because we are growing quickly! When Susan isn’t busy helping our team, she spends a lot of time reading, doing math and cooking. As a relatively new Portland resident with an adventurous spirit, Susan enjoys exploring and finding the city’s hidden gems with her husband and 11-year-old son.
As our Office Manager, Rachel helps to ensure everything functions properly and she is our behind the scenes ‘go-to’ for assistance with important projects that are essential to the growth of our business. She works closely with multiple departments, learning their goals and helping to achieve them. Her desire for new experiences is what makes her so great at what she does. Rachel looks forward to new opportunities to work with the RDF team, learning various processes and helping to improve essential systems. With her background in hospitality and customer service, she has the ability to make our clients feel at ease anytime they have the pleasure of speaking to her. Originally from Florida, Rachel has a passion for art in all its many forms. While she enjoys tapping into her own creative side, she finds true inspiration watching others pursue their crafts. Don’t be surprised if you run into her at your next live music event or local art gallery – and make sure to say “hi!”
Tammy Reynolds is our Director of Brand Integrity and Growth. Tammy’s great mix of creativity and straightforward logic has been instrumental in growing the Reynolds Defense Firm as a business while allowing us to remain true to the core values and beliefs that make us so successful. You may notice an uncanny similarity in Dan’s last name and Tammy’s. This is not a coincidence! Nineteen years ago Tammy agreed to marry Dan, and she’s been happily stuck with his last name and smiling face ever since. Outside the office, Tammy loves Cross Fit training, being outdoors, and of course, their son Jack who is now officially a teenager.
Destiny recently decided to take her decade long knowledge of the criminal justice system and her amazing skills in connecting with people in a new direction. The marketing department welcomed her hard work and dedication with open arms. Destiny has extensive experience with much of our behind-the-scenes work and knowledge of the criminal case process. That background along with her creativity helps our brand continue to grow, by making sure that the human element of the legal experience is not lost on the good people we represent. Outside of work, Destiny spends her time crafting and exploring the art and music-scene with her husband, London. She isn't shy about her wicked sugar addition or her love of good coffee, good food, and good conversations.
Derica’s enthusiasm for helping others couples well with her 20+ years of experience as a master level therapist, and we truly value her as a team member. As a coach herself, Derica gets to bring over two decades of experience to inspire positive, lasting changes for her clients. As a manager, Derica provides energy and leadership to the other coaches in our BBP program. She offers the necessary support to ensure the success of each coach in helping our client’s meet their personal goals to bring out their truest and best selves. Her mission at RDF is to be in a constant state of growth, herself, in order to continue to help every client who needs us. She loves that everyone at RDF really believes in what they do, and while there are certain ideas our team talks about, we live by our beliefs daily. When Derica’s not working, she loves to garden, hike through the Pacific Northwest coast range, and hang out with her husband and 2 kids. She also enjoys yoga—when there’s time for Derica to practice yoga, her life gets that much better!
Lizzie is one of our Legal Assistants and another Oregon native, growing up in West Linn. Her background in the service industry, as well as her previous legal experience, lends to her well-rounded personality. She is warm and welcoming and able to connect easily with people from all walks of life. What Lizzie enjoys most about working with Reynolds Defense Firm is the team’s dedication to both our clients and each other. She is grateful for the opportunity to help people navigate the legal process because it’s important to her that our clients know that they have great support. With a background in dance, music is a major part of her life. And she’ll be the first to tell you that she must have been a fish or a dolphin in a past life, because being in or near water is her ultimate happy place.