Helaina “Laney” Chinn originally hails from the Bay Area and is happy to call Oregon home. Those closest to Laney note the telltale signs that she was a litigator-in-the-making from a young age, pointing to her performing arts background and competitive spirit, but Laney describes her choice to become a lawyer as a simple one—she enjoys doing what lawyers do and doing it well. Outside of the office, you’ll find her supporting Portland’s performing arts, exploring local hiking trails, and discovering good restaurants with family and friends.
Practice & Experience
Laney practices general civil litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury and employment matters. She represents individuals, businesses, and insurers, who appreciate her results-driven approach and her ability to critically analyze the nuances of the law, unravel complex legal concepts, and communicate them in a clear, straightforward manner to achieve positive outcomes.
Before joining Bodyfelt Mount as an associate in 2018, Laney acquired a broad base of experience working in government, both small and large law firms, and nonprofits. In California, she practiced class action and labor and employment law with an employment litigation firm. She also managed a diverse caseload as a staff attorney at a nonprofit law firm. Upon moving to Oregon, Laney clerked at the Clackamas County Circuit Court for the Honorable Kathie F. Steele, Presiding Judge. There, Laney had the opportunity to learn from some of the best attorneys in Oregon’s legal community, and to hone the painstaking attention to detail needed to pinpoint critical flaws in a case.
Laney interned with multi-national defense firm Jones Day, the California Department of Justice, and Rady Children’s Hospital while earning her law degree. A highlight from her two summers interning at Jones Day was writing a legal memorandum in preparation for a motion to dismiss, a strategy that ultimately saved the client millions of dollars. At University of San Diego School of Law, Laney was an active member of the San Diego Law Review, served as a teaching assistant, and received an Outstanding Oral Argument award. She also participated in the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court.
Professional & Community Activities
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Defense Research Institute
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Oregon Women Lawyers
Small Business Legal Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
J.D. with Business and Corporate Law Concentration, University of San Diego School of Law, 2013
B.S. (Anthropology), University of California, Los Angeles, 2008