Healy returns to practice in Newberg
Legal profession The attorney, sentenced to community service in 2000 after allegations leveled by a law clerk, joins the office of Hansen Law Firm
Attorney Griff Healy has returned to Newberg, this time joining the Hansen Law Firm as an of counsel, which Healy described as not counsel, not a partner, not an associate, just an old guy, semi-retired working with the firm.
During one stint working in Newberg in 2000, he serving 80 hours of community service after being charged with public and private indecency.
That year a law clerk working for Healy claimed he had coerced her into becoming his sex slave. She alleged the abuse took place over the course of eight months, during which time he forced her to have sex with strangers and violated her. The case concluded in June 2002 when Healy accepted a plea agreement after months of negotiations and an investigation spanning 18 months. At the time, Judge Phil Nelson, who oversaw the case, asked the victim multiple times if she accepted the plea agreement.
What you described would have to be one of the more brutal cases I have heard in more than 10 years here, Nelson said.
Healy denied the allegations, continuously alleging the woman had credibility issues.
In September 1999, another former clerk in Newberg alleged similar abuse. Healy again denied the allegations and a grand jury chose not to return charges when convened in April 2000.
(The) conduct here, although reprehensible as presented would be insufficient for successful prosecution, Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry wrote.
As a result of the charges, Healys license to practice law was suspended for 60 days. His suspension and community service were both served in Nevada.
Healy returned to Newberg in April 2005 as a public defender and more recently in September 2012 practicing law and doing the best to help my clients, he said.
As for his past, he said it shouldnt be an issue.
It was 14 years ago, he said, declining to comment further.
Terry Hansen, with Hansen Law Firm, said they are excited to have Healy join the staff.
We are ecstatic to have Griff join the firm, Hansen said. Griff is a well-established attorney who brings a wealth of practical experience. He will complement and strengthen the firms criminal law practices.
Healy began work April 28 specializing in criminal defense, domestic relations and business transactions.