Janet Holcomb

Senior Counsel

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Phone: (541) 359-1549

Fax: (541) 338-9101

Janet Holcomb, a recently retired Oregon circuit court judge, brings her 27 years of courtroom experience to Arnold Law. She has a background in high-stakes and high-conflict litigation. Her new practice focuses on settlement conferences (mediation) and arbitration for represented parties. She also assists clients in complex litigation cases.
Education and Background

Janet went to McNary High School in Salem, Oregon, and graduated from Oregon State University in 1974 with a bachelor of science in Political Science. She took time off after college to work and save money for law school and ultimately graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1980.

Employment History

Prior to joining Arnold Law in 2013, Janet Holcomb dedicated her career to public service. She began her career as an associate deputy city attorney for Portland and a deputy city attorney for Corvallis. She then worked for eight years as a Benton County Deputy District Attorney. Janet finished her public service career serving for over fifteen years as a Circuit Court Judge in Benton County. She retired from the bench in 2012.

During her service on the bench, she was instrumental in the creation, implementation and operation of the Benton County Drug Treatment Court, an intensive and supportive program aimed at breaking the cycle of substance abuse and criminal activity. She presided over the drug treatment court for eleven years.
23 years in this courthouse
One of her most memorable success stories involved a man who Janet prosecuted multiple times during her tenure as a deputy DA. After he graduated from the drug treatment court, he went from a 6- to 7-inch-thick court file to coming back to court only one time: for a no flotation device violation. In 2010, the Benton County Drug Treatment Court was recognized nationally for its best practices as one of ten mentor treatment courts in the United States.

Professional Organizations & Activities

  • » Oregon State Bar
  • » Federal Bar (United States District Court for the District of Oregon)
  • » Oregon Mediation Association
  • » Oregon Women Lawyers
  • » Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • » Benton County Bar Association
  • » Lane County Bar Association

Hobbies and Interests

Janet enjoys bird watching, supporting Pac-12 athletics and blues music.