Gayle A. Shields
I grew up in and around Redding, California. My parents were teachers. We lived in a house my father built by Lake Shasta. I went to school at Manzanita Elementary School and Sequoia Jr. High. Then we moved to Southern California. I played in the high school orchestra, wrote for and was editor of the school paper and was a member of Mr. Aase’s Model United Nations group.
After graduating from Huntington Beach High School, I earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Redlands. I completed my J.D. at Golden Gate University in 1986. I passed the California bar exam in 1987 and moved to Oregon in 1988. In 1990, I became a member of the Oregon State Bar.
My first job representing clients was working at San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance where I litigated government denials of food stamps, welfare benefits and “Medi-Cal.” I worked for Oregon Legal Services for a short time and then as a legal assistant for an attorney representing injured workers. I got a lot of valuable experience there and from working with some dedicated criminal defense lawyers.
When I started my own practice in 1992 I did some criminal defense work as well as Social Security and other types of cases. Over the years I focused more and more on helping injured workers. While not working I like to spend time with my husband and two sons, read newspapers, watch baseball and football, garden, play music and “light food on fire.”