About

The Bouneff, Chally & Koh team has been caring for local families for over 40 years.

We are a small and dedicated staff with extensive experience. We are proud not only of our excellent results, but of the sensitivity and warmth we bring to our work. We care about each and every one of our clients. Whether you want to start a family or plan for your family’s future, we’re here to help.

Attorneys

Tabitha L. Koh

Tabitha L. Koh, Esq. was born and raised in Portland and attended Cleveland High School before moving to the East Coast to earn a liberal arts degree from Wellesley College. Tabitha first worked for the firm from 2001 to 2004 as the office manager and bookkeeper and providing general client support. After graduating from the University of California Berkeley Law School in 2007, she served as a litigation associate at Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe, before rejoining the team in 2009 as an attorney. In 2015 she became a named partner in the firm.

Tabitha is licensed to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and California. Her practice areas include adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology, as well as estate planning and probate. She is a member of Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) and the Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association. She is also a member of four sections of the Oregon State Bar Association: the Diversity, Elder Law, Family Law, and Estate Planning & Administration sections.

Outside of work, Tabitha enjoys cooking, gardening, and being outdoors. She and her wife live in Portland with their 2 children

John Chally

John Chally, Esq. has over 35 years of experience practicing in the areas of adoption, adoption litigation, and third-party custody. He represents adoption agencies, adoptive parents, birth parents, and intended parents. He is an experienced litigator, with 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer. He has also served as the Co-Founder of Northwest Surrogacy Center, LLC for 17 years.

John is licensed in both Oregon and Washington. He has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent, indicating the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards. He is ranked as a Super Lawyer.

John has published numerous articles and book chapters on adoption and frequently speaks at adoption seminars. He was a member of the State of Oregon Task Force on Adoption Services, and drafted legislation regarding Oregon jurisdiction in adoption proceedings that was enacted by the 2003 legislature.

John is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. He was one of the early promoters of open adoption. He co-founded Open Adoption & Family Services, Inc. in 1985 and served on its board of directors for eight years.

Outside the office John enjoys spending time with his three children and two grandchildren. He also hikes, kayaks, and practices yoga.

Sandra Hodgson

Sandra Hodgson, Esq. has been helping to create families through adoption and third-party reproduction for over two decades, representing intended parents, surrogates, and donors. She joined the team at Bouneff, Chally & Koh in 1988, after serving as a law clerk at the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals. She is also the Director and Co-Founder of Northwest Surrogacy Center, LLC.

Sandra is licensed to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and Montana. She is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, and the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Oregon State Bar Standing Committee on Adoption. She has authored book chapters and other materials on adoption and assisted reproduction, and has been a speaker at assisted reproduction and adoption seminars. In addition, she is a member of RESOLVE and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

When she’s not at work, Sandra enjoys cooking, hiking, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and grandchildren.

Sam R. Walton

Sam R. Walton, Esq. joined Bouneff, Chally & Koh as an associate attorney in 2017. Sam was born and raised in Northeast Portland and attended Grant High School before leaving Portland to earn a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a minor in Egyptology from the American University in Cairo in 2010. Sam then returned to Portland to pursue a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School, which he completed in 2013.

Prior to joining Bouneff, Chally & Koh, Sam worked as a volunteer attorney at the Multnomah County Circuit Court and subsequently served as a clerk for the Honorable Beth A. Allen from 2014 to 2016, during which time he learned the ins and outs of family court procedure and family law.

Sam is licensed to practice law in Oregon and has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 2013. His practice areas include adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology.

Outside of work, Sam enjoys hiking, backpacking, reading science fiction, climbing mountains, happy hours, board games, video games, learning new languages, and has recently taken up rock climbing.

Bob Bouneff - In Memoriam

Our dear partner, Bob Bouneff, passed away on April 6, 2021 at the age of 88. Bob Bouneff, Esq. practiced law for almost 60 years. He was born and raised in Portland, attending Woodlawn Grade School and Jefferson High School before earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon. He served in the United States Army for two years before graduating with a law degree from the University of Oregon in 1959.

After law school, Bob worked as a clerk for the United States District Court. He began practicing probate law in 1962, then started his own firm in the late 1960s. He began working with John Chally over 40 years ago. He focused his practice on real property, estate planning, probate, guardianships, and conservatorships.

Bob was licensed to practice law in Oregon, the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court, and the United States Tax Court. He held a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent, indicating the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards. The local courts regularly called on him as a bailout lawyer, enlisting his services for especially problematic or difficult cases.

Bob was married to his wife Sylvia for almost 60 years. They have two children and two grandchildren. Those who knew him know Bobby as a good human, an optimist, and a humanist who had the patience to counsel and to see the best in people.

Legal Assistants

Leslie East

Leslie East graduated from Mt. Hood Community College in 1979 with a legal secretary associate’s degree. She began her career with an insurance defense firm before joining the Bouneff, Chally & Koh team in 1981, and has been Bob Bouneff’s right-hand woman for the three decades since. Leslie has extensive experience with probate, estate planning, guardianships, conservatorships, and adoption. During her career she has worked in most areas of law.

Leslie is a Portland native. She is a mother of three adult children and has been married for over 30 years. She loves watching sports, golfing, hiking, and spending time with her family and her Brittany dog.

Shelly Reynolds

Originally from southern Oregon, Shelly Reynolds has three decades of administrative experience in the medical, corporate human resources, and legal fields, including personal injury law. She joined Bouneff, Chally & Koh as a legal assistant in 2000. Shelly loves children and can’t imagine working in any other field of law. She finds that being a mom allows her to empathize with mothers making their most difficult decision, and to share in the joy of mothers receiving the most precious gift.

Shelly and her husband and have three daughters and a granddaughter. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and reading mystery novels.

Jenna Lewis

Jenna Lewis graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, where she also received her paralegal certificate. She began her career at a small firm in Orange County, California, before moving to Portland in 2012, where she spent a year working at the mortgage banking law firm RCO Legal.

In 2014, Jenna decided to realize her dream of through-hiking the Appalachian Trail, stretching from Georgia to Maine, on the eastern coast of the United States. She joined Bouneff, Chally & Koh shortly after, and is delighted to have the opportunity to help build families and work closely with the LGBT community.

Jenna was born and raised in Southern California but considers Portland her true home. She enjoys bicycling, reading, and rock climbing in her free time.

Erin Newell

Erin Newell joined Bouneff, Chally & Koh in 2020 after moving from San Jose, California to Portland in the midst of the pandemic. Erin graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors in English in 2018 and has been working toward pursing her law degree. Before joining BCK, Erin worked as a legal assistant at a real estate law firm in Santa Clara, CA, however wanted a change of pace. She is happy to be a part of a team that supports the LGBTQ+ community and hopes to continue serving her communities.

Erin resides in NE Portland with her partner and endless books. In her free time, Erin enjoys riding her motorcycle, exploring new eateries, and being overly competitive in Uno.

Administrative Team

Terra Darrow

Finance and Human Resources Manager

Terra Darrow joined the team in 2018 after having spent 3 years in the surrogacy field. Terra is originally from central Pennsylvania and after graduating from college, she packed up her car and moved across the country to Portland. Terra has previously worked in garden centers and nurseries and the outdoor retail industry. Most recently, she worked for several years at Northwest Surrogacy Center as a case manager and finance team member. Terra loves working at BCK and being part of a team that helps to grow and protect families.

When Terra is not at work, she enjoys camping with her husband and two children, seeing live music, going to Portland Timbers soccer matches, and playing pinball. She also loves native gardening and growing orchids.

Margot van der Bie

Executive Assistant to Tabitha Koh

Margot van der Bie joined Bouneff, Chally & Koh in 2019 after moving to Portland from Northern California. Margot graduated from California State University, Chico where she studied Multicultural & Gender Studies and Comparative Religion. Before joining the team at BCK, Margot worked as a legal and housing advocate for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She is honored to be a part of a legal team that is dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ community and their families.

Prior to her education and work in Chico, California, Margot was born and raised in Irvine, California. Outside of work, Margot enjoys camping, playing guitar, and hoarding house plants. She happily resides in SE Portland with her partner and their two cats, Henry and Raven.

Jessica Kennel

Receptionist

Jessica Kennel has been with BCK since 2019. Having witnessed the adoption of two of her favorite family members, she is passionate about adoption and glad to be in a career where she can support it. She graduated from Elmhurst College in the suburbs of Chicago with a degree in psychology and began her career as a Child and Family Intervention Specialist, counseling children and families that had experiences of trauma.

Jessica takes every moment she can to get outside and explore all that the pacific northwest has to offer. On a rainy day, you can find her inside tending to her garden of succulents.

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