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Parker, Butte & Lane lawyers specialize in corporate and individual immigration cases for businesses and families across the country. Our attorneys have over a century in combined practice experience, and have been recognized nationally for their dedicated service and excellence in the practice of immigration law.

Christopher Anders / Dagmar Butte / Amanda Gray / Gretel M. Ness / Anaiah Palmer / Richard Parker / Professional Staff


Christopher Anders

Christopher Anders

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Christopher Anders, shareholder of Parker, Butte & Lane, focuses his practice on family immigration, naturalization, deportation and removal litigation and asylum. He has presented at community and CLE events on topics ranging from naturalization to asylum to visas available to crime victims. He is a regular guest lecturer on asylum law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Before practicing law he worked as an immigration paralegal and taught English as a Second Language both in the U.S. and in Latin America.

Education
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 2005 (cum laude)
TEFL Graduate Certificate, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1999
B.S. Political Science (with honors), University of Wisconsin- Madison, 1985

Languages
Spanish

Admitted to practice
Oregon State Courts
United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit

Professional memberships
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Oregon State Bar Association


Dagmar Butte

Dagmar Butte

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Dagmar’s area of expertise is Business and Family Immigration and International Business/Corporate Law, focusing on employment-based visas and corporate immigration as well as permanent resident petitions in high technology, education and medical industries. She serves as outside immigration counsel for Oregon Health and Science University, George Fox University, Oregon State University, the International Law Students’ Association and Mercy Corps, and is Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.

Dagmar is Oregon’s first Elected Member of the AILA Board of Governors and is a past Oregon Chapter Chair. She served on specific AILA ad hoc committees and task forces that assisted ICE with the development of family detention standards, reviewed and provided suggested language for legislation in relation to various aspects of comprehensive immigration reform including EOIR reform and judicial review.

She is currently Chair of AILA National’s USCIS Service Center Operations Committee and a member of the USCIS Headquarters Committee, and served for several years as chair of AILA National’s Removal/Detention/Due Process Committee.
Ms. Butte has won numerous awards for her work in the field of immigration law including the 2011 President’s Commendation for Outstanding Leadership by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is also an editor and author of several books and articles on immigration Law and is a regular speaker at AILA national and regional conferences.

Education
J.D., Lewis and Clark Law School, May 1991
B.A., Carleton College, cum laude, May 1987
Admitted to practice
Oregon Supreme Court
Oregon Federal District Court
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Languages
German
Spanish (not fluent)

Professional memberships
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Director
Oregon Bar Association
International Law Students Association Board of Directors, Chairman


Amanda Gray

Amanda Gray

Amanda Gray –

Amanda, an associate at Parker, Butte & Lane, focuses her practice on deportation and removal defense, criminal immigration, federal litigation before the U.S. Courts of Appeals and U.S. District Courts, family immigration, naturalization and asylum. Amanda’s winning cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals include: the precedent decision Galluzzo v. Holder, 633 F.3d 111 (2d Cir. 2011), where the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that visa waiver program entrants have a constitutional right to a removal hearing absent evidence of a waiver of that right; Gonzales Bordonave v. Holder, 432 Fed. Appx. 35 (2d Cir. 2011) (unpublished) where the Second Circuit found that the Board of Immigration Appeals’ failure to consider and weigh the hardship that Petitioner’s family would suffer should Petitioner be deported constituted fact-finding flawed by an error of law, and that the BIA applied the incorrect standard of review to the IJ’s hardship finding; and Wassily v. Holder, 10-2084-ag (2d Cir. May 3, 2013) (unpublished), in which the Second Circuit found that the agency erred in relying on factual narratives found in the presentence investigation report in making a particularly serious crime determination and that the BIA abused its discretion in finding that the petitioner had not suffered ineffective assistance of counsel before the Immigration Judge.

Prior to joining Parker, Butte & Lane, Amanda worked for seven years at a high-volume, full-service immigration law firm in New York City and then as an attorney in solo practice in Portland. Amanda studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan, while in college and then taught English as a Second Language for two years in Shikoku, Japan. She is conversant in Japanese. Amanda has been selected as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Amanda enjoys running and spending time with her family.

Education
J.D., City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, 2005 – Moot Court and Law Review Member
B.A. Whitman College, 1994 – English Literature (major) and Japanese (minor)

Languages
Working knowledge (reading, writing and speaking) in Japanese

Admitted to practice
Oregon State Courts
New York State Courts
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits

Professional memberships
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Oregon State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association


Gretel Ness

Gretel Ness

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Gretel’s practice focuses on employment immigration including temporary worker visas and skilled worker visas, family immigration, and citizenship issues. She also assists clients in pro-active immigration planning for future sponsorship of other family members and for employer compliance with employment verification rules. She serves as immigration counsel for leading Oregon and SW Washington based companies including Qorvo, Lattice Semiconductor, Wacom Technology Corp., Pointwest Technologies, the University of Portland, and Legacy Health.

As a former INS Asylum Officer, she has enforced U.S. immigration laws, gaining direct insight into the complexity of those laws and how to apply them to benefit her clients. In addition to her background in immigration law, Gretel has the unique advantage of knowing firsthand what it is like to be an immigrant in a new country, having emigrated from the Philippines in 1985. Gretel is glad to utilize her unique background to help immigrants establish new lives in America.

She is a past chair of the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a past member of AILA National’s Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee and Texas Service Center Liaison Committee, and past Vice-Chair of the California Service Center Committee. In her leisure time, Gretel volunteers at various cultural and community based organizations and is a frequent speaker on immigration issues.

Education
J.D., Albany Law School of Union University, May 1993
B.A., Rutgers University, May 1990
Admitted to practice
New York State Bar
Oregon State Bar

Languages
Tagalog

Professional memberships
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Oregon State Bar Association
Oregon Women Lawyers Society
Oregon Minority Lawyers Association
Multnomah Bar Association


Anaiah Krueger

Anaiah Palmer

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Anaiah, an associate with Parker, Butte & Lane, focuses her practice on family immigration, naturalization, deportation / removal litigation, asylum, and appeals. Anaiah worked with the Firm for 8 years as an immigration paralegal before becoming an attorney, and her experience working the Firm’s diverse and inspiring clients motivated her to practice immigration law. Recognizing the stress inherent in any immigration application, Anaiah is dedicated to helping people from all backgrounds understand the process and navigate their way through the complex immigration system in this country. Anaiah graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark law school where she was also a member of the law school’s award winning international law moot court team. She grew up in the Portland area and feels a strong connection to the city and its residents. In her limited spare time, Anaiah enjoys outdoor activities such as backpacking, and participates in local recreational sports leagues.

Education
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 2013 (cum laude)
B.A. Mathematics, Reed College, 2007

Admitted to practice
Oregon State Courts
United States District Court of Oregon
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional memberships
Oregon State Bar Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Oregon Women Lawyers Society
Multnomah County Bar Association


Richard Parker

Richard Parker

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Rich has been a shareholder of Parker, Butte & Lane, P.C. since 1986. He practices in the areas of business and family immigration law as well as bankruptcy. He represents clients in the wine industry for the entry of leading vintners from some of Europe’s premier wine growing regions. He also assists with family immigration.

He is a speaker at major bankruptcy seminars in Oregon and is a practicing member of both the Oregon and Washington Bars.

Education
J.D., Golden Gate University Law School, 1978 Member of Law Review
B.A., Reed College, 1975

Admitted to practice
State Courts of Oregon
State Courts of Washington
United States District Court of Oregon
United States District Court of Washington, Western and Eastern Districts
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional memberships
Oregon State Bar Association
Washington State Bar
American Immigration Lawyers Association
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Member and Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Debtor
Creditor Section
Member and co-chair of the Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic of the Oregon State Bar Debtor
Creditor Section


Professional Staff

Immigration Group Legal Assistants

Adriana C. Hassett

Anna M. Dundas

Awilda Medina-Vazquez

Christine M. Miller

Courtney A. Mullins

Heather J. McComb

Sucetty E. Mahoney

Suzy J. Wolters

Legal Assistant
Agata M. Cisowski

Accountant
Carol A. Clayton, CMA

File Clerk
Joan Roberts

Receptionist
Alma Spaude

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