Meet our team of paralegals, whose depth of knowledge facilitates flexible and cost-effective client service delivery.
Our team is vastly experienced, and they provide essential support to our lawyers in the delivery of timely and accurate legal advice. As a standalone group, we frequently utilize their expertise in circumstances that do not require the knowledge and fees associated with a lawyer. In this way, our paralegal team is an intrinsic part of our commitment to client service excellence.
Denora Martinez was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and as the first of four siblings to go to college, Denora knew she wanted to pursue a career in the legal field. She attended Central Washington University minoring in Spanish and majoring in criminal law. Denora also attended Trend Business College and received a Certificate in Professional Office Administration with Legal Specialty.
With over 25 years of experience as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Denora has worked in various law firms in the states of Washington and Texas. She has applied and developed her skill set while working in a wide range of legal disciplines, including criminal, probate, personal injury, real estate, and family law.
The breadth of exposure has laid the groundwork for Denora’s unique ability to provide creative and effective support as a family law paralegal. She is driven to help people and is a hard worker who enjoys partnering with clients while tackling challenging issues.
Denora is fluent in both English and Spanish. Outside of the office, she loves spending time with family and watching football (GO DALLAS COWBOYS!).
Ryan Mattson grew up in suburban Philadelphia as the youngest of five children in an energetic, Irish American family. Realizing if he wanted to be heard among the routine familial cacophony, Ryan learned to choose his words carefully and develop a sense of humor. During his time at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA, Ryan captained the cross country, track, and swim teams, played lead guitar in a rock band, was an honor student, and obtained the rank of Eagle Scout, achieved by only 4% of all Boy Scouts.
Ryan traversed west across Pennsylvania to attend Penn State University, where he graduated with his degree in Secondary Education/History and became baptized as a rabid Nittany Lion football fan. Realizing his drive to help others was not best served as a teacher, Ryan decided to follow in his father Joseph and brother Michael’s footsteps and pursue a career in law. While a student at Widener University Delaware Law School and upon graduating in 2017, Ryan worked as a paralegal for The Law Offices of Craig Altman, a small but mighty personal injury firm located in Center City, Philadelphia. It was here Ryan honed his craft and learned how to interact with clients, draft legal documents, and observe what it truly means to be a team player in a law office, as well as an advocate for the unfairly injured.
Yearning for change and adventure, Ryan, his wife Mary, and their dog Rocco moved to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2019 following a four week road trip across the United States. Just prior to leaving, Ryan took and passed the Uniform Bar Exam, which will allow him to practice in Washington. Ryan is looking forward to contributing his enthusiasm and work ethic to Heritage Family Law.
Outside of work, Ryan is a massive Eagles, Flyers, Sixers, Phillies, and Penn State Nittany Lions fan. He can often be found playing guitar, skiing, running, traveling with Mary, and laughing with family and friends.
Bernardo Moncada, born in Colombia, was raised on both the South America and North America continents. Being fluent in both Spanish and English, he worked as a medical interpreter and then for over ten years as a court interpreter. His bilingual skills are so strong that during a federal trial which involved an international child custody case under The Hague Convention, Bernardo stepped forward, at the request of the opposing counsel, and provided simultaneous Spanish interpretation for both sides.
Working in family law in the state of Oregon is where Bernardo’s legal career began. When the law firm dissolved, he found himself working in administrative law for a social security law firm. Several years later, he joined Heritage Family Law, where he is back to enjoying his passion for family law.
Bernardo attended Portland State University and majored in History and Philosophy.
He is married, is the father of five children, owns two toy breed dogs and a rescue kitten.
Susan was an attorney for twelve years, licensed in California, Oregon, and Washington. Susan worked in a wide variety of legal disciplines and has extensive family law experience. Susan has worked on divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence, and many other types of family law cases. After taking time off to care for her elderly parents, Susan is currently working as a paralegal while finishing up the process to be readmitted to the Washington State Bar as an attorney.
Susan is known for her honesty and compassion, and she incorporates these characteristics into her legal work. She feels it is of the utmost importance to carefully listen to and honor a client’s unique situation and point of view. Susan also finds it very important to treat all people she encounters with respect and integrity, including clients, other attorneys, paralegals, and staff. Susan has a deep commitment to the law and bringing about superior results that do not make clients more unhappy or their situations worse. She is a compassionate listener and works hard to answer client questions, keep them informed on their cases, and be there for all her client’s needs.
While working as an attorney, Susan did significant pro bono work for domestic violence victims as a volunteer for Legal Aid of Oregon. Susan went above and beyond in trying to help and serve her clients, both in her paid practice and her pro bono work. During this time, Susan served in a variety of leadership roles for the Oregon State Bar and other legal organizations. Susan served on the Queen’s Bench (Portland Chapter of Oregon Women Lawyers) Board for several years, in various leadership positions, including President.
In addition, Susan served in the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, on the Multnomah Bar Association Equality Committee, and for several years on the Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Committee. Susan also volunteered for several years at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon as a coach for the Constitutional Law “We the People” team, winning unit awards with two different groups of students.
Susan also taught paralegal courses at Clark College in Vancouver, WA, for several years. Her classes included Business Law, Legal Ethics, Civil Litigation, and Torts. Susan was a favorite among the students in the paralegal program, and many sought her advice and assistance in their career paths. In her classroom evaluations, Susan regularly received high commendations from her students.
Susan’s diligence and empathy for clients, her professionalism and wide range of experience, and her work ethic and commitment to excellence make her a valued member of the team at Heritage Family Law.
Julia Skow has a bachelor’s degree in History from Washington State University and spent a year at Ohio University in the Master’s program with a fellowship from the Contemporary History Institute studying Military Intelligence and Diplomacy during the Korean War. She has had a strong interest in law for years and took the leap into becoming a paralegal in 2017.
Julia has spent the majority of her life in the Portland-Vancouver area making her a fierce Portland Timber’s supporter and a fan of cloudy weather.
During her free time, she enjoys crocheting, reading, and watching murder mysteries.
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