Discovery with Deanna L. Wray

Deanna Wray admires Michelle, Betty, RBG, J-Law and the Mother of Dragons

Published in 2017 Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine — August 2017

If you were in my office, you’d … comment on how unbelievably hot it is, and then ask if you could mix yourself a drink.

The lawyer I most admire is … Betty Roberts, the first woman on the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court: politician, mentor and mother.  

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … pragmatism. I find most clients agree.

My career high point (so far) has been … saving my clients’ ranch with a defense verdict. 

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … an unhappy engineer with lots of vacation time.

The SCOTUS justice I’d most like to meet is … Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is a trailblazer with an amazing legal mind.

The SCOTUS decision I’d most like to overturn is … Shelby County v. Holder. Why are we moving backward on voting rights?

My courtroom walk-up music would be ... Madonna’s “Vogue.”

A different practice area that intrigues me is … immigration and naturalization. So many people need that kind of help right now. 

My favorite Twitter feed is … @GeorgeTakei.

My fictional hero is … Daenerys Targaryen. Having a team of dragons would definitely persuade a jury.

My real-life hero is … Michelle Obama. She is unapologetically herself.

On weekends I … hang out in Arch Cape at the beach. 

The talent I wish I had is … karaoke rock star.

I get angry when … my teenagers drain my hot-water heater.

On my best day I … married the love of my life.

On my worst day I … watched Hillary Clinton lose the election.

My favorite song lyric is … “I’m starting with the man in the mirror.” – Michael Jackson

The three people I’d invite to dinner are … Aretha Franklin, Jackie Kennedy and my mom.

If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … Jennifer Lawrence.

The last TV show I binge-watched was … Better Call Saul.

Nothing cheers me up like … my dog, Thor.

My guilty pleasure is … Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby.

If I won the lottery I’d … move to Kauai and buy a house on the south shore.

When I started, I wish I knew … that I would have to track my life in six-minute increments.

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