Emily DuBois, Director of First Impressions

If you haven't had the pleasure of interacting with Emily yet, when you do, you'll come away impressed! Emily is our Director of First Impressions and the first point of contact when you call or visit our office. She takes that role to heart. Emily is genuine and compassionate towards each person she meets. Originally from San Diego, California, Emily embodies the laid-back feel with her easy-going and calming demeanor. Emily loves writing music and creating art. Her connection skills even extend to animals! Within her first few weeks of joining RDF, she was on a first name basis with a neighborhood dog! Emily also enjoys finding good deals at thrift stores and spending time in nature, all of which makes her a perfect fit for the Northwest - and our RDF team!

Picture of Emily DuBois Picture of Emily DuBois
Mark McKee, Firm Liaison

Mark McKee is a Firm Liaison and fantastic at making personal connections with our potential clients, while helping to reduce their anxiety about the legal process. Mark brings with him 6 years of customer service and management experience in the retail industry. He recently moved from his hometown of Fulton, Missouri to join the RDF team. He is quickly learning about all things Oregon—Food Carts, his SE Portland neighborhood, local County & Courthouse names, how to get around town—fortunately he’s a quick study! When he is not at work, you can find him writing novels, playing baseball, reading, or under a pile of popcorn in a movie theater.

Picture of Mark McKee Picture of Mark McKee
Sarah Yater, Firm Liaison

As our outstanding Firm Liaison, Sarah Yater is and one of the first encouraging voices you hear when you call, and the very first face you see when you visit Reynolds Defense Firm. Sarah’s calm nature, people skills, and genuine desire to help others shines through every time someone calls us or visits our office. She also brings years of service industry experience and understands just how important first impressions are. Her compassionate nature and pride in the fantastic work we do here at RDF make her a great part of our team, and her reassuring tone helps our clients understand that they’ve come to the right place. Sarah has recently moved here from Hilton Head, SC, where she lived on a sailboat that she restored before embarking on her cross-country adventure with her dog, Luna. Outside of RDF, Sarah enjoys exploring her new Portland neighborhood. She also loves living closer to her twin sister, who is teaching her how to surf.

Picture of Sarah Yater Picture of Sarah Yater
Athena Proctor, Legal Assistant

Athena is one of our Legal Assistants, and while she can be soft-spoken, her sense of humor has a way of grabbing your attention when you least expect it. Athena grew up here in Portland, and, after living in Corvallis while she attended Oregon State, moved back to Portland after graduation. Athena is an integral part of RDF, and she is one of the kindest and nicest people you will ever have the pleasure of knowing. Everyone who interacts with her comments on what a great experience they’ve had, and we’re lucky to have her at RDF. Outside of the office, Athena spends a lot of time exploring Portland with her roommates. She also has a knack for art and has created several beautiful drawings and paintings over the years.

Picture of Athena Proctor Picture of Athena Proctor
Mischel Brooks, Legal Assistant

Mischel brings over eight years of experience working with criminal defense attorneys in the Portland Metropolitan Area. She is a rare Portland native who has a quick sense of humor, inviting personality, and an undeniable knack for making everyone around her feel comfortable. Mischel’s deep understanding of how the court system works, along with her strong work ethic, makes our clients feel secure knowing that she’s supporting their case throughout the legal process. Outside of the office, Mischel enjoys spending time with her family, especially bike riding and playing tennis with her daughter, Saphira. She is also the proud owner of a speedy Russian tortoise, Wiggles, and an adorable puppy, Sachio.

Picture of Mischel Brooks  Pitcure of Mischel Brooks
Liz Persons, Legal Assistant

One of Liz’s favorite part about being a Legal Assistant is really getting to know our clients and the stories behind their legal case. She understands that calling a law firm to start dealing with an arrest can be really scary and is happy to provide the compassion that our clients need to move forward with confidence. Her attention to detail has impressed the rest of the legal team as well as establishing trust with both clients and the courts. Outside of the office, Liz is passionate about learning languages, traveling, and baking tasty treats, which she loves to share with the rest of the RDF Team! She spends her weekends outdoors as much as possible, hiking and skiing, searching for the many beautiful views that Oregon has to offer.

Picture of Liz Persons Pitcure of Liz Persons
Erin Fernald, Legal Assistant

Erin is a huge support to the legal team, both professionally and with her positive attitude. Erin's previous experience of running a preschool allows her to be patient, positive and quick-witted! She has a unique ability to connect with people from all different walks of life and seemingly always put a smile on their faces. Her service in the military for several years as an Army musician moved her all over the country which is probably why she so easily relates to our clients. She recently switched from active duty to the Army National Guard, where she is working as a paralegal. Her favorite part about her job is the opportunity to help our clients and getting to know them on a personal level. When Erin is not rocking it at RDF, she loves to go on adventures with her husband, John, and adorable son, Ian. Their favorite family tradition? "Lazy Sunday Pumpkin Pancake Party" - which she'll tell you is exactly what it sounds like, an amazing, good time.

Picture of Erin Fernald Picture of Erin Fernald
Nic Perry, Director of Operations

Nic Perry's role of Director of Operations provides critical behind the scenes support and direction that allows our business to run smoothly and efficiently. Nic recently moved to Oregon after growing up and attending college in Missouri. His MBA along with a diverse set of business skills allow him to be an integral part of the continued growth of Reynolds Defense Firm while providing fantastic service for our clients as well as a great place for our employees to work. He brings with him 10 years of experience working to help organizations grow and improve, along with an ability to think critically, and fantastic technical skills. He and his wife are enjoying exploring the Oregon outdoors with hiking, rock climbing and snowboarding. In his free time, he enjoys tackling new projects like woodworking, working on cars and building websites.

Picture of Nic Perry Picture of Nic Perry
Susan Moriyama, Operations

Susan Moriyama is our Operations Assistant. 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 9-year-old son.

Picture of Susan Moriyama Picture of Susan Moriyama
Tammy Reynolds, Director of Brand Integrity & Growth

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 ten years old.

Picture of Tammy Reynolds Picture of Tammy Reynolds
Destiny Van Rooy, Client Experience Coordinator

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.

Picture of Destiny Van Rooy Picture of Destiny Van Rooy
Derica Waller, Blue Binder Project Coordinator

Derica is one of our proud Blue Binder Project (BBP) coaches, and she’s the Blue Binder Project Program Coordinator, too. Her enthusiasm for helping others couple well with her 20 years of experience as a master level therapist, and we truly value her as a team member. As a coach, Derica gets to bring over two decades of experience to inspire positive, lasting changes for her clients. As the the BBP Program Coordinator, she blends her professional experience with the energy and leadership she provides to the other coaches in our BBP program. Her mission at RDF is to be in a constant state of growth so she can improve the BBP curriculum and continue to help every client who needs us. She also 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!

Picture of Derica Waller  Pitcure of Derica Waller
Contact Us
Reynolds Defense is amazing. From the minute they pick up the phone, the entire staff is outstanding. Don't bother shopping , wondering who to get, if they are going to help or hinder, do they even care. Reynolds DF will not disappoint. All of the way through the process, if you're a good person in a bad circumstance, stop guessing, wondering, stressing. R.K.
I am indeed grateful for the fine service I continue to receive from RDF! Your firm's previous excellent reviews are what steered me to you in the first place. Thank you! J.M.
You guys were absolutely incredible. I’m in school and I feel like I finally have my life back. J.F.
Thank you for all of your help on my case, your team was a great help during this process. M.M.