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Wendell L. Belknap
411 5th Street
Oregon City, OR 97045

Tel: 503-657-8946
Fax: 503-655-2775

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About Wendell L. Belknap:

I earned my law degree and graduated cum laude from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR) in 1985. I majored in Political Science and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) in 1982, and graduated from Jesuit High School (Portland, OR) in 1978.

I worked for a mid-size Portland, Oregon, law firm immediately after graduating from law school and passing the bar exam in 1985. Ultimately I opened my own office in Clackamas County, Oregon, on October 1, 1988, where I have been since. My office is located in the historic McLoughlin Neighborhood of old Oregon City in a home built in 1920, which my wife and I remodeled to be accurate to that era. Out of the comfortable setting of that old home I strive to maintain a general practice which meets the diverse needs of my many clients, as I represent a broad clientele in many locations in the State of Oregon.

I have lived all my life in Oregon and am a sixth generation Oregonian whose great-great-great grandfather crossed the plains in a covered wagon in 1848, ultimately settling near Belfountain, Oregon, which was then known as the Belknap Settlement. I take great pride in my old Oregon roots and devote much of my spare time to genealogy work.

I have been married to my wife, Barbara, since 1985. We have two grown children, Jessica and Rebecca. We live on a farm between Wilsonville and Newberg with our menagerie of animals, which consists of horses, cats, and a dog.

Royce T. Graves: Secretary

Royce Graves has been my secretary since 1996. Before moving to Portland, Royce lived near Missoula, Montana, with her husband, Gary, and their two sons, Kenley and Kent. For most of her working years Royce worked for a paper mill in Montana. When she and Gary moved to Portland she started working for me with absolutely no training as a legal secretary, but with people skills you could not begin to teach. While she learned the legal skills along the way, my clients and I have been the beneficiaries of her warm and friendly nature the entire time she has worked in my office. She has told me many times how important it is to her to make people feel welcome, as she could envision what she would be thinking and going through if she needed the services of a lawyer. This delightful lady will make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Countless numbers of clients have conveyed to me that she has done so for them. In 2011, Royce reduced her hours to part-time in anticipation of "eventually" retiring, and now job-shares with Lori. However, Royce continues to be a vital member of our team.

Lori L. Hattig: Secretary

Lori is a "home-town girl," having lived most of her life in the Oregon City area. She is a 1984 graduate of Oregon City High School, and has worked for lawyers and law firms in the greater-Portland area since that time. She brings substantial legal training and experience to the job, which are a nice complement to her abundant natural people skills. Lori is the proud mother of Ben and Tyler, and is married to Jerry Hattig. I have known Lori for many years, and she has been a fill-in secretary for me when needed. So, when my full-time secretary, Royce, wanted to semi-retire and reduce her hours, Lori was available and willing to become part of our team. Both my office, and the clients it serves, are extremely fortunate that she was, and we continue to operate in the same efficient and congenial fashion as we have for years. Lori will also make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive.