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The firm's team of lawyers and support staff have been described by clients as deeply experienced and highly responsive. Their devotion to elder law can be seen in the firm's membership to worthy organizations including:

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Oregon State Bar Elder Law Section (2012 President)
  • Oregon Gerontological Association
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter
  • Geoff Bernhardt, J.D.

    Geoff Bernhardt

    University of Oregon School of Law, 1992

    Geoff has assisted individuals and families address the legal and financial consequences of aging since 1993. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Elder Law at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He was President of the Oregon State Bar Elder Law Section in 2012. His guest speaking engagements on estate planning and elder law include the Multnomah Bar Association, the Oregon Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and AARP-Oregon.

    Geoff is a shareholder in his firm, the Law Offices of Geoff Bernhardt, which specializes in elder law, estate planning, probate, guardianships and conservatorships.

    The Oregon State Bar received Geoff’s assistance in writing a book on Elder Law for Oregon attorneys. The Bar also honored Geoff for his educational services to Oregon Elder Law Attorneys in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Geoff is a prior recipient of the Multnomah County Legal Aid Senior Law Project Outstanding Volunteer Award.

  • Julie Nimnicht, J.D.

    Julie Nimnicht

    Lewis & Clark Law School, 2009

    Julie Nimnicht joined The Law Offices of Geoff Bernhardt in 2011. She is a caring and determined advocate for seniors, assisting clients with all aspects of estate planning and administration, protective proceedings, and Medicaid planning. Prior to joining the firm, Julie worked with an estate planning firm where she focused on probate administration and guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.

    During law school Julie clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice in the labor and employment section, and later for the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center where she worked on Clean Water Act litigation cases. She also served on the editorial board of the Environmental Law review as the notes and comments editor. She earned her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and has a bachelor's degree from New York University.

    Julie serves on the board of directors of Guardian Partners, an organization that trains volunteers to assist the court system by monitoring guardianship cases to ensure that there is no abuse, exploitation, or neglect of elderly or disabled adults, and facilitates education courses which provide training and resources to enable guardians to more effectively serve the vulnerable individuals they have been appointed to protect. She is also a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Multnomah Bar Association, and Oregon Women Lawyers.

  • Elizabeth Jessop, J.D.

    Elizabeth Jessop

    Lewis & Clark Law School, 2012

    Liz has been practicing law as an estate planner and elder law attorney since 2012. Prior to law school, she was a trust administrator at a regional bank in California. While an evening law school student, Liz worked during the day as a probate and estate planning paralegal. Liz is honored to have the opportunity to help our clients achieve their planning goals and assist them during times of transition.

    At Lewis & Clark Law School, Liz was an article editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review and graduated magna cumlaude. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Oregon Bar Association, Multnomah Bar Association, and Oregon Women Lawyers. Currently, Liz is the secretary of the continuing education committee for the Multnomah Bar Association young lawyer section, the chair of the Oregon State Bar legal heritage committee, and the public interest stipend coordinator of the New Tax Lawyer Committee of the Oregon State Bar.

  • Becky Rask Thomas, Legal Assistant

    Becky first worked with Geoff in 1993. She has over 30 years of experience in estate planning, probate, guardianships and conservatorships. Her expertise in these areas is of great comfort to our clients during what can be a difficult time in their lives. Becky has been delivering meals to elders with Meals-on-Wheels for many years. She also cared for elderly relatives, taking them to doctor appointments, shopping, and day-to day care. Becky worked with Hospice in caring for her relatives during their final days, and has assisted family members with funeral and other end-of-life matters.

  • Lucy May Thomas, Legal Assistant

    Lucy’s interest in the legal field was inspired at a young age while spending time in her grandfather’s law office. Since then, she has worked as a Legal Assistant who excels in Guardianships, Conservatorships, Probate, Medicaid Planning and Estate Planning. Lucy enjoys working and building relationships with clients and providing exemplary care and services. A Portland native, Lucy enjoys hiking on her time off and taking advantage of the many restaurants and local events Portland has to offer.

  • Paula Bearson, Office Manager & Marketing

    Paula has been with our firm since 2007. Paula is often the first person our clients talk to and her warmth and compassion set clients of all ages at ease. With formal legal secretary training in her background, Paula mainly focuses on managing our growing office and marketing. In her free time, Paula enjoys volunteering and all outdoor activities from playing tennis to PACRAT ski racing on weekends.

  • Juliana Braxton, Receptionist

    Juliana brings many years of experience and knowledge to our office as a front desk ambassador! She considers herself a true Oregonian, although born in the Midwest. Her previous legal & media experience help her build a rapport with clients of all ages, making them feel welcome and confident with our firm. Juliana is actively involved in her daughter’s education and high school acting career, and volunteers there regularly. Outside of the office, Juliana enjoys baking and pursuing creative endeavors such as music and art, as well as hiking the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her friendly smiling face will probably be the first thing you encounter when arriving at the Law Offices of Geoff Bernhardt.