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Attorney Carla M. French
Partner, Ferder, Casebeer, French & Thompson, LLP

Carla French focuses her practice on child welfare, delinquency, dependency and criminal law. Individuals involved in these matters often need immediate assistance in navigating any number of governmental agencies and policies. Children, in particular, who are involved in the criminal justice system present unique needs and individualized case management.

Ms. French previously served as a Juvenile Court Judge Pro Tem and has the unique knowledge and skills required in that venue. She is a current member of the Marion County Juvenile Advocacy Consortium and has extensive experience in handling all dependency and delinquency cases, including adjudications of petitions, contested permanency hearings, and termination of parental rights cases. Some of these cases involve ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) parents and/or children.

Ms. French is committed to the safety, development, and nurturing of children by representing the child’s best interest in court. She also assists parents in obtaining the support and guidance they need to adequately and safely raise children. Ms. French is experienced and comfortable working with case workers, police officers, school officials, tribal representatives, therapists and other professionals dedicated to the safety of our children.

Practice Emphasis
   Criminal Defense
   Juvenile Law
   Personal Injury


  • Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude

  • Linfield College 1988, Business and Economics

  • Law Degree from Willamette University 1994

Professional Experience

  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

  • Admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • Admitted to the United States Supreme Court

  • Practice in municipal and state courts

Professional Affiliations

Marion County Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Oregon Women’s Lawyer Association

Oregon Circuit Judge Pro Tem

Grand Ronde Tribal Bar Member



  • YMCA

  • Judge for Willamette Moot Court Appellate Competition

  • Advisor Disabled Veterans

  • Marion County Association of Defenders Board Member

  • Juvenile Advocacy Consortium Board Member



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