Dennis was born and raised in Astoria, Oregon.
After graduating from Astoria High School in 1970 he
attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon
where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in
1974 and his law degree (J.D.) in 1977.
While a student at Willamette, Dennis interned in
the 1973 legislative session, working for a member
of the Oregon House of Representatives. In law
school he was a member of the Order of Barristers,
Moot Court Board and participated in mock trial
In September, 1977 he began practicing law in
Newport and has practiced in Newport ever since.
Dennis� practice focuses primarily on real estate
and land use. Not only does he do transactional
work, he also litigates cases, primarily in the area
of real estate. He has litigated numerous cases
involving boundary and easement disputes, trespass,
breach of contract, and property damage. He also
tries cases involving real property and property tax
issues before administrative law judges of a number
of State Agencies including the Department of
Revenue and the Department of State Lands.