About Patricia Ferrell-French

Patricia Ferrell-French Attorney at Law

I have a wide range of employment experiences, both in and outside the legal profession, plus a solid educational background. I did not start law school until I was forty. I dropped out of college in my early 20s when I married, and spent the next sixteen years being a wife, mother, community volunteer, and small business owner. After I got divorced, I returned to school and obtained my undergraduate and law degrees. I consider the total of my life experiences to be indispensable to being a good lawyer.

Legal Experience:

I have been licensed to practice law in Oregon since 1991. Before that, I was a staff attorney for the Oregon Worker’s Compensation Board for two years and a judicial law clerk for the judges in Lincoln County, Oregon, for one year. During that one-year period, I acted as the unofficial probate administrator for Lincoln County. Prior to attending law school, I worked as a clerk for the late Oklahoma state court Judge Alan J. Couch in Norman, Oklahoma. While in law school, I worked in the Washington County District Attorney’s office as a certified law clerk, in the Washington County offices of the Metropolitan Public Defenders as a certified law clerk, and for Lee & Associate, a Portland law firm that served the city’s Korean-American community. After becoming a member of the Oregon State Bar Association in 1991, I worked for Lee & Associate, then opened my own office in 1993.

Beginning in 2012 and continuing until I relocated my law practice, I was a court appointed arbitrator for Clackamas County Circuit Court’s mandated arbitration cases. Beginning in 2014, I also served as a Board Member of the Clackamas County Circuit Court’s Arbitration Commission.

Non-Legal Experience:

Wife, mother, grandmother, carpenter, auditor, horse breeder-trainer, secretary, title officer.

Bar & Court Admissions:

Oregon State Bar, since 1991
United States District Court, District of Oregon, since 1992
United States Court Of Appeals, 9th Circuit, since 1996

Education:

Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon, 1987, Doctor of Jurisprudence
University Of Oklahoma, 1984, Bachelor of Arts (Social Work and Sociology)
Ohio State University, 1965-66
Chandler School For Women, Boston, MA 1964-65 (one year secretarial course)
University of Arizona, 1963-64

Organizations And Memberships:

Oregon State Bar Association
Lincoln County Bar Association
Multnomah County Bar Association
Member of Family Law section of the Oregon State Bar
Board Member on the Citizens Review Board of Lincoln County

Personal Information:

Born in Schenectady, New York
Oregon resident since 1984
Daughter and granddaughter of lawyers
Mother of two grown children, and grandmother of three boys
Divorced once and now married to second husband, Jon French, since 1983.