Board of Trustees



Christie Emrich

Phone: (360) 906-0211




Christie was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. She graduated with a BA from Michigan State University and remains a loyal Spartan. She received her JD from Willamette University in 2006. In 2005 she began working for Jeffrey D. Barrar, PS/Vancouver Defenders as a Rule 9 intern and found a passion for indigent defense. She is a member of Washington Women Lawyers, a past Treasurer for The George and Donald Simpson Inn of Court, and member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Clark County. She resides in Camas with her husband Brian and their two daughters Norah and Rosie.


 Vice President

 Jesse Jacobs

 Phone: (360) 695-1624



Jesse focuses his career on advocating for injured plaintiffs. He is equally proud to be both an active “Eagle Member” of the Washington State Association of Justice and "Guardian" with the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. Jesse obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) at Seattle University School of Law. He also holds a BA in Business Administration with a focus on International Business from Washington State University.   Jesse was recently awarded the Service to the CCBA Award for his work prior to becoming treasurer.  Also active with the Multnomah Bar Association, Jesse has previously served as Chair for the MBA Young Lawyers Membership Committee.  



Le Ann Larson

Phone: (360) 397-2265





Le Ann Larson has worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for 18 years.  She has worked in the child support division for over a decade and her practice is devoted to securing financial support for children.  She volunteers her time to serve on boards and committees that advocate for the rights of those living with developmental disabilities.  Autism awareness is a passion for her.  She also serves on special education parent committees and helps the Volunteer Lawyers Program.  Le Ann is the former VLP President and Liaison to the CCBA.  She graduated from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and Willamette University College of Law.  Le Ann and her husband, Rob, have two sons.



Ben Melnick

Phone: (360) 695-4244



Ben Melnick joined Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards in 2018, and he became a partner in 2020.  He graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor's degree in 2010, and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law.  In 2016, he was named as the Clark County Bar Association's Rising Star.  His practice focuses on personal injury, auto, motorcycle, and biking accidents, premises liability, products liability, wrongful death, and insurance disputes.  Outside work, Ben likes spending time with his family, running, playing soccer, hiking, and skiing.



Dan Gasperino

Phone: (360) 397-2261




Christina Phelan

(360) 750-8750







Christina Phelan was born and raised in Vancouver, WA. She graduated from Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon in 2003. She received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Santa Clara University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007. Christina attended law school at Boston University School of Law, graduating cum laude in May 2012. At Boston University, Christina was a member of the Boston University Law Review, where she eventually served on the editorial board as Administrative Editor. She also participated in the Criminal Clinic where she served as a student attorney for both juvenile and adult defendants in Boston’s Municipal Court. 

Prior to law school, Christina worked as a legal assistant for a Portland firm where she focused on juvenile delinquency and dependency law. 

Christina has worked as an intern for the Honorable R. Gary Klausner, federal district court judge for the Central District of California and for the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice in Brooklyn, NY. She has been with Phelan Law Office PLLC since 2012. Still early in her career, Christina is well-recognized in the Clark County legal community for her hard work and dedication to her clients and cases. She was recently awarded the Clark County Bar Association's "Rising Star Attorney" of 2015. Christina is licensed to practice law in Washington. As an associate of Tom Phelan, Christina focuses on Criminal Defense and Juvenile Law.



Erica Aquadro

Phone: (360)



Erica is an associate at Gevurtz Menashe and practices in their Vancouver office. She enjoys helping people find resolution in their lives. Whether she's dealing with a high conflict custody case or difficult property, business and support issues, Erica brings her keen ability to ask the right questions, listen with an open mind, and use that information to form practical advice and guidance through her legal counsel. Guided by her people-centered compassionate nature, Erica is the ultimate team player helping clients understand the complex legal process, define their own futures, and ultimately bring peace of mind to each person or family she has the opportunity to counsel. 

When she’s not working, you’ll likely find Erica hiking with her husband and kids, reading, or traveling. Her favorite words to live by are guided by the former first lady, “When they go low, we go high.”


Immediate Past President

Paige Spratt

Phone: (360) 905-1433





Paige combines real world construction experience with legal know-how to help contractors find practical solutions to complex problems. Before attending law school, Paige earned a degree in Construction Management and worked as a construction manager for two large commercial contractors and the world’s largest aerospace company. As a result, she is able to understand and navigate the business realities her clients face on a daily basis.

Paige handles arbitrations and lawsuits for issues ranging from lien foreclosures, construction claims and public contracting to employment disputes and complex breach of contract claims. She strives to help her clients fully understand the litigation process and to present creative, practical solutions. Clients also turn to Paige for transactional assistance. She focuses on achieving client goals and mitigating risk in construction contracts, purchase and sale agreements, services contracts, purchase orders and other legal documents. Paige is proactive in ensuring that her clients fully understand the contracting process and can take ownership of contract terms.


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