Shulman DuBois LLC

Portland Personal Injury Lawyers: Fewer Cases. Better Results.

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Firm Overview

We focus solely on personal injury cases. This way, we can bring greater expertise and knowledge of personal injury law to our clients. The practice area of personal injury includes: auto accidents, truck accidents, bike accidents, product liability, wrongful death, brain injuries, burn injuries, animal attacks, premises liability, child injuries, and assault.

Example cases

In 2012: $500,000 Bicycle Accident Settlement After Hit and Run
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In 2011: Brain Injury/Premises Liability case
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In 2011: Auto Accident case Against a Big Corporation
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Main Office

Main
1553 SE Tolman Street
Portland  OR  97202

Phone
  • (503) 222-4411

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, we do offer free consultations. Please call 503-222-4411 to see if your case meets our case criteria, and we can schedule that for you. There is no time limit on the free consultation because we want to be sure you have all the information you need before hiring us, and we want to be make sure we have all the information we need to fully evaluate your case.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

To put it in the simplest terms possible, a contingency fee agreement means if the lawyer takes your case and doesn't win, it costs you nothing. When you win, only then does your lawyer receive a fee. It doesn't matter how complicated the case or how long it takes to get a judgment. Nothing is due to your lawyer unless and until you win your case. Your award may be won in or outside of court, if the other party offers a settlement before the case goes before a judge and/or jury, but in any event, having an excellent personal injury attorney needn't cost you a penny.The lawyers get paid when you get paid. The contingency fee agreement will stipulate an amount the lawyer is to be paid once your case has been won. The fee is invariably based on a percentage of your reward, and all other costs will be discussed with you. In addition, rules are in place which mean the lawyers can only charge a "reasonable" fee in terms of the percentage of your reward they take for themselves. Those rules vary from place to place and are based on the "ethical rules of professional conduct. In all events, a clear and precise statement of what's to be paid after a successful claim will be stipulated within the contingency agreement.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Office Manager

All of our staff is trained to help clients. If you have any questions, please call Maureen, our Client Relations Manager, at 503-222-4411.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

No, but we have several translation services in our contacts.

Auto Accident
If you have been hurt in a car accident, you need a lawyer who specializes in personal injury and accident cases. At Shulman DuBois LLC, personal injury is all we do - so we can offer clients experience and expertise.
Worried about medical bills? Need to get your car fixed? Call us for help today.

Our Portland car accident attorneys are experienced in many different types of car crash cases, including:

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Whiplash/soft tissue injury accidents
Multiple car accidents
Bike/car collisions
T-bone accidents
Phantom car accidents
Fatal auto accidents
Hit and run car accidents

If you have been in a Portland car accident, our car accident attorneys will give you straight, honest answers. Our consultations are FREE, and we are always happy to answer questions for injury victims.
Wrongful Death
The Portland wrongful death attorneys at Shulman DuBois, LLC are committed to protecting the rights of family members who have lost a loved one because of another person’s reckless behavior or due to a company that put profit ahead of safety.
Filing an Oregon wrongful death claim has to be done the right way in order to be successful. This process is complicated, but an attorney can help. Even if you’re not sure if it’s something you want to go through with, knowing how a wrongful death claim could help you and your family is information worth seeking.

A wrongful death lawsuit in Oregon can only be brought by following the statute very carefully. This type of lawsuit is intended to help certain “beneficiaries.” No one has a “natural right” to file a wrongful death claim. Under ORS 112.025-112.055, beneficiaries who can receive money from the lawsuit include a victim’s spouse, children, and parents. If there is no live spouse, children, or parents, then brothers and sisters may seek money through a wrongful death claim. If they have also already died, then their kids may be beneficiaries. If all of these people have passed away, then grandparents, or children of grandparents, may qualify.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes — just call our office at 503-222-4411 and after an initial consultation we can discuss the elements of the case that require an attorneys' services.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Because we do not charge an hourly rate, we do not worry about dividing work to be cost-effective. Like most personal injury law firms, we prefer to work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only get a percentage of the settlement if we win an award for our clients. We call this our No Fee Promise — if we do not win, you do not pay any attorneys' fees. This way, we are motivated to get you the best financial recovery possible and we can divide the work according to our staff's skills, which ensures that we do the best job possible for our clients.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Regularly. We are willing to use alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation or arbitration whenever necessary, and our attorneys are always willing to go to trial if a fair settlement can not be achieved otherwise. At Shulman DuBois LLC, we do whatever is necessary to get our clients justice and compensation.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Both Joshua Shulman and Sean DuBois are respected members of the Portland community, and both participate in many local activities. Both lawyers are fathers, who enjoy participating on school boards and coaching sports, as well as working to improve the community through volunteer, fundraising, and activist pursuits.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our motto is Fewer Cases. Better Results. This means we only take a limited amount of cases to ensure each of our clients gets the time and attention they deserve. We care about our work and we care about our clients — so this method has allowed us to keep our clients informed and get better results by giving our best to each case. We love our work. This passion makes us better Oregon personal injury lawyers. In our line of work there are considerable differences in how lawyers approach their workload. For instance, there are many law firms that take on hundreds, if not thousands of low-value cases, then there are lawyers who focus their time only on a few high-value cases. We are the latter, and we have very strong opinions on the difference in quality between high-volume and low-volume firms.There is nothing wrong with the convenience of a quick case, but that is not the type of lawyers we are. Because of our commitment, we only take clients that we like. We refuse to take so many cases that we cannot remember our clients' names. We take only a few cases, so that we can spend the quality time that is needed to investigate every dimension of a case.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We truly believe in education and the power of education to achieve justice. We encourage all our clients, potential clients, and injury victims to educate themselves regarding the personal injury process, insurance, and recourse after an accident. In fact, we provide many free resources for education, including our free book 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Case — which can be ordered at www.freeoregonaccidentbooks.com. This book simplifies the personal injury process to help injured Oregonians maximize financial recovery. Please also check our website at http://www.portlandpersonalinjuryaccidentlawyer.com/reports/getfreereport/ for free information.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

In most cases, we prefer to take a case and draft our own documents — that is one of the advantages of hiring an attorney after all — but in special circumstance we are happy to review client documents.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Yes. We understand that some people may be reluctant to hire or pay an attorney, and so we have provided many free resources to help personal injury victims. Please see above for information regarding our book. While we recommend hiring a personal injury attorney in most cases, we have also written a free white paper titled "Settling Your Injury Case...Without a Lawyer" to guide those who prefer to handle their own claims under ORS 20.080.

Joshua Shulman

Joshua Shulman passed up his first opportunity to become a lawyer. As a senior at Reed College, he had applied to law school, and while the application process was proceeding, took a position at a large corporate law firm in Boston. His experience there led him to withdraw his law school applications
License
  • Bar Number: 034520
    Oregon , 2003
Education
  • New York University School of Law
    JD , 2003
  • New York University School of Law
    JD , 2003

Shulman DuBois LLC was established in 2008 when two attorneys, Sean DuBois and Joshua Shulman, met while volunteering for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. Now, Shulman DuBois enjoys a reputation for compassion, integrity, and dedication to the law in the Portland community.

Because we do not charge an hourly rate, we do not worry about dividing work to be cost-effective. Like most personal injury law firms, we prefer to work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only get a percentage of the settlement if we win an award for our clients. We call this our No Fee Promise — if we do not win, you do not pay any attorneys' fees. This way, we are motivated to get you the best financial recovery possible and we can divide the work according to our staff's skills, which ensures that we do the best job possible for our clients.

Sean DuBois

Sean DuBois's attraction to the legal field began in high school, where he was successful in competitive debate. After attending college on a debate scholarship, Sean decided to explore his options before committing to the study of law. But his experiences, especially his position as a research diver at Florida Atlantic University Department of Ocean Engineering, allowed him to see up close the consequences of corporate greed.

He returned to his studies, at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland. During law school, Sean went to work for some of the best personal injury attorneys in Oregon, allowing him to see firsthand how these firms in Portland handle settlements, trials, and client care. Following admittance to the Oregon Bar in 2006, Sean formed his own practice, DuBois Law Office. While volunteering for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), he met Joshua Shulman, a local personal injury attorney with a similar passion for representing deserving individuals fighting for justice and the two joined forces to form Shulman DuBois LLC in 2008.

Sean is a dedicated and active member of the American Association for Justice, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, where he is a Guardian of Justice member. He has been published in Trial Lawyer magazine, and has been named an Oregon Rising Star by SuperLawyers magazine three years in a row. Sean free dives and scuba dives on the Oregon Coast, and he and his wife and their two elementary school-aged children ski together every chance they get.
License
  • Bar Number: 061753
    Oregon , 2006
Education
  • Lewis and Clark Law School
    JD , 2006
  • Lewis and Clark Law School
    JD , 2006

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Duties of a Personal Representative in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Created On: 07/03/2013

When a person dies, and leaves behind anything that is worth money, the law creates an “estate.” If John Doe dies, then it will be called “The Estate of John Doe.” For example, you may sometimes see “Estate Sales,” where the possessions of someone who has passed away are being sold.

Wrongful Death Cases in Oregon

Created On: 11/05/2012

Wrongful death laws are complicated, and wrongful death lawsuits can be extremely emotional. In the sections below we’ll take a closer look at civil lawsuits for wrongful death, with an emphasis on Oregon wrongful death laws.

Bus Accident Lawsuits: What You Need to Know

Created On: 08/27/2012

Buses are a fairly safe mode of transportation. But just because there may be fewer traffic accidents involving buses -- compared with cars and motorcycles, for example -- dozens of people are still injured in bus accidents every year.

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