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Shelby Rihala

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Shelby Rihala is the chair of Jordan Ramis PC's municipal and local government law practice group and Past-President of the Oregon City Attorneys Association. Her practice focuses on government law, including public contracting, government ethics, public records, and land use. Additionally, she has significant experience drafting ordinances, IGAs, contracts, and other legal documents. Prior to her time at Jordan Ramis, Shelby served as City Attorney for several Oregon municipalities. She also worked as the chief of staff to an Oregon state senator and a government affairs associate for Washington County.

Shelby earned her B.A. from Willamette University (Politics and French, cum laude). She received her J.D. from Lewis and Clark College (also cum laude) with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law. Shelby currently serves as a Judge Advocate for the Oregon Air National Guard. In this role, she gives general legal advice to command staff, specifically on areas such as disciplinary and government ethics matters and provides legal assistance to individual service members. Shelby also served on the Oregon Hanford Cleanup Board (2010-2013), the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability (2006-2010; Chair, 2010), the Oregon Women Lawyers Association, and board of the Oregon Women's Political Caucus Campaign School.

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., cum laude, Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2009
  • B.A., cum laude, Willamette University, 2004
  • State of Oregon


Memberships & Activities

  • Oregon City Attorneys Association Executive Board (2013-2016); President (2016-Present)
  • Oregon Hanford Cleanup Board (2010-2013)
  • Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability (2006-2010); Chair (2010)
  • Oregon Women's Political Caucus Campaign School, Past Board Member

Awards and Honors


  • “Agency Interpretation of Statutes and Regulations,” in Interpreting Oregon Law, Oregon State Bar Publication, 2009.



  • Principles of Successful Multi-Jurisdictional Law Enforcement In and Out of Indian Country, "Expository Report: Facts, Figures, and Context on SB 412," DPSST and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, September 2014

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