Levi Merrithew Horst PC
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Compassion. Experience. Diligence.

About Us

The attorneys of Levi Merrithew Horst bring over 40 years of combined experience in criminal defense. In addition, each of our lawyers have spent significant amounts of time in other fields, including civil rights, juvenile and delinquency law, civil commitments, restraining orders, post-conviction relief, and domestic relations. No matter which of our lawyers is handling a particular case, our emphasis on collaboration ensures that each of our clients gets all of the benefits of this extensive experience.

Our attorneys understand the value of having multiple perspectives on a case. Our clients are better served when they have the collective experience and knowledge of four attorneys, rather than one. A single attorney working alone is always going to be disadvantaged when matched against a team of attorneys working collaboratively. At Levi Merrithew Horst, our clients each get the benefit of all of our attorneys. Collaboration is built into every stage of every case. This means that while you are paying for only one attorney, you are getting the experience and knowledge of four.

 

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We at Levi Merrithew Horst know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer affordable consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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Attorneys

 
 
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Partner

Jesse Merrithew

Jesse was born and raised in rural New Hampshire. He moved to Boston in 1999 to attend Boston University, graduating with honors in 2003. In 2004, he moved to Portland to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. During law school, he interned at the Federal Public Defender's Office and the Metropolitan Public Defender's Office, served as an editor for the Environmental Law journal, and was involved with several student organizations. He graduated with honors in 2007.

For the next four years Jesse worked as a staff attorney at the Metropolitan Public Defender's Hillsboro office. He handled hundreds of cases, including misdemeanors, probation violations, civil commitments, fugitive matters, contempt, and felonies. When he left the office at the end of 2011, his case load was exclusively Ballot Measure 11 cases.

Jesse's current practice focuses on civil rights and post-conviction relief. He is an avid cyclist and Boston Red Sox fan.

 

Education

LEWIS AND CLARK
LAW SCHOOL

Juris Doctor, 2007

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
B.A., Political Science, 2003

Activities & Affiliations

• Oregon State Bar
• Federal Bar Association
• Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney
• Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
• National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
• National Police Accountability Project
• Oregon Bicycle Racing Association

Bar Admissions

• Oregon, Washington

 

 
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Noah Horst

Noah grew up in Massachusetts. He earned a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies from Tufts University where he was a member of the Men's Swimming team and a Captain and Most Valuable Player of the Water Polo team. After college, Noah earned a Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health while simultaneously working at a pulmonary immunology research lab. Noah moved to Oregon in 2004 to attend Lewis and Clark Law School where he was an editor at the Lewis and Clark Law Review and earned an Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate.

During Law School, Noah worked as a law clerk at the Department of Justice Trial Division in Salem and as a Law Clerk for the Federal Public Defender. After graduation, Noah worked as a Staff Attorney at Metropolitan Public Defender's Portland office. Noah handled hundreds of cases including felonies, misdemeanors, civil commitments, probation violations, and restraining orders.

 

Education

LEWIS AND CLARK
LAW SCHOOL

Juris Doctor, 2007

TUFTS UNIVERSITY
B.S., Biology and Environmental Studies, 2000

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Master of Public Health, 2003

Activities & Affiliations

• Oregon State Bar
• Federal Bar Association
• Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
• Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney

Bar Admissions

• Oregon

 

 
 
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Ethan Levi

Ethan was raised in Corvallis, Oregon and attended college at the University of Minnesota and law school at Fordham Law School in New York City. He has worked as a criminal defense attorney since he was a student in law school. In law school, Ethan actively participated in a criminal defense clinic representing clients in the criminal courts (both state and federal) of Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York. He also spent the summer of 1998 representing indigent clients in the criminal court of Nome, Alaska. This court was notable in that mounted behind the judge's bench was a walrus skull and tusks rather than the state seal normally found behind a judge.

After graduation from law school, Ethan worked as a public defender for the Metropolitan Public Defender's Hillsboro office in Washington County for nearly 12 years. During that job, Ethan represented clients in cases ranging from the most simple misdemeanors through the most difficult and complicated felonies including assault cases, sex offenses, robberies, and murder. Ethan gained a wide range of experience and local knowledge of the Washington County court system which gives him an edge in fighting Washington County Cases.

Ethan specializes in criminal defense cases. He also represents people in contested restraining order hearings, restraining order violation hearings, probation hearings, and child support hearings. Ethan also works with clients who are under investigation but have not been charged with any crime. He works hard to ensure that these clients are not charged with any crime.

 

Education

FORDHAM LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 1999

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
B.A., Political Science, 1994

Activities & Affiliations

• Oregon State Bar
• Federal Bar Association
• Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
• Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney

Bar Admissions

• Oregon

 
 

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Elizabeth Levi

Elizabeth was born in Washington D.C. and raised in San Diego, California. She graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science in 1992. After college she spent two years in Nepal as a Peace Corp volunteer, then moved to Portland to attend law school at Lewis and Clark.

During law school, Elizabeth worked as a certified law student for the Juvenile Rights Project and Metropolitan Public Defender. After graduating in 1999, Elizabeth began working full time as a staff attorney at Metropolitan Public Defender's Portland office. From 1999 through 2010, she handled hundreds of criminal and juvenile law cases, representing defendants in misdemeanors and felonies, as well as youths facing delinquency petitions and parents and children involved in the child welfare system. During her final two years at MPD, Elizabeth was the managing attorney in the Juvenile Law Section and represented the office on the Juvenile Justice Council, the Juvenile Dependency Council, and on various other committees and work groups associated with juvenile court.

Elizabeth is a volunteer attorney for the CLif Project, which provides legal services to clients who were adjudicated as juvenile sex offenders and are seeking relief from sex offender registration. Additionally, Elizabeth is on the executive boards of the Agricultural Research Foundation and the Sunnyside Environmental School PTSA.

Activities & Affiliations

• Oregon State Bar
• Oregon Women Lawyers
• Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association

Bar Admissions

• Oregon

Education

LEWIS AND CLARK
LAW SCHOOL

Juris Doctor, 1999

CORNELL UNIVERSITY
B.A., Animal Science, 1992