Prior to co-founding Gilroy Napoli Short, LLC, John Gilroy was a Deputy District Attorney for several years at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, one of Oregon’s largest district attorney’s offices. There, John prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters – from misdemeanors, to felonies. His experience at the D.A.’s office provided a smooth transition for his DUII / drunk driving defense practice, criminal defense practice, and personal injury practice.

In 2014, John was selected to join the “The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” an invitation-only national organization composed of America’s Top Trial Lawyers. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.

Background

John is a graduate of Santa Clara University where he received a B.S. in Political Science in 1993. He earned his law degree at the University of Oregon (J.D., 1998). Prior to law school, John worked as a legislative aide in Senator Robert Packwood’s office in Washington, D.C..

Personally, John comes from a tight-knit family and is the youngest of seven children. Born and raised in the Portland area, John is the son of the late Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge, Patrick D. Gilroy. Two of John’s brothers are also attorneys in the metro area. John is the married father of five children. Aside from spending time with his wife and children, John enjoys golf, skiing, fishing, basketball, hiking and camping.

Jeff Napoli practices principally in the areas of employment and tort litigation. Prior to co-founding Gilroy & Napoli, Jeff was a Deputy District Attorney at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office. There, Jeff became a seasoned trial attorney, trying over 50 cases. Today, he uses his trial experience to maximize results for his clients.

In the area of employment law, Jeff focuses primarily on wrongful termination/discriminationsexual harassment, racial harassment, retaliation and whistleblowing cases. Jeff’s tort litigation focuses on serious injury and accident cases, including, but not limited to, auto accident cases, bicycle accident cases, premise liability and wrongful death cases.

Jeff Napoli has recovered over 2.5 millions dollars for his clients in the last year and a half.

Jeff is admitted to practice law in all the state courts in Oregon and the United District Court for the District of Oregon. Additionally, Mr. Napoli is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyer’s Association and the Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington County Bar Associations.

Background

Mr. Napoli graduated in the top of his class from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1998. In 1993, Mr. Napoli earned his undergraduate degree from Willamette University where he majored in Psychology and minored in Speech Communication.

Jason Short is an accomplished trial lawyer who can provide guidance to anyone feeling like they are buried in legal problems. Jason is proud to provide quality legal representation to his clients facing both criminal and non-criminal matters throughout Oregon. Prior to starting the Short Law Group, P.C., Jason worked for nearly 8 years as a Deputy District Attorney in Oregon. As a former prosecutor, he gained extensive trial experience trying over 160 cases to juries and judges and handling over 6,000 cases. These cases ranged from Drunk Driving and DUIIsmisdemeanors, felonies and serious Measure 11 cases. He has even represented attorneys in court facing criminal charges. Jason also gained experience by working as an intern in the United States Attorney’s Office in Portland where he tried cases in Federal Court. Additionally, Jason gave several trainings on search and seizure law to new police officers and sheriff’s deputies and can now apply this valuable knowledge to his clients faced with similar legal issues. After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Jason opened his own law practice and successfully grew the practice by earning the respect of judges and attorneys throughout the region. He has a reputation for being honest, loyal, helpful and fair.

These experiences, both in and outside the courtroom, have given Jason an intricate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of both criminal and civil cases, as well as the strategies used by the opposing counsel. His knowledge of the criminal justice system offers you a unique opportunity to understand the best approaches in dealing with your particular legal situation.

Jason has been named to “The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers” List. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only national organization composed of America’s Top Trial Lawyers. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. Salem DUI Lawyer & Criminal Defense Attorney Jason Short was selected in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to join this distinguished group of trial lawyers.

Gun Rights Restoration

As a certified pistol instructor and member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Jason Short is also one of Portland’s most esteemed gun rights restoration attorneys. Jason can provide specific legal knowledge and personal experience regarding gun rights, gun ownership and self-defense issues involving firearms.

Background

On a personal note, Jason was born in Washington State and raised in Salem, Oregon. After attending college in Utah, Jason returned to Oregon and graduated from Willamette University College of Law. Jason is married and the father of 4 children. Jason enjoys spending time with his family as well as playing golf, fishing, racquetball, hiking and camping. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Leah Johnson is a dedicated, experienced personal injury attorney. Her focus is helping you to understand the legal process and navigate the often confusing world of insurance claims, and getting you the best possible outcome.

With over two decades of practice, she has had dozens of trials and appeals, over a hundred arbitrations and mediations, and hundreds of depositions. She has handled personal-injury cases, including automobile, motorcycle and bicycle collisions, unsafe conditions like slippery floors or ill-designed roads, and pedestrian accidents. Leah is experienced in dealing with insurance adjusters, interpreting insurance policies, and making sure that her clients get the maximum possible recovery. Her primary focus at Gilroy | Napoli | Short is on personal injury.

Leah is also an experienced criminal attorney. She was a Deputy District Attorney in Marion County, and while in private practice she has defended people accused of DUII, theft, and assault. She has volunteered at Legal Aid to assist victims of domestic violence in applying for restraining orders, and volunteered as a victim’s assistance advocate with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office.

Leah started practicing in 1997. Before joining the firm as a senior associate in 2017, she was a partner at Ravelo, Johnson, & Nguyen, and a prosecutor in Marion County.

Background

Leah graduated from the University of Washington and from the Willamette University College of Law. While not working as a lawyer, she’s on the Board of the Wilson Youth Football program. She has a husband, three children, and too many pets.

Tucker Rossetto is an experienced associate attorney whose practice focuses on defending individuals accused of crimes and representing employees who have experienced discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation in the workplace.

Prior to joining Gilroy Napoli Short, Tucker was a prosecutor in Washington County, one of the state’s largest and busiest jurisdictions, where he prosecuted felony and misdemeanor crimes. He also previously worked for the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, the Oregon Department of Justice, and the Oregon National Guard’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. Tucker has considerable trial experience and is well suited to help his clients navigate the harrowing legal system, effectively advocate on their behalf, and obtain a just result of their case.

Background

Tucker graduated from Oregon State University, earning both a degree and an officer’s commission through the Army ROTC program. He then served in the Oregon Army National Guard for eight years, including a year-long deployment to Iraq, and takes particular pride in representing and assisting his fellow veterans. When he returned from Iraq, Tucker went on to obtain his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and then start his legal career. When he is not working, you will likely find him spending time with his amazing family.

Drew Anderson is an experienced associate attorney whose practice focuses on defending individuals accused of crimes, including DUII, out of the firm’s Portland office. Prior to joining Gilroy Napoli Short, Drew was a Deputy District Attorney for Marion County, Oregon, where he prosecuted both felony and misdemeanor cases ranging from property and drug crimes to Measure 11 person crimes. He began his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney for Coos County, one of Oregon’s more rural jurisdictions, where he handled a range of cases and received extensive trial experience. With his experience and insights, Drew strives to ensure his client’s are well informed and passionately advocates for them at every stage of the process.

Background

Drew is a graduate of the University of Idaho where he majored in History and American Studies. Prior to receiving his law degree from Willamette University College of Law, Drew worked in the Alaskan fishing industry and went on to work for a non-profit in Southeast Asia helping with construction projects and teaching English.

When not at the office, Drew enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter as well as skiing, hunting and fishing, and golf.

Prior to coming to Gilroy Napoli Short, Melodie worked for over a decade as a Deputy District Attorney at Marion County District Attorney’s Office. During her time at Marion County, she prosecuted a large variety of cases including but not limited to Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, domestic violence, complex property and financial fraud, high level drug crimes, firearm cases, and serious Measure 11 person crimes including homicide. Melodie uses her experience and expertise to help clients through a difficult time in their lives by guiding them through the criminal justice system and advocating for a fair and just outcome.

Background

Melodie graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She continued to Willamette College of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate with a Certificate in Dispute Resolution.

When Melodie is not at the office you can find her spending time with her husband and kids and testing new baking recipes in her kitchen.

Jason Wheeless is a seasoned criminal defense attorney with nearly 20 years experience defending clients in all types of cases from DUII to murder. Jason is also one of a very few Spanish speaking criminal defense attorneys east of the Cascades.

Background

Jason started his legal career in 2005 as a public defender in Pendleton, Oregon. After a few years of practice in Oregon he lived in Spain for a year where he worked in a public high school and studied foreign policy at the Universidad de Cadiz. Upon his return he lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he spent the next decade representing defendants in a wide variety of criminal matters in the state and federal courts of New Mexico. While in New Mexico Jason handled serious violent felonies, immigration crimes, state habeas corpus cases and some limited appellate work. In 2020 he returned to Central Oregon and worked as a public defender in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties handling all types of adult and juvenile delinquency cases.

Jason has significant trial and litigation experience and has guided literally thousands of accused people through the criminal justice system. Jason’s experience and skills make him an effective advocate for all of his clients.

Prior to joining Gilroy Napoli Short, Amanda worked for the Washington County District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney for several years, gaining considerable trial experience prosecuting person and property crimes. Amanda then moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she was admitted to the Virgin Islands Bar Association and worked as General Counsel for an investment company with interests in the territory and Ireland. Most recently, Amanda focused on investor relations for a commercial-stage, global biotechnology company based in Switzerland. Her broad experience in various types of law, and her passion for criminal law specifically, is an asset for her clients as she guides them through the criminal justice system and advocates for the best possible outcome.

Background

Amanda graduated with her Juris Doctorate from Lewis & Clark Law School and Magna cum Laude from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology. She volunteered for the Victim’s Assistance Program at the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office and in the Family Law Assistance Program in Washington County.

When not in the office, you will usually find Amanda traveling with her daughter and husband. She enjoys hiking, camping and exploring new places in the Caribbean and Central America.

After starting his legal career as a judicial clerk for a state court judge, Bill joined the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, trying over 50 criminal cases to a jury in two years.  He then transitioned to civil litigation and for more than 30 years defended insurance policyholders in lawsuits filed against them.  Bill’s vast experience on the defense side of personal injury lawsuits will increase his ability to accomplish a maximum recovery of damages for his clients injured as a result of another’s conduct.

When he’s not working, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.  He also hopes to continue to improve his pickleball game.