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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

    For the past 25 years, Geoff has guided individuals and families as they address the legal and financial consequences of aging. 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 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 development committee for 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.

  • Shauna Haney, J.D.

    Penn State Dickinson Law, 2013

    Shauna is an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Geoff Bernhardt. She brings warmth, sincerity, and empathy to her work with older adults. Her background focused on litigation experience, including some jury trial work. She previously represented injured workers seeking workers' compensation benefits and conducted Social Security Disability hearings, which also involved Special Needs Trust planning to protect her clients' benefits. Regardless of the field, Shauna's primary focus has always been to serve her clients, to make them feel heard and cared for, and to give them peace of mind.

    Shauna worked as a certified legal intern for Penn State's Disability Law Clinic and clerked with an elder law firm throughout law school. She volunteered for Wills for Heroes, preparing estate planning documents for first responders, as well as for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, preparing state and federal tax returns for vulnerable members of the community. Upon graduation, Shauna was named to the honorary society of the National Order of Barristers and was awarded Penn State's Public Service Graduate Fellowship for her demonstrated commitment to public service.

    Shauna serves on the legislative committee for the Oregon State Bar Elder Law section, and she is a member of the Estate Planning section and a member of Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS). She also volunteers her time with the Senior Law Project through Legal Aid Services of Oregon. She is licensed to practice in Oregon and California.

  • 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.

  • Juliana Braxton, Receptionist

    Juliana brings many years of experience and knowledge to our office. Her previous legal and media experience help her build a rapport with clients of all ages, making them feel welcome and confident with our firm. She considers herself a true Oregonian, although born in the Midwest. Outside of the office, Juliana enjoys baking and pursuing creative endeavors such as music and art, as well as fitness and 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.

  • Tara Montague, Office Manager & Marketing Assistant

    An avid learner and an experienced teacher, Tara enjoys the process of continually gaining knowledge of elder law and using this understanding to assist new clients. Tara takes pride in her role of coordinating free educational sessions where our attorneys head out into the community to share important elder law knowledge and resources.

    Tara is active in the community as a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Oregon and as a volunteer advocate with CASA for Children of Multnomah, Washington, and Columbia Counties. She loves animals and enjoys volunteering with Cat Adoption Team.