It’s hard to believe that I’ve been practicing law for over 30 years. I love being a lawyer more than ever. I’m continuing to learn how to be a better attorney and I never tire of helping people navigate a legal system where the insurance companies are looking out for themselves, not the injured person.
Making the law a non-intimidating process that works for my clients brings me both personal and professional meaning. It’s about how I take care of my clients. I do everything I can to help them have a full and speedy recovery. I make sure their medical bills and wage loss are paid. I do everything I can to ensure my clients are treated by the providers of their choice. I focus on creating a relationship with my clients where they can trust me and know their wellbeing is important to me.
I provide the same personal service I would want if I hired an attorney. I return my clients’ calls promptly. I take the time to make sure I really answered their questions. When my clients leave my office, or we’re finished with a phone call, I make sure I’ve given meaningful answers and information.
When I was in law school, I interned for an extremely smart attorney. After we’d meet with his clients, they would often call and ask me to explain what their attorney had said. That was a major learning experience for me. Being a smart attorney is not enough. I need to be equally good at answering questions and providing information that makes sense to my clients — something we’re not taught in law school.
I am fortunate to work with Dean, Roy, and Pat. We are a team. We talk about cases, changes in the law, how to help solve our clients’ issues and concerns on a daily basis. We strive to help each other do the best possible work for our clients. Being part of a dedicated team is wonderfully rewarding.
I take care of my client’s legal hassles so they can focus on their health, family, and work.
Jim’s first job at a law firm was in the 6th grade. He worked for his father delivering documents to the courthouse. In high school his dad took him to legal seminars and talked with him about the art of practicing law. He always stressed the importance of taking care of each client.
Jim graduated from law school in 1987 and starting practicing with his father in 1988 in Eugene, Oregon. He took care of clients injured in cars, on motorcycles, on bikes, as pedestrians and in stores.
Jim married his wife, Jan, in 1990. His first daughter, Caitlyn, was born in 1993 and his youngest, Adair, was born in 1995.
In 1998, Jim and his family moved to Portland so his wife could help take care of her mother, who has Parkinson’s. Jim and Dean have been working together since 1998 practicing personal injury and workers’ compensation law.
Jim enjoys cooking, traveling and volunteering for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and his church, where he was board president and is on the Finance committee.
He has written a book for men called “The Caged Truth.” He also created a website called Tipping-the-Scales. It’s dedicated to lawyers’ personal and professional fulfillment through the practice of law. He speaks to both lawyer and legal assistant organizations.
I started working with my legal assistant Stephanie Goin in 1995, when she interned at my office during her senior year in high school. While she was in college, in Eugene, she worked for my dad — who is also a personal injury attorney.
After school Stephanie graduated from college, she moved to Portland and has worked with me since 2003. We make a great team, and I couldn’t imagine practicing law without her.
Savannah has been working with me since September of 2017. She works full time while also going to school. She is studying to become a paralegal. She is smart and a quick learner. Savannah has compassion and knowledge far beyond her years.
Is there anything that makes sense to add about the three of you working together as a team?
Working as a team makes all the difference in the world. Not only does it allow our clients to have the best experience possible, it makes work a more gratifying place to be.
Jim is licensed to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.
Jim is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, Multnomah Bar Association and the Oregon State Bar.
He has been awarded Volunteer of the Year for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.
A Caring, Knowledgeable, and Helpful Lawyer“Jim helped me tremendously after an auto accident this past year, and turned the experience into a smooth and timely process. The combination of his expertise and honest care makes Jim an excellent lawyer, who gives trustworthy advice and attentive support to his clients. We are lucky to have such a great lawyer in Portland!”