About the Lawyers
F.G. (Jamie) Troy II
Jamie grew up in Midlothian, Virginia, a suburb of Richmond, where he was surrounded by a loving family and friends. After graduating from The College of William & Mary with a major in Anthropology, Jamie relocated to Oregon and graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1995.
After an initial foray into general practice, Jamie joined the law firm of Tennyson & Winemiller in late 1997, where his practice focused on juvenile law, family law and criminal defense work. Since that time, Jamie has spent his days representing parents, children, grandparents, and other parties in just about every aspect of juvenile court imaginable, including dependency, delinquency, and termination of parental rights cases. He also has enjoyed representing foster parents and relatives in administrative disputes with the Department of Human Services.
Due to his experience, success, and wit, Jamie is frequently called upon to train other attorneys and caseworkers in various aspects of juvenile law, from basic trainings on the practice to highly specialized presentations on litigating shaken-baby cases. He also authored a chapter in the Oregon State Bar’s 2007 compendium, Juvenile Law.
Outside of juvenile court, Jamie’s practice focuses on family law and related actions. Divorce and domestic partnership dissolutions, custody disputes including those involving third-parties, stalking and restraining orders, and adoptions comprise the bulk of Jamie’s family law practice. He has litigated dozens of trials and contested hearings in the tri-county area. Jamie also has experience working with collection agencies to obtain & enforce money judgments against debtors, including pursuing arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, and garnishments.
Having grown up with a handicapped brother, Jamie has great compassion for people going through difficult times or struggling to deal with their life situations. He brings empathy and patience to his practice and to his interactions with his clientele. Inside the courtroom, Jamie is a tenacious advocate for his clients, fighting to ensure their rights are recognized and honored.
In addition to his law practice, Jamie has numerous outside interests and activities. He is a member of the Citizen Review Committee, a body appointed by the Portland City Council to assist in overseeing the Portland Police Bureau. He sings Tenor with the Oregon Repertory Singers. He serves on the Boards of the Bill & Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund and the Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court. He is an avid marathoner and a pace leader for the Portland Marathon Training Clinic.
Judith N. Rosenberg
Judith has lived in California, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Oregon. She spent seven years in Tucson before arriving in Portland in late 1996. She is admitted to practice in both Oregon and California.
Growing up in Berkeley in the 1960’s and 70’s, Judith was heavily influenced by her parents’ strong sense of social justice. Judith long aspired to a career in public service, and has been especially committed to the under-served populations in our community. She speaks fluent Spanish, and has traveled widely in Latin America. She attended a Quaker college, Swarthmore, where she majored in Sociology and Anthropology.
Judith obtained a Master’s degree in Social Welfare simultaneously with her law degree. In that endeavor, in her many years of practice, and in her life experience, she has learned about the challenges of family relationships, the intersection of law and other disciplines, and the necessity to strive for collaborative dispute resolution. At the same time, Judith is a passionate and aggressive advocate for her clients when circumstances require.
Upon graduation from Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, Judith spent two years as a federal court clerk, and seven years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. This phase of Judith’s career provided her with invaluable training in litigation, research and writing. Wanting to broaden her experience beyond criminal defense, Judith joined the firm of Bertoni & Todd (now Bertoni & Associates) in 1999, and since then has represented families as they confront the child welfare system in dependency and termination of parental rights cases, an extremely challenging and high stakes area of practice.
In recent years, Judith has transferred the skills she acquired in juvenile court representation to related areas of practice including intervention motions on behalf of both related and unrelated caregivers; paternity actions; adoptions; custody, parenting time and child support disputes between unmarried parents; divorces; dissolutions; and restraining and stalking orders. Judith is known for her commitment to zealously representing the interest of her clients.
In her spare time, Judith enjoys travel, working out, downloading music, attending concerts and music festivals, reading, seeing films of all kinds, and the guilty pleasure of reality TV.
Cathryn A. Ruckle
Cathryn grew up in Snohomish, Washington, a small town northeast of Seattle. She attended Washington State University, earning her BA in Political Science in 1980. She then attended the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law) and earned her law degree in 1983. She became a member of the Washington Bar in 1984.
Cathryn began her legal career at the Department of Assigned Counsel (DAC) in Tacoma, where she defended misdemeanor cases during her third year of law school. She continued this work until relocating to Portland, Oregon. She became a member of the Oregon Bar in 1986.
Cathryn was hired as a staff attorney by Multnomah Defenders, Inc. (MDI) in 1986, where she defended both misdemeanor and felony cases. In 1991, she joined MDI’s juvenile team, representing parents and children in dependency and termination matters. She also represented youth charged with delinquencies, including Measure 11 offenses.
From 1996 to 2000, Cathryn served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA) and while on the Board, she served for several years as the head of the Juvenile Section. In that capacity she organized numerous Continuing Legal Education courses for OCDLA members across the state. She selected topics and speakers, and worked with the Executive Director to arrange locations and other details.
Although she thoroughly enjoyed her work in juvenile law, Cathryn also developed an interest in elder law and estate planning. In 2005, after 19 years at MDI, she went to work for Cartwright and Associates (now Cartwright Whitman & Baer), a firm that practices in the area of probate litigation. There, she specialized in guardianships and conservatorships, probate administration, will contests, trust litigation, and elder financial abuse. She appreciated the challenge of acquiring expertise in these areas of law.
In January 2011, Cathryn was offered a position at the law firm of Troy & Rosenberg, PC. Her practice focuses on juvenile law, estate planning and other elder law matters. Cathryn is appreciated by her clients, her colleagues and members of the bench for her understated advocacy, strong work ethic and tongue in cheek approach to some of life’s most challenging situations.
Cathryn has held Board of Director positions at Samaritan Counseling Centers, Stephenson Children’s Care Association, and most recently, MDI. When not practicing law she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, practicing yoga, knitting, and collecting comic books.