Jackie has extensive experience representing survivors of rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and victims of crime. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a sexual assault victim advocate in several non-profit community organizations. During this time, she witnessed first-hand the many ways that sexual violence can negatively impact various aspects of a person’s life, such as employment, education, housing, health and safety. Swanson’s work as a victim advocate thus inspired her to become a lawyer, and she has dedicated her legal career to providing holistic and comprehensive assistance to victims of sexual violence seeking redress through the civil justice system.
Swanson has also dedicated hundreds of pro-bono hours to public policy work on behalf of survivors of sexual violence and victims of crime, both in Oregon and across the nation. For example, in 2015 and 2016, she and Brenda Tracy advocated for successful extension of the Oregon criminal statute of limitations for first degree sex crimes. In 2016, Jackie wrote and proposed the initial draft of “Melissa’s Law,” which mandated rape kit testing across the state of Oregon. Swanson also helped pass the federal sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights, which passed out of Congress unanimously and was signed into law by President Obama in October 2016. In 2017, she helped pass a rape shield law for Oregon survivors seeking assistance through the civil justice system.
Christopher J. Graves
Graves & Swanson LLC partner Christopher “C.J.” Graves invests himself in each and every case he handles, and has a passion for helping his clients resolve their legal matters and move forward with their lives. He has spent his career as a litigator and a trial attorney, and is more comfortable in a court room than in an office.
Graves has served as first chair in numerous trials, including high-conflict cases relating to dissolution, domestic violence, parenting time, custody, and division of property. He has handled legal issues involving jurisdictional challenges, high asset dissolutions, tax implications, and complex matters involving marital estate finance, including but not limited to the separation of businesses, retirement accounts, pensions, and spousal support. In addition, Graves has worked on civil rights tort cases, employment law, employment discrimination, and wrongful death actions.
Sarah L. Fine
Sarah is a lawyer and an advocate. During law school, she worked for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office in misdemeanors and domestic violence, where she advocated for the rights of crime victims and of the accused. Appearing daily in court, whether in trial, hearings, or civil commitment proceedings, Sarah used understanding and humanity to always do the right thing for the right reasons. As a clinic member for the National Crime Victim Law Institute, she crafted arguments for the National Crime Victim Law Institute supporting crime victims’ rights in trial- and appellate-level cases across the county. Sarah is currently working as a law clerk at the International Maritime Group in Seattle, Washington.
Becky W. Luther
Becky works in public accounting at Delap, LLP, where she brings over a decade of accounting experience to every client relationship. Prior to joining Delap, she worked as a Finance Manager at a church in Lake Oswego for three years. Luther also had experience as an auditor before making the decision to stay at home when her children were young. Luther has a long history of non-profit board and volunteer experience and as a senior tax accountant, she provides tax and accounting services for private, closely-held businesses and individuals. Her industry focus is trusts and estates, small to mid-sized businesses, pass-through entities, and individuals.