Jack Morris:

Jack Morris is the senior shareholder with Morris & Sullivan, PC. He graduated from Portland State University in 1979 and from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1983. Prior to beginning his practice in Hood River in 1991, Jack was a trial attorney and felony group leader with the Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office in Portland. He also served as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the 1985 and 1989 legislative sessions.

Jack is a recognized leader among criminal defense attorneys in Oregon. He is a former board member and president of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has served on numerous boards and committees dealing with criminal justice issues. Jack has been appointed to positions by both the Honorable Wallace Carson, former Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, and by the Honorable Barbara Roberts, former governor of the State of Oregon.

Jack has personally handled nearly every type of criminal case that exists in the State Courts of Oregon, including a number of murder cases. He fights for the rights of the accused and advocates for fairness in the system.

T. Conor Sullivan

T. Conor Sullivan became a member of the Oregon State Bar in 2005 after earning his Juris Doctorate at the University of Oregon School of Law. Conor's background in criminal defense began while still a law student. Prior to joining Morris & Sullivan, PC as an associate, Conor began trying criminal cases as a member of the University of Oregon's Defense Clinic and worked for the Public Defender Services of Lane County, P.C. as a law clerk. Currently, Conor's practice focuses on defending those accused of Driving Under the Influence as well as other misdemeanor and felony crimes.

Richard Balsley

Richard Balsley is a 1999 graduate of the University of Oregon, where he majored in Japanese Language and East Asian Studies. After graduation from the U of O, Richard spent three years living in northern Japan and working as an assistant language instructor through the Japan Exchange of Teachers program. He also worked as a fundraiser and volunteer laborer for Habitat for Humanity in Suva, Fiji. From 1990 until 2005 Richard worked as a PSIA Level III Certified alpine ski instructor at ski areas in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Washington and Montana.

Richard earned his Juris Doctorate from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. While at Temple, he concentrated on trial advocacy where he won multiple honors, including the 2006 Gideon Award for excellence in criminal defense studies. During law school Richard also represented clients charged with capital crimes as a member of the Temple University Death Penalty Clinical Program and worked as an intern for the Camden County Public Defender in Camden, New Jersey. Richard was also the Managing Editor of the Temple Journal of Science, Technology and Environmental Law.

Prior to joining Morris & Sullivan, PC, Richard was a senior attorney in the major trials unit at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. At the Defender Association, Richard was primarily responsible for representing clients charged with sexual assault, robbery, attempted murder, the manufacture and sale of controlled substances and felony gun crimes.

Richard is Measure 11 qualified and licensed in Oregon and Pennsylvania. He has the skills and the experience necessary to help you or your loved one fight even the most serious criminal charges.

Jerrett Glass

Jerrett grew up on the central coast of Oregon, and is an avid hunter and fisher. He attended Oregon State University where he dual majored in Biology and Environmental Science. After graduating he headed south to the University of Oregon to study law, focusing on criminal defense. While in law school Jerrett participated in both criminal law clinics, prosecution and defense. He is currently an associate at Morris & Sullivan, PC and his cases have been primarily focused on DUII, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Hunting and Fishing cases.

Sean Pank

Sean Pank is a native Oregonian and an associate with the firm. Sean graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oregon in 2009 where he double majored in Economics and Political Science. He graduated cum laude with the Certificate in Criminal Law and Procedure from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2012, and became a member of the Oregon State Bar that same year.

Sean began defending clients in the criminal justice system during law school as a Certified Law Student with Metropolitan Public Defender in Washington County. Sean's interest in criminal law and defending individual rights has spanned his entire adult life. Prior to joining the firm, Sean served as Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Judith H. Matarazzo in the Multnomah County Circuit Court where he worked on cases of all types in both civil and criminal litigation.

Joshua Gums

Joshua Gums was born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley and attended college at San Diego State University where he earned a degree in Political Science and interned as a volunteer investigator for the San Diego County Office of the Public Defender. He moved to Oregon in 2014 to attend law school at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon, and knew once he arrived that he would stay in the Pacific Norhwest. Joshua continued to pursue a career in criminal defense in law school, working first for the Federal Public Defender as a law clerk and Metropolitan Public Defender, Washington County as a certified law student. He came to the Gorge after passing the bar in 2017 to join Morris & Sullivan, P.C.. Joshua came to the Gorge because he loves living and working in a rural area and is deeply motivated to support others who choose to live outside of well-served urban areas. He is passionate about defending the rights of his clients against government intrusion, protecting their livelihood and property in the process.

Joshua is an avid outdoorsman, and novice bow hunter who spends his time taking advantage of all the recreational opportunities the Gorge has to offer.

Caleb Berthelsen

Caleb was born in Wisconsin and raised in Minnesota. After graduating High school, he served in the US Navy. He then earned a B.S. in Sociology from North Dakota State University in 2014. He then attended a master’s program at Northern Illinois University before deciding to pursue a career in law. He moved to Oregon to attend law school at Willamette University, in 2016, and graduated in 2019.

While in Law school Caleb worked for the Oregon Department of Justice, an Oregon Circuit Court Judge, and the Marion County District Attorney. After graduating he worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Polk County before moving to the gorge to practice criminal defense.

Caleb is a passionate advocate of juvenile rights with an emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency cases. As a parent he understands the stress and fear that can come from having a child who is facing charges in Adult or Juvenile Court. In addition to his passion for juvenile justice Caleb is also an advocate for those with metal health issues or traumatic experiences. Caleb can be a calming presence for those feeling increased anxiety due to their pending criminal or juvenile matter.

Caleb is passionate about all aspects of the law and brings this passion to life while representing clients in court.

Michael Burleson

Michael Burleson grew up in the conservative south where he took to heart Jesus’ reminder that “when I was in prison, you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:36. His former faith inspired him to work for the Innocence Project of Texas before graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015. He went on to intern for U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson in the Texas 30th Congressional District. In 2016, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he attended Lewis & Clark Law School.

While at Lewis & Clark, Michael focused on his two passions of criminal and environmental law. He was first introduced to Hood River while working for Columbia Riverkeeper, helping protect the flora and fauna of the Columbia River Basin. Michael’s love of trial law and the substantial impact he was able to have on people’s lives at the Metropolitan Public Defender, however, convinced him to work in criminal defense. Michael is a compassionate and powerful advocate for the rights of the disenfranchised.

Michael is a vegan, a Jimmy Buffet fan, and the proud owner of an electric car.

 

Our Locations

HOOD RIVER OFFICE
116 Oak Street #8
Hood River, OR 97031
Phone: 541.386.1661
Fax:541.386.2412

THE DALLES OFFICE
414 Washington, Suite 3
The Dalles, OR 97058
Phone: 541.296.9601
Fax:541.296.8269