I have been a lawyer assisting people who have been injured by bad drivers, doctors and lawyers in state and federal courts since 1984. I pride myself on providing fast and personal attention to resolve cases in a fast, fair and complete way.
I grew up near Chicago. I graduated from public high school in 1976, and then went to Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, graduating in 1980 with a bachelor of arts majoring in economics. I spent 1980-81 cleaning the undersides of airplanes while becoming a commercial rated pilot and a certified flight instructor, instrument and airplane. I continue to enjoy teaching and flying in instrument conditions, basically in the clouds or fog, using only the instruments in the airplane to maintain safe flight. In 1981, I decided I didn't want to seek a job with an airline.
I enrolled in the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in the fall of 1981 and graduated in 1984. I spent several years working for the law school's legal clinic where I primarily assisted low-income people needing help with consumer problems.
I went in to private practice upon his admission to the Bar in September, 1984. Since then, I have represented thousands of people in getting a fair resolution of their claim against wrongdoers and insurance companies. I pride myself on helping people who have been victimized by an accident or incident in getting a fast and fair result. Most people have never had to bring a claim and can be easily victimized by an insurance company. I provide fast and personal attention to assist you from the first meeting through the end of your claim. I insure that you understand where you stand from the start of the case, and keep you informed throughout the processing of the claim. I am readily available by phone or email should any questions or concerns arise during the course of your case.
I represented a woman who had gestational diabetes during the pregnancy of her second child. The primary care physician who acted as her doctor for the pregnancy failed to adequately monitor the mother's diabetes and as a consequence, the baby was too large for the birth canal. The child was "stuck" for almost 20 minutes and ultimately delivered with significant birth defects which ultimately caused the child's death several months later. The malpractice case was filed against the physician and ultimately favorably resolved.
I represented a man who worked in a sawmill. He fractured his index finger on his non dominant hand and was sent to the hospital where he was cleaned up and an appointment was made to see an orthopedist in a private clinic the next day. At that time, the orthopedist placed a tourniquet at the base of the finger and told him to return one week later. A week later the finger was "dead" and had to be amputated. A claim was brought for malpractice against the orthopedist and was ultimately resolved in the client's favor.
I represented a woman who was a passenger in a taxi cab being driven home. An accident happened at an intersection and the cabbie contended the other car ran the light and the other driver said the cabbie ran the light. Our client sustained injuries in the crash. We sued both drivers. The jury concluded that the cabbie had run the light and awarded the woman fair compensation for her injuries.
I represented approximately 70 women were on an over night trip on two separate school buses to Nevada to gamble. On their way home they stopped at a Central Oregon restaurant where one the employees at the counter allegedly directed a racial epithet at one of the women. A class action law suit was filed in federal court in Portland. The case was ultimately settled shortly before a fast approaching trial date.
I represented a woman in her mid 50s who was working as a real estate agent when she came to a stop in traffic. At that time, a van driven by a man with controlled diabetes went in to what he reported was his first "diabetic seizure" and while so afflicted drove approximately 10 miles over 30 minutes when he came out of his "haze" and realized he was about to rear-end my client and "smashed" on his brakes but still hit her. She sustained two herniated discs which required a surgical fusion. The van driver denied liability saying that it was an unforeseeable "accident". After depositions were taken the case was satisfactorily settled.
1020 SW Taylor St.
Portland OR 97205
We have hourly rates or contingent fees. Most clients prefer a contingent fee agreement.
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tort litigation including claims against bad drivers and professionals like doctors or lawyers is challenging work against an opponent with a lot of power and money. It typically requires an enormous amount of work to properly posture a claim to get a fair resolution. I have always prided myself on helping people who have been victimized by an accident or incident in getting a fast and fair result. Most people have never had to bring a claim and can be easily victimized by an insurance company and by my involvement, I insure my clients don't get hurt in the legal world.
I think it's crucially important to have clients educate themselves on their specific legal problem and I prefer to help steer them in getting their education. I pride myself on informing my clients, from the initial visit through the resolution of their case, where we are and where we are going and what we have to do to get there. I have found in my 25 years of practicing law that the more informed the client, the happier the client. Educating the client includes open and free communication with me by telephone or email. I pride myself on getting back to my clients as soon as humanly possible which is almost always the same day.
I do caution people that are not practicing lawyers that they can be misled by the internet, or talking over the fence post with neighbors or friends or family about anecdotal cases. Therefore, while I encourage clients to be educated about their case, it's important that what they are learning is factually and legally correct.
I am happy to review all relevant materials and documents prepared by clients.
It largely depends on the circumstances. If the client's matter is one that doesn't involve a need for a lawyer I am more than happy to help coach a client to represent themselves. However, if a client has a complex legal matter that requires a lawyer, it would border on malpractice to try and turn the client in to a lawyer and I would be very reticent to get involved in that kind of situation. I offer a free consultation and am happy to address the pros and cons of representing ones' self in that meeting.
Certified Flight Instructor - instrument and airplane.
I have been practicing law for approaching 26 years and have represented thousands of people in getting a fair resolution of their claim against wrongdoers and insurance companies. Oregon requires all lawyers to attend 45 hours of continuing legal education classes each three years and I have regularly exceeded those requirements.
I am very straightforward and I call them as I see them from the first meeting through the end of the claim. It's important that the client have a reasonable expectation of what's involved and what the likely outcome of the claim is as the case proceeds. By keeping my clients in the loop we work together towards a happy and good resolution of your claim.Personal interests:
My wife and children, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument and Airplane, Golf and Movies.
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