MS. REBECCA WHITNEY-SMITH, ATTORNEY AT LAWRebecca Whitney-Smith
began practicing law in 1995 graduating from University of Oregon. She is a skilled litigator who has handled cases in a wide range of areas including personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, and criminal law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Whitney-Smith was a licensed and board certified critical care nurse. She combines her unique background in nursing with her knowledge as an attorney to provide a unique and common sense approach to difficult legal matters.
Early in her legal career, Ms. Whitney-Smith began working on medical malpractice and personal injury cases. Her knowledge of healthcare issues helps her understand the complexities of evaluating medical and nursing negligence issues. She is interested in assisting potential clients of all ages, including our aging population that are unfortunately at high risk of facing a long-term facility care issue.
Ms. Whitney-Smith continues to assist families and individuals in their efforts to establish custody and parenting time rights. She is a strong advocate for her clients but also believes that in many circumstances parents and spouses are able to reach their own resolutions with the assistance of an attorney who is able to guide their decisions in order to maximize their results. When those efforts fail, Ms. Whitney-Smith is able to provide her clients with a strong voice in the courtroom.
DIANA BETTLES, ATTORNEY AT LAW
Diana joined the Law Office of Rebecca Whitney-Smith
after graduating from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark, in June of 2013. Diana is a local resident from Klamath County and was raised in Chiloquin, Oregon. With a vast background in family and child advocacy, Diana is excited to be practicing Family Law.
During law school, Diana worked as a Certified Law Clerk at Youth, Rights and Justice (YRJ). While clerking with YRJ, Diana handled juvenile delinquency cases and worked with senior attorneys on child dependency cases in the Portland area. In this role, she advocated for the rights of the youth and families, participated in many child and family team planning meetings, and
assisted with the Multnomah County Parenting Time Committee in creative ways of increasing parenting time with children in the Juvenile Court system. Diana also clerked for the Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC) where she assisted indigent clients in expunging their criminal records.
Interests: Gretchen enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, crafts, and traveling. She has been married for 15 years to her wonderful husband, and they raise a daughter and twin sons together. Gretchen also enjoys sharing her animal science and livestock expertise as a volunteer 4-H leader with the Stateline Sheep Club.