Meet Attorney Laura Eckstein
Laura has been an attorney for 21 years, having graduated from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1998. She is admitted to practice law in Oregon, Arizona, and Utah, as well as 9 federal jurisdictions, including the United States Supreme Court Bar and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Laura is also currently serving as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Elgin.
Laura has extensive trial and motion practice at all levels, including federal, state, county, and city courts. She has been both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney and has practiced civil law in the law firm, as well as the private practice setting. She relishes her role as a zealous advocate.
During law school, Laura successfully competed in the school’s trial advocacy team, was vice-chair of the Trial Advocacy Board, president of the Phi Delta Phi international legal fraternity, and was also a student member of the American Inns of Court. While having two children and graduating early, she also served multiple judicial/legal externships during law school, including: judicial extern for Judge Marian Blank Horn at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.; legal intern at the legal department of the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah; and research assistant for Professor Richard G. Wilkins working for a Non-Governmental Organization lobbying group with the United Nations.
After law school, Laura joined a small law firm, working on a variety of civil litigation and criminal matters, before opening her own private practice. She later turned to the public sector, becoming the Property Acquisition Coordinator and Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of Layton, Utah in 2001. She was then selected by Federal Judge Ted Stewart to serve as a career staff attorney in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, specializing in criminal cases and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. She continued to clerk for Judge Stewart until she relocated to Arizona in 2007, where she transitioned to criminal defense.
In Phoenix, Arizona, Laura worked on major felony cases in both state and federal court, handling all aspects of criminal matters from initial appearance to trial and appeal. In 2009, Laura started her own law firm in Tempe, Arizona – the Law Office of Laura Jane Edwards, PLLC, later known as Laura Edwards Law – which she continues to operate. In 2012, she co-founded Edwards & Cherney, LLP in Scottsdale, Arizona, and served as the Senior Partner.
Upon her permanent relocation to Northeastern Oregon in 2013, Laura represented a software technology firm on a variety of business and civil law issues and continued her private practice. Laura became the Municipal Judge for the City of Elgin in 2017, a position which she currently holds.
Laura is married to Brock Eckstein, and together they have seven children. She is originally from Utah, and lived and practiced law in Arizona before relocating permanently to Northeastern Oregon.
In addition to being a judge and attorney, Laura is a CrossFit coach, a cooking instructor/caterer, a certified substitute teacher, and a legal writer. She is active in her church, serving as, among other things, a youth leader, teacher, and self-reliance coordinator.
Meet Her Team
Joseph will be your
go-to when it comes to walking with you through the bankruptcy process. He simplifies the process on your end as much as possible and digs into each case to find the very best outcome for every bankruptcy client.
Brock's here to serve your city. As a 7-year city administrator/recorder, Brock deeply understands the ins-and-outs of what can be complex issues facing small cities in Oregon.
Family Law Paralegal
Cory is a fierce counterpart to Laura in the family law realm and exactly whom you'd want to support your case. She has ample experience and tenacity and understands what it takes to achieve the outcomes you desire in your case.
Sarah is the one who can address any questions you may have regarding billing or the management of your retainer/ trust funds.