Attorney Profiles

 

Salem Oregon Law Office

The Equitable Center
530 Center Street NE
Suite 150
Salem, OR 97301 

 

Law Office Salem Oregon

Salem (503) 485-4888

Portland (503) 968-7717

Dean Lederer

Dean J. Lederer

Dean’s practice focuses on litigating Oregon Workers’ Compensation cases and advising employers and insurance carriers on all issues involving Workers’ Compensation matters.  Before forming Lyons Lederer, LLC, Dean worked first as a plaintiff’s attorney and then developed his defense practice over several years at Scheminske & Lyons, LLP. 

He did his undergraduate work at the University of Alabama and attended law school at Regent University in Virginia.  While in law school, Dean won the class-wide 1L moot court competition.  His moot court team was a Southeast Regional finalist in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and Dean was  named best oral advocate in the Southeast Region.   While in practice, he served on the Oregon New Lawyers Division Executive Committee, the Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Committee, the Section’s Nominating Committee and was the first  chairman of the Going Forward Subcommittee. A frequent CLE and seminar speaker, Dean’s presentations have been described as informative and entertaining. 

Dean and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters and a Boxer named (not surprisingly) for Bear Bryant. Dean and his family are active in their church.  Dean sits on the boards of various non-profit organizations, including the Alumni Board at Regent University School of Law. When he is not watching Alabama roll to its 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th (and 17th?) national championships, Dean is busy planning his family’s next vacation. 

Direct Dial: (503) 485-4771

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Vera Langer

Vera holds two law degrees from the Charles University School of Law in her native Czech Republic. She came to Oregon in 1981 as a political refugee. In 1986, she obtained a third law degree, this time, from the University of Oregon School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Oregon state courts and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is bilingual and has published several comparative law articles.

Initially, Vera worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Edward H. Warren of the Oregon Court of Appeals and later served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice and a Special Assistant Attorney General at SAIF Corporation. In 1995, she joined Scheminske & Lyons as an appellate attorney. She represented Oregon employers in workers' compensation appeals until 2002, when she was appointed to the Workers' Compensation Board of the State of Oregon as a member with the background and understanding of the concerns of employers. In that capacity, she participated in thousands of decisions in contested workers' compensation cases. She served three consecutive four-year terms at the board before returning to private practice at Lyons Lederer, LLC as the firm’s appellate attorney.  

Vera and her husband Henry enjoy taking care of their very active grandchildren and teaching them the Czech language and culture. In her free time, she likes to travel, hike and swim.

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Marcus Whitney

Marcus R. Whitney

Marcus graduated in 2009 Magna Cum Laude from Willamette University College of Law, tied for second in his class. He simultaneously earned an MBA from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management. He recently joined Lyons Lederer, LLC where his practice focuses on Oregon Workers’ Compensation litigation. Marcus is also on faculty at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management, where he teaches Lean Six Sigma, a structured approach to quality and process improvement.

Before joining Lyons Lederer, LLC, Marcus focused his practice on Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, VA benefits, Probate and Trust Administration, Guardianships/Conservatorships, and Corporate and Non-Profit governance and contracts. During law school, he clerked for Justice Durham at the Oregon Supreme Court, and served as an Executive Editor of Willamette Law Review.Prior to attending law school and business school, Marcus earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Rochester and worked as a process engineer for 8 years in the defense, printed circuit board, and semiconductor industries.

Marcus and his wife, Annette (currently a Medical Student at OHSU), have four teenage children. He and his family’s collective great achievement was a cross country bicycle trip from Salem, Oregon to Upstate, New York, which they completed after he finished the Oregon Bar Exam in 2009. Marcus is a member of Salem Hospital’s Institutional Review Board and serves on the board of various charities including his local church, Crosshill Christian School, and Youth with a Mission, Salem.

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Killian DunkesonKillian C. Dunkeson

Killian graduated cum laude from Willamette University College of Law. While at Willamette, he was an executive board member of the Moot Court Board, as well as an editor for Willamette Law Review. Killian first joined Lyons Lederer, LLC as a law clerk and worked in that capacity throughout his last two years of school.   After successfully passing the Oregon bar, he came on as an associate.   Killian’s practice focuses on Oregon Workers’ Compensation litigation and appeals.

Killian and his fiancée, Sadie, have been together since high school, and are currently planning their wedding for the summer of 2018. Killian is a black belt in Shinpu-Ren karate.  In addition, he is always trying to learn a new skill, whether it is cooking, magic tricks, snowboarding, or his newest venture: golf.

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Allen W. Lyons (Retired)

Al Lyons graduated from Willamette University College of Law and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1973 and is admitted to the U.S. District Court of Oregon. He has served on the Executive Committees of both the Workers' Compensation Section of the Oregon State Bar and the Association of Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys. In addition to his private law practice, Al was a professor at Willamette University College of Law where he Workers' Compensation Law. He counts among his former students numerous practitioners in the field of workers’ compensation, several administrative law judges, and a former Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. He was also an approved mediator for the Appellate Settlement Conference Program of the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Al Lyons first served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oregon. Before entering private practice with Lindsay, Hart, Neil and Weigler, he was General Counsel for SAIF Corporation and served as Vice President for the claims and legal divisions. While there he supervised claims and legal offices throughout Oregon. Al developed an expertise with respect to claims involving carpal tunnel syndrome, disorders of the heart, and blood borne diseases. He defends Oregon employers in all phases of workers’ compensation matters.

Al and his wife Marsha have four adult children, five grandchildren, and an AKC Champion Brittany Spaniel, Hootie. An active member of his church for over 40 years, Al is a past chairman of the school board of St. Joseph Catholic School, served on the Parish Council of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Board of Total Education of the Archdiocese of Portland, and was a member of the archdiocesan planning committee for the Jubilee Year 2000. In his spare time, he is an avid fisherman and photographer.

Al retired from Lyons Lederer, LLC in September 2017.