About BEH > Firm History
BEH was founded in 1998, when Pamela Beery and Paul Elsner recognized the need for a law firm in Oregon that dedicated itself solely to the representation of local governments. As the practice of municipal law becomes increasingly complex, and opposing interests seek advantages through negotiation, litigation and legislation, the kind of specialized representation that BEH offers is key to the business of our local government clients.
Pam and Paul were joined by partners John H. "Jack" Hammond in 2004 and David Doughman in 2009. Although Jack retired on July 1, 2010, we are eight lawyers strong in 2011. Pam, Paul and David are fortunate to have Christopher Crean, Chad Jacobs, Nancy Werner, Heather Martin and Courtney Lords working with us, each of whom has substantial experience in representing local government. In addition, Thomas Sponsler and Jack Hammond, both veterans of municipal law practices, remain of Counsel to the firm.
Together with our support staff, we are committed to delivering cost-effective and responsive legal services. We are proud to commemorate the 15-year anniversary of the firm in January, 2013.