Jennifer and Nicolas have been law partners since 2007. You can count on working closely with our legal team to protect your rights when you are charged with a crime and to protect your interests in your family law case.
Jennifer I. Nash
Jennifer I. Nash is a shareholder in Jennifer I. Nash & Nicolas Ortiz, PC. She represents clients in criminal and family law matters. She received her J.D. from the University of Oregon in 1996 and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California San Diego in 1993. She holds a certificate in Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Jennifer has had a lifelong commitment to helping people navigate their way through the legal system. She is committed to providing high-quality, compassionate representation for her clients. She is an experienced trial lawyer and has represented clients charged with murder, sexual assault, DUII and other offenses. She has over twenty years of experience helping clients in domestic relations cases as well, including divorces with complex financial issues or difficult custody matters. She has developed a particular interest in cases involving the intersection of family law and criminal law, such as cases involving child sexual assault allegations and domestic violence allegations.
Jennifer has dedicated herself to giving back to the community. She was the Administrator of the Benton County Legal Defense Corporation from 2000-2016. She was a pro tem judge from 2010-2012, serving as the Benton County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Judge, and she was the Benton County Adult Drug Treatment Court lawyer from 2001-2006. She has been a member of the Governor’s Task Force for Indigent Defense, the OCDLA Pay Parity Committee, the Juvenile Law Section of the Oregon State Bar’s Executive Committee, and the Willamette Criminal Justice Council. Jennifer has also served on the boards of Mentoring Works! and The Center for Nonprofit Stewardship.
Nicolas Ortiz hails from the central valley of California, moving to Oregon in 1995 to study at The Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the California State University, Sacramento. While there, he focused on the technical aspects of writing in preparation for the writing demands of law school and practicing law in general.
His work in criminal defense began in school while clerking for the Federal Public Defender’s office in Portland, Oregon. Soon thereafter, he began trying cases to juries in state court. After graduating from law school in 1998 and becoming a member of the Oregon State Bar, he practiced law for the Southern Oregon Public Defender’s Office where he further honed his trial skills. Using this experience and training as a trial lawyer, he expanded his practice to include Family Law matters in 2006. His years of trial work have provided him with a wide breadth of experience litigating cases ranging from simple Criminal Trespass to Aggravated Murder in the criminal defense realm, to handling Restraining Orders, Divorces and issues related to child Custody.
He takes a common sense approach while always keeping his client’s interests and goals in mind. He is committed to providing each client the best legal advice and counsel as each progresses through, what is often a difficult, anxiety-provoking experience.
This philosophy also plays a role in other aspects of his life. He has served on the board of the Linn-Benton Bar Association, where he coordinated Continuing Legal Education seminars for the betterment of local attorneys, served as a member of the steering committee for Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, and served as the Defense lawyer team member in both the juvenile and adult Drug Treatment Courts for Benton County. And he finds volunteering his time working with youth from coaching Mock Trial teams to coaching little league sports teams quite rewarding.