Judy Snyder has been a trial attorney since her third year in law school when she began trying cases for the local District Attorney. Judy graduated from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1973 – which was unusual only in that she was neither Catholic nor male, the demographic of the University at that time. She then moved to Oregon to clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Otto Skopil. After her federal clerkship, she enjoyed an active trial practice for four years in the Multnomah County District Attorney's office where she prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases. In 1978, Judy resigned from the District Attorney's office to establish her own law firm. Judy represents clients in actions for serious personal injuries, wrongful death, professional negligence, employment, civil rights and torts. Judy also has developed a practice representing medical doctors, psychologists, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals who are facing disciplinary proceedings before state licensing boards.
In August of 2001, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) honored Judy with its Distinguished Trial Lawyer Award. Earlier that year, in March 2001, the Oregon State Bar Litigation Section awarded Judy the Owen M. Panner Professionalism Award. In May of 2009 the Multnomah Bar Association also honored Judy with its Professionalism Award.
Judy is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), an “invitation only” organization which rigorously vets proposed members. She is also a member of the Oregon Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national organization devoted to the preservation of the jury system. ACTL and ABOTA invite into membership only experienced trial attorneys with distinguished professional reputations.
Since 2006 Judy has been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer in civil litigation. She also has an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating for both legal ability and professional standing in the legal community.
In addition to maintaining an active trial practice, Judy has participated in numerous professional associations. From 1989 to 1990, she served as the president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA). From 1999 to 2000, she was the president of the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA). She has also been a long time member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the Federal Bar Association. She has been actively involved in committees within the Oregon State Bar Association, including serving on the State Professional Responsibility Board.
Judy currently is a member of the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability. Her prior community activities have included a four-year term on the State of Oregon's Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB). She also served on the State of Oregon's Board of Psychologist Examiners from 1986 to 1988.
Judy is frequently requested by the local, state, and federal bar associations and private organizations to present continuing education programs. She lectures several times a year on various aspects of trial practice and substantive law issues. To round out her life, Judy has enjoyed a 36-year marriage to Paul Ellis, an architect. They have two adult children, a daughter, Danielle, and a son, Taylor. Judy and Paul are resisting the passage of time by staying active.