Jack Morris:

Jack Morris is the senior shareholder with Morris, Starns & 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.

Brian M. Starns:

Brian Starns joined the firm in 1998 and has been a shareholder since 2003. He received his undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology at the University of Nebraska, where he also served as a debate coach and moot court judge. During law school, he worked as a certified student deputy district attorney. This immersed him in the criminal law area of practice with an emphasis on trial procedure.

Brian belongs to both the Oregon State Bar and Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has successfully defended clients against all levels of accusations, from DUIIs and misdemeanors to serious felonies, including jury acquittals of Measure 11 charges. His trial success has been featured in OCDLA’s The Bulletin and he is "BV" rated with Martindale-Hubbell.

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, Starns & 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, Starns & Sullivan, 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.

Matthew Ellis

Matthew E. Ellis received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2007. He graduated with honors from Georgia Tech with a bachelors of science in International Affairs. Between undergrad and law school, Matthew was an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, serving in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He began his legal career practicing criminal defense in Anchorage, Alaska, where he interned with both the state and federal public defenders. He lived in Washington, DC for a time, assisting in an investigation for the United States Department of Justice before returning to Oregon. Matthew practiced family and criminal law for a year in Hillsboro, Oregon, before joining the firm. He is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Alaska.

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, Smith, Starns & Sullivan 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.

 

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