Elizabeth Munn’s practice focuses on Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration, Business, and Taxation.
Emil is an energetic and diligent real estate, business, tax, and estate and trust administration attorney. With an eye towards his clients’ unique circumstances, Emil strives to create individualized legal solutions that work for his clients’ needs.
A Eugene native, Emil attended the University of Oregon, obtaining a B.A. in English and Biology, and continued to earn his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. During his legal studies, Emil volunteered at Legal Aid Services of Oregon’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic where helped taxpayers realize significant reductions in their tax liability.
Emil spends his free exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. His favorite activities include skiing, rock climbing, backpacking, trial running, and kayaking.
Adriana is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School. Originally from Sacramento, California, Adriana received her Bachelor’s degree in Earth Systems Science from the University of California, Merced in 2018. She received her Juris Doctorate in 2021, while exploring a variety of practice areas such as immigration, family law, and personal injury, always focusing on fostering a client-centered approach and working to understand the nuances of each case. She is also particularly passionate about working with Hispanic and Latino clients and families, and is fluent in Spanish.
When she’s not working or studying, Adriana loves making music, knitting, baking and hiking in the Columbia River Gorge.
Brandon Torkelsen is a focused and talented tax and business attorney, providing a specialized and individualized approach. Because legal circumstances or objectives can be complicated, he breaks down complex problems into manageable pieces with achievable outcomes.
Brandon attended the University of Oregon School of Law, participating in the business law clinic and earning certificates in business transactions and estate planning. After graduation, he worked in-house at a mid-size healthcare network in southwest Ohio. Brandon then obtained an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Oregon
Outside of work, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Jessica McConnell submerges herself in the world of tax and bankruptcy law. Her tax practice focuses on federal, state, and local tax controversies, including both the determination and collection of tax liabilities. Her debtor-creditor practice focuses on representing debtors in all matters relating to insolvency. She has helped hundreds of businesses and individuals efficiently resolve major tax and financial problems. Ms. McConnell has been admitted to the Oregon State Bar, the U.S. District Court – District of Oregon, as well as the U.S. Tax Court.
Well-versed in all areas of tax controversy, Ms. McConnell excels in her practice. She often handles matters regarding complex tax audits, employment tax liabilities, trust fund recovery penalties, and third party tax liabilities such as successor in interest, alter-ego and transferee liability claims. She regularly represents businesses, individuals, and estates with unfiled tax returns, compliance problems, and those with unpaid tax liabilities that are experiencing unwanted and unexpected tax collection. Ms. McConnell assists clients in resolving outstanding tax liabilities with penalty abatements, offers in compromise, installment agreements, collection holds, and discharging taxes in bankruptcy.
Ms. McConnell is an experienced debtor-creditor attorney. She handles a variety of insolvency and bankruptcy matters; a majority of which have tax complexities. Ms. McConnell assists businesses and individuals experiencing financial distress through business liquidations, creditor negotiations, bankruptcy, and by offering financial and operational advice to limit risks or reduce claims against the business and its officers. Ms. McConnell assists creditors with claim protection and collecting judgments.
Ms. McConnell was recognized as a Rising Star in the area of tax law by Oregon Super Lawyers. The annual Rising Stars list identifies the best attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for ten or fewer years. No more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state receive the honor.
A natural leader, Ms. McConnell works closely with the Oregon State Bar. Dedicated to the practice of law, and sharing her knowledge of her field, Jessica plans and regularly presents educational seminars, serves on legislative work-groups, and pens articles about developments in the law. She volunteers at the Bar’s bankruptcy clinic and provides legal assistance through other pro bono opportunities.
Daniela Holgate’s practice focuses on probate litigation, as well as guardianship, conservatorship, and estate matters. She also assists seniors and their families with elder abuse restraining orders (EPPDAPA) and elder financial abuse matters. Daniela strives to use her talents to help her clients during stressful and complicated family situations. She prides herself on being energetic and passionate in her approach to problem-solving.
Daniela began her career in the legal profession as a Certified Paralegal working on complex litigation cases. During law school, she diversified her experience by providing advocacy services to college students, externing with a Chief Probate Judge and clerking for Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP.
Daniela enjoys being active in the community by using her life experience and legal knowledge to assist others. She regularly mentors students considering a career in the legal profession, and has been a volunteer attorney with Legal Aid Service’s Domestic Violence Project. In 2019, Daniela was appointed to the Pro Bono Committee for the Young Lawyers Section of the Multnomah Bar Association.
When not in the office, Daniela enjoys live music, exploring Portland’s culinary scene, hiking with her dog, Shiloh, and reading a good book.
Leslie Johnson joined Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP as Of Counsel in May 2017. Prior to that, she was in private practice elsewhere in downtown Portland. In more than 25 years of practice, her focus has always been on complex business disputes and business law. She has earned expertise dealing with forensic and damages experts and voluminous, complicated discovery and analysis, beginning with boxes of paper but now calling for a working knowledge of digital analytics and AI. Her practice has extended to wide range of businesses and disputes, with emphases on contract issues, corporate governance, shareholder agreements and disputes, employment law, business and real property transactions, franchise disputes, securities, and lawyer and accountant malpractice. While many disputes can be resolved by direct negotiation, mediation or private arbitration, she also appears regularly in the state and federal courts of both Oregon and Washington, and is available for local counsel and conflicts counsel engagements. Her practice has included service to business clients in other jurisdictions, as well, including pro hac vice admissions in Utah, Colorado, California, and the Delaware Court of Chancery and US District Court there (so far). In addition, she serves as an arbitrator with the Multnomah County Circuit Court arbitrations program.
Leslie is a life-long Oregonian. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Portland State University (B.S., 1991) and her law degree at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College (J.D., 1995). She is a current member in the Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations, the Multnomah (Oregon) and Clark County (Washington) Bar Associations, and the American Bar Association. She currently serves in both the OSB and ABA House of Delegates. She has served on a number of bar committees and task forces, wanting to stay engaged with current law updates and help to shape her state laws.
She was honored by her law school in 2005 with the Joyce Ann Harpole Award, given to a graduate who exemplifies a high standard of professionalism. She holds the highest rating (‘AV’) from publisher Martindale Hubbell. In 2014, she made the list of Oregon Super Lawyers for her business litigation work. Johnson has spoken at local and state bar association CLEs on practical litigation skills. She co-authored chapters of the Oregon State Bar publications INSURANCE (chapter 2, ‘Understanding and Interpreting Policy Language,’ 1996 revision and 1999 supplement); FEDERAL CIVIL LITIGATION (chapter 16, ‘Depositions,’ 1998 supplement); CIVIL PLEADING AND PRACTICE (chapter 25, ‘Depositions,’ 1998 supplement); an outline of Clark County [Washington] Practice and Procedure presented as a Multnomah Bar Association CLE in 2000, 2002 and 2003; and, most recently, two chapters of OREGON CIVIL PLEADING AND LITIGATION (2020 ed.).
Outside of her practice, Leslie enjoys a range of civic activities. These include a long and active membership in the City Club of Portland, as well as service on the advisory council for Profile Theatre Project and board. Leslie is also involved with activities in Portland’s neighborhood associations, volunteering and raising awareness.
A focused and driven attorney, Walker Clark believes in working directly with his clients to best meet their needs. Walker assists his clients in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, taxation, and business planning. He has been recognized by Oregon Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Walker has been admitted to the Oregon and the Washington State Bar.
After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Political Science, Walker spent two years working for a local law firm. There he assisted with pleadings, hearings, and trial prep on a day to day basis. He went on to earn his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. Between his second and third year of law school, Mr. Clark clerked for Federal Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta. Mr. Clark received a pro-bono certificate for his work for Judge Acosta. During his third year he not only received certificates of mastery in taxation and estate planning, but also participated in a non-profit clinic. There he reviewed bylaws and worked directly with the board of a nonprofit to assess the board’s governance. After completing his law degree, Walker obtained an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law.
Outside of work, Walker enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid supporter of the Portland Trail Blazers and Oregon Ducks.
Darlene Pasieczny (“Pah-shetch-nee”) is a securities and fiduciary litigator, and appellate attorney. In addition, she leads the Investor Defenders practice group at Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP.
Pasieczny’s knowledge in the field of securities litigation and FINRA arbitration gives her the edge to help her clients recover investment losses. Darlene is licensed in Oregon and Washington. However, her FINRA arbitration practice enables her to represent investors nationwide. This involves claims of financial advisor misconduct or defective securities products. FINRA arbitration is the main forum for resolution of legal disputes between investors and securities industry professionals. It is a specialized forum with its own procedural rules – and Darlene knows how to navigate them. Darlene regularly works with state and federal securities regulators to improve the rules of this forum. Darlene also serves as a FINRA arbitrator. Visit the Investor Defenders site to learn more.
Darlene also represents parties in other financial and fiduciary litigation. These include representing trustees, beneficiaries, and other interested parties in trust and estate disputes such as will contests, undue influence claims, and nonjudicial amendments to trust terms. Other types of cases include shareholder rights cases, complex civil litigation, and elder financial abuse. Matters such are these may involve friends, family, or trusted caretakers in very difficult situations. Where possible, Darlene helps her clients resolve disputes by mediation or informal settlement.
Cases don’t always end at the trial level or arbitration award – sometimes a party appeals a decision. Darlene also represents parties in the appellate courts. She has successfully represented clients before the Oregon Court of Appeals, Oregon Supreme Court, the Washington State Court of Appeals, and on briefing to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Recognized by her peers for her dedication to her practice.
Since 2012, Darlene has been an active member of the Public Investors Advocate Bar Association (PIABA). PIABA is an international bar association. PIABA members represent investors in disputes with the securities industry. She was awarded PIABA’s 2017 Outstanding Service Award. In 2018, she was elected to its Board of Directors. And in 2019. Ms. Pasieczny was elected to the office of Treasurer for PIABA.
In addition, she was elected Chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Securities Regulation Section for year 2021, and to the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section in 2022. Darlene is also active with the Alumni Association and Board of Trustees for Reed College. In her volunteer work she helps connect students and alumni for career assistance and professional development. Darlene is a Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney by Oregon Super Lawyers, and was selected to the Rising Stars list for 2021 and 2022.
Victoria Blachly is a fiduciary litigator. She is a trial attorney, representing individual trustees, corporate trustees, beneficiaries, and personal representatives in often difficult and challenging cases. Blachly’s cases including trust and estate litigation, will contests, trust disputes, undue influence, capacity cases, claims of fiduciary breach, financial elder abuse cases, and petitioning for court instructions, as well as contested guardianship and conservatorship cases. Since moving on from her state and then federal clerkships in the 1990’s, she found reward in helping her clients with complex family situations. Blachly is licensed in both Oregon and Washington.
Recognized by her peers and her clients.
Since 2014, she has been recognized as an Oregon Super Lawyer in the areas of Trust and Estate Litigation. Only 5 percent of Oregon attorneys are selected by Super Lawyers; these attorneys have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Since 2018, she has been included in Best Lawyers in America ©, for trust and estate litigation. In 2014, she was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services, in 2016, Blachly was appointed to the Uniform Law Commission. The ULC works on nonpartisan proposed legislation to “bring clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law.” She was named a 2015 Portland Business Journal “Woman of Influence.” In addition, Blachly was “described by a peer as ‘very thorough,’ and is well known in the Oregon legal community for her expertise in fiduciary litigation,” in the Chambers High Net Worth 2016 publication.
A national speaker.
Blachly has been writing for and lecturing at national and state legal seminars pertaining to trusts and estates since 2001, and she has engaged in state and national lobbying for updating laws for fiduciaries and vulnerable adults.