Main Office: (971) 285-3525
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Main office: (971) 285-3525
Direct: (971) 285-3101
Cell: (971) 222-7638
Brett, as a partner with The Law Office of Gress and Clark, focuses his practice exclusively on representing employers in the State of Washington in workers’ compensation matters. Prior to joining this practice, Brett worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon. As a Deputy District Attorney, Brett aggressively prosecuted numerous criminal cases to verdict. Brett has put that invaluable trial experience to good use in his current litigation practice primarily advocating on behalf of his clients’ interests before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, Superior Court, Washington Court of Appeals and before the Supreme Court of the State of Washington. Brett’s dynamic and forceful approach to contentious appeals has and continues to yield excellent results for his clients. He is extremely accessible and willing to work collaboratively to minimize potential exposure and best achieve a client’s goals. Please do not hesitate to contact Brett directly to see how he can be of service to you in addressing workers’ compensation claims in Washington State.
Brett and his wife Lori are native Oregonians. The couple enjoys spending time with family and taking advantage of the benefits of living in the Northwest. Outside the practice of law, Brett is an avid fisherman for salmon and steelhead and he takes pleasure in participating in many outdoor activities throughout Oregon and Washington.
James L. Gress graduated from Willamette University in Salem Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in English in 1988. He then graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1991. While in law school, he worked as a law clerk for a workers' compensation insurer for two years.
In 1991, Jim passed the Oregon State Bar and joined a firm whose practice was dedicated to representing employers in the field of workers' compensation. He represented employers and insurance companies in Oregon through 1995. He then switched his focus to the state of Washington and passed the Washington State Bar exam in 1996. Since that time he has represented self-insured employers, retro programs and state fund employers before the Department of Labor and Industries, the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, multiple Superior Courts, all three Divisions of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. He is also admitted to appear in the Tribal Courts of the Lummi, Tulalip, Yakama, Snohomish, Sauk-Suiattle, Puyallup, Jamestown S'Klallam and Suquamish Tribal Nations. On many occasions Jim has been a guest speaker for the Washington Self Insurers Association meetings and has helped teach classes for claims examiners. In 2007 he founded the Law Office of Gress and Clark LLC with Gordon Clark.
Jim is a native Oregonian and is married to his wife Julie. Outside of the practice of Law, he enjoys travel, roller coasters, watching college sports on television and reminiscing about the days long ago when he too was a college athlete.
Main Office: (971) 285-3525
Direct: (971) 259-4724
Cell: (503) 508-1059
Gordon Clark has been defending self-insured employers and insurers in Oregon workers' compensation matters for over thirty years. While his focus is litigation, having tried hundreds of cases before the Oregon Workers' Compensation Board, he also provides claims processing and settlement advice, obviating unnecessary litigation.
Gordon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Lewis and Clark College in 1979 and then attended night school at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark. While in law school, Gordon clerked for the Hon. Charles S. Sams and was a student prosecutor. After passing the Oregon bar in 1983 he became a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County where he tried criminal cases in district and circuit courts. In 1984 Gordon joined an established Portland firm that was dedicated exclusively to workers' compensation defense and he has specialized in representing employers in workers' compensation matters ever since. Gordon has been a guest speaker before the Oregon Workers' Compensation Claims Association and the Workers' Compensation section of the Oregon State Bar. He has taught classes in claims processing and litigation.
Gordon is a native Oregonian. He is married to Jeris and they have started a cattle ranch in Madras, Oregon that Jeris currently runs. Gordon gives advice on weekends. Call if you would like to buy some delicious Black Angus beef. Gordon remains a devoted Oregon State Beaver believer.
Main Office: (971) 285-3525
Direct: (971) 285-3876
Cell: (503) 333-9399
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John C. Young’s practice focuses on counseling and defending public and private employers regarding all aspects of Oregon workers’ compensation matters, from accept or deny decisions to appeals. John believes the best results come from working closely and collaborating with his clients. John strives to enhance claim outcomes by combining the client’s knowledge and expertise with his experience and understanding of the law.
Prior to law school, John was an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Navy. Following his military service, John graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in economics. Returning to Oregon to attend law school, John graduated in 2008 from Willamette University College of Law. After law school, John worked for an established firm in Salem and focused on workers’ compensation and litigation defense. In 2014, John joined The Law Office of Gress and Clark as Of Counsel. John is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington. In addition to holding regular training seminars for his clients, John has been a guest speaker for WCCA, PRIMA and SDAO.
John and his wife are residents of Tualatin and enjoy spending as much time as possible with their son Owen. When he’s not trying to keep up with his boy, John enjoys playing golf and training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
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