Meet The Team

Valerie Athena Tomasi started practicing law in 1984 primarily representing financial institutions in loan documentation, real estate transactions, construction, restructures and workouts, and foreclosures. Prior to founding Tomasi Salyer Martin in 2012, she was a shareholder at Farleigh Wada Witt PC for 22 years serving for 7 years as its president and managing shareholder, as well as the chair of the real estate practice group for her entire tenure at that firm. In addition to being passionate about the success of our clients, Valerie is passionate about her darling husband Van, her wonderful children and extended Italian family, extensive traveling, hiking and biking in the open air (and rain), good books; movies, and home-cooked food. (See Résumé)

Kathryn P. Salyer has been a litigation attorney since 1988, focusing on complex commercial and consumer litigation, including securities violations, lender liability (including class actions), business torts, fraud claims, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy litigation. Kathy was a shareholder at Tomasi Salyer Martin from its formation in the spring of 2012 through February of 2018. Prior to the spring of 2012, Kathy was a shareholder at Farleigh Wada Witt PC from 1998 through the spring of 2012, and served as the co-chair of the firm’s litigation practice group. Prior to 1998, she was a partner at Lane Powell. In addition to being passionate about the success of our clients, Kathy is passionate about her very funny husband Andy and beautiful daughter Amanda, her dogs, gardening, restoring old homes, the beach, and great books. (See Résumé)

Jeffrey A. Martin has practiced law since 1998 and represents our business and financial institution clients on a variety of areas including lending issues, commercial loan documentation, real estate, and regulatory matters. In addition to being passionate about the success of our clients, Jeff is passionate about his very beautiful and bright wife Heather (and listening to her talk about anything except any of his foibles), building awesome Lego® creations with his sons, a high energy workplace, working on his old house, watching sunsets from the deck of a sailboat with a fruity drink in hand, reading historical fiction, running, hiking, and skiing. (See Résumé)

Jennifer M. Bragar’s practice is focused on land use, real estate, municipal and environmental law. She represents business, community and government entities in matters unique to land use planning and municipal law. She has appeared before the Land Use Board of Appeals and Oregon Court of Appeals, and is a frequent lecturer and author on Oregon land use law. (See Résumé)

Eleanor A. DuBay focuses her practice on consumer and commercial real estate foreclosures, and efficiently representing all types of secured lenders in foreclosure-related matters throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. In addition to being passionate about the success of our clients, Eleanor is passionate about her two cats and enjoys dragon boat racing, baking, reading, and traveling. (See Résumé)

John W. Weil has practiced law since 1980. His practice emphasizes representation of both commercial and consumer lenders in the enforcement of their loan documents and protection of their collateral in negotiation, litigation, bankruptcy and statutory lien enforcement proceedings. Before joining Tomasi Salyer Martin in an of counsel position, he was a partner in Ransom, Blackman & Weil; Hooper, Englund & Weil and Weil & Lewandowski. John relaxes by spending time with his daughters, his grandkids and his german shepherd, Baraboo. He also loves to read a good book and is passionate about the Green Bay Packers and the privilege of serving as an Elder in his church. (See Résumé)

Elizabeth A Biermann focuses her practice on real estate and business transactions, loan documentation and business entity choice and formation. Prior to joining Tomasi Salyer Martin, she worked at another Portland law firm handling all aspects of civil litigation on behalf of businesses, employers, medical and legal professionals, and insurance carriers. When not practicing law, Elizabeth is passionate about spending time hiking and enjoying the natural beauty of the pacific northwest with her husband, sons and energetic dog. (See Résumé)

Issei Saida’s experience in real estate sales and the demanding business culture of Japan brings a unique skillset to the office, including versatility, exemplary client service, and international business knowledge to his practice. Prior to joining Tomasi Salyer Martin, Issei worked at a real estate brokerage company handling all aspects of residential sales transactions and consulted for international clients on potential investments. When not practicing law, Issei’s passions are surfing, finding the perfect tacos, his cat, World Cup soccer, and running. (See Résumé)

Jan Charles was the administrative assistant and a legal assistant at Farleigh Wada Witt for more than 18 years and has more than 25 years of experience drafting loan documentation. Jan will continue to bring her exemplary drafting skills to service our financial institution clients on their loan documentation needs and manage the office. In addition to being passionate about the success of our clients, Jan is passionate about her handsome husband Dave, her daughters, her Shiba Inu, Oregon Ducks football, and spending time at the beach with her loved ones.

Scott Keeley has transitioned to be the firm’s new Account Specialist, and he is excited about the new opportunity and experience! In addition to being passionate about helping out around the office, Scott is passionate about his amazing family and friends, live music, the outdoors, and playing guitar in his Portland based band.

Diane Hitti has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from St. John Fisher College and a Paralegal Certificate from Northeastern University. She has over 20 years legal experience including working as Executive Assistant to the Vice President/General Counsel of one of the Northwest’s largest corporate legal departments. Diane is an avid reader as well as being passionate about the arts, live music, and national and international travel. She also serves as a hostess for international travelers through the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Julie Harvey has extensive experience as a legal assistant and paralegal at both law firms and corporations, and has most recently worked in banking and finance in the commercial loan sector. In addition to being passionate about the success of our clients, Julie is passionate about her amazing children, family and friends, blues music, hiking, jazzercise, and extra dark chocolate.

Jasmine Ramig has been working as a legal assistant/paralegal since 2007 and has worked with John W. Weil for most of that time. She graduated from University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Art History. Jasmine collects souvenir snow globes from her travels, loves live music, and hopes to one day be a contestant on Jeopardy! 

Keeley Siegman is currently in school earning her paralegal certificate with an interest in corporate and administrative law. Outside of work and school, she is passionate about hiking the PNW with Gavin and her pup, Moo, cycling around town, knitting hats and socks by the dozen, reading, and baking.