Mary Alice Winters, Bend City Attorney, was appointed as the first Bend in-house City Attorney by City Manager Eric King on November 3, 2008, and has worked tirelessly to build the City's legal department. From San Diego, Mary began her career as a law clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals, and then practiced in Spokane, Washington and Pacific Grove, California, focusing on products liability and environmental litigation, and representing citizen groups in land use matters, including CEQA and shoreline issues. Moving to Port Townsend, Washington in 1992, she was Acting City Attorney and then Assistant City Attorney (focusing on growth management, land use, public works and utilities, employment, telecommunications and general municipal law). After 18 months in New Zealand, upon return to the Pacific Northwest in 2001, she represented private developers and clients, citizen groups and public entities such as the Port of Port Townsend, the Public Utility District, Jefferson County Rural Library and various water districts. She moved to Bend in 2006.
Mary graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was on law review and published "Cetacean Rights Under Human Laws." She completed her undergraduate work at UC Santa Barbara, graduating with High Honors. She lives in Bend with her husband, Brent Wesenberg, M.D. Her daughter, Zoie, attends the Honors College at University of Oregon, and son, Devin, is obtaining a Physics PhD at the University of Denver. Mary and her family spend as much time as possible in the mountains (where she snowboards while her family skis), mountain biking or windsurfing in Hood River. She is a CASA volunteer and an avid soccer fan. Their family travels the world whenever possible.
Ian Leitheiser, Associate City Attorney, came to Bend in 2015 from the City of Portland City Attorney’s Office, where he worked since 2008. A native Oregonian and graduate of Portland State University and Lewis & Clark Law School, Ian brings extensive experience in various aspects of municipal law and considers representing and advising public entities to be among the most interesting and rewarding work a lawyer can do. When not at the office Ian can be found on the trails and in the mountains of Central Oregon on a bike, skis, or two feet, sometimes trying to go fast, but always enjoying the view. Ian and his wife and daughters are happy to finally call Bend home.
Elizabeth Oshel, Associate City Attorney, joined the City Attorney’s office in 2017. Elizabeth moved to Bend in 2014 to work for Legal Aid Services of Oregon. With additional experience at Portland’s urban renewal agency, Portland Development Commission (now Prosper Portland), and as a judicial clerk for Multnomah County Circuit Court Chief Family Law Judge Maureen McKnight, Elizabeth brings experience in urban renewal, individual civil representation to low-income Central Oregon residents, and a perspective from the bench. Prior to moving to Bend, Elizabeth lived in Doha, Qatar, where her husband taught elementary school. Elizabeth is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland. She has served on the boards of the Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition and Cascade Women Lawyers. Elizabeth’s favorite Bend activities include kayaking, hiking, skiing on both mountains and trails, and enjoying all Central Oregon has to offer with her husband and daughter.
Brenda Mingus, Legal & Risk Program Manager, joined the City in June, 2015. Brenda received her Paralegal degree from Pioneer Pacific College in 1997 and has been in the legal field ever since. Her previous employment was with Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, P.C. Brenda, her husband Rod, and their two daughters enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling around the state for soccer, and taking advantage of all that Bend has to offer.