Destiny Van Rooy, Director of Legal Experience

Destiny Van Rooy is Reynolds Defense Firm's Director of Legal Experience, and an all-around great person. Destiny handles much of our behind-the-scenes work that helps us provide our clients with the best service and least stress possible. Communication is one of Destiny's many strengths - she has just the right mix of empathy and backbone to provide our clients with both the compassion and confidence they need during the challenges a criminal case can bring. With more than 18 years of experience, Destiny is an essential part of Reynolds Defense Firm's team. She lends her expertise to guide our Legal Assistants each week, all while 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, exploring the outdoors, and nurturing her wicked sugar addition. She isn't shy about her love of good coffee, good food, and good conversations.

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Stephanie Lopez, Legal Assistant

Our Legal Assistant, Stephanie Lopez, initially comes across as reserved, but her incredible work ethic and subtle sense of humor shine once you get to know her. She fearlessly jumps into anything our team needs with efficiency and strong attention to detail. Stephanie is originally from Los Angeles, but has been an Oregonian after spending a year in Mexico at age 10. While she originally had her sights set on a career in medicine, Stephanie is firmly committed to law and has ambitions to become a lawyer. When Stephanie is not working or taking classes, you can find her at a Thorns soccer game with her younger sister or shamelessly binging on Netflix.

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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.

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Sarah Yater, Director of First Impressions

As our outstanding Director of First Impressions, 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.

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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.

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Michael Walsh, Firm Liaison

Michael’s role as a Firm Liaison provides clients with the ability to connect with someone who understands there are good people who need our help. Born and raised in Ireland with 9 other siblings, Michael is naturally flexible and patient, making him a great addition to our team. He’s been described as incredibly empathetic and understanding, and our clients always recognize his compassion within the first few minutes of conversation. Before Michael came to RDF, he was somewhat of a corporate “matchmaker”. He worked as a recruiter in California, and absolutely loved finding the best in people before connecting them with the professionals who could use their unique skill set and talents. His job here is similar, and he enjoys supporting people who could use the assistance of an organization that recognizes the human side of being arrested. Life outside of RDF is enjoyed with his wife and 3-year-old son. One of his favorite things to do in Portland is turn everyday trips into mini adventures that his son can cherish.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Deneen Dismore, Marketing

Deneen Dismore is our Marketing Assistant who hails all the way from New York after a brief pitstop in Washington. Deneen brings 8 years of marketing experience from the east coast, and while working with a legal team is new, her experiences in healthcare, real estate, beauty and fitness adds unique insights and ideas to the marketing department. She is independent and flexible, allowing her to collaborate with others and form creative solutions for our growing group. When Deneen is not working at RDF, she works as a health and fitness coach—an accidental career that sparked as she lost over 30 pounds. In her spare time, Deneen can be found reading, cooking or working out. As a self-proclaimed “adventurous Aries”, she can easily be found exploring her new Portland neighborhood and planning her next international trip.

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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!

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Thank you for all of your help on my case, your team was a great help during this process. M.M.