Whitney L. Morrissey

Senior Associate

Practice Areas & Experience

Whitney’s education and work experience have exposed her to a wide range of legal issues. As a result, she understands that each client is unique and tailors each representation to achieve her clients’ individual goals and needs.

Whitney’s clients find her highly approachable and easy to communicate with. Her goal in any representation is to keep her clients informed, not over-complicate matters, and achieve the best results possible.

As a life-long student, Whitney loves to learn new ways in which to better serve her clients. She is highly detail-oriented, technically savvy, and is always searching for ways to make her practice more efficient.

Whitney represents individuals and businesses from all walks of life, ranging from small businesses to multi-million-dollar estates. Her practice focuses on estate planning, probate and estate administration, trustee and beneficiary representation, and fiduciary litigation. She also enjoys business formation and consulting, real estate transactions, and cannabis law. Whitney loves working through challenging legal issues, and finding creative solutions for her clients.
Before joining SW Portland Law Group, Whitney practiced at Social Security Disability firm in Southeast Portland, where she represented clients before the SSA Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).

Education

Whitney earned a Bachelor's Degree in political science, with a minor in Sociology from the University of California—Davis. Her grades made the Dean’s List all four years at UC Davis, and earned her an academic scholarship in her last two years there. While at UC Davis, Whitney worked at the California Capitol, in the office of Assembly member Jared Huffman, where she researched various proposed bills, answered constituent calls, and attended committee meetings with staff. Upon graduating from UC Davis, Whitney worked for a boutique family law firm in Walnut Creek, California.

Whitney earned her JD at the University of Missouri—Columbia School of Law, where her studies focused on estate planning, administration, and taxation. Her law school grades also made the Dean’s List. During law school, Whitney was a member of the Family Violence Clinic, Subcommittee chair of the Tax and Transactional Law Society, participated in the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, and worked as a law clerk at Caraker Law Firm, PC.

As a member of the Family Violence Clinic, Whitney became rule 13 certified, which enabled her to represent indigent clients in court. During her time in the clinic, Whitney represented numerous clients petitioning for protective orders, represented foster parents seeking to adopt two special needs toddlers in need of immediate medical assistance, and helped a mother with terminal cancer set up a guardianship for her minor children.
As a law clerk, Whitney’s work included assisting on delinquent tax matters and creating estate planning forms for use in Colorado, Texas, and Arizona. This work complimented her time as a volunteer with the IRS VITA Program, where she prepared taxes for dozens of low-income individuals within the community.

Admissions

Oregon State Bar

Personal

As a former member of the UC Davis Triathlon team, Whitney is an avid outdoor enthusiast. When she’s not at work, Whitney enjoys swimming, cycling, distance running, and exploring Oregon’s endless hiking trails with her husband and two huskies.