BLJ Law Bend Oregon

Professional Experience      

Melinda Thomas focuses her law practice on family law, including divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, complex property division and modifications.  Melinda also represents school law clients, including Bend-La Pine Schools.

Melinda graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in 1993, and worked for the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington in Seattle.  She then took 13 years off to raise her three children.  Melinda resumed her law practice as a civil litigator in 2005 in Bend, becoming a partner in a small boutique law firm and then running her own firm, Thomas Law, LLC.  Melinda joined Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis in 2008, where she is now a shareholder.

Melinda transitioned from litigation into family law because she enjoys serving her clients on a personal level.  Her courtroom experience benefits her family law clients when their cases head to hearings or trial.  She prides herself on her reputation for professionalism among the family law bar and local judges.


 

Professional & Community Activities

Oregon State Bar Litigation Section   
Chair, 2014-Present

Executive Committee member since 2010
Planning Committee for Fundamentals of Civil Procedure seminar, 2013

 Oregon State Bar Family Law Section
Member

Central Oregon Matrimonial Attorneys
Member

Oregon Women Lawyers
Member

Leadership Bend – Class of 2012

Deschutes Children’s Foundation
Board of Directors, 2012-2014

First Story
Board of Directors, 2006-2010

High Lakes Elementary School PTA
Board of Directors, 2004-2005

Compass Church
Board of Directors, 2010-2011


Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Courts
Oregon Federal Courts


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Co-author, Oregon State Bar Torts CLE, Chapter 10, Premises Liability, 2012 Revision

Melinda’s materials on non-judicial foreclosures have been published by the Professional Liability Fund, the organization which provides professional insurance to attorneys in Oregon.


PRESENTATIONS

Melinda is a noted speaker on the subjects of trial preparation, non-judicial foreclosures and discovery of school records in family law cases.


Education

University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 1993

Oregon State University, B.A. Political Science, 1989


Personal

In her personal time, Melinda and her husband Robb Thomas are die-hard Beaver fans – although they do enjoy following the University of Oregon track and field program. They also enjoy cheering on their kids (Cole, Alexa, and Brandon) at various sporting events. Melinda loves to cook, garden, and hike the many Central Oregon trails.

 

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