Our Team

Staff

Amanda Caffall, J.D.

Executive Director & Staff Attorney

Raised in the foothills of Mt. St. Helens, Amanda grew to love nature and commuting by bicycle in the city. For more than twenty-five years, teams have relied on Amanda to build energy out of ideas. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, she received awards for her work with The Commons Law Center, including the Oregon State Bar's Oregon New Lawyer's Division's Public Service Award, the Oregon State Bar President's Technology and Innovation Award, and Lewis & Clark Law School's Community Spirit Distinguished Honor.

She enjoys walks outside, tending houseplants, and and raising a toddler. 

Art Knauss, J.D.

Family Law Program Director

During law school, Art was drafted and served in Vietnam and had two children. His law practice has focused on family and criminal law, and he was a longtime defense attorney for Clackamas County Mental Health Court, which he helped create. His community service includes 14 years on the Clackamas County Bar Judicial Selection Committee, 6 years on the Oregon State Bar local ethics committee, President of Clackamas County Indigent Defense Corporation for 18 years, and President of the Board of Clackamas County Community Corrections for 10 years. For his contributions he received the Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clackamas County Bar in 2016. Art has a political science degree from the University of Oregon and a law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

He and his wife, Lynne, live in Milwaukie and enjoy seeing their grandchildren every week.

Rebecca Gandy

Attorney Fellow

Rebecca Gandy comes to The Commons part-time while managing her own solo law practice in estate and incapacity planning. She is a member of the ABA, MBA and OWLS, and serves on two nonprofit boards in her community. Rebecca chose Oregon for law school (admittedly for the views) and found the emergent field of Victims' Rights which folded nicely with her advocacy experience.

Now she brings the lessons learned to help individuals and families navigate complexities such as facing incapacity, end-of-life and legacy planning. She enjoys spending time with her kids, pets and the beautiful outdoors

Ekua Hackman

Attorney Fellow

Ekua graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2015. During her time in
law school, Ekua was an active member of the Multicultural Law Student Association and the Women’s Law Caucus. She knew early on that she wanted to serve the community, and so spent a year working in the Willamette Clinical Law Program with a focus on estate planning. After graduating, Ekua worked a year and a half as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Cheryl Albrecht. Ekua joined The Commons because she has a
passion for helping build intergenerational wealth within the Black community. Ekua also currently serves as Secretary of the National Bar Association's Oregon Chapter.

In her free time, Ekua enjoys science fiction & fantasy, baking, and live music.

Elise Hampton

Attorney Fellow

Elise has been interested in accessibility issues ever since she was young. By joining The Commons, she hopes to increase access to justice for Oregonians. She has attended Southern Oregon University, Lewis and Clark Law School, and St. Anne’s College, Oxford. During school, she worked at the ACLU of Oregon and the National Crime Victim Law Institute, and competed for Lewis and Clark at the regional Client Counseling Moot Court competition.

When she’s not in the office, she enjoys cooking, reading comics, and listening to podcasts.

Monica Logan

Attorney Fellow

Monica Logan was born and raised in San Jose, California but moved to Oregon to attend college and later Willamette University, College of Law. While in law school, Monica was a part of the leadership team of the Women's Law Caucus and volunteered with the Public Interest Law Project. She worked with a nonprofit in San Jose and the Marion-Polk County Legal Aid. She began her family law practice in Roseburg, Oregon, but with family in Portland, decided to move closer to the city. After practicing in Salem, Oregon for a year doing Estate Planning, she is excited to return to the fast-paced world of Family Law, while following her passion to address legal issues with the community.

In her spare time, she is working on her knitting skills, and she enjoys reading and swimming.

Esmeralda Ortega-Rojas

Client Relations Manager

Esmeralda was raised in a small town just 45 minutes south of Portland. At a young age, she developed a passion for social justice and was heavily involved in immigration activism and promoting higher education. In college, she continued motivating her peers about available resources to succeed. At Oregon State University, she studied Political Science, with a concentration in law and politics. Her professional background is in customer service, including at Nordstrom, where she had a reputation for exceeding service standard goals and was promoted to lead service experience representative. In this position, she hopes to continue her advocacy for immigrants and all other underrepresented communities. 

Esmeralda loves to watch a good comedy film, read a book, or go to a local park for a nice breath of fresh air in her free time.

Board of Directors

John Grant - Board of Directors

John E. Grant, J.D.

Board President

John is a lawyer, an ops guy, a consultant, a team-builder, and a hacker, though not necessarily in that order. By day he is a legal operations strategist and law firm process consultant. He served as co-chair of the Oregon State Bar's Innovations Committee and is a member of the Board of Governors.


Kimberly Pray - Board President

Kimberly Pray, J.D., LL.M.

Board Treasurer

As board president, Kimberly has nearly two decades' experience in nonprofit leadership and organizational development. As one of the founding partners of Catalyst Law, LLC, a women-owned B-Corporation and initial investor in the Commons, she counsels change-makers how to leverage impact for their families, businesses, and communities in the areas of taxation, estate planning, and business law.

Jim Dwyer Photo

Jim Dwyer

Board Director

Jim has been practicing law since 1989 and loves to make the law a non-intimidating process for his clients. His firm is deeply committeed to everyone having access to legal help regardless of their financial means. He believes our society, and its laws, are only as good as a person's access to legal help. Jim also has a love of food and he and his wife, Jan, can often be found having dinner with their two daughters and their friends. He has a website, Tipping-the-Scales.com, where he helps attorneys find greater meaning by taking care of their teams, clients, and families.

Lewis Landerholm - Board of Directors

Lewis Landerholm, J.D.

Board Director

A decade in business management led Lewis to found his firm as a new lawyer in 2009. Recognizing too many people needed family law help, Lewis and his team launched a new project in 2014 to serve clients of lesser means, Affordable Family Law of Oregon. Lewis is a mentor to the kids sports teams he coaches and to his legal team.

Advisory Board

Our advisory board is chaired by Kristen West McCall, partner at Pickett Dummigan McCall.

  • Susan Gary, University of Oregon
  • Ward Greene, Williams Kastner
  • Kate Kilberg, Catalyst Law, LLC
  • Neil Kimmelfield, Lane Powell, Shareholder
  • Damien Munsinger, Klein Munsinger LLC
  • Penny H. Serrurier, Stoel Rives, Managing Partner
  • Michele E. Wasson, Stoel Rives, Associate
  • Harry Wilson, Markowitz Herbold, Shareholder

Pro-Bono Partners

  • Josh Barrett, Create Legal
  • Susan B. Bock, Stoel Rives
  • Brooks Cooper, Draneas Huglin Cooper, LLC
  • Bryson Davis, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, P.C.
  • Laura Fishman, Laura Fishman Law
  • Jim Geringer, Klarquist
  • Leigh Gill, Immix Law Group
  • Alex Gund, Swider Haver
  • Michael Hallas, Stumptown Law
  • Victoria Hines, Willamette Family Law
  • Ryan Howard, Ryan Howard Law
  • Lindsay Kearl, Legacy Preservation Law
  • Kate Kilberg, Catalyst Law
  • Lewis Landerholm, Landerholm Law
  • Jack Lundeen, Retired
  • Bill Manne, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn
  • Fallon Niedrist, The Standard Insurance Company
  • Kimberly Pray, Catalyst Law
  • Susan Lee Schwartz, Sharon Lee Schwartz LLC
  • Terry Wright, Willamette University