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)

Emily K. Busse  focuses her practice on land use, real estate and consumer and commercial real estate foreclosures.  She represents individuals, business and government entities throughout Oregon.  Emily’s broad experience includes assisting with litigation involving government contracts, business disputes, and employment discrimination.  When not practicing law, Emily enjoys hiking, biking, rooting for the Thorns, and playing outside with her husband and two young daughters. (See Résumé)

Stephen Thorpe  focuses his practice on land use, collections and litigation. When not practicing law, Stephen enjoys camping, fishing and gardening with his friends and family. (See Résumé)

Blake Van Zile focuses her practice on consumer and commercial real estate foreclosures, debtor-creditor and business related matters and bankruptcies throughout Oregon and Washington, as well as assisting with loan documentation and real estate matters. Blake is passionate about staying active in her community and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest. (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.

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 Greene recently earned her paralegal certificate through PCC and has an interest in corporate and administrative law. Outside of work, she is passionate about backpacking throughout the PNW with her husband and their pup, cycling around town, knitting, reading, and baking.