Adele is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex commercial litigation and construction, insurance, and design-related disputes. She also advises educational institutions regarding Title IX, including Title IX analysis regarding school facilities and new construction.
Adele is the current President of Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) and is a member of the Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas County bar associations. In 2018, she became a volunteer pro tem judge for Washington County, where she presides over the FED (landlord/tenant), small claims, and civil motions dockets. She also serves as an arbitrator for court-annexed mandatory arbitrations in Multnomah and Washington Counties in Oregon.
She has been selected to the Oregon Super Lawyers list since 2013. In 2021 and 2022, she was named by Oregon Super Lawyers as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Oregon, and in 2022, as one of the Top 50 attorneys overall in the State of Oregon. She has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation – Construction since 2018.
Notable Trials and Arbitrations:
• Craghead v. New Era Homes, LLC, et al., Deschutes County Circuit Court (Dec. 2020): first-chaired a court-annexed arbitration involving a residential construction defect claim. The arbitration resulted in a decision in favor of the plaintiffs for their full prayer.
• Farmworker Housing Development Corporation v. Reliable Siding & Construction, LLC, Polk County Circuit Court (April 2019): first-chaired a construction defect jury trial on behalf of an affordable housing developer/non-profit organization.
• Dahl v. Newside, Washington County Circuit Court (Feb. 2016): first-chaired an eight-day construction defect jury trial on behalf of four separate residential homeowners. The trial resulted in a jury verdict of several orders of magnitude above the defendant’s last pre-trial offer.
• Funk v. Landvik, et al., Powers County Circuit Court, American Falls, Idaho (Dec. 2015): first-chaired a three-day bench trial on an issue of first impression involving requirements under Idaho’s Notice & Opportunity to Cure Act where the homeowner sought to make repairs pre-litigation.
• Association of Unit Owners of Q Condominiums v. Superior Plastering, Washington County Circuit Court (Feb. 2013): co-chaired a three-week jury trial in Washington County on behalf of a 62-unit condominium association. The trial resulted in a jury verdict exceeding the plaintiff’s pre-trial demand.
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