Sharon Lee Schwartz

Attorney and Mediator

(541) 671-2210

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Our Team

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Sharon Lee Schwartz, Attorney and Mediator

Sharon Lee has been practicing law since 1995, is a mediator, a collaborative law practitioner, and a certified divorce financial analyst. Early in her career, she clerked for the National Center for Youth Law, the Women's Legal Defense Fund, and researched legal cases about human rights through a UC Berkeley fellowship in New Delhi, India. Before moving to Oregon, she practiced law in tribal and state courts on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. She opened her private practice in 2013 after directing the Roseburg office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon for fifteen years.

 

Sharon Lee has published articles about and given presentations at national conferences focused on achieving social justice. She attended Davidson College and Georgetown University Law Center where she was Section Editor of the Georgetown Journal on Fighting Poverty.

 

Sharon Lee co-founded the Umpqua Valley Time Exchange, is a past president of the Douglas County Bar Association, and has served on boards including AFS for foreign exchange students, UCAN, Neighborworks Umpqua, the League of Women Voters, and Common Ground Mediation Program. She has participated in the Douglas County Family Law Advisory Committee, the Douglas County Family Violence Prevention Council, and was appointed to the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Committee.

She and her husband are building an arthouse cinema, The Majestic Theater & Big Picture Café, scheduled to open in downtown Roseburg in 2022. 

Kathryn Mitten, Attorney

Kathryn Mitten brings the energy of a new attorney to our practice. While studying law at the University of Oregon, she was involved in the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights and clerked for the Oregon department of Justice, Child Advocacy section. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a double major in American History and International Relations and is a member of the Oregon State Bar.

After moving from the east coast to Utah, she chose Oregon for its stunning beauty and opportunities to be outdoors. She enjoys cooking, reading true crime and mysteries, hiking, traveling, concert-going, and her cats.

Ann Vaughn, Paralegal

Ann Vaughn has over three decades’ experience as a paralegal, having passed the national paralegal bar exam. She has worked in both private practice and in the non-profit sector at Legal Aid Services of Oregon.  Ann taught and developed materials for self-help divorce and custody classes, and has supported clients in filing appropriate paperwork and preparing for court.

 

Ann spent part of the 1960’s touring the country in a Volkswagon microbus with her two collies, and later could be seen in the San Diego area with her goat, Otie, riding in the back of her car. She is an accomplished gardener and former beekeeper.

She has been involved in the community through work on the local Family Law Advisory Committee, the Housing Authority of Douglas County Self Sufficiency Board, the SPCA Board, the Humane Society Board and in the Eastside Community Garden. She currently volunteers extensively for the SPCA.

Kimberly Phinney, Paralegal

Kimberly Phinney is in her third decade working as a paralegal, with a focus on family law.  Her career began when she was a junior in high school and skipped class to attend her first interview with a local law firm.  She is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Communication Studies.  Kim also earned certificates at Umpqua Community College as a specialist in both Communication in Organizations and Public Relations.  She is a past president, vice president, and secretary of the Douglas County Legal Secretaries Association.

Kim has given back to her community through volunteer work supporting local youth organizations including youth sports and 4-H.  She and her Dalmation, Toby,  also worked with fire departments in Washington and Oregon supporting their education events.   Kim currently lends a hand to a local middle school chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. 

She is an avid photographer, foodie, and enjoys road trips with her significant other and their three rescue dogs. 

Autumn Marquis, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Autumn Marquis has a background as an administrative assistant in accounting and medical offices. She grew up in Roseburg and graduated from RHS.  She returned to Roseburg after living for several years in Arizona.

 

In high school, she often camped out with friends in a miniature A frame house in Ann’s yard. She has five wonderful children and enjoys gardening, hiking, and other outdoor activities. She volunteers with the Elks Lodges in Roseburg and Page, Arizona.

Bertrand and Vincent, Office Therapists and Rodent Patrol

Bertrand and Vincent joined us in 2019 when Bert climbed through a window and stayed. His brother, Vince, followed him a few weeks later, deciding our practice was a good match for him also.