Our Attorneys

David W. Owens was born in 1945, a native Oregonian from John Day. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Colorado Rocky Mountain School before attending college. In 1967, he entered the U.S. Army and was deployed to Vietnam. He served with the First Air Cavalry Division and received several personal awards. After completing his service, David attended Portland State University and started Lumber Transport, Inc. In 1972 David attended Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law.

David’s law practice encompasses a wide array of areas including civil litigation, real estate, personal injury, domestic relations, estate planning and probate, as well as business and commercial law. David has helped thousands of clients resolve complicated issues and recover thousands of dollars.

David’s philosophy is to serve the client and make a friend.  In the over 37 years David has been practicing he is most pleased with his returning clients and prides himself of being considered their “family’s” attorney.   David’s education both in the classroom and in life allows him to bring a clear perspective to issues and his experience allows him to recommend the best course of action after weighing all the facts.

Outside of practicing law David enjoys Pinochle, Golf, and spending time with his family and friends.

Areas of Practice: Business & Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury — Defense, Personal Injury — Plaintiff, Probate & Estate Administration, Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions: Oregon, 1975; Washington, 2004; U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 1975; U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1977; U.S. Tax Court, 1981

Education: Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon 1975, J.D.; Portland State University, 1972, B.S.

Jodie M. Sneller was born in Chicago, Illinois, and has lived in many places throughout the continental United States.  She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in English Literature. Jodie attended law school in Detroit, Michigan. While in law school she attended evening classes and clerked for the Honorable James M. Alexander, Oakland County, Michigan, Sixth Circuit Court and eventually worked at The Findling Law Firm where she was made head law clerk after four months of employment with the firm.  Jodie M. Sneller joined David W. Owens, P.C. & Associates in June of 2008 and became a shareholder in January 2011. 

Jodie’s areas of practice include Domestic Relations and Social Security Disability.  Jodie has helped her clients gain custody of their children, create fair parenting time plans, and resolve friendly and not-so-friendly divorces.  She has handled numerous trials and hearings for her clients.  Jodie has prepared premarital agreements to protect her clients’ assets and made sure that they were enforced.  She has also handled Social Security Disability hearings and established benefits for clients.

Jodie understands that it is not just a case she is handling, but that each client is a real person who is affected by the legal work she does.  She seeks to hear her clients and work towards their goals while weighing all options before recommending a course of action.

In her free time, Jodie enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, reading, and exploring the Northwest.

Areas of Practice: Domestic Relations, Social Security Disability, Criminal Law

Bar Admissions: Washington, 2007, Oregon, 2008

Education: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan, 2006, J.D.; University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 2002, B.A., Major: English Literature

John A. Pinzelik was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana.  After graduating from high school, he moved to California to pursue a career in the music business.  John moved to Portland in 1998 and attended law school in the evening while working for various record companies.   John joined David W. Owens, P.C. in the spring of 2009 and became a shareholder in the firm in January 2011.

John’s law practice focuses on personal injury and business litigation, wage claims and bankruptcy law.   John has helped his clients recover hundreds of thousands of dollars from negligent drivers and property owners.  He has prosecuted and defended small businesses in arbitration and state court.  John has helped employees recover thousands of dollars in unpaid and penalty wages, and has helped hundreds of clients obtain a financial “fresh start” through the bankruptcy process.

John strives to give every client the attention they deserve and to explain the legal process in way that clients can understand.  John believes that it is crucial to understand his client’s needs and to carefully weigh all options before recommending a course of action.           

John volunteers with Legal Aid Services of Oregon’s Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic and spends his free time biking, running, and playing drums with a local marimba band.

Areas of Practice: Bankruptcy, Real Estate Law, Employment Law, Business Law, Estate Planning and Probate, Personal Injury

Bar Admissions: Oregon, 2005; U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 2009

Education: Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon, 2005 J.D.; California State University at Northridge, California, 1991, B.A., Major: Music

Brook D. Wood is licensed to practice law in Oregon.  Already a law clerk with David W. Owens, P.C. & Associates while in law school, Brook joined the ranks of the firm’s attorneys after being admitted to the bar in October of 2009, and became a shareholder in January of 2011.

Brook graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.  He received his Juris Doctor from the Lewis and Clark Law School here in Portland, having never visited the state of Oregon before deciding to attend there.

Brook’s practice focuses on civil litigation and motions practice, contract drafting, review, and enforcement, and estate planning, probate, and administration.  His practice has primarily been in the State Circuit Courts for the counties of Clackamas and Multnomah, and he is admitted to practice in the Federal District Court for the District of Oregon. Whatever the issue, Brook is committed to providing his clients with the knowledge, skill, and communication necessary to bring satisfactory resolution to their complex and trying problems.

Brook brings a broad perspective to the practice of law, having come to the law as a second career.  Prior to enrolling in law school, Brook worked in an entomology laboratory at the University of Arizona, collecting data on hereditary resistance development in pests of transgenic cotton and co-authoring several publications on the subject.  His background in the sciences has helped him develop the analytical skills necessary to evaluate fact patterns and wade through complex statutory language.  Brook’s wide interests have also influenced his development as an attorney and as a person.  He has served on the boards of directors of charity organizations supporting the arts and the environment and has been involved with groups like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the United Way, and Habitat for Humanity.

Away from the law, Brook enjoys sports and exploring all that Oregon and the Pacific Northwest has to offer with his wife and their dogs.

Areas of Practice: Estate Planning and Probate, Contract Drafting and Review, Breach of Contract Litigation

Bar Admissions: Oregon, 2009; U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 2010

Education: Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon, 2009, J.D.; University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 2002, B.S., Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


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