Pending OSB Member Reinstatements




The following attorneys have filed an application for reinstatement as an active member of the Oregon State Bar pursuant to Rule of Procedure (BR) 8.1:


  • Susan K. Ackerman of Portland, OR; #831382

    Susan K. Ackerman of Portland, Oregon, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on September 13, 1983, after graduating from Northwestern School of Law. Ms. Ackerman was previously a licensed attorney in both California and Washington, but has since voluntarily resigned her membership in both states. She transferred to inactive status in Oregon on January 18, 2011, because she was no longer practicing law while employed as the agency head of the Public Utility Commission for the State of Oregon. Ms. Ackermanís appointment term to the Public Utility Commission ended in May 2016, and she now wishes to reinstate to active membership and resume the practice of law in Oregon.

  • Darren J. Devlin of Temecula, CA; #971211

    Darren J. Devlin of Temecula, California, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on April 18, 1997. Mr. Devlin graduated from the University of Miami School of Law. He is currently an active member, in good standing, in both Florida and California, where he works for The Mortgage Law Firm in Temecula. Mr. Devlin transferred his Oregon license to inactive on January 31, 2000, because he was no longer practicing in Oregon. He now wishes to reinstate to an active member of the Oregon State Bar and begin practicing bankruptcy and foreclosure law in Oregon.

  • Heather Hansen Lyell of Portland, OR; #963019

    Heather Hansen Lyell of Portland, Oregon, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on September 20, 1996, after graduating from Northwestern School of Law. She transferred to inactive status on December 22, 2003, because her employment did not require an active license. Ms. Lyell has been employed in the employee benefit field for several years, most recently at UAE Inc. She will be employed as counsel for a Portland law firm upon her reinstatement to active status.

  • Amrit Rohini Mann of Beaverton, OR; #000673

    Amrit Rohini Mann of Beaverton, Oregon, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on April 26, 2000, after graduating from the University of Oregon Law School. Ms. Mann transferred to inactive status on November 11, 2006, while working as an administrative law judge in Tualatin, Oregon. She plans to continue working in her positon as an administrative law judge or a similar positon which may require an active license.

  • Lara E. Michell of Portland, OR; #992447

    Lara E. Michell of Portland, Oregon, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on September 30, 1999, after graduating from Northwestern School of Law. Ms. Michell transferred to inactive status on January 16, 2008, to pursue a full time career as a musician. Ms. Michell has been self-employed as a musician in both the United States and Europe and has also given private piano and guitar lessons in the Portland area. Upon her reinstatement to active status, Ms. Michell plans to provide pro-bono services while working part-time as a solo practitioner.

  • Kristin N. Preston of Portland, OR; #940290

    Kristin N. Preston of Tigard, Oregon, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on February 28, 1994, after graduating from the University of Washington School of Law. Ms. Preston transferred to inactive status on January 9, 2004, to care for her children. Ms. Preston is also an inactive member, in good standing, of the State Bar of Washington, where she was admitted June 21, 1994. Ms. Preston plans to return to the practice of law in Oregon upon her reinstatement to active status.

  • Matthew Schroettnig of Portland, OR; #106291

    Matthew Schroettnig of Portland, Oregon, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on October 27, 2010, after graduating from the University of Oregon Law School. Mr. Schroettnig transferred to Active Pro Bono status on January 21, 2011, when his current employment no longer required he be an active member. Mr. Schroettnig has been employed with Bonneville Power Administration since November 2010. Upon his reinstatement to active status, Mr. Schroettnig is interested in resuming the practice of law as house-counsel for the Eugene Water and Electric Board.

  • James A. Zehren of Lake Oswego, OR; #854212

    James A Zehren of Lake Oswego, Oregon, was admitted to the Oregon State Bar on October 24, 1985, after graduating from Northwestern School of Law. Mr. Zehren practiced law in the Portland area, providing construction law services from his private practice, before transferring his status to inactive on January 31, 2011. After his transfer, Mr. Zehren was self-employed as a public policy consultant until June 2012, when he retired. Mr. Zehren intends to be a solo practitioner providing business development counsel and public policy counsel upon his reinstatement to active status.



The Rules of Procedure require the Board of Governors to conduct an investigation of BR 8.1 reinstatement applications to determine whether applicants possess the good moral character and general fitness to practice law and whether the resumption of the practice of law in this state by the applicants will not be detrimental to the administration of justice or the public interest. Any person with information relevant to these applications is asked to contact promptly the OSB Regulatory Services Division, P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281; phone: (503) 620-0222, or toll-free in Oregon, (800) 452-8260), ext. 343.